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Archive For: Georgia – News4 – Jekyll Creek to St. Marys River

  • A GREAT Visit to the Dungeness Greyfield Channel Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 711.5

    About three miles off the Waterway, departing the AICW near statute Mile 711.5, this anchorage lies east of Drum Point Island and hugs the western shore of Cumberland Island. As Captain Hough notes below, cruisers anchored here can easily dinghy ashore and enjoy the magnificent maritime forest scenery on Cumberland Island, as well as visit several old estates. Even if you usually patronize marinas, don’t dare miss this anchorage!!!!

    We stayed here for three nights, November 18-20. We rate it as the best reason to deploy the dinghy anywhere on the AICW. The holding was great, there was plenty of room – there were 15 sailboats plus multiple powerboats at one point during our stay – using many different parts of the anchorage. It would probably hold twice that many.
    Going ashore and walking to the beach with our picnic (honor charge, $4/person, worth every penny) was one of the highlights of our trip south. There is reasonable protection from the east, less so from the west, and relatively little from north and south, but if you are well set you would be okay.
    Captain Leigh Hough

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Anchorage Directory Listing For Dungeness Greyfield Channel Anchorage

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  • Praise for Jekyll Harbor Marina and Staff (Statute Mile 684.5)

    Jeykyll Harbor Marina... a Cool Place to Beat the HeatJekyll Harbor Marina lies along the easterly banks of the AICW’s passage through Jekyll Creek, immediately south of the 65-foot fixed bridge. These good folks are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and one heck of a friendly stop!

    Jekyll Island and the Marina are very special. The new dock master, Jessie and staff are working hard to improve everything. The new walkway, clean showers and pool area under the live oaks are the nicest on this coast. A bike ride to the beach or the historic district is in order when you dock here. No problems with depth at the docks and the channel is clear. Jessie and the staff cooked a wonderful thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings plus homemade Clam chowder for the cruisers docked here on Thanksgiving.
    Sonny

    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

  • AICW/Jekyll Creek – Captain Jane Reports (Statute Mile 683)

    Our “fearless, roving reporter,” Captain Jane’s, report below is one of the most in-depth looks at the AICW/Jekyll Creek “Problem Stretch” we have had her on the Cruisers’ Net. EVERYONE who will be traversing these shoal plagued waters this fall, or even during the spring of 2011, will want to take a CLOSE look at the account below!

    So, is it Jekyll Creek or Hyde Creek? Is it ridiculously shallow and perilous or fine or something in between?
    There are two well-publicized schools of thought on approaching Jekyll Creek. One is that it is so shallow you should only go near high tide on its way up. The other is that you should go at low tide so that you can see where the channel is. Other advice is to favor the Green side of the channel and some say the opposite.
    A recent November morning, several boats ahead of us on first-light parade out of Duplin River and neighboring Georgia anchorages chose the low-tide option which happened to be when at normal cruising speeds most of us would arrive there. As the captain of the fastest boat in the group said over the VHF: We’ll let you know if we get stuck.
    We compromised, throttled back and took Jekyll Creek at two feet above MLW. We chose neither the green nor the red side of the channel and observed the ranges with great fidelity and respect. We found nothing less than 8 feet of water and we practiced no form of complex intuition or sorcery. We also heard of no boats going aground ahead of us and presume the early morning group did just fine. While we were safely docked at Jekyll Harbor Marina, we did hear two vessels hail Towboat US for advice on Jekyll Creek and the Towboat US response was that there is a 3 foot spot at MLW and it’s best to transit Jekyll Creek at mid-tide rising.
    We know that each transit is a little different and it’s not always easy to know if you were really in the middle of the channel — we could have been lucky. However, in our experience in the Spring of 2010 and November 2010, Jekyll Creek is actually Jeckyll and not Hyde.
    Wait a minute — that’s not a picture of Jekyll Creek! Correct! Who has time to photograph Jekyll Creek with all the ranges and depth sounder “just in case” worship? This is a photograph of Faith Chapel in the Jekyll Island Historic District, among the homes and playground of the millionaires of the early 20th Century. Think of this as incentive to take the inside passage and transit Jekyll Creek. We encourage you to stay an extra day or arrive early enough to get in a visit to the historic district. It makes for a delightful afternoon. We recommend borrowing bicycles from the marina or walking (it’s about a mile) or asking one of the marina staff for a lift to the district. While there is a trolley tour, we’ve heard that walking is more fun and gives you an opportunity to enter buildings that are not part of the trolley tour. The Goodyear Cottage is home to the Jekyll Island Arts Association and features monthly exhibits. Through November is a show called “Blackberry Creek” featuring local artists — painters, sculptors, potters, and more. It’s a great opportunity to pick up holiday gifts — mugs, bowls, knitted hats, scarves … creativity abounds and your purchase helps support the artists and the arts association. In December, the gallery features the “Advanced Members Show.”
    A favorite of our afternoon self-guided walking tour (with suggestions from one of the employees at the museum) was the Jekyll Island Faith Chapel. Built in 1904, Faith Chapel features charming architecture and wooden gargoyles and a signed Louis Comfort Tiffany window. This little architectural jewel is open from 2 to 4.
    Captain Jane
    S/V Lady Jane

