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  • Announcement: All Georgia Cruising News


    Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of Georgia cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of GA cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “Georgia.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “GA Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 4 Georgia geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

    Yellow Background Denotes Navigation Alert Postings

    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • Warning of Speed Trap, Thunderbolt, GA, AICW Statute Mile 583

    This warning of a speed trap is based on hearsay and it’s the first such we’ve had in a long while. However, a word to the wise calls for carefully watching your speed and wake through this area. If you encounter speed/wake enforcement in Thunderbolt, let us hear from you. Our thanks to Steve and Barb Sipe for this report.

    Have heard reports in the past few days of speeding violations being issued on the GA ICW around Thunderbolt, in the area of G33 to G37. Reports indicate LEO’s are stopping vessels for speeding/violation of no wake zones and issuing warnings and in some cases, citations with a fine of $1,000. No specific information as to the enforcement agency conducting the stops, either state or local, not USCG.
    Might be worth a mention on the site as a problem area.
    Steve & Barb Sipe
    Solo 4303 “Maerin”

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Marker #33

  • Causton Bluff Bridge Now Open, AICW Statute Mile 580

    Causton Bridge had been closed to navigation for repairs over this past weekend, but has now been partially repaired allowing traffic through a single span. With a closed vertical clearance of 21 feet, the Causton Bluff – Sam Varnedoe Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 580.

    Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Causton Bluff – Sam Varnedoe Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Causton Bluff – Sam Varnedoe Bridge

  • Sunken Vessel Debris, St Simons Sound, AICW Statute Mile 673, 11/17/2016

    This sunken vessel is between St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island just west of the Waterway’s path through St. Simons Sound as the Waterway rounds Marker #20 near the mouth of St. Simons Inlet.

    On November 5, 2016 the commercial F/V PREDATOR sank and broke apart in position 31°7′ 34.6343N, 81°25′ 16.2977’W, in vicinity of Jekyll Island in Brunswick, Georgia. Portions of the vessel still remain in the area and may break apart, float to the surface, or shift on the sea floor. Mariners transiting the area are urged to exercise extreme caution and if debris is sighted notify Marine Safety Unit Savannah at 912-652-4353 or your nearest Coast Guard unit. Chart 11489 LNM 46/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at St Simons Sound

  • Poor Paint Job from Hinckley Boat Yard, Thunderbolt, GA, AICW Statute Mile 583

    We post this complaint only to compare the experience of this skipper with Imron versus Awlgrip. We also trust that the results of this particular work are not typical of Hinkley’s expertise. See Tom Law’s comments below.

    You don’t always get what you pay for! With such great reviews we decided to use Hinckley to paint our boat. We got a bid to have our 49 Hylas yacht painted in Awlgrip in January 2016. We have used Awlgrip paint before and found it to be durable, easy to clean and long lasting. Read More

    A few weeks after we got the bid to paint the topsides in Awlgrip by the manager, we were handed off to [another worker] to coordinate the work we needed done. Then came emails and phone calls to use Imron paint. Imron paint is cheaper than Awlgrip. Although we loved Awlgrip we decided the “professionals” knew better and so we went with their product Imron. We felt that on every step Hinkley encouraged us to do more and more work than we felt unnecessary. It always started with “at Hinckley we do it this way because it’s the best”. They faired the transom and built it up with a compound to fix a few dings. We were not in Florida when the work was done which was Big mistake. When we arrived in late January the first issues started. First issue was we had covered our boat to protect the deck from the harsh Florida weather .We always do this when leaving our boat in storage. Hinckley removed it when they stepped the mast right after we left and never replaced as they deemed it unnecessary. We reminded them to put it back on after the mast was stepped and were assured they would do so. We had new [name] signs put on the boat. When I showed [the worker] that they were peeling, he suggested a little clear nail polish on the edges to keep them from peeling off! I was starting to regret using Hinckley.
    Most worrisome was the paint job. The Imron just wasn’t the right type of paint for a sailboat that actually gets used. This became apparent a few months later. We sailed from Hinckley directly to the Bahamas and Cuba for 4 months. The boat was only in a marina once where it was rinsed down and washed. It was there we noticed that salt had etched the paint. When we returned to Hinckley five months after the initial painting we had to haul the boat and they had to use an acid to remove the salt. Even the yard and paint distributor said they had never seen anything like it. Never in 25,000 miles of sailing with Awlgrip had we ever used anything but Awlgrip wash to clean our boat of salt residue. It always looked great. Next issue was discovered by the guys who polished the boa. He t noticed small cracks all over the transom. Brian tried to explain it as fiberglass from under the bonding they used was suddenly erupting through the paint. Riduculous? Of course. But our choice was to stay in Florida and haggle with Hinckley or just consider this a VERY EXPENSIVE lesson. We realized we would never be satisfied and left. We are currently in Europe and have now noticed that everything scratches this paint. Mooring lines that rub remove the paint down to the primer. Bumpers rubbing wear off the paint, a small bump on a plastic dock scratches. Even my finger nail can scratch through the paint! Two professional painters here in Europe laughed at their explanation on why the transom had cracks. Both explained it was too much compound used and the compound was cracking underneath. This of course makes more sense. I will say that Hinckley did reimburse me the costs of the signs. Lessons learned. Never would I recommend Imron paint and never would I recommend Hinckley Boat yard.
    Maureen Gapp
  • News from Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Savannah, GA

