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A Night in Herb River Anchorage near AICW Statute Mile 584.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-27-2011

The Herb River intersects the Georgia portion of the AICW just south of the facilities at Thunderbolt, GA.

We anchored in the lower reaches — before any houses fronting the water. We still felt unwelcome. Passing local boats clearly didn’t like us there. It appears they all like to “gun it” just past the houses and we interfered with this. Given the Georgia tides, I would not want to encounter a wind shift at low tide on anchor.
Skipper Chris

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Search for a Marina in the Hilton Head/Savannah Area

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-05-2011

If you can recommend an annual slip marina for less than $14/ft per month, please let Rick hear from you. I’ve included the Savannah area since those marinas are within a reasonable driving distance.

My wife and I are considering a move to Hilton Head. We were hoping you might have a recommendation for a moderately priced marina where we can keep our boat full time. It’s a sail boat 38′ x 12′ x 5′ with 57′ mast height. The marinas along the ICW at Hilton Head are a little pricey for us at $14 per foot per month. We thought you or your associates might know of an off the ICW marina that could fit our budget. We enjoy reading and occasionally contributing to Cruiser’s Net. Keep up the good work.
Best regards, Rick

There are several depending on what you are looking for. Dataw Marina is secluded and quiet. Port Royal Landing is very nice and probably the closest to HH. Beaufort Downtown is great if you want to be in walking distance to the town & restaurants. All are within 30 minutes of Hilton Head. Congrats on moving to the area, I wil be relocating to that area in the next few year. We love it!
Tracy Hellman

Wow, that was quick. How do I send a ‘thank you’ to Tracy Hellman? I didn’t plan to checking for responses to my post for at least a week. I guess this shows the power and popularity of the Cruisers Net concept and how many people contribute as well as rely on your site.
Best regards,
Rick

Rick,
No problem! You are going to love the area. Give me a shout when you settle in and we’ll stop by. We are in the area frequently because our daughter attends college at USC Beaufort. Good Luck!
Tracy

A Stay at Hinkley Yacht Services, AICW Statute Mile 583

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-25-2011

Hinkley Yacht Services in Thunderbolt, GA is on the western side of the Waterway north of Thunderbolt Bridge (E. Victory Drive) and south of marker #34.

Stayed in May 2011. Great cheap transient rates. Nice showers and cheap dockage.
Kerry Appleton

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Isle of Hope Marina Recommended (Statute Mile 590)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-12-2011

Located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, Skidaway River at Mile 590, Marker 46-A, Latitude:   N  31o 58.78' , Longitude: W 081o 03.35' 2-354-8187The following exchange is copied from the AGLCA mail list. SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Isle of Hope Marina certainly shines in this exchange!!!! Follow the links below for more info on this superb facility!!!

I’m looking for a nice marina in Savannah, Ga. where we can dock for about two weeks in July. We would be leaving the boat for about a week while we drive to Atlanta to visit our son, then fly to Minneapolis to visit our daughter. When we return we would spend about a week exploring the Savannah area before moving on to Charleston. Marina recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks.
Bill & Kathleen
MV BUFFALO GAL

Isle of Hope Marina Savannah.
http://www.iohmarina.com/
Bob & Kemba DeGroot

We also recommend Isle of Hope.
We spent a month at Isle of Hope last June/July. The people are very knowledgeable and friendly. Laundry on site. Two loaner cars. Restaurants can be reached easily with the loaner cars or by bike. Walmart can also be reached with the loaner cars.
John & Gloria Weber
Bombay Lady III

DEFINITELY Isle of Hope Marina! We spent one night there on our journey from Fort Myers to Maine. (Still enroute….stranded in Newport RI) . They are very accommodating and friendly. Got an email “Thank You” after we left.
Jane and John Linscott
The Maine Event

We live in Savannah and kept our boat at Isle of Hope Marina from 2004 through 2009.
I highly recommend the facility; it’s secure and the people there – Rick, Patty, Chris, and the rest of the staff – are all very knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly.
The only caveat is to not downplay the current. It can be a bear, particularly if you’re assigned a slip on one of the inside docks. Plan your arrivals and departures when staff is there and they are only too happy to help.
Bill & Llisa Ballard

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A Look at Delegal Creek Marina (Statute Mile 601)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-12-2011

To reach Delegal Creek Marina, cruisers must abandon the Waterway in the Vernon River, and cruise through a confusingly marked channel into Delegal Creek. Contrary to what Captains Tammy and Micheal report below, we’ve always found low water depths on the entrance channel to be very suspect. Plans have been in the works to dredge here for years, but for various reasons, this project has never been undertaken, as far as we know!

If you will be getting a rental car, check out Delegal Creek Marina on Skidaway Island (ask for directions on getting in. There is plenty of water but there is a dogleg going in.) It’s a nice condo marina with good facilities and walking the neighborhood is quiet and safe.
Tammy & Michael

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Reports on AICW/Hell Gate Problem Stretch (Statute Mile 602)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-11-2011

The AICW follows the narrow, man-made canal known as Hell Gate between the Vernon and Ogeechee Rivers. These waters have been an “AICW Problem Stretch” for years. Fortunately, dredging during the summer of 2009 had kept depths decent until December of 2010 when reports of new shoaling began. Looks like the surrounding shallows are once again beginning to creep into the channel. Effective immediately, cautious captains will begin to time their traversal of Hell Gate for mid to high tide.

May 9th, 2011
Northbound, I passed a little closer to G89 than on previous runs and found better water, never less than 9′ MLW.
I passed about 40′ from R90, then 30′ off G89 and made the slight turn to stbd towards G87 about 100′ north of G89
at the southern entrance, stay on centerline and dont’ cut the corner close to the red, especially with an incoming tide which will push you too far to the red side. as soon as you are passed the red, the current eases off.
Pascal aboard MY Charmer, 70′ 6+ draft

Morning Star transited Hells Gate in GA this morning at slack low water. We passed each mark by about a boat length and found 5′ in one spot.
Regards, Randy Pickelmann aboard Morning Star

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Report on Hell Gate and Offshore Options from Tybee to Jacksonville, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-21-2011

The AICW follows the narrow, man-made canal known as Hell Gate between the Vernon and Ogeechee Rivers. These waters have been an “AICW Problem Stretch” for years. Fortunately, dredging during the summer of 2009 had kept depths decent until December of 2010 when reports of new shoaling began. Looks like the surrounding shallows are once again beginning to creep into the channel. Effective immediately, cautious captains will begin to time their traversal of Hell Gate for mid to high tide.

Sanctuary and crew transited Hell Gate at 1500 yesterday, 4/20/2011. We are three days past full moon on celestial high and low tides. At our transit time, our chartplotter tide table showed us with plus 0.8 ft of tide, headed to negative 1.1 ft. The tidal range was greater than 9′.
In the Hell Gate channel, we saw 5.6 ft of water in the green quarter at G “90,” which is at the slight bend at mid-cut. Due to the current in that area, we were slightly east of the centerline, but only slightly. Don’t know if Red quarter would have been better, but where we were, at -1.1 ft, we’d only have had 3.5′ of water; not enough for us.
On Tuesday, the weather offshore was good, so we went out at St. Simons and back in at Doboy Sound, to overnight at the Duplin River. That avoids Altamaha Sound and the Little Mud on a falling/low tide. From Doboy Sound, we went out again on Wednesday, headed for Tybee, but had to come back in at Sapelo because of SE short-period waves, which were on our beam and made the ride uncomfy.
Interesting, from Tybee to Jax, there are inlets every 15 miles that allow for safe exits if the weather deteriorates. Doboy and Sapelo are well marked. Don’t know about the others. Because of the tidal ranges in GA, though, and shallow offshore depths (40 ft at 6 miles) the tidal ebb and flood currents are strong. Plan accordingly. Also, running in 15 ft of water nearer shore can result in experiencing lesser wave size, but dodging shoals for some may increase anxiety. A personal trade-off. As the water depth on the ICW continues to deteriorate and dredging declines, these offshore runs may become more and more necessary.
When crossing the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas, I’ve usually heard advice that winds with a “North” component are to be avoided. Yesterday, I learned that for offshore travel along the GA, SC coast, waves directions/short period swells with an “East” component are to be respected/perhaps avoided.
Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, Monk 36 Hull #132

Went through Hell Gate going north at 1 hour after low tide on Monday May 2nd, 2011. Entrance was skinny. I recorded 5.9 feet which left me with about 1 foot of clearance. Once I got through the opening, the water deepened quickly but I took it slow and watched my depth and channel all the way through.
Captain David

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Reports on Depths at Hell Gate, AICW Statute Mile 602

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-27-2011

The dredging of 2009 is slowly being overcome by shoaling through this perennial problem stretch, making Hell Gate another section that requires mid-to-high tide passage for vessels carrying 4ft or more draft.

Came through Hell Gate with Sea Angel NC44 6′ draft on 3/25/11. Entered south end of Gate at 10:45 with 3.2′ of water above MLW. Stayed center of channel and lowest water was at the Nun on the south end: 8.2″ (<5′ at MLW). This was confirmed by Sea Tow boat operator hovering in the area with whom I spoke before entering the Gate. Rest of passage saw no less than 9″. Mostly 10 to 15″.
Skipper Ed Grygent

March 28 2011
Went through Hell’s gate about 1.75 hour before low tide. Corrected for low tide at Egg Island Tidal lowest reading was 7 feet near the square red and white checkered sign.
Skipper Stephen Starling

March 25th travelling northbound with 4.8 draft, Nova Scotia fishing trawler. Approached Hells gate with caution,. set up mid channel between red and green at the south end, depth sounder read 10 feet. We bumped 5 times over something very hard, thought we had lost our connection between engine and transmission. Then all good for rest of passage. Shook us up somewhat we were heading for anchorage and the tide was up 1 foot.
Skipper Judi Knight

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More Praise for Thunderbolt Marine, AICW Statute Mile 583

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-25-2011

Thunderbolt Marine is a full service yacht repair and refit facility and marina located on the Waterway at Marker #35 just outside the city limits of Savannah. We continue to hear about their good people skills, good contacts and good technical skills that make Thunderbolt