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

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  • Possible Marker Confusion at AICW/Crooked/Brickhill Rivers Intersection, AICW Statute Mile 703

    Captain Botkin is responding to this week’s Spectacular Grounding photo posting and the Georgia AICW stretch to which he refers is the Cumberland Dividings, long a trouble spot for shoaling. Take his advice: look at the marks and be sure that they are AICW marks with either a gold square or gold triangle! Also, click the link below for Captain Adam’s explanation of ICW markers.

    There’s a similar situation at about MM 703 where the Crooked River intersects the Brickhill River just south of the Cumberland Dividings. R62 looks like a marker for the Brickhill River, but it’s not. The chartplotter shows you aground, but you must honor all these red markers as ICW markers. Turn off your chartplotter! And ignore the magenta line!
    Captain Danny Botkin

    We will be going thru this tomorrow morning timed with a higher tide….but thought I would let you know that a power boat ended up aground there at r60 for several hours and there was a lot of talking to southbound boats by Tow Boat US who was waiting for some tide to come in and help float them out of a bad situation…..wakes from passing boats evidently had washed them even further into trouble….we could not see this from our anchorage but listened. We were aground here last year and have copious notes on our paper and elect. charts. Beware as of Nov 7th 2010 this continues to be a real problem.
    Captains Sami and Barry

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

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Section” Listing For Cumberland Dividings

    Click Here To View An Article on ICW Markers

  • Report of Good AICW Depths in Cumberland Dividings (Statute Mile 704)

    Captains Bob and Helen continue their detailed reports from their southward voyage through Georgia.
    Note that the so-called Cumberland Dividings portion of the AICW lies south of Jekyll Island and St. Andrew Sound. These waters are one of our perennial “AICW Problem Stretches.” And, while Captains Bob and Helen had no problems, note that their passage was taken one hour after high tide!!!! And, these waters have an (approximately) 8 foot tidal range, so you must subtract at least 7 feet from the readings below to discover what depths would be encountered at MLW! Even with these calculation, clearly Captains Bob and Helen found a track with plenty of water, even at MLW. Others have not been so lucky, so we suggest you click the link below to our “AICW Problem Stretch Directory” listing for these waters!

    Larry, after a great run through Jekyll Creek we figured we had time to do the Cumberland Dividings with a High Tide at 1500 (Same as Jekyll Creek). Entered Cumberland Dividings at 1 hour after high tide. Draft 5 ft
    G57=24 ft
    G57A =13ft
    G59= 16ft
    R60 = 16ft
    R62= 23ft (at 1625)
    G65 = 17.3 ft
    Exit 1630 Good Run. Good Water. With good water we did go to the Green near R60 and R62 from previous reports but did not have to go that far as we had good water. If folks play the tides there would not be such negative reports.
    Captains Bob and Helen

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Section” Listing For Cumberland Dividings

  • Detailed Report on SHALLOW Depths in Jekyll Creek, AICW Statute Mile 683

    Captains Bob and Helen continue their detailed reports from their southward voyage through Georgia.
    As many of you already know, the Jekyll Creek section of the AICW, south of St. Simons Sound, is one of the worst “AICW Problem Stretches” on the entire run from Norfolk, VA to Miami, FL.
    Note that Captains Bob and Helen’s reading below were taken only a hour before high tide. With a tidal range of approximately 8 feet, that means we must subtract at least 7 feet from the soundings below to discover what depths would be at MLW. Notice that means there would be 1 FOOT of water near marker #18 at low tide!!!!!!!!
    Clearly, cruisers MUST plan to traverse this section of the AICW as near to high water as possible!

