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Completed dredging project allows yachts to visit the RBC Heritage

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

The 46th annual RBC Heritage, presented by Boeing, is underway and thousands are on Hilton Head Island to watch this major golf tournament, but it is not just golf that's catching their attention.

Now that Sea Pines Harhour Town Yacht Basin is deeper after a big dredging project, the really big yachts that have been missing for years are back, and they're providing an amazing backdrop.

People are really enjoying the big boats that were made possible by the dredging process that was paid for by private funding. State and town officials, as well as most of the spectators at the Heritage, said it was all worth it.

While the game of golf brought people here, the big yachts are also drawing huge crowds.

"This is the first time these big yachts have been able to get in here in a long time," said guest Helene Abate.

"Oh yeah, they're gorgeous," said Carly Desimone.

"It's really nice," said Reiley Bozeman. "It's cool, I wish I had one."

They don't have one, so for not Desimone and Bozeman will have to just enjoy the view like the rest of the patrons.

"It's absolutely beautiful, absolutely," said Fallon Williams. "We were talking to one of the golfers, and he told us that he's traveled all over the world and this is one of his top three golf courses."

The yacht basin was just four feet deep, which made it impossible for these large boats to dock here. 

The dredging project to deepen the basin began last November and crew finished exactly five weeks ago on Wednesday.

For six-year-old Tori Ashmore and her sisters, these boats are cool.

"The way they're big and like just the way … I really haven't seen big boats like this so … it's just crazy," said Ashmore.

The boats will be here all week, and some beyond that. A few more boats were scheduled to arrive later on Wednesday.

Some of the boats in the harbor will also be hosting parties just for the Heritage.

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