    Sanctuary News — Council Webinar
    Join the Sanctuary Advisory Council webinar on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 10:00 a.m.— noon, for a presentation on Marine Protected Areas and climate change. Click here to register for this public, online meeting. You can also apply for a seat on the Gray’s Reef or other sanctuaries and monument councils, as announced today in the U.S. Federal Register. For more council information, contact
    Read More!

    Film Festival — Submissions Accepted
    The Gray’s Reef Film Festival will be held early February 2017 in the historic city of Savannah, GA. Student films are now being accepted for the Emerging Filmmakers Competition, and a call for poster art is underway as well. For more information, please contact

    Student Robotics Competition — Port Cities of the Future
    The Port of Savannah, home to the largest single-terminal container facility of its kind in North America, is comprised of two modern, deep-water terminals. Garden City Terminal is the fourth busiest container handling facility in the United States, encompassing more than 1,200 acres and moving millions of tons of containerized cargo annually. Source:

    To simulate the technical challenges of this maritime industry, the MATE underwater robotics (ROV) competition mission for 2017 is to build and demonstrate a robot that helps streamline port commerce, maintains entertainment systems, collects material samples for health and environmental remediation, and ensures the safety of the port and its operations. Source:

    Gray’s Reef will host the Southeast Region MATE ROV Competition on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Chatham County Aquatic Center. The public is welcome to attend and team registration will open soon. For more information, contact
    10 Ocean Science Circle Savannah, GA 31411
    Phone: 912-598-2345

  • GA DNR Hearing on Private Docks, October 27, Brunswick, GA

    DNR to Host Public Hearing on Proposed Rule for Coastal Private Docks
    Brunswick, GA (Oct 18, 2016) – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced the rescheduled public hearing for proposed new rules for private recreational docks. The public hearing, rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew, will be held in Brunswick on October 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM. Read More

    The proposed new rule would codify standards and conditions for issuance of a revocable license authorizing construction, maintenance, or modification of private recreational docks located over state-owned tidal water bottoms. The proposed new rule would also provide penalties for non-compliance with these standards and conditions.

    “The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for insuring that private docks in coastal areas are built in a manner that balances environmental impact with access to tidal waterways for recreation such as boating and fishing,” explained Spud Woodward, director of the Coastal Resources Division of DNR. “The proposed rule will formalize in state law the same standards for dock size and configuration that have been required in federal law since 2012. Harmonizing state and federal law will eliminate confusion in the regulated community and strengthen the ability of DNR to resolve situations when docks are built knowingly and willfully in the wrong location or in the wrong manner.”

    The public hearing on the proposed rule will be held in Brunswick at the Georgia DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters campus in the Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

    Written public comment will be received through Monday, November 07, 2016. Comments should be legible, concise and limited to the proposed rule change. Following the comment period, the Board of Natural Resources will consider the proposed rule on December 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Lake Blackshear Resort, 2459-H U.S. Highway 280 West, Cordele, Georgia.

    Mail or email comments to:Doug Haymans, Coastal Resources Division, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520; email:

    Additional information is available at “News and Notices.”