    Larry, we hit Jekyll Creek about 1 hr 15 min before high tide.
    Jekyll Creek, High Tide 1503. Entered Creek at 1345 Draft 5 ft
    R8 = 18.6 ft,
    G9=18.6 ft,
    R10 = 13ft,
    G..11=13 ft,
    G13=13ft,
    g17=13ft,
    R18=8ft,
    G19=13ft
    R20=13ft (Time 14:04),
    R20A=11.5 ft,
    R24=16 ft,
    Exit Creek 1415
    Good Run down the middle of the marks. You need to play the tides Mid-to High
    Captains Bob and Helen aboard M/Y ALLEZ

    And, Captain Pascal chips in with the notes below. Though he doesn’t say it, I deeply suspect his readings were taken near high tide as well.

    I came thru Jekyl on the Oct 30th (70′ MY, 6+ draft) and noted the following:
    10′MLW all the way from northern creek entrance to G13
    At G13, I aimed straight for R16 until about 200′ north of being abeam of the range marker, then turned to port to intercept the range. on this path, the shallowest water i found was about 7 to 8′ MLW just before the range and then on the range, all the way to G19 which I passed about 100′ away.
    The key here, like many other places is to go slow and feel your way thru for best water as the channel is very narrow. it’s easy to stray off just 30′ and find very shallow water.
    Pascal

    G19 on range found 2.7′ corrected for MLLW. [Transit Jekyll Creek] Definitely [at] 1/2 [tide] or better.
    Captain Ed Potter

    11/3/10 9:30 am local, low tide today is at 12:47pm
    PASSED GREEN #19 mid channel & saw 8.5 ft the rest of the cut the readings were around 11 ti 12t.
    Mike & Barbara aboard M/V Elan

    Well,clearly different cruisers are finding very different depths in the AICW/Jekyll Creek. See Captain Rogers note below.
    I suspect these soundings differ because some are lucky enough to find the best water, while others are encountering shallows “in the AICW channel.” Jekyll Creek is still, in our collective opinion, the #2 problem stretch on the entire run from Norfolk to Miami (with Little Mud River as the #1 problem)

    We came through Jekyll yesterday(11/3/2010) an hour before low and saw no less then 8 feet. I called Jekyll Island Marina and talked with them before transitting because of what I had read. They said they had seen no problems and depths were good and just stay in the channel. They also said going through at low was a good idea because you can definitely see where the channel is. I used the range marks and they were right on.
    Richard Rodgers

    Click Here To View the “AICW Problems” Entry For Jekyll Creek

  • Advice on AICW Passage through Cumberland Dividings (Statute Mile 704)

    Retriever, like many other cruisers, advises passage within 2 hours of high tide, preferably a rising tide, while cruising through this “AICW Problem Stretch.” The crew of “Retriever” also cautions against staying glued to the magenta line of your chartplotter. Look at the markers!

    Passed through the Cumberland Dividings about 2 hours before MHW. Look at the markers – not your chartplotter, it’ll take you into the marshes and shoals to the east. The only “issue” was at the sharp right turn at the bottom of the Dividings (all the reds are clustered together). Retriever saw 6′ – so would not of wanted to traverse that stretch at low tide considering those South GA tidal variations…
    Retriever

    And, from Captain Pascal regarding this same AICW Problem Stretch:

    I’ve always timed passage just past high tide since i usually stop before Little Mud River and timed that entire section around the tides (70MY, 6+ draft)
    So far I’ve always found only 7 to 8′ MLW thru Cumberland Dividing but this year (Oct 30th) I went much further to the green side than before and never saw less than 12′ or so.
    The key after G59A, southbound, is to stay on the green side, and aim for that ghost round island seen on the chart across from R60. at that spot, you will have 13′ MLW
    Pascal

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Section” Listing For Cumberland Dividings

  • Report on AICW/Jekyll Creek Depths (near Statute Mile 683)

    This is good news and good advice in light of recent reports of decreasing depths in Jekyll Creek.

    Submitted on 2010/10/26 at 6:22pm
    Just traversed Jekyll Creek an hour before MLW (according to my “Charts and Tides” App on my iPhone – highly recommended!). I have a Beneteau 40 that draws 5′3 – came within inches of touching but never did. When you approach Green #19, stay in the exact center of the water you can see (there is hundreds of feet of exposed mud to either side of you at close-to-low tide). Great advice from the Jekyll Harbor Marina! It’s still pretty skinny (at low tide) from there to the bridge, but again – with a 5′3 draft I never touched…
    Retriever

    Click Here To View the “AICW Problems” Entry For Jekyll Creek

    Click Here For Another Report on Jekyll Creek

  • Pleasant Visit to Jekyll Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 684.5

    Jeykyll Harbor Marina... a Cool Place to Beat the HeatJekyll Harbor Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, is on the east side of the Waterway, just south of the 65 foot Jekyll Island Bridge. For those of us who remember when Jekyll was accessible only by boat, there will always be a certain mystery about this historic island. Don’t miss the on-site Sea Jays restaurant at this facility. They do a “Low Country Boil” which makes for some truly fine eating!

    The staff and manager couldn’t be more helpful. The concrete face dock parallels the current so, making arrival and departure much easier. We enjoyed being a short bike ride from the historic district and spent several days exploring the island.
    Doc aboard s/v Sweet Pea, Island Packet 32

    Here’s an update since we decided to stay for a while rather than push on. Jessie, the new dock master, is busy with lots of maintenance and upgrade projects: replacing the wooden walkway to the floating docks, more powerful WiFi with repeaters to push the signal below decks, revamping the showers, and generally putting things in tip-top condition. They’ve started a boaters reward program with coupons for free laundry tokens, discounts on dockage, free bicycle use. No hassle to join, just give them your email or even just the boat’s name. Friendly community of cruisers, many of whom return year after year. There’s often an impromptu party on the dock around sundown that may then migrate to Sea Jay’s to listen to the live music.
    Doc aboard s/v Sweet Pea, Island Packet 32

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

  • Report of a Good Passage through Cumberland Dividings (AICW Statute Mile 704)

    The Channel through Cumberland Dividings has been a Georgia Problem Area for some time. Click on the links below for a Chart View of the area and further comments from fellow boaters.

    Submitted on 2010/07/15 at 8:57am
    We came through Cumberland Dividings yesterday at a mid-high tide and never saw less that 12′.
    Captain Susan Parker

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Section” Listing For Cumberland Dividings

  • Dungeness Greyfield Channel Anchorage (Statute Mile 711.5)

    Wow, talk about an anchorage with promise. That’s just what we have with the waters abeam of the so-called, “Sea Camp” docks on the Dungeness – Greyfield Channel. Getting here is made MUCH easier with a well functioning GPS chartplotter aboard, but after dropping the hook, dinghy ashore to Cumberland Island, and experience the incredible, untouched maritime forests, historic homes and one of the best beaches anywhere. These lands are now a Federal park, and it is to all our good fortune that this entire isle is safe from rampant development. Don’t dare miss this one!!!

    Great anchorage and spot to visit. We visited the island and would like to do it again on the next trip.
    Holding was good for us despite reports of problems by other cruisers. We experienced a calm anchoring, but the anchorage is exposed to just about all wind directions. Wind with opposing current could make for a bumpy time.
    Dick Litchfield

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Georgia Anchorage Directory Listing For The Dungeness Greyfield Channel Anchorage

  • Going “Outside” Around the Georgia Coastline Can Have Its Difficulties

    There’s has been a lot of discussion recently about going offshore to bypass the troubled Georgia AICW (principally Little Mud River and Jekyll Creek). However, below we hear from Ted Jones, former editor and co-owner of the late, great “Coastal Cruising” magazine, that going outside can lead to its own set of perils!

    Log April 29th & 30th, 2010 ~ Fernandina Beach, FL to Ashepoo River, SC:
    1200: We cleared St. Mary’s Inlet and set a course, close on the wind, for St. Andrew’s Sound sea buoy intending to stop at Beaufort. However, when we got there we were told there was no dockage available because of a weekend festival. We were dog tired from sailing all night, but as it was early we decided to continue on toward Charleston. But that gets ahead of an eventful passage.
    1400: We motorsailed in the light easterly breeze until it filled in from the SE in the early afternoon as predicted. It was a delightfully sunny afternoon, and we both enjoyed sitting on the cabin top (safety harnesses clipped on) leaning against the dinghy while “Ralph” steered. We secured the engine and enjoyed “silent running” for a change. Ted wasn’t sure how long Ralph could steer without the engine running. We would find out.
    1600: We set four-hour watches with Malla taking the first.
    2000: Ted had an uneventful evening watch. When Malla took over we decided to dog the midnignt to 0400 watch each taking two hours. When Ted checked the GPS, it had stopped working, giving us a position which was hours old. Never mind, we had a good DR working so were not concerned. However, it would be important to confirm our position at the several sea buoys along our course line.
    0200, April 30th: Ted took over from Malla. It was easy sailing with the wind aft and Ralph steering. Malla confessed that it was difficult for her to stay awake.
    Ahead, Ted could see the telltale characteristics of a sea buoy (flashing the morse code for the letter “A”) and wanted to be sure it was the Tybee Roads sea buoy and not St. Andrews. It was soon apparent that it was the former as four ships could be seen headed toward it on a crossing course. Not wanting to cross ahead of fast moving ships, Ted hardened up to parallel thier course in the reciprocal direction. Two ships flashed passed and could be seen rounding the sea buoy. The other two ships were moving more slowly, so we wore around to sail parallel to them and make positive identification of the sea buoy and let them pass so we could resume our course for St. Andrews and have a definite point of departure.
    We were well ahead of the lead ship of the last two when it sounded the danger signal. The radio had been crackling below, which Malla heard someone calling the “sailing vessel in the Savannah River ship channel.” As she knew we were offshore and not in the Savannah River, she did not think they were calling us. I was to busy on the helm to go below and use the radio, and I had not brought the hand held VHF on deck, which we use to contact draw bridges, so could not immediately reply. I held my course toward the sea buoy and again the ship sounded the danger signal. I tacked away.
    Meanwhile a third set of running lights appeared bearing down on the sea buoy. And as we were in the process of keeping clear, this set of lights came along side and Ted could see that it was a pilot boat. Now able to leave the helm for a few seconds, Ted dove below and located the hand held radio in the dark and called the pilot on channel 13. He was pretty irate and wanted to know what our intention was and where were we headed? I told him it was out intention to keep clear of the ships and to resume my course once they had passed. Meanwhile, the first ship of the last two had commenced a 360 degree turn and balled me out on the radio for causing him to need to do that. The fourth ship apparently followed suit with a 360 degree turn.
    It was a very unfortunate set of circumstances which could have been prevented had I been able to use the radio. However, since we had not responded, the closest ship could not know of our intentions and initiated a turn to avoid us. (I have been on the bridge of a large ship and shared the frustration of its captain as small boats darted unexpectedly apparently into harms way. The pilot of a large ship needs to know that smaller vessels intend to keep clear.)
    I was clearly at fault for not being able to communicate, and sincerely regret the inconvenience and possible danger I had caused. We continued to sail south, away from the sea buoy until we were well astern of the fourth ship, then resumed our course for St. Andrew’s Sound, some 10 miles further north.
    0400: By now it was Malla’s turn again to take the watch. We had been steering 025 degrees, on average, since leaving St. Mary’s Inlet, and had recently corrected to 030 to allow for leeway. Now, before turning in, I rechecked the heading between Tybee Roads and St. Andrews and was surprised that it turned out to be 060 degrees. I accepted this, told Malla to steer 060 and expect to see the MO-A in an hour and a half, and lay down to rest.
    0600: When St. Andrews had failed to appear we carried on for another 15 minutes, as I concluded that we had steered a course leading us out of sight of the sea buoy and changed course to intercept the coast.
    0730: We finally spotted what we thought was the sea buoy and changed course to intercept the channel. The “sea buoy” turned out to be another sailboat with a red channel marker astern of it. Then we saw the inner range marker, checked the chart which showed shoal water northeast of it, and hardened up to pass the range marker on its west side.
    0930: In a call to the Beaufort town docks we were told that there were no slips to be had. After talking it over between us, Malla and I decided to continue on toward Charleston, by-passing Beaufort regretfully, and tired as we were, we’d seek out an anchorage where we could make Charleston in one more day’s run.
    1500: Ted selected a creek well off the ICW as a suitable anchorage. We actually passed it and had to double back, but it was deep and protected from the increasingly strong SE wind. The current was strong, so we set a second anchor toward the middle of the creek, and, the next day being Saturday, we remained there, out of harms way from the thundering herds, until Sunday. Despite the strong currents, it was delightful.
    Ted Jones

  • Jekyll Harbor Marina (Statute Mile 684.5)

    Jekyll Harbor Marina has long been known as one of the most cruiser friendly marinas along the Georgia coastline. And, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!! Below, Captain Diana gives us some recent updates on this charming facility, as well as some good advice about what to do, and where to provision ashore.

    Jekyll Island’s specialness, and the many reasons that make Jekyll Harbor Marina a great stop along the coast, has been well-described here. I would like to add to it and make some corrections, however. SeaJay’s Waterfront Cafe and Pub is open year-round (not seasonally) seven days a week. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the entertainment is live, acoustical guitar music. And yes, the Wharfratz still perform, getting better every year. The place can get busy, but the veranda’s stunning view at sunset can make the wait more pleasant. Also just south of Jekyll Harbor is Tidelands Nature Center, easy to reach with one of the marina’s courtesy bikes. A courtesy van (island use only) also helps meet provisioning needs and takes guests to golf courses. The local grocery has nearly everything a cruiser might require, fresh and otherwise. And the liquor store, bank and post office are conveniently nearby.
    Capt. Diana
    SV Strider
    Tayana 37

    Enjoyed our stay at Jekyll Harbor Marina. Highly recommend a tour of the mostly restored Millionaire’s Club area. Ate lunch and dinner at the club house. Both were excellent. Lunch was fairly cheap, but dinner very expensive, but worth it in my estimation. Also there is the Georgia Marine Research center which has a hospital for turles. One was having an operation!!!
    SV Aquarius

    I echo Capt Diana’s comments. We’ve been at Jekyll Island Marina since February. Friendly people, great restaurants. Since most transients tie up side-on to the east side of the river, there is an unobstructed view of the sunset.
    The ICW here is a bit tricky, but keep a close eye on the sounder and plotter and you’ll be fine.
    Sun Dog – 420 Sundancer

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

  • Delaroche Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 702)

    Delaroche Creek makes for a pretty good anchorage, but there may not be sufficient swing room for vessels larger than 38 feet.

    Anchored here 4-7-10 with SE wind so went a little farther than indicated on chart above. By dropping the hook just beyond the split we had plenty of room to be blown to the north west and shallower depths. Dropped the hook at N30 51.653, W081 30.308 in 12.5 ft at high tide but boat was in 15.5 ft. Easy to get in and close to the waterway.
    Jean Thomason
    (DOVEKIE)

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Anchorage Directory Listing For Delaroche Creek Anchorage

  • Jekyll Harbor Marina (Statute Mile 684.5)

    Jekyll Harbor Marina has gained the sure and certain reputation as being one of the most cruiser friendly marinas from Norfolk, VA to New Orlenas. And, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Jekyll Harbor Marina as always is a nice place to stop – $1.75 transient rate. But if you just buy a little fuel and perhaps have lunch at the delightful Caribe style restaurant, they’ll let you stay at the dock free for a couple of hours. Certainly an overnight stay is worthwhile if only to see the “Millionaires Club” where at one time (circa 1910) the Morgans, Rockefellers and Rothchilds formed the Federal Reserve. Now their less wealthy successors play croquet on the lawn – “keeping a stiff upper lip” as we Brits say.
    Captain Arnold

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Jekyll Harbor Marina

  • Sea Camp Dock/Greyfield -Dungeness Channel Anchorage (Cumberland Island, near St. M. 711.5)

    Please note that in the Net’s “Georiga Anchorage Directory,” we term the anchorage Captain Arnold discusses below as the “Dungeness – Greyfield Channel Anchorage.” Whatever you call it, cruisers can drop the hook abeam of the piers which have long been known as the “Sea Camp Dock,” dinghy ashore, and experience one of the most beautiful, not to mention historic, barrier islands in the Southeast!
    A GPS chart plotter is ever so helpful in running the largely unmarked channel from the Waterway’s passage through Cumberland Sound, to this anchorage.

    Across Cumberland Sound – dodging the odd nuclear submarine – there’s a great mooring on the Western side of Cumberland Island. You can dinghy to the second dock up and walk not a quarter mile to a most beautiful pristine beach on the Atlantic side. A walk also to the ruins of Dungeness is worthwile and easy to take pics of the wild horses there. They don’t seem all that wild to me – everytime I see ‘em they’re quietly grazing just like ordinary horses. I suspect a marketing come on…… In north or south winds combined with fairly strong current, the bottom does tend to be slippy – so put out plenty of rode and maybe even two anchors if blustery.
    Captain Arnold

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Anchorage Directory Listing For The Dungeness – Greyfield Channel Anchorage

  • Another Grounding On “Cumberland Dividings”/AICW – Southern Brickhill River Intersection (St. M. 704)

    The mischarted stretch of the Georgia AICW at the southern foot of the “Cumberland Dividings,” hard by the AICW/southern Brickhill River intersection, is fast becoming a true AICW problem stretch! I intend to add it to the Net’s “ICW Problems” section shortly. In the meantime, please exercise maximum caution when cruising these waters!

    Subject: ICW/ Crooked River
    Cruising News: Previous suggestions to stay way left (southbound) from G59 to the “island that isn’t there is valid. I transited about 1+45 before low tide and found depths of 15 to 25 feet until we reached the island and then it started to fall off to 15 feet. We then slowly turned to G63 with good depths. We would not hesitate to go thru here at low tide so long as we followed the channel “uncomfortably close” to the green shore between 59 and the “island”. We ended up at less than 20 yards off by the time we got to the island.
    David Jenkins

    Subject: Follow up to previous
    Cruising News: Cumberland Dividings/Crooked River area:
    At G57 – 12.1′
    At G57A – 11.9′
    Between G57A and G59 – 8.2′ (I proceeded directly from close abeam G57A to close abeam G59) Reading time was 2 hours prior to dead low, so subtract about 2 feet.
    Again, whoever found and reported the best way to go through here is to be thanked big time.
    Good Cruising.
    Capt Dave

    Subject: Georgia MM 704 Red Marker 60A
    Cruising News: Wed. January 13, 2010. Ran aground at Red Marker 60A AICW MM 704 despite all the warnings. We draw 6 ft and were north of the red marker by 150 ft or so and still grounded. We were about 3′ above MLW and were able to get off. The channel is very close to the shore line here. Cruisers with deep draft vessels should use extreme caution here especially approaching at low tide. Stay uncomfortably close to the shore line and approach slowly. Oh, I forgot to mention to forget the magenta line and charts in this location and follow the markers. We knew of the problems with the charts and shallow water and still grounded at a slow speed.
    Capt J Price

    Subject: Brickhill River at ICW
    Cruising News: Came through this area 0n 1/14/10. The chartplotter posted on this website from October or November by Nellie D is absolutely correct. Stay way over to the green side at 60 and 60A. Go east of the “island”, which does not exist. We had nothing less than 12 feet an hour and a half after low tide. We heard three boats aground at 60 or 60 A, close by them. Stay away to the green side. Claiborne Young’s website will keep you put of trouble all the way if you follow it closely.
    Norman Mason

    Yes, in this area ignore the magenta line and go way E. After several sweaty palms episodes there I have carefully transited and recorded the following waypoints (S to N) which give 17 feet at MLW:
    South: 30d 50.85′N, 081d28.66′W
    Mid: 30d 50.92′N, 081d 28.66′W
    North: 30d 51.01′N, 081d 28.73′W
    Stay uncomfortably close to the E shore AND track directly over the marsh shown (incorrectly) in the middle of the intersection. DO NOT hug the reds!
    Carl Gaines

    I just went thru this area and this is what I did. I went close abeam to G57, G57A and G59. Minimum depth for this was 8.2 feet between G57A and G59 minus 2′ for tide. So minimum would be about 6.2 feet.
    Then I proceeded closer and closer to the shore ending up less that 20 yards off by the time I went by G59A.
    I went over the “island” and had over 20 feet. Immediately after the island depth dropped off to 15 feet and I slowly proceeded to turn right towardsG63.
    Minimum depths along the shore was 20 to 26 feet minum two for tide. Stay away from R60 and R60A and R62A.
    This was accomplished 2 hours prior to dead low.
    Capt Dave

    I agree 100% with this report. I have my boat berthed at Golden Isle Marina, St. Simons Island, GA. I would recommend going off shore from St. Simons Island to St. Mary’s. If this section does not get you, Jekyll Creek will. Also it is much faster going off shore even at 7kts.
    M/V Arctic Jasmine

  • Great, Breakfast Spot In St. Marys Village

    We just love to break off from the AICW, immediately north of the Georgia – Florida state line, and track our way up St. Marys River to the like named village. This little community is a delight, unless the winds happen to be blowing from one of the nearby paper mills (and that doesn’t happen too often).
    St. Marys has always had an embarrassment of riches when it comes to good places to satisfy a healthy appetite, but over the last several years, breakfast has been sort of left out. No More! Read Captain Wilson’s message below, and you’ll know where to chase away the night-time hunger goonies
    !

    Just 2 1/2 blocks from the waterfront in St. Mary’s, GA on Osborne St. Is the Cedar Block Cafe that serves breakfast starting at 7:00 am. It’s the only game in town during this time of year and at this hour. They just opened December 1st of 2009. Very warm welcome and specialty coffees to boot.
    John Wilson

  • Important – Mis-Charted AICW Channel In “Cumberland Dividings” (Statute Mile 700 to 705)

    This is only the latest in a series of postings here on the Cruisers’ Net’s “Georgia” cruising news section about the navigational problems of the AICW section (south of Jekyll Island), known as the “Cumberland Dividings.” Among other problems, NOAA shows the infamous “magenta line” on the wrong side of marker #60A. Take caution when cruising this seciton of the Waterway!

    MM 704 approx. A vessel went aground at 60A as we approached. The red markers appear to be a jumble from afar because of the trick of perspective. I’ve no idea why NOAA hasn’t corrected its errant magenta line at 60A. Skipper Bob has a current description and warning. If you take the markers one at a time, it becomes clear where to go. Just don’t look at the magenta line in the chart, follow red
    right returning.
    We followed the advice on Skipper Bob’s Internet update and kept way off the reds for the whole section and found nothing less than 12 feet.
    Captain Jane Tigar

    Southbound in the Cumberland Dividings between mile 700 and 705 were the Brickhill River enters the Cumberland Dividings at red marker 60A keep well to the east. Stay east of the red 60A.
    Brian
    MIDORI

    Subject: shoaling near 703.5
    Cruising News: We ran aground at r60 between 58a and r60 you have to stay right over next to the shore almost and do not follow the magenta line…..you will need to go over what the chart shows as solid ground. We draw 5’9″ by the way.
    Sami and Barry

  • Visiting Cumberland Island (Statute Mile 711.5)

    As you will read below, Captain Jean did it right. They departed the AICW at the southern extreme of the Dungenss – Grefield Channel, cruised north on this latter passage, and anchored off the Park Serve, “Sea Camp” dock. From this location, it’s an easy dinghy ride to shore.
    Don’t miss the chance to visit Cumberland Island ashore. This is truly one of the most magnificent, almost totally undeveloped sea islands, easily accessible to the public, anywhere in the Southeastern USA!!!!

    We had a lovely day on Cunberland Island at Plum Orchard (walked to the beach on the Duck House Trail) yeaterday and at Sea Camp today. We anchored overnight then took the boat right in to the dock for the day. The outside of the north dock handles a 30 ft boat easily and could take a 36 ft. As long as you leave by sunset, you are welcome to stay at the dock all day. The depth at the dock was 8 Ft an hour before low tide- there is room on the inside of the north dock for a 28 ft or smaller but I don’t know what the depth is.
    There are Ranger led tours of Dungeness area (from the Ice House dock) when the Ferry comes in – about 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM. There is a illustrated ranger talk at sea camp dock at 4 PM. There is public docking space at Ice House Dock on the north side – not as much room as at Sea Camp, but I would guess up to 28 ft could dock there and the depths are good. Certainly dinghies can be brought to either dock.
    Jean Thomason
    (DOVEKIE)

    Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For The Dungeness – Greyfield Channel Anchorage

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