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  • All Georgia Cruising News

    PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

    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!

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    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • Christmas Dinner at Jekyll Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 684.5

    Now this is my kind of place! Not only a Christmas Day dinner for transients, but FREE BEER every Thursday night! Jekyll Harbor is, of course, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Our thanks to Skipper Reeves who keeps us always up to date on everything Jekyll.

    Here at Jekyll Island Marina the face dock has been full of cruisers heading South. The Marina has two new golf carts for boaters to use to visit the island. 10 new bicycles are available for guests to bike the new boardwalks over the marsh and around the island on over 26 miles of bike trails that begin at the Marina parking lot. The hot tub is still hot for November! The showers have been totally redone and are kept spotless for cruisers to use. The laundry has new washers and dryers with it’s renovation. Dockmaster Scott Todd is planning a Christmas dinner for cruisers and local boaters on Dec 25. The onsite restaurant has a new owner, chef and name, it is now 685 Seafood and promises all seafood will be local with Wild Georgia Shrimp served daily fresh off the boat. The new owner provides Thursday night floats with Free Beer for boaters! The weekends from Thursday to Sunday offer the best in Island music.
    Sonny Reeves

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    View from porch deck of 685 Seafood,

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    Golf Carts

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    Wreck of 1850s steam ferry on Driftwood Beach

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    Sunset from the JHM docks

    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

  • Tall Masts: Use Caution at Torras Causeway Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 674

    Skipper Dammeyer offers good advice concerning air clearance on fixed bridges: check local knowledge. Several factors – tide, wind, excessive rainfall – can affect clearance above the water surface and height boards may not always be accurate. The F. J. Torras Causeway, Mackay River Bridge crosses the ICW at Statute Mile 674, south of unlighted daybeacon #242.

    Larry
    At MM 674.5 we arrived at the Torras Causeway Bridge about an hour before High Tide to find the South Bound bridge board missing. A trawler reported that the N.B. Bridge Board read only 63′ so we circled with our 63′ 10″ air draft and went sight seeing for three hours.
    When we finally went through the N.B. Board read 65′. The dock crew at Morningstar said there had been some confusion over clearance as one
    of the boards had slipped, but we are not clear as to which one. Tall masts are advised to check local knowledge if approaching at or near high tide. We’ve waited for tide to fall at this bridge on previous trips.

    Rick Dammeyer
    Promise
    Catalina 445

    31 10.282 North/081 25.494 West

  • More Shallow Water Reported at Hell Gate, AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 602

     Panoramic View of the Sunbury Harbor  Relaxed Laid-Back Atmosphere Fresh Steamed Blue Crabs caught Daily Homemade Crab Cakes and Crab StewRestaurant offers a Full-Service BarSunday Home-Cooking LunchThe AICW follows the short and narrow, man-made canal known as Hell Gate between the Vernon and Ogeechee Rivers. These waters have been an “AICW Problem Stretch” for years and mid to high tide is recommended for vessels drawing 5ft or more.

    SSECN is glad to hear that Skipper Dammeyer and our friends, the Salemnos, stopped at Sunbury Crab Company Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! which lies along the western shores of the Medway River, on the charted Sunbury Channel, north of Dickinson Creek

    Larry,
    We passed through Hell Gate this morning about 2 1/2 hours after low. Favoring green 89 by about a boat length we saw 6 1/2 to 7′ for just a few yards and then the water deepened again. On the way in I tried to cut behind the shoal at the Northern approach as marked on the chart, but the water went to 8′ and less, so I turned around,
    went back to the river and made the turn just before the north green in plenty of water. This seemed to be consistent
    with what boats in front of me were reporting.
    Rick
    PS we just tied up with Carmen and Cathy at Sunbury Crab.

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

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  • Upgrades at Jekyll Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 684.5

    Jekyll Harbor Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, lies along the easterly banks of the AICW’s passage through Jekyll Creek, immediately south of the 65-foot fixed bridge. All Waterway cruisers, north or southbound, will pass Jekyll Harbor Marina. Our thanks to Sonny Reeves for bringing us this good news from Jekyll Harbor Marina. Those golf carts will be perfect for Jekyll touring!

    Hi Capt Larry,
    The dockmaster Scott Todd @ Jekyll Harbor Marina has worked hard with the owners to get two golf carts for boaters to use on the island. These are excellent vehicles to visit the Historic district and the shopping center on the island.
    In addition a new set of washer and dryers are now in our renovated laundry room. The Showers have been tiled and updated. Very nice and just in time for South bound cruisers to stop over on Georgia’s Jekyll Island. With 30 miles of bike trails you can ride one of the marina’s free and new bicycles to the beach, the forest or river view trails in safety off the roads.Enjoy!
    Sonny
    1 Harbor Rd
    Jekyll Island Georgia 31527

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    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

  • CAUTION: Groundings at Marker #19 in Jekyll Creek, AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 683, 10/15/2014

    We are receiving regular reports of shallow water and groundings in Jekyll Creek, a perennial trouble spot. SSECN recommends extra care and rmid to high tide only for this passage. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144835. Markers 19 and 20A are on the north side of the Hwy 520 fixed bridge. Ours thanks to Skipper Reeves who keeps us posted on all things Jekyll!

    October 15, 2014
    Sonny Reeves reports that another cruiser has run aground today at Marker #19.

    Hi Larry, I have an update on the infamous Green 19 of Jekyll Creek. [See link above for photos.]
    We went to the markers and slowly went back and forth. Sadly we found 4 ft at low tide where last year was 6 ft at low tide. The channel is very narrow. Tow Boat US advises to stay 40 ft from marker. Sailboat in picture was about 80-90 ft off the marker and turned wide running aground. This was at 2.5 hours until low tide. Here is a suggestion going South stay centered on Red 16 and Green 17 then as you turn to South West line up 40 ft off of Green 19, put Green 19 to port going South. Call the Marina or Tow Boat US for local knowledge. Wait for rising tide that may run 7-9 ft in this part of the ICW near MM 685. Hope this helps.
    Sonny Reeves

    And this report from Skipper Poovey:

    Hey, Larry.
    Came through here this morning at 10:15 AM ( 1 Hr., 45 Min. past High tide) from the North. Stayed within 25 ft. to the west of marker G-19 and read 5.8 feet on both sounders.
    Bob Poovey
    m/v Threadbare

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Marker #19

  • More Reports of Shallow Water and a Grounding in Jekyll Creek, AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 683

    Jekyll Creek is a perennial trouble spot and SSECN recommends mid to high tide only for this passage. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144628. Markers 19 and 20A are on the north side of the Hwy 520 fixed bridge immediately north of Jekyll Harbor Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Our thanks to Skipper Reeves who keeps us posted on all things Jekyll!

    Hi Larry, I have an update on the infamous Green 19 of Jekyll Creek. See pics
    We went to the markers and slowly went back and forth. Sadly we found 4 ft at low tide where last year was 6 ft at low tide. The channel is very narrow. Tow Boat US advises to stay 40 ft from marker. Sailboat in picture was about 80-90 ft off the marker and turned wide running aground. This was at 2.5 hours until low tide. Here is a suggestion going South stay centered on Red 16 and Green 17 then as you turn to South West line up 40 ft off of Green 19, put Green 19 to port going South. Call the Marina or Tow Boat US for local knowledge. Wait for rising tide that may run 7-9 ft in this part of the ICW near MM 685. Hope this helps.
    A barge dropped a fuel hose and dumped 500+ gals of Diesel a few hours ago right at the Bridge. Clean up in on the way but the current flow here rips and now diesel is everywhere.
    Sonny Reeves

    And this report from Skipper Poovey:

    Hey, Larry.
    Came through here this morning at 10:15 AM ( 1 Hr., 45 Min. past High tide) from the North. Stayed within 25 ft. to the west of marker G-19 and read 5.8 feet on both sounders.
    Bob Poovey
    m/v Threadbare

    October 15, 2014
    Sonny Reeves reports that another cruiser has run aground at Marker #19.

    Red 16 Green 17 going South

    Red 16, Green 17 going south

    Green 19 snags another boat

    Green 19 snags another boat

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

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

    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

  • Missing Channel Marker Reported, north of Little Mud River, AICW Statute Mile 652

    This reported missing marker, at the intersection of North River and Back River, is north of Little Mud River, often acknowledged to be one of the worst sections of the Waterway from Norfolk to Miami. This “AICW Problem Stretch” lies some 21 statute miles north of Brunswick, GA and SSECN recommends navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only, especially with a missing marker!

    Red marker 188 near ST mile 652 is missing. We saw it adrift in the channel this morning 10/07/2014 near and slightly south of marker 190.
    Robin Bessent

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Marker #188

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Little Mud River

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

  • Shallow Water Report from Jekyll Creek, AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 683

    Despite Skipper Schmidt’s warning of shallow water at Marker #19, his report at least confirms the replacement of the marker which, along with Marker#20A, was reported missing just a few weeks ago by our “on-site-reporter,” Sonny Reeves at Jekyll Harbor Marina. These folks are the ones to call for local knowledge, (912) 635-3137. SSECN recommends mid to high tide for Jekyll Creek. Markers 19 and 20A are on the north side of the Hwy 520 fixed bridge immediately north of Jekyll Harbor Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Today at 11 AM, according to the tide chart at Jekyll Creek, there should have been a 5ft rise from low water. I came through on 8ft at Green beacon 19. That means there is only 3ft at low tide! Recommend caution transiting this creek.

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

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

    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

  • Reports from Little Mud River, AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 655

    Little Mud River is often acknowledged to be one of the worst sections of the Waterway from Norfolk to Miami. This “AICW Problem Stretch” lies some 21 statute miles north of Brunswick, GA and SSECN recommends navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only, as confirmed by Skipper Schmidt’s observations. Please see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=142873 for recent changes to navigation aids in Little Mud River.

    Came through little mud river mile 655 today at low tide. 4.5 feet just before beacon 194`
    Ray Schmdit

    We have made it through the Mud River at 30 minutes past low tide with a four ft draft. We did kick up some mud. May 2014.
    John Pholeric

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Little Mud River

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

  • Missing Marker in St. Andrew Sound, AICW Statute Mile 687, 9/25/2014

    This missing light and daymark is 0.36 nautical miles SSW of the southern tip of Jekyll Island at Statute Mile 687. For southbound cruisers following the primary Waterway route, the channel turns east at the tip of Jekyll Island and passes just to the north of this missing marker. Racoon Key Split Light 2 is critical for southbound cruisers planning to turn southwest at the tip of Jekyll and pass between Racoon Key and Horseshoe Shoal to Floyds Cut to avoid rougher waters to the east. Southbound cruisers taking the Umbrella Cut alternate route will have already departed the Waterway further north at Waterway Marker #25. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144151.

    GEORGIA – ST ANDREW SOUND AND SATILLA RIVER: Hazard to Navigation
    Raccoon Key Split Light 2 (LLNR 6435) is missing both daymarks and lght. The TRLB marking the hazard is missing. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11504 LNM: 38/14

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

  • Choose Location Wisely When Anchoring in Jekyll Creek, AICW Statute Mile 685

    This is certainly not the first time vessels have anchored in the Waterway channel east of the narrow anchorage: See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129784. Please take care when choosing an anchor-down location in this small anchorage on the western side of Jekyll Harbor. The narrow area is one of the reasons SSECN has never designated this a recommended anchorage, but as Skipper Reeves sates, it is used a lot. Our thanks to our good friend Sonny Reeves for keeping us updated on all things Jekyll!

    Hi Capt Larry,
    The pictures are from last night taken from the Jekyll Harbor Marina docks. They show a common occurrence anchoring in Jekyll Creek South of MM 685 and near Red 24. The Trawler in the pictures is almost in the middle of the channel and a sailboat has drug anchor into the channel. Tow Boat US is going out to help the sailboat and ask the trawler if they have seen the huge fuel barges that come by often taking a wide swing at Red 24? A few years ago a small sailboat was lost, the owner survived being rolled by a barge in the same location as the trawler. Each year hundreds of snowbirds use the anchorage. And each week we see boats anchored in the channel. Call the marina or tow boat for local knowledge as it is a good anchorage if you know where to safely anchor. I am also amazed at the powerboats that roar past the marina waking the face dock.. I know you can but does that make it right? You are responsible for your wake.
    Sonny Reeves

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

  • Reduced Transient Rates at Brunswick Landing Marina, off AICW Statute Mile 680

    Brunswick Landing Marina, a very popular facility with long term resident cruisers and many positive comments from your fellow boaters, sits well off the direct path of the AICW, flanking the eastern banks of Academy Creek, off Brunswick River, near the heart of downtown Brunswick, Georgia. This rate reduction is just in time for the Fall migration!

    Just wanted to inform you guys that we’ve reduced our transient rates from $2.00 down to $1.50/ft.
    Keep up the great work!
    Robert Torras, SR

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

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  • Good Words for Manager and Crew at Brunswick Landing Marina, off AICW Statute Mile 680

    Brunswick Landing Marina, a very popular facility with long term resident cruisers, sits well off the direct path of the AICW, flanking the eastern banks of Academy Creek, off Brunswick River, near the heart of downtown Brunswick, Georgia.

    I recently had Brunswick Landing Marina prepare for trucking across the country a 50′ cutter rigged sloop. Jim Hamrick the new General Manager and his crew did a excellent job in hauling and prepping this large and heavy vessel for shipping. I would certainly use this group again in the future. The yard is a little dusty being a dirt service but the crew is very knowledgeable and attentive.
    Stephen Millard
    s/v WindStar
    Liberty 49

    I asked Stephen to let us know how the shipping adventure went and this was his reply:

    Windstar made it all the way to Santa Barbara, CA in good shape. See attached photo leaving Brunswick GA.
    Stephen
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    Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Brunswick Landing Marina

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  • Comments on the Report from the FWC Meeting in Tallahassee, July 22-23, 2014

    These discussions and future meetings are extremely important to cruisers who prefer anchoring to docking. Please note that the mention of derelicts, a major cause of the new regulations and a real issue for coastal communities, is not found in this report. The newly established mooring field program and other anchoring restrictions, intended to solve the derelict problem, have not worked in most cases and have, in fact, severely limited the rights of legitimate boaters.

    For an interesting Public Opinion Survey taken by the FWC, go to page 157 of a 220 page report at http://myfwc.com/media/2704721/FindingsRecommendations.pdf

    NOTE: For comments from a landowner/boat owner, see Michael Bodin’s remarks below. His contribution is lengthy, but well worth reading.

    FWC holds public meeting to discuss the future of anchoring regulations in Florida
    In response to increasing concerns between local governments and boaters related to anchoring in state waters within local jurisdictions, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) conducted a public meeting in Tallahassee on July 21-22, 2014, to discuss anchoring issues and potential ways forward to resolve the conflicts.
    Attended by interested persons representing the boating industry, resident and visiting boaters and local and state governments, the two-day meeting focused on complex issues.
    “Protecting the rights of people to use the waters kept in public trust by the state is very important,” said Lt. Colonel Jack Daugherty. “We all want to keep Florida a boater-friendly state and maintain that great part of the Florida lifestyle and economy. On the other hand, local governments have the duty to respond to the needs of their citizens. We are committed to a robust dialogue and to seeking balance between boating interests and local governments in an effort to identify points of consensus and to help resolve some of these issues.”
    This year, Florida’s Legislature extended the Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program, which was authorized in 2009 to look for solutions to these problems, for three additional years in order to allow for more time to test various anchoring strategies and to engage stakeholders in exploring possible legislative solutions. During the public meeting, a framework for potential future anchoring legislation was discussed along with several draft regulatory provisions based on components of the pilot program, each aimed at solving or minimizing specific anchoring challenges.

    FWC staff will draft language based on comments from this meeting, distribute that language to interested parties and hold at least two additional public meetings to further refine a possible legislative proposal. Meeting notices and reference documents will be posted by mid-August on FWC’s Anchoring and Mooring web page, found at http://myfwc.com/boating/anchoring-mooring

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    Those promoting anti-anchoring laws often use the argument that it is about eliminating derelict boats, but the reality is very different. For example, many of the laws exempt local boats that are stored–the vast majority of so-called “derelicts.” In some cases the laws have been pushed by local influential home owners who don’t want people anchored near their property, and in other cases they are pushed by marina and mooring field owners who want to force people to pay for using public waterways. The arguments about safety and derelicts are a smokescreen. Note that boats have broken loose from so-called safe moorings in places like St. Augustine, and yet users must sign an agreement that absolves the city of all liability.
    John Kettlewell

    I’m still not buying the party line from the real estate people that this is about derelict boats. The problem is that waterfront property owners pay a lot for that property, and believe with all their little black hearts, that those high prices mean they should control everything they see from that high priced property. The bigger problem is that people who can afford to buy high priced property, can also afford to buy high priced politicians, through high priced campaign contributions. Another problem is that it doesn’t matter how many times they get these laws or regulations brought up unsuccessfully, or lose, they can get as many bites at the apple as they can afford. And, for a lot of these people, that is a lot of bites.
    In a way we’re lucky that they didn’t just decide that they wanted boats banned, because the same legislators that are carrying the water for them on anchoring restrictions, would be more than available to do it for banning boats, too.
    R. Holiman

  • Praise Continues for Sunbury Crab Company Restaurant and Marina, Medway River off AICW Statute Mile 620

    Sunbury Crab Company Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies off the AICW along the western shores of the Medway River, on the charted Sunbury Channel, north of Dickinson Creek.

    If you haven’t tried it, PLEASE …. Take a brief trip up the River off I C W to Sunbury Crab just south of Savannah, and enjoy a bit of old Key West, and old Florida, in the heart of beautiful “down east Georgia ” with Barney and Elaine. Great place to hang out with some of the best food ever. If you are not on your boat, it is to reach by car too. This is a must ” experience !!”
    First Mate Sue

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Sunbury Crab Company

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  • Update: Darien City Docks Open following Repairs, Darien, GA, off AICW Statute Mile 651.5

    Darien City Docks lie along the northern banks of the Darien River, hard by the charted 31-foot fixed bridge, in the heart of downtown Darien – Darien is found 7 nautical miles off the AICW via the fully marked Darien River Channel, featuring minimum 14 foot depths. Repairs have been completed on the docks and they are open for visitors. Our thanks to all who have contributed to this information.

    June 26, 2014
    The Darien docks have been repaired and are open effective June 24. The damage was caused by an unidentified vessel. Six new pilings had to be installed as well as numerous minor items.
    THE 48 HOUR FREE DOCKAGE PROGRAM IN BACK IN ACTION INCLUDING FREE POWER AND WATER. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. THANKS FOR THE HUNDREDS OF CRUISERS WHO HAVE VISITED.
    QUESTIONS? Called “dockmaster Dave” at 912-223-8855 or dbutler415@yahoo.com
    Bon voyage to all
    David Butler

    Received a message  today [6/21] from a member of the McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority that the “docks are ready for visitors from the ICW however, the power will not be available until sometime on Monday at the earliest.”
    James Newsome

    The earlier report of damage:

    The city marina in Darien, Georgia has been damaged due to a boat crashing into the outside dock. We arrived there late afternoon on June 13th in route from Savannah to Saint Simons Island and were told by an unidentified person on the dock that would could not dock there as it was closed. There was a pontoon boat at the end of the dock and two sailboats on the inside. All appeared unoccupied.
    I docked the boat and spoke with this person who got someone on the phone that was supposed to be in charge. After some discussion he agreed we could stay on the dock away from the damaged area. It was late in the day and we did not wish to look for a suitable anchorage as there were none close by. The shore power did not work but we did have access to water. There are no showers or restrooms at this marina.
    We had not called the marina in advance as it is not used by many transient boaters and did not believe there would be in problem. In the future I will call. I do not have any information on when the marina will be repaired and re-opened.
    Submitted by:
    David London
    S.V. Delphine
    Catalina 350

    Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Darien City Docks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Darien City Docks

  • Shallow Water Reported at Hell Gate, AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 602

    The AICW follows the short and narrow, man-made canal known as Hell Gate between the Vernon and Ogeechee Rivers. These waters have been an “AICW Problem Stretch” for years.

    Clairborne,
    Came thru “HELL GATE” in the dash lines connecting Ogeechee River with Little Ogeechee River at Racoon Key on a half tide (+3′) and bumped with a 3.5′ draft boat.
    John Wampler

    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

  • Navigation Aids Changes in Little Mud River AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 655

    This Local Notice to Mariners was posted by our friend  Susan Landry in Liveaboard Sailboat. For notes on a recent successful passage through this Problem Stretch, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=137920

    Georgia, Little Mud River, Navigation Aids Changes

    The Little Mud River is probably one of the best known problem spots along the Georgia ICW and most boater find it needs to be transited at mid to high tide. The following is a report of Nav aid changes…

    The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in the AICW in Little Mud River.

    Little Mud River Range Front Daybeacon A (LLNR 36855) will be permanently discontinued.

    Change Little Mud River Range Front Light B (LLNR 36880) to Little Mud River Light 196 – displaying Flashing 2.5s Red, TR on pile.

    Little Mud River Range Rear Light B (LLNR 36885) will be permanently discontinued.

    Altamaha Sound Daybeacon 197 (LLNR 36887) will be established in approximate position 31-18-33.850N / 081-18-53.130W and SG on pile.

    As part of this project, the Coast Guard will be evaluating the waterway. If needed , additional lateral aids will be installed to assist the mariner transiting this area. This action is currently scheduled to start the week of March 3rd, 2014.
    Charts 11507 11508

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Little Mud River

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