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    • Healy Report: Walburg Creek to Cumberland Island, AICW Statute Miles 623 to 711


      Experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy, continue to generously share their observations and advice as they make their way south for the winter. Thank you Jim and Peg! For timely remarks on Cumberland Island Anchorage, see Anchoring off Cumberland Island.

      On Tuesday, 0/20/2018, Sanctuary and crew transited from Walburg Creek anchorage to an anchorage on the Cumberland River, south of St. Andrews Sound, off the ICW at Cumberland Island. Observations follow:

      We arrived at the Little Mud River at 11h00. The tide station at Wolf Island was reporting 5.1’+ rising. North to south:

      R184 12.9′
      13.4′ low water between markers
      G184/R188 19.6′
      10.2′ low water between markers
      G189 20.7′
      R190 15.1′
      11.0′ low water between markers
      R192 13.9′
      11.0′ low water between markers
      G195 11.8′
      10.9′ low water between markers
      R194 11.1′
      G195 12.2′

      The control depth was (10.2 – 5.1) = 5.1 and MLLW. Follow the visual center of the river on the straight section and SLIGHTLY favor the outside radius of the curves. We were too close to G195, but that wasn’t the low water anyway.

      In Altamaha Sound, you must clear R208 by at least 300′; stay to the far green side for the best water.

      In Altamaha Sound, clear G211 by 200′. There is a range there that will take you too close to G211, so do not follow the range; favor red for the best water.

      We arrived at Jekyll Creek and 17h08. The tide station at Jekyll Island Marina was showing 4.9’+ falling. North to south:

      G5/R6 11.5′
      G7/R8 22.4′
      R10 15.2′
      G11 12.5′
      9.9′ low water between markers
      G13 10.0′
      9.6′ low water between markers
      R16 9.7′
      G17 5.7′
      G19 8.6′
      6.1′ low water between markers
      R20 8.0′
      7.8′ low water between markers
      R20A 8.9′
      BRIDGE 10.2′

      We were at 1/2 tide for this transit. The control depth was in the vicinity of G17 (5.7 – 4.9) = 0.8′. Wow. Could we have been is a less than ideal place? Sure. But this creek is quite narrow, so it wouldn’t have made a lot of difference. There’s very skinny in that area.

      Jekyll Creek and Hell Gate are the two places we’ve seen so far that will require help from the tide for most boats to get through.
      Jim
      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL
      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570
      AGLCA #3767
      MTOA #3436

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    • Healy Report: Port Royal, SC to Walburg Creek, GA, AICW Statute Miles 539 to 619N or 623.5S


      Walburg Creek shapes the east side of Walburg Island and the Waterway lies on the west side. Good depths and great beach combing. My young daughters always declared the beach spooky because of the skeletal trees and dense forest to the east! While the creek has both a northern and southern entrance from the AICW, we prefer the northern passage, though there is still an unmarked shoal northwest of Middle Ground in St. Catherine’s Sound which must be bypassed. Experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy, continue to generously share their observations and advice as they make their way south for the winter. Thank you Jim and Peg!

      On Monday, 10/29/2018, Sanctuary and crew travelled from Port Royal, SC to Walburg Creek, GA. Following, some observations:

      We arrived at Ramshorn’s Cut at 10h15 with the tide station at Daufuskie Island (Daufuskie Landing) showing 5.8+ rising. We saw 11.0 ft, so (11.0 – 5.8) = 5.2′ at MLLW. The channel between G39 and R40 has narrowed further. We took the visual center.

      We arrived at the un-named connector between the New River and the Wright River at 10h38 with the tide station at Daufuskie Island (Hargray Pier) showing 6.2+ rising. We saw 12.2 ft, so (12.2 – 6.2) = 6.0′ at MLLW. Follow the visual center. Honor, but stay away from, the lateral markers on pilings.

      We arrive at Field’s Cut at 11h06 with the tide station at Field’s Cut showing 7.6+ rising. Southbound, take the visual center between G47 and R48, and line up on Field’s Cut. HONOR R48A, which appears off-station to the East. We saw 11.2 ft passing about 25 ft off R48A, so (11.2 – 7.6) = 3.6′ at MLLW. This was a surprise! We followed the visual center of Field’s Cut, favoring the outside radius of the turns. That 3.6′ area was the control depth of the cut. Cross-currents are significant at the Savannah River. Be alert for river traffic and cross currents.

      There was a large, working crane barge at the Causton Bluff bridge. It appears “they” are replacing that bridge with a high rise. Another surprise.

      We arrived at Hell Gate (MM600) at 14h18, with the Egg Islands Tide Station reporting +7.0 falling. Depths we saw:
      G87 13.5′
      G89 10.4′
      9.8 low water between markers
      R90 10.9
      G91 10.4

      So (9.8 – 7.0) = 2.8′ MLLW. Also note, as you enter this cut from the Vernon River, there is a STRONG cross current that will try to sweep you sideways. Boats will need some power and some aggressive steering to stay on the best route. We crabbed into the lee of the current at about a 20° angle. There is a prominent visual distraction just to the west of the marked channel. There is a piling left over from some previous danger mark standing prominently, while the red and green floaters that mark the channel are low to the water and hard to see. Do not confuse that piling as a valid channel marker. Follow and honor the cans and nuns in the water

      Net: the overall condition of the A-ICW continues to deteriorate. Most cruising boats will need some tide help to get through this section. Plan accordingly.

      Jim
      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL
      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570
      AGLCA #3767
      MTOA #3436

      Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Port Royal Landing Marina

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      1. Richard Ross -  November 9, 2018 - 7:24 pm

        Passed thru Fields Cut on Nov 9, 2018, and found a minimum of 8 feet MLW at north end of Fields Cut. But there are two possible "gotchas". R48A appears to be off station, but it is not. For best water pass half way between R48A and the eastern shore. Also, be aware that once you turn to enter Fields Cut, (if southbound) you will be subject to strong cross currents.

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


      Little Mud River is almost universally acknowledged to be the worst section of the entire Waterway from Norfolk to Miami. Our thanks to Stephanie Wakelin for this report as posted on Bob423. And, as Skipper Wakelin confirms, Cruisers’ Net continues to recommend navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only. Also see the Healy Report  on Little Mud River from Fall of last year.

      10/25 – just went thru Little Mud River on rising, almost high tide. 7.5’ above MLW. The most water we saw thru the whole stretch was 9.9 under our 4.9’ keel. That means at low tide we would have 2.6’ under our keel, at best. Many spots showed 7.5’ and less. Essentially dry. Unless you’re in an airboat, don’t try it at low tide.
      Stephanie Wakelin

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    • Ahoy Historians: Request for Knowledge of Ossabaw Island Settlers, St. Catherines Sound, near AICW Statute Mile 620


      Georgia’s Ossabaw Island forms the northern shore of the mouth of St. Catherines Sound. Mike Dalton is asking about the history of Ossabaw after reading Claiborne Young’s Ossabaw Island History from 2013. If you have information about the early settlers, we would all like to hear from you!

      I was raised mostly in Wabasso Fl in Indian River County and I understand Wabasso was named by freed slaves the moved to Florida from Ossabaw. What can you tell me about some of our early settlers that left Ossabaw and moved to Florida?
      Mike Dalton

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      1. Jonathan Bryant -  May 6, 2018 - 8:43 pm

        The Ossabaw Island Foundation has a page suggesting some books.
        http://www.ossabawisland.net/ossabawbooks.aspx

        In my last book I dealt with the Morel family who at one time owned the island. Over the Last two decades Mrs. West has allowed the restoration of some slave cottages and several archaeological digs on the island.

        Jonathan Bryant

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    • Healy Report: Altamaha River, AICW Statute Miles 656-660


      The southbound Waterway passes through Little Mud River, crosses the Altamaha River to reach Buttermilk Sound via a twisting, often narrow and shallow channel. Cruisers’ Net thanks Jim and Peg Healy for this on-site report.

      Sanctuary and crew transited southbound through the Little Mud River, GA, see /167922 and the Altamaha River, GA, on 10/29/2017 between 08h00 and 08H50, about 2 to 1-1/2 hours before low (10h22, Ayetides app).

      1. Altamaha River – There is a marsh island in the ALtamaha River that extends from about R”202″ through R”208.” The ICW channel passes to the south of that island. The ICW channel-side of the island is shoaling. We transited mid-channel with the tide at Wolf Island, GA, reporting +2.6 ft. Southbound between R”206″ and R”204,” we saw one sandpile where our depth sounder reported 5.6′. So, 5.6-2.6=3,0 ft at MLLW. The remained of the run was 8.0 ft or more, about what we saw in the Little Mud River. Clearly, a developing hazard.

      2. Altamaha River – At R”208,” there is a shoal growing south from the south tip of the marsh island that extends well into the ICW channel. Jimmy was running a route mid-channel, not paying attention, and bumped. Bumped! Mid Channel! Dag nabit, I hate that! Tide for Wolf Island, GA, was +2.5 ft. We draw 4.3 ft, so that shoal is 4.3-2.5=1.8 ft at MLLW. Strongly favor green here (outside radius of a turn), but certainly, stay well clear of R”208.”

      Jim

      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD
      http://gilwellbear.wordpress.com
      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570

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    • Healy Report: Little Mud River Problem Stretch , AICW Statute Mile 655


      Little Mud River, where shoaling was reported as recently as September, is almost universally acknowledged to be the worst section of the entire Waterway from Norfolk to Miami. Cruisers’ Net is grateful to experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy, for this report. Cruisers’ Net continues to recommend navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only.

      Sanctuary and crew transited southbound through the Little Mud River, GA, and the Altamaha River, GA, see /167923 on 10/29/2017 between 08h00 and 08H50, about 2 to 1-1/2 hours before low (10h22, Ayetides app).

      Little Mud River – We entered the Little Mud River at 08h02 with the tide station at Rockdedundy Creek reporting +3.2 feet. Our depth sounder reported not less than 8.0 ft, so the control depth for the Little Mud River would be 8.0-3.2=4.8 feet at MLLW, less on a celestial low. Favor the outside radius of the curves of the Little Mud River for best depths.

      Jim

      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD
      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570
      AGLCA #3767
      MTOA #3436

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    • LNM: Shoaling Reported in Little Mud River Problem Stretch, AICW 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. Cruisers’ Net continues to recommend navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only. This LNM was posted prior to Irma, so conditions may have changed in this Problem Stretch.

      GEORGIA – AICW – BEAUFORT RIVER TO ST. SIMONS SOUND – LITTLE MUD RIVER: Shoaling
      Shoaling has been reported in Little Mud River between Little Mud River Light 195 (LLNR 36875 [31°19.9368N / 081°19.5191W, 31.332280 / -81.325319]) and Little Mud River Light 190 (LLNR 36865 [31°21.9727N / 081°20.0593W, 31.366211 / -81.334322]) observed depth was 3 feet at MLLW. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11507 LNM 36/17

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    • A Question about Kilkenny Creek Campground, west of AICW Statute Mile 614


      If you are familiar with the Kilkenny Creek area and have a answer for Skipper Strozier, please let us hear from you. Kilkenny Creek Marina lies along the western shores of Kilkenny Creek, west of this stream’s intersection with Lincoln Creek, all south and west of the AICW’s marker #106.

      Did Captain Jane’s parents own or operate Kilkenny camp ground?
      Linda Strozier

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    • Shoaling South of Altahama Sound, AICW Statute Mile 657


      Captain Wes is referring to a narrow stretch of Waterway northwest of Dolbow Island off Altamaha Sound and is responding to an earlier report of shoaling in Little Mud River, see /161445.

      Another area to keep a close eye on is just south of the little mud river starting around FL 4s “202” to daymark “206” passed through about 2 hrs after low water and bumped in the middle of the channel and the boat behind bumped as well, that was a surprise! Luckily just mud…. Both of us draft 5′-5″ were on plane so calculate how you like, I lose about foot [to 4’5″] while on plane. Like Terry I was transiting this same area the same day. I was aware of what lurked ahead as I’ve transited these waters for 15 years now, it always has my full attention!!!
      Wes

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    • 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 /?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

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      1. wes -  December 9, 2016 - 12:13 pm

        Another area to keep a close eye on is just south of the little mud river starting around FL 4s “202” to daymark “206” passed through about 2 hrs after low water and bumped in the middle of the channel and the boat behind bumped as well, that was a surprise! Luckily just mud…. Both of us draft 5′-5″ were on plane so calculate how you like, I loose about foot while on plane. Like Terry I was transiting this same area the same day. I was aware of what lurked ahead as I’ve transited these waters for 15 years now, it always has my full attention!!!

        Wes

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    • 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.

      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.”

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    • 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!

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    • 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, /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.
      The following aids have been temporarily disestablished:
      -Sapelo River Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 5900 [31°32.0270N / 081°20.8500W, 31.533783 / -81.347500])
      -Sapelo River Daybeacon 10 (LLNR 5905 [31°31.8490N / 081°21.3510W, 31.530817 / -81.355850])
      The following aids have been temporarily established:
      -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 5A in position 31-32-43.672N/081-20-31.546W (31°32.7278N / 081°20.5258W, 31.545464 / -81.342096)
      -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 5B in position 31-32-33.161N/081-20-41.0078W (31°32.5527N / 081°20.6834W, 31.542545 / -81.344724)
      -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 8 in position 31-32-00.904N/081-21-47.190W (31°32.0150N / 081°21.7865W, 31.533584 / -81.363108)
      -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 10 in position 31-31-49.809N/081-21-31.431W (31°31.8302N / 081°21.5239W, 31.530503 / -81.358731)

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    • 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 /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

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      1. Fragrante Delicto -  March 5, 2017 - 8:08 am

        You fail to mention what tide station you used. Was it Vernon View?

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      2. Wally Moran -  September 2, 2016 - 11:43 am

        Hey James – thanks for that information – knowing you, I know it is reliable.

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    • 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 [31°32.1970N / 081°20.7660W, 31.536617 / -81.346100]) and Sapelo River DBN 10 (LLNR 5905 [31°31.8490N / 081°21.3510W, 31.530817 / -81.355850]). 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

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      1. Wally Moran -  July 8, 2016 - 10:23 pm

        Just reported this shoal? Was it a cruiser, local boater, or the Coast Guard or other qualified observer?

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    • 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

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    • 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

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