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Archive For: Georgia – News3 – Ogechee River to St. Simons Sound

  • Grounding, Little Mud River AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 655


    Little Mud River is almost universally acknowledged to be the worst section of the entire Waterway from Norfolk to Miami. This AICW Problem Stretch lies some 21 statute miles north of Brunswick, Georgia. SSECN continues to recommend navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only. Our thanks to yacht delivery Captain Terry for this newest update. For a comprehensive report from Little Mud River, go to http://cruisersnet.net/?p=128659

    Navigated Mud River on Nov 30 boat 48 Viking, kicked up plenty mud, many seagulls following wake.
    50 ft Sport Fish hi and dry aground, missed the turn, soft mud, Sea Tow pulled off mud flat, no damage to boat or running gear.
    Terry

    12/8 Follow-up:
    Larry, there were four boats traveling together, I was on Lockout a 48 Viking en route from Manasquan NJ to Palm Beach, Sea Tow came out and pulled him out after the tide came in, it was around 15:48 Dead low tide (7ft tide swing). We all stayed over at St. Simon’s Island and met for dinner. There was virtually no damage to the 54 Sport Fish and the Captain had around 40 years experience. I will not mention the name of the boat due to respect. Remember it can happen to anyone. If it has not happened, with time it is certain to happen.
    Terry

    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

  • 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.

    GEORGIA – AICW – ST SIMONS SOUND TO TOLOMATO RIVER – ST SIMONS SOUND – FERNANDINA BEACH: Hazard to Navigation.
    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

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

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    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: doug.haymans@dnr.ga.gov

    Additional information is available at www.CoastalGaDNR.org “News and Notices.”

  • 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!

  • 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, http://cruisersnet.net/158430, 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 http://cruisersnet.net/156050 . 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

  • 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 FOR THE FULL UPDATE

    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

  • 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.

    GEORGIA – SAPELO AND DOBOY SOUNDS – SAPELO RIVER: Shoal
    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 www.activecaptain.com.  Two other  websites that all ICW travelers should know about are www.waterwayguide.com and www.cruisersnet.net.  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; bpickel@seahavenconsulting.com.  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.
    Jim
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Ft. Myers, FL
  • More Good Words for Sunbury Crab Company Restaurant and Marina, Medway River off AICW Statute Mile 620


    Skipper Dick Lawson joins others in praising Sunbury Crab Company in Brunswick, GA. Sunbury Crab Company Marina lies off the Waterway along the western shores of the Medway River, on the charted Sunbury Channel, north of Dickinson Creek.

    This marina is 8 miles up the Medway River from the ICW. Plenty of deep water. Marina facility is basic but docks are good with water and power. Restaurant serving fresh local shrimp was excellent, but only open Wednesday thru Saturday nights. Ask for the owner, Elaine, and she will make sure you have a comfortable stay.
    Dick Lawson

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Sunbury Crab Company

  • High Praise for Brunswick Landing Marina, off AICW Statute Mile 680


    Brunswick Landing Marina, a very popular facility with long term resident cruisers as well as transient cruisers, 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.

    I love this marina! As a delivery captain and salesman, for Prestige Yachts, I stop in many marinas. Brunswick Landing is in a safe hole, with little boat traffic, easy fuel, FANTASTIC staff, free beer, and bicycles to pedal around town.
    The floating docks are great, the restrooms are very clean, ice at tge end of the docks, and coffee in the morning on the fuel pier.
    I’ll be back in a few weeks. Thanks for the hospitality.
    Brad Heil

    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

  • Ridley Report: Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles, AICW near Statute Mile 676


    Charlie and Jackie make another entry in their log with this report from Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles which lies along the southern reaches of the Frederica River, between Lanier and St. Simons Islands, south of the charted 9 foot bridge.

    5-4-16 Now at Morningstar Marina at St Simons. At MM590. One of my favorites. Restaurant at top of docks is very good- under new management and got liquor license last Thursday. Great app’s and a great margarita!! Make res’s as very busy. Mitch- dock hand- is the beat. Current can be very bad and combined with wind can make docking no fun. Listen to Mitch (or Chick) and he’ll get you in safely. Showers are very nice and laundry also. If on south end of face dock, long walk to take out dog, go to Coastal Kitchen or borrow the loaner car (but we need the exercise!!) A very nice CRV loaner. 1 hour limit. Of course best things are the muffins and newspaper delivered to your boat every morning– best muffins anywhere!!! one of our favorite marinas!! Almost forgot– if need diesel mechanic that I think is not only good but honest– ask for Wayne. He impressed me and that is not easy!!
    Charlie and Jackie on Traveler.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Golden Isles Marina

  • Unhappy with Brunswick Landing Marina, off AICW Statute Mile 680


    Brunswick Landing Marina, a very popular facility with long term resident cruisers as well as transient cruisers, 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.

    I have been a loyal customer of this marina for 15 years. I’ve seen it grow due to the efforts of the marina staff and the camaraderie developed among other cruisers and have always given it high marks for being among the best marina in the area. Unfortunately that has all changed under new management. Exorbitant charges are being billed as “environmental fees” i.e wifi, pump out, live aboard fees and marina security. These are to me the cost of doing business in an environment where boaters need and expect these services, but to add an additional fee to higher dockage rates has made Brunswick Landing intolerable. The boat yard in requiring outside vendors to add 20% to their normal charges to compensate the marina is ludicrous. It is clear the management is only looking out for themselves and has no understanding as to “who brought them to the table.” You may want to look into this and steer boaters to distant shores….it is NOT a place you would want to recommend.
    Robert Wilson

    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

  • More Good Words for Brunswick Landing Marina, off AICW Statute Mile 680


    Brunswick Landing Marina, a very popular facility with long term resident cruisers as well as transient cruisers, 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.

    The marina is the best in the area, and while the facilities are some of the best on the ICW, the staff – Sherri and Cindy – are the most welcoming and “make you feel at home” people on earth. The marina is well represented by these two young ladies as anyone that has visited will attest to. Without them, it would just be another struggling marina.
    Jimmy Crack Corn

    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

  • Catamaran Skipper Seeks Boat Yard near Brunswick, GA

    Skipper Ted is looking for a DIY boat yard for his catamaran. Let us know if you have recommendations.

    Would like to know how to find out or post a message to find best marina in the New Brunswick GA area that can accommodate 24′ beam Cat for haul out and allows DIY bottom painting. Any help?? Thank you in advance. Ted

  • Advice on Hell Gate Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 602


    We are always hearing of extreme shallows at Hell Gate and recent conflicting reports still indicate problems at low tide. See http://cruisersnet.net/153633 and http://cruisersnet.net/153843. This report comes from one of our friends in AGLCA. SSECN still recommends MID TO HIGH TIDE as a requirement for navigating through Hell Gate.

    Hell Gate GA
    As a general rule, this section is best attempted with a rising tide. I guided 5 sailboats through there last November 21, 2015 during the Sail 2015 Rally Down the ICW.. We entered Hell Gate at exactly dead low and proceeded slowly. Of the 6 of us all drawing between 4.5 and 6 feet only the 6 footer ran aground. We draw 4.5 feet and several of the other boats with us were 5.5 feet. We were fine at dead low. In my experience, it is best to stay off G 89 about 75-100 feet.
    Reversing that route for north bound, stay center channel as you proceed into Hell Gate and then be on the west side of the as you approach G89, After the G89 continue north for about 300 feet before you actually take the turn towards the east. G89 does not exactly mark the actual bend in the channel After bend continue to stay west but then shift to the center of the channel as you approach the Vernon river.
    The most recent crowd sourced charts show 4-5 feet in the channel at low water. Given that the tidal range here is 9 feet, If you approach Hell Gate an hour or two after low you will have plenty of water in the channel. If you would like to have a copy of my tracks, please PM me.
    Cheers,
    Tom

    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

  • Georgia Coastal and Marine Planner Now Available Online

    Here is an opportunity for boaters to learn more about the plans that our state government agencies are considering for our coastal waters. Even without the training session, the website can be very useful.

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    Training for the Georgia Coastal and Marine Planner February 17, 2016

    As use of our ocean’s resources increase so do potential conflicts between user groups. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division (CRD) facilitates state management of coastal and ocean resources through improved planning and coordination.
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    CRD is partnering with the Georgia Tech Center for Geographic Information Systems and Strategic Energy Institute to launch a new planning tool called the Georgia Coastal and Marine Planner (GCAMP), which provides key information to coastal and ocean use stakeholders. GCAMP is a web-based map viewer that provides Georgia-specific data and information for planning and decision making. The resource assessment and planning tool provides easy access to geospatial information without the requirement of expensive or complicated software. GCAMP was designed to provide biological, physical, and human-use information in the offshore environment to planners, managers, decision makers, and the public.

    “GCAMP establishes a transparent and open process for fostering better understanding among stakeholders about what is happening in Georgia’s coastal and ocean environment. It provides factual information about the location of natural resources and the location of human uses. This will help coastal and ocean resource managers avoid conflicts when modifying existing human uses and planning future activities,” said Jill Andrews, program manager at CRD.

    Training on GCAMP will be held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm February 17, 2016 at the Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center located at the DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters, One Conservation Way, Brunswick. The public is invited to attend. There are also tutorials on the viewer’s website Geospatial.gatech.edu/GCAMP

    For more information on GCAMP please contact Sonny Emmert or Jill Andrews at 912-264-7218

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


    AGLCA member Benjamin Peeler has these good words for Sunbury Crab Company in Brunswick, GA. Sunbury Crab Company Marina lies off the Waterway along the western shores of the Medway River, on the charted Sunbury Channel, north of Dickinson Creek.

    Had 2 great stays at Sunbury Crab Co. on our last trip down ICW to this summer. Highly recommend.

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

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  • Good Words for Fort McAllister Marina, Ogeechee River, near AICW Statute Mile 603.5


    Loopers Michael and Marian War give many reasons to take a delightful cruise up the Ogeechee River to this excellent marina. The marina is located on the southern bend of a hairpin curve in the Ogeechee River.

    Fort McAllister Marina on the Ogeechee River. Turn to port at R98 and CALL them – 912-727-2632. Follow their directions precisely as you will cross from one side of the river to the other as you approach. The marina has added buoys to mark the route from the north side of the river across to the dock. Best to dock at slack tide as the current runs about 5-6 knots. The marina has alongside floating docks, gas and diesel fuel, and Fish Tales Restaurant for dinner. Two showers and a washer/dryer just across the street, and if you’re interested in history, it’s just under a mile to Fort McAllister State Park, where Sherman ended his march to the sea.
    Michael and Marian War

    Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fort McAllister Marina

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