  • Post Matthew AICW Report: Traffic Light and Debris Sparse

    Carmen and Cathy Salemno traveling south through SC and GA report that traffic is very light and that visible debris is sparse. They also report that most marinas look good, but that many private docks, especially the ones with longer walkouts, have suffered damage. The dock houses appear to be undamaged, but the walkouts are gone.

  • Side Bar: Post Matthew Story

    The owner of Sunbury Crab Company in Brunswick, GA reports that the marina’s sign was damaged in pre-Matthew winds and a portion of the sign with their phone number was lost. Days later after Matthew, a phone call was received from a boater in Vero Beach FL who had found the broken sign part! Thanks to Carmen Salemno for relating this remarkable tale!


    Discrepancies to Nav Aids may be reported to 305-415-6800.

    LNM 41/16

  • Advice on Hurricane Damaged Waterfront Property

    Good advice for all ICW property owners from Georgia’s DNR Coastal Resources Division.

    Was your beach front property, private dock, bank stabilization, marina, commercial dock, or other structure within coastal waters, marshlands or along barrier island beaches impacted by Hurricane Matthew? Read More

    Emergency Repair of Structures in Tidal Waterways, Over Marshlands and Along Shorelines

    • Secure any structures that pose safety or health concerns immediately

    • Call the Georgia Emergency Response Team at 1-800-424-8802 to report a fuel or oil spill

    • Remove any debris from marshes, beaches and waterways that originated from your structures to the extent practical and safe

    • Take photos to document damage from Hurricane Matthew

    • Compile any documents, permits, and photos to show the pre-storm condition of the structure

    • Call DNR/CRD at 912-264-7218 to report the need to rebuild damaged structures

    • In order to be eligible for emergency authorization, you must make a request by Wednesday, November 2, 2016

    • CRD staff will call back within 1-2 business days with guidance or verbal approval for repairs pursuant to state law

    • Emergency authorizations will be limited to repair of structures in their original location and in their original size and configuration

    • Some repairs may require authorization from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and/or local authorities. CRD staff will provide guidance based on the extent of the damage and location of the structure.

    • Non-essential projects currently under review and new permit applications for non-essential projects are temporarily suspended until emergency requests are addressed

    DNR Responds to Impacts of Hurricane Matthew

    Marsh and Shore Permits Page

  • Georgia DNR Responds to Matthew

    Very good advice and information re the Waterway from Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources’s Coastal Resources Division.

    Brunswick, GA (Oct 11, 2016) – The Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Resources Division (CRD), under authority granted pursuant to the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act and the Shore Protection Act, finds that an emergency exists due to Hurricane Matthew within all the coastal counties of the State of Georgia. Read More

    CRD has initiated Emergency Order #1 and #2, which places a moratorium on nonessential construction/alteration within the jurisdiction of the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) and the Shore Protection Act (SPA). This moratorium is effective immediately and will be in place until further notice.

    “High winds, storm surge, and flooding have caused damage to many structures located in Georgia’s tidal waterways, over marshlands and along barrier island beaches. We know that private, public and commercial docks have been damaged as have beach crossovers on our barrier islands,” stated Spud Woodward, director of the Coastal Resources Division. “Our staff will be working with public, commercial, and government entities to facilitate a quick recovery from Hurricane Matthew but we need information about the extent of the damage. We want to focus our efforts on recovery so action on non-essential projects currently in the queue will be delayed. ”

    CRD staff has set up a call center to gather information about impacts to beach front property, private docks, bank stabilizations, marinas, commercial docks, or other structures within coastal waters, marshlands or along barrier island beaches. Staff will also be available to answer questions about permitting/regulatory processes and needs for areas impacted within the jurisdiction of CMPA or SPA. If you have questions or need to provide information please contact call our office at (912) 264-7218 between the hours of 8 AM and 4:30 PM. You will be directed to a customer service representative who will collect information and respond to questions.

  • New Nav Aids in Sapelo River, west of AICW Statute Mile 636, 9/29/2016

    This Local Notice is addendum to a recent Nav Alert for shoaling in this area,, and the new nav aids should help keep you off the bottom. This area of shoaling is developing from the west and north side of the channel. This western portion of the Sapelo River departs the Waterway near Mile 636.

    GEORGIA – SAPELO AND DOBOY SOUNDS – SAPELO RIVER: Severe Shoaling/ Disestablishment and Temporary Establishment of Aids to Navigation.
    3FT at MLW. Water depth between Sapelo River TRUB 5B and Sapelo River TRUB 6 was observed at 4ft MLW. The rest of the channel was observed with 8ft of MLW. Read More

    The following aids have been temporarily disestablished:
    -Sapelo River Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 5900)
    -Sapelo River Daybeacon 10 (LLNR 5905)
    The following aids have been temporarily established:
    -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 5A in position 31-32-43.672N/081-20-31.546W
    -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 5B in position 31-32-33.161N/081-20-41.0078W
    -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 8 in position 31-32-00.904N/081-21-47.190W
    -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 10 in position 31-31-49.809N/081-21-31.431W

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Sapelo River

  • Reports from Hell Gate Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 602

    We hear lot of stories of extreme shallows at Hell Gate, so this report from longtime contributor and experienced skipper, James Newsome, is good news, PROVIDED you take his and our advice to wait for mid to high tide if you draw more than 4ft. See . And see 9/24 report below.

    I negotiated Hell’s Gate on Sunday 08/28/16 traveling northbound exactly two hours before low tide. High tide was approximately 7.3′ for this day. Therefore, we calculated that we had 1.25′ per hour x 2 = 2.5′ of water over low tide. The least water we saw was 8′ which means the net low was around 5.5′. We steered pretty much down the middle following the magenta line, not favoring any marker.
    I draw 5’8″ to 6′ loaded which means I could have made this passage through Hell’s Gate an hour before low tide and barely had water under the keel. At low tide I could not have made it through.
    Based on the draft of your vessel, Hell’s Gate is only a concern within an hour or two of low tide, and if you only draw 4.5′ you can travel through here any time of the day, unless there is a negative tide perhaps. Just take it slow and easy on the south side of Hell’s Gate. There is some squirrelly current on the southern entrance to Hell’s Gate, but it’s nothing to be too concerned about.
    James Newsome

    9/24 Nelms Graham had a less easy passage, even 3 hours after low tide and in a shallow draft vessel!

    Transited Hells Gate on 09/24/16 three hours after low tide, “bumped” in channel approx. 75ft. from marker “89”, in vessel drawing 2-‘6.
    Nelms Graham

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Hell Gate

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • CAUTION: Shoaling Reported in Jekyll Creek, AIC W Statute Mile 684

    Marker #20A is north of the Jekyll Island Hwy 520 bridge and Marker #25 is below the bridge. Mid to High tide will be required for almost all vessels. Jekyll Creek is home to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Jekyll Harbor Marina.

    Shoaling was found between Jekyll Creek Daybeacon 20A (LLNR 37346) 31-03-05.915N / 081-25-24.009W and Jekyll Creek Light 25 (LLNR 37360) 31-01-51.060N / 081-26-07.080W with a depth of 3ft at MLW. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11489 LNM 38/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Shoaling

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Jekyll Harbor Marina

    CLICK HERE for a detailed report on navigating Jekyll Creek.

  • Hurricane Hermine Update from Brunswick Landing Marina, off AICW Statute Mile 680

    SSECN is delighted that Brunswick Landing Marina, a very popular facility with long term resident cruisers as well as transient cruisers, navigated Hermine with minimal damage. BLM sits off the direct path of the Waterway, flanking the eastern banks of Academy Creek off Brunswick River, near the heart of downtown Brunswick, Georgia. Also, take note of several updates to their directory listing below.


    Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Brunswick Landing Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Brunswick Landing Marina

  • Georgia Climate Conference Registration Open, November 2-3, 2016, Jekyll Island

    Jekyll Island is home to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Jekyll Harbor Marina, the perfect place to dock while attending this conference.


    Climate Logo

    You are cordially invited to the

    Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division

    2016 Climate Conference

    Read More to Register

    Prepare, Adapt and Respond:

    Is Georgia Climate-Ready?

    November 2-3, 2016

    Jekyll Island Convention Center

    Presentations will illustrate the issues surrounding

    statewide resiliency including:

    Public Health Agriculture
    Research      Mapping/GIS
    Online Tools Online Tools
    Law and Policy Invasive Species
    Local Governments Communications
    Economics Resiliency

    Habitat and Impacted Species

    Energy Resources

    State Efforts

    Including guest luncheon speaker
    Carl Parker from…

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    The conference will include multiple concurrent topic sessions,

    a poster session social, networking breaks,

    and may also provide an opportunity to earn continuing education credits

    for Planners and Floodplain Managers, as well as continuing law credits for Attorneys. 

    Register Here! 

    “Prepare, Respond and Adapt” Climate Conference Registration 

    A limited number of hotel rooms are being held until October 2nd at the

    Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, and Westin Hotel located on Jekyll Island.

    Book your room early and mention you are with the “DNR Climate Conference”

    to get the conference rate.

    Additional information available at

  • Shoaling Reported in Sapelo River, west of AICW Statute Mile 636, 7/6/2016

    This area of shoaling is developing from the west and north side of the channel. This western portion of the Sapelo River departs the Waterway near Mile 636.

    Shoaling reported between Sapelo River DBN 6 (LLNR 5895) and Sapelo River DBN 10 (LLNR 5905). Depths are reported from 0-6 ft at Mean Low water. Aids to navigation are currently in 0 feet of water. Shoaling protrudes into the channel approximately 20 yards. Channel was found closest to the southern bank with a depth of 6-10 feet at Mean Low water. Chart 11510 LNM 27/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Sapelo River

  • Captain Jim Healy Discusses the Waterway from Charleston to St. Augustine

    Longtime cruiser and SSECN Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, shares his knowledge and experience in these observations on this portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Thank you Jim!

    The entire region from Charleston to St. Augustine has high tidal ranges, ranging from 5′ at St. Augustine to as much as 9′ in Savannah/Beaufort/Charleston.  Those high tidal ranges create swift tidal currents, and especially for first-times, docking is easiest in the 1/2 hour before and after slack.
    There are many areas of shallow water in the region.  The very best resource for current data on low water and caution areas is available via  Two other  websites that all ICW travelers should know about are and  I’m sure you are familiar with the Waterway Guide book series.  The “Salty Southeast Cruiser’s Net” (SSECN) is  really a boating group.  It was founded by Claiborne Young.  After Claiborne’s untimely loss, the group continued in operation.  The Cruiser’s Net website specializes on the US Southeast.  There is some duplication of material between the WWG site and the SSECN site, but there is unique value to both.  Both are excellent resources for fuel prices, marinas and anchorages.  These websites would make a good sidebar for any ICW article.  Two of these websites require registration – SSECN does not – and all three are free, and all are very useful to ICW boaters.  Both WWG and SSECN also have smart phone apps that duplicate and augment website information and are very useful on small-format devices.
    There are some generalizations that apply to the region, including the stretch from Georgetown, SC all the way south to below Fernandina Beach.  In some of those areas, boats drawing more than 4′ will want to consider not traveling at low tide; especially celestial low tides.  The Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) is responsible for dredging the ICW.  USACE is funded by state congressional delegations.  In recent years, the money congress allocates to dredging has been diverted to “more pressing needs,” and so many areas of the ICW are shoaling, and in fact, the ICW resource is slowly being lost; well, allowed to die, really, by congress.  There is a not-for-profit called the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association.  The Executive Director is Brad Pickel;  That would make another sidebar for any article on the ICW.  There are some local knowledge bypasses around some shoal areas.  All of the cruising sites above can provide additional detail.
    Renting a car in any of these venues greatly expands what a boating visitor can see and do.  Some, but not all, marinas have courtesy cars.  Generally they can’t be used for long periods, but they are useful for re-provisioning when needed.
    Hope this helps.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Ft. Myers, FL
  • Another Good Review of Jekyll Harbor Marina and Jekyll Island, AICW Statute Mile 684.5

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Jekyll Harbor Marina lies along the easterly banks of the AICW’s passage through Jekyll Creek, immediately south of the 65-foot fixed bridge. Our thanks to Dick Lawson for this excellent review and for the name of a good mechanic.

    First time to Jekyll in a couple years. Marina under new management and services are good. The adjoining restaurant, DJ’s is closed, but being renovated by new owners and supposed to be open later this year. New town center on the island is beautiful with groceries, shopping and several restaurants – quite an upgrade from the past. It’s within walking distance, or the marina will let you use their golf cart for up to 90 minutes at a time. I required some engine work and they recommended Leo Ross, 912-266-1323, from Brunswick. He did a good and reasonable job and is also recommended.
    Dick Lawson

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Jekyll Harbor Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Jekyll Harbor Marina

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