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

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • Good Words for Big Tom Creek Anchorages, AICW Statute Mile 612.5

    Big Tom Creek cuts the eastern banks of the Waterway, south of flashing daybeacon #105A. Skipper Bruce put the hook down in the anchor spot nearest the Waterway. For some interesting comments on this anchorage, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=85709

    Anchor here whenever I get the chance on my trips up and down the ICW. The hook sets first time, every time. Plenty of swing room. Bugs in the evening some times but sometimes no. The dolphins swim round the boat and you can hear them till late at night. I put the hook down exactly where it shows on the chart above.
    Don Bruce

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

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  • Excellent Review of Brunswick Landing Marina, off AICW Statute Mile 680

    Brunswick Landing Marina – Click for Chartview

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

    This is a very large live aboard approved marina with nice floating concrete dockage in a very protected off shoot of the Brunswick River. The heated and cooled cleaned daily secured private showers and bathroom facilities are very, very nice, and the washer & dryers free as well as wifi on every dock as well as 2 captain’s lounges, 24hr security on site, however not a swimming pool. Many insurance companies have 31 lat (Florida line) as navigational limit during Hurricane season. Thus many cruisers leave their boats here for the summer season due to it’s protected location just across the line within their navigational insurance coverage limits.
    Brunswick is worth a look around as it has a beautiful old court house and several older homes. St Simons is a class A inlet as well as St Mary’s. It is located at the Gateway to the Golden isIs with St Simon’s and Jekyll, and Cumberland Islands, short drives away and well worth a visit. However, you will need to contract with a diver for regular cleaning as hard growth will occur here. No very close supermarket however the Food Lion and West Marine is approx. 1 mile away and there are downtown restaurants within walking of the marina. Brunswick is a nice southern
    town that is undergoing an economic downturn but still has much to offer. The barrier islands of Georgia also offer beautiful unique cruising (i.e. Darien, Altamaha,) if the itch to move the boat hits you.
    Enterprise rental car are available and JAX only 40 mins. drive time.
    Joe Pica
    M/V Carolyn Ann

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

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  • Looking for a Full-Service Yard in Brunswick, GA

    Brunswick Landing Marina – Click for Chartview

    If you have recommendations for a boatyard in the Brunswick area, let Mike and SSECN hear from you!
    Brunswick Landing Marina, a very popular facility with long term resident cruisers, actually sits well off the direct path of the AICW, flanking the eastern banks of Academy Creek, near the heart of downtown Brunswick, Georgia. For a discussion comparing Brunswick Landing with Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=135526

    Where is a good alternative full-service yard? We just moved in and are concerned about the pattern of comments regarding the Brunswick Landing Marina. Thank you.
    Sailor Mike

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

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  • Temporary Research Buoys in Sapelo, Doboy and Altamaha Sounds, off Georgia AICW

    Sapelo Sound - Click for Chartview

    Sapelo Sound – Click for Chartview

    Doboy Sound - Click for Chartview

    Doboy Sound – Click for Chartview

    Altamaha Sound - Click for Chartview

    Altamaha Sound – Click for Chartview

    Please note the reduction in available draft in channels near the temporary buoys, “Due to the equipment placed in the (3) channels, drafts will be reduced by as much as 2 feet.” Heed the warnings and stand clear of the buoys!

    GEORGIA – SAPELO AND DOBOY SOUNDS, ALTAMAHA SOUND: (7) Temporary UGA Research Buoys
    The Department of Marine Science at the University of Georgia will place (7) bottom mount frames with scientific equipment in (7) locations. R/V SAVANNAH will deploy the bottom mount frames and equipment. The goal is to monitor coastal water flow, temperature and salinity. Buoys will remain in place for approximately one year and serviced quarterly by R/V SAVANNAH in July, September and December 2014.
    Mooring locations listed below. The moorings placed in the sounds are placed inside the trawl line and away from the ICW.
    (3) Sapelo Sound moorings
    White buoy with orange reflective tape “DANGER KEEP AWAY” in position 31-32-28.45N 81-12-28.7W
    White buoy with orange reflective tape “DANGER KEEP AWAY” in position 31-32-13.5N 81-3-16.2W
    Round Yellow Buoy in position 31-31-45.85N 80-42-36.4W
    (1) Doboy Sound mooring
    White buoy with orange reflective tape “DANGER KEEP AWAY” in position 31-22-35.38N 81-17-8.5W
    (3) Altamaha Sound moorings
    White buoy with orange reflective tape “DANGER KEEP AWAY” in position 31-19-13.7N 81-17-51.4W
    White buoy with orange reflective tape “DANGER KEEP AWAY” in position 31-18.54.8N 81-11-28.25W
    Round Yellow Buoy in position 31-17-41.86N 80-45-45.8W
    Due to the equipment placed in the (3) channels, drafts will be reduced by as much as 2 feet. Mariners are to avoid close proximity, or any other interference of these Buoy’s. For further information contact the U.S. Coast Guard, Waterways Management Branch, MSU Savannah (912) 247-0073. UGA POC: Dr. Daniela Di Lorio Daniela@uga.edu
    Chat 11508, 11510 LNM: 15/14

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  • More Good Words for Hidden Harbor Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 670.5

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    Hidden Harbor Yacht Club is a transient friendly facility, located  on Troupe Creek. This body of water intersects the AICW, immediately north of St. Simons Sound, near markers #237 and #238.

    We stayed here 3/26/14. The facility is really clean, and the docks are very accessible. The staff is knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. The views across the marsh are beautiful! The outdoor shower is completely enclosed and would be quite a treat after a long, hot day on the ICW.
    RJ

    Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Hidden Harbor Yacht Club

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  • Successful Passage through Little Mud River AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 655

    Little Mud River is almost universally acknowledged to be the worst section of the entire AICW run from Norfolk, VA to Miami, FL. This “AICW Problem Stretch” lies some 21 statute miles north of Brunswick, Georgia. SSECN recommends navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only, as Skipper Lancaster was savvy enough to do. For a comprehensive report from Little Mud River, go to http://cruisersnet.net/?p=128659

    I hit Little Mud River just after low tide. Following the guidance I anchored for 2 hrs. Went through on a rising tide 6 minimum except for the SW entrance which was 4’8″, more water on the E Side.
    Keep up the good work, I check regularly.
    Sliding behind Hilton Head Island right now.
    Steve Lancaster

    In early March, we timed our north bound departure from Brunswick to traverse Little Mud at high tide, and saw nothing less than 11 feet all the way through. This river is too shallow to pass at low tide, but because the tide here is approx. 8 feet, there is lots of water when the tide is up.
    A captain who follows SSECN advice to pass at mid to high tide should not have any problems.
    Richard Ross MV Chez Nous

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

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

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     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 LunchSunbury 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.

    We stopped here in May of 2012 on our way north during our Great Loop trip. Elaine welcomed us at the dock and invited us up for a couple of free beers. We were disappointed to find the restaurant closed the day of our visit, so Elaine called her sons, opened the restaurant just for us and cooked us a wonderful meal. True southern hospitality and a very gracious lady. Don’t miss Sunbury Crab Co.
    Joe Apicella

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

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

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     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 LunchSunbury 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.

    Although my visit to Sunbury Crab Company and Marina has been over a year ago, I feel compelled to submit kind words and a hearty recommendation for this excellent marina and restaurant whenever I find the opportunity.
    Everyone is always looking for a little local knowledge and treasured stopovers when traveling the ICW. Sunbury is one such place that flies below the radar of most cruisers. Located along an isolated stretch of the GA coastline and several miles up the mostly uncharted Medway River, the marina & restaurant are not well known. One trip there and you will never pass this stretch of the ICW without making Sunbury Crab Company & Marina a regular stopover.
    The marina & restaurant are owned and run by Elaine and Bernie Maley and their sons. They literally catch the crab from the river, cook them, bring to your table, mix your drink, and do it all! During weekend visits I think Bernie even plays in the band. I wrote a review for TripAdvisor and called this place a little piece of heaven and the keys all bundled together. For Elaine and her family it is their paradise, and they are willing to share with everyone who stops by.
    I suggest calling ahead to make reservations. Calling is much better than email for some reason. After the first couple miles off the ICW the Medway River is not marked. There is a tricky crossover point with 5′ or less water at low tide. After my visit there I marked the channel on a chart and sent to Elaine. It is now posted on their web site.
    There are many good articles and reviews about Sunbury Crab Company on the facility’s web site. Believe every word you read! While the crabs are excellent, I think the boiled shrimp are the best I’ve ever eaten – and believe me I’ve eaten a lot of shrimp!!
    James Newsome
    Contributing Writer – SOUTHWINDS Magazine

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

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  • Comparing Brunswick Landing Marina, AICW Statute Mile 680 and Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles, AICW near Statute Mile 676

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    Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles – Click for Chartview

    Recently, SSECN has received reports and opinions on Brunswick Landing Marina and Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=135526 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=135528) Now Skipper Newsome provides a fair and comprehensive comparison of the two facilities.

    Both BLM and Morningstar at Golden Isles are great marinas. Over the past 14 years I’ve spent 6 years at BLM and 8 total years at GIM. I’m currently located at GIM and overall prefer it, but it is strictly a personal preference as to what you are looking for in a marina.
    DIFFERENCES:
    Pool– GIM has a pool, BLM does not. this is very important to us.
    Captain’s Lounge – BLM has a newly expanded GREAT Captain’s Lounge with free laundry facilities. GIM does not have Captain’s Lounge but does have an open air Observation Deck with covered roof and grill. There is a laundry room, but it is coin operated.
    Restaurant – BLM has no restaurants on the marina property, but there are a few in the downtown area. The walk from the marina to the downtown is reasonable if you’re on the first few docks, but not so much if you’re on the docks closer to the Captain’s Lounge. GIM has a restaurant, Coastal Kitchen, on the property. It is very good, but a little pricey.
    Staff – This is the real difference in my opinion. BLM has recently hired marina manager who was the Commodore of the local sailing club. He is doing a great job, but otherwise the staff there is limited to one lady. I have pulled up for gas there and never had her put down the cell phone or quit smoking cigarettes to even help me dock, pump gas, or cast off. GIM has a highly professional staff who are on duty 7 days a week from 7am until 6pm or whenever is needed. I’ve seen them leave after 9pm because they were waiting on a transient to arrive.
    Current – No comparison here either. BLM doesn’t have a current, it’s all over at GIM. Depending on your docking skills this is important. While it’s nice not to have a current to deal with, I personally prefer a current. I’m a better skipper because of learning to deal with current at GIM.
    Docks – Top notch concrete docks at BLM, and well maintained wooden docks at GIM. No dockboxes at BLM. Large dock boxes at GIM.
    Managers – Both marinas have excellent managers. I know both personally, and suggest that you contact them for a tour of their facilities.
    Golden Isles Sailing Club – I’m a member and there are members at both marinas. If you’re a sailor then I invite you to join. Great activity all year long with excellent racing opportunities. Some of the member will appear to be a little standoffish, but most are very friendly. It’s one of those things where you just have to walk up, introduce yourself, and then go make your presence known on the race course.
    Parking – More than enough at BLM. Not enough at GIM, but you can always find parking.
    Access to St. Simon’s Sound – As already pointed out you are very close to open water at GIM. It is a haul from BLM, but not unreasonable. Because BLM is located further inland it is more protected from strong ocean wind. BLM is also very hot in the summer. At low tide you are below the level of the land and it can be like a sauna. GIM is closer to the ocean so if there’s a breeze you will feel it.
    Social – Both marina do have active boat owners who are regular visitors to the docks. Social interaction depends a lot on which dock you’re on. I was located on Dock 9 at BLM and for some reason there were very few active boaters there. Seemed like most were just moving up from Florida during hurricane season. I’ve found a much more active social interaction at GIM, but I know it exists also at BLM. In particular the GISC (Golden Isles Sailing Club) members tend to occupy two or three of the finger docks.
    There are other differences but these are the ones I consider important. Hope this helps.
    James Newsome

    To be fair, BLM has TWO full time staff, and is single handed only two low traffic days a week. Our arrivals and departures and pump outs have all been handled by both staff together.
    Secondly, BLM has virtually zero current. GIM extends well across a tidal channel that makes all but slack water arrivals a big challenge — not really an issue if one doesn’t come and go.
    Chris

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

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

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

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    Brunswick Landing Marina, a very popular facility with long term resident cruisers, actually sits well off the direct path of the AICW, flanking the eastern banks of Academy Creek, just off Brunswick River, near the heart of downtown Brunswick, Georgia. The discussions below, comparing Brunswick Landing with Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles, were copied from Cruisers Forum (http://www.cruisersforum.com/).

    We just bought a Hunter 380 and are moving to St. Simons Island within the year. We need to move our new boat up from St. Mary’s Island and are undecided as to whether we want to keep it at Brunswick landing Marina or Morningstar Golden Isles. The difference is about 10 minutes further drive to Brunswick from our house on SSI, but probably at least an hour to open water by boat. BLM is slightly cheaper and offer more “free” amenities. Any opinions from people who have had experience at either/both marinas? Any thoughts on the social aspects? Customer Service? We plan to be in one or the other by the second week in April.
    Thanks,
    Dave

    Stayed at BLM for about a week a couple of years ago. Great marina, good pizza close by, farmers market on Saturday. Understand you don’t want any work done on your boat by them.
    Finistere

    Also no experience with MGI but kept my boat at Brunswick Landing for three months and was very happy with the stay. Management was friendly and laid back, prices very reasonable, facilities were clean.
    The only negative, the place is huge. If you’re on the last dock towards the end of the pier it’s a bit of a hike to the restrooms or even the parking lot.
    Have also heard that this is not the best place to get boat work done.
    Problem going to the Brunswick Landing showers, the hike is mostly down a really long pier (at least if you’re on the last dock up the river) so not a good place to ride, even if allowed by the marina (most don’t).
    Skipmac

    I suggest a couple of cheap bicycles for the commute to the showers, etc. You can find them for ~$10 at GoodWill, yard sales, etc. We have had a pair of bikes passed around our marina for years. Kind of fun to track where they end up.
    Dale Hedtke

    Have stayed at both…
    Morningstar is a hike to the showers/restrooms too.
    BLM is closer to shopping I believe but still a mile from grocery, West Marine. A car is the equalizer and I believe Morningstar has a loaner (on a tight leash).
    I’ve never spent more than a night at Morningstar so I don’t have a feel for the residents of the marina…BLM has a large nmber of regulars and a local sailing association out of it for a whole gang of friends and activities (my friend in current commodore).
    pseelnd

    When we spoke to the lady who is dock master at BLM she indicated that the former Yard Manager is no longer in that capacity and they have a new one who is great. They were aware of the reputation for bad customer service on having work done and have tried to address it.
    Thanks,
    Dave

    We spent a couple months at BLM a few years back:
    If you are concerned about the hike to the showers, ask for a slip closer up or at least compare slip locations they are suggesting in both marinas. Odds are there isn’t a huge difference.
    We looked at GI but without a car it’s pretty isolated. BLM won out for convience to walk to things. (if you have a car this may be less of an issue).
    BLM is better protected. We tried to anchor near GI one time and with a strong south wind, it looked pretty bouncy.
    BLM has the advantage of being right next to the shrimp docks and farmers market.
    GI’s big advantage is distance to the open ocean for a sail boat. If you are weekending and have a car, that might win out.
    Valhalla360

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  • Comments on Morning Star Marina at Golden Isles, AICW near Statute Mile 676

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    Morningstar Golden Isles Marina is located on the Frederica River, between Lanier and St. Simons Islands, south of the charted 9 foot bridge. Depart northward from the Waterway south of ICW marker #247 and Frederica River marker #1. The comments below come to us from Cruisers Forum (http://www.cruisersforum.com/).

    Spent quite a bit of time at Morningstar Golden Isles off and on, I like the staff and it’s really convenient for a day sail. Good restaurant on the premises plus I like St. Simons Island more than Brunswick.
    Sail Fast Live Slow

    GI’s big advantage is distance to the open ocean for a sail boat. If you are weekending and have a car, that might win out.
    Valhalla360

    I have docked my sailboat at MSGIM for 7 years. They have a top notch staff and an outstanding sunset without the mill. The restaurant is fine dining. Dunbar Sales (on site) provides excellent service, especially if you do not live in the area.
    Russell Wright
    S/V Tuesday

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  • Praise for ARGUS and Its Use

    Captain Reeves comments are in response to earlier postings on shoaling waters, such as Little Mud River: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=128659, and many other such reports. ARGUS is a great tool in those areas already documented to be shoaling, as well as those where a captain might suspect a shift in the channel.

    If the prudent navigator compares the new ARGUS soundings on all problem areas, there is a clear path to take and it is not the red line. I like the ARGUS soundings, because I can zoom in and see the depths and where they are. I don’t cruise the world now days, but I do enjoy the ICW on the Georgia Coast and it is nice to have accurate information and lots of different views.
    I do hope cruisers can continue to enjoy the ICW by using the excellent resources here and pay attention to their charts, depth sounders and common sense.
    Sonny Reeves, Jekyll Island

    As a long time fan of Argus, we have had the system installed on Beach House for the last year as we cruise. We are happy to contribute to the database and find this an invaluable tool for boaters. Thanks for making the information available on Cruiser’s Net.
    Chuck and Susan, Trawler beach House

    ARGUS Readings through Little Mud River - Click for Chartview

    On any SSECN chartview, simply click the ARGUS box at the top of the screen to bring up the ARGUS symbols.

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  • Report from Morning Star Marina at Golden Isles, AICW near Statute Mile 676

    Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles - Click for Chartview

    Morning Star Golden Isles Marina is located on the Frederica River, between Lanier and St. Simons Islands, south of the charted 9 foot bridge. Depart northward from the Waterway south of ICW marker #247 and Frederica River marker #1. While the Frederica River has good depths north of the marina, access from the Waterway north is not possible because of the fixed 9ft clearance bridge.

    We stayed over the windy and rainy 2013 Thanksgiving weekend at this pleasant and well maintained marina. There were some challenges getting 30 amp electric service since the whole facility is wired 50 amp and there were no splitters available, but the dockmaster did his best and we were able to find a spot on the rack & stack dock with electric we could use. It was a very friendly crowd there, and the daily two for one happy hour at the onsite lounge was the place to meet up. Nice showers and other shoreside amenities, our only quibble was that the free morning paper and muffins never materialized.
    Jonathan Gorham

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  • The “Worst” AICW Problem Stretch – Little Mud River, Georgia (Statute Mile 655) – Captains Diana and Mark Report

    Our good friends, and SSECN strategic partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of “On The Water ChartGuides” (http://www.onthewaterchartguides.com/), give us an updated, graphic report below, relaying what they discovered as they navigated through the AICW – Little Mud River Problem Stretch on 11/20/13! Note that the Doyle’s soundings were taken near mid-tide, so to calculate MLW depths, you must subtract 4.8 feet from their figures. Applying this correction, Diana and Mark noted multiple MLW corrected 4-foot soundings along this perennial AICW Problem stretch. And, as Mark and Diana note, there are almost certainly even shallower spots.
    Our cruising duo are also quite right in noting that, “the reigning champion of this year’s ICW Trouble Spots is Georgia’s Little Mud River.” I might also add that very dubious distinction has been true of Little Mud River for many years now. If and until this AICW Problem Stretch is fully dredged, I would be hesitant to navigate anything bigger than a canoe through this portion of the Waterway at low tide!

    Hi Claiborne,
    As I’m sure you’ll agree, the reigning champion of this year’s ICW Trouble Spots is Georgia’s Little Mud River.
    With depths as low as 4 FEET MLLW, Diana and I wanted SSECN readers to have this printable graphic of our November 20th survey report and depth-annotated track:
    Best wishes on this Thanksgiving holiday,
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
    m/v Semi-Local
    http://www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

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

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  • Depth Reports Found at Little Mud River Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 655

    Little Mud River is almost universally acknowledged to be the worst section of the entire AICW run from Norfolk, VA to Miami, FL. This “AICW Problem Stretch” lies some 21 statute miles north of Brunswick, Georgia. Despite recent reports of improving depths, like Captain Poovey’s, we still recommend navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only.
    We suspect Captain Poovey may have had the good luck to navigate the AICW/Little Mud River stretch on an unusually high tide. At least, that’s our best guess, and the tides in little Mud River have a 7+ foot range even under normal conditions.

    Traveled through this area today [10/9/13] from the North at 11:50 AM which was 1/2 hour before high tide. I was very surprised to observe no depths of less than 13.6 feet. (Green “193″). Usually, slightly North of Green “195″ has been the worst. But today it was 15.4 feet. I steered center channel the whole way.
    I have made this passage 13 times and the depth readings today were the highest I ever observed. Any ideas?
    Bob Poovey m/v Threadbare

    I went through Little Mud River southbound today at MLW +3.7′ (Wolf Island) and saw pretty constant 10.5-11.0 depths, which would indicate a fairly constant 7′. That is until I got to the intersection with Altamaha Sound. Just north of G195, the depth dropped severely to 8′, and then midway between G195 and the southernmost range marker, I saw 7.5′, which would indicate about 4′ of depth at MLW. I agree that you should wait until mid-tide or better to pass through here. There can be as much as 9′ of tide here, so it won’t take long if you arrive at low tide.
    Bill Raynor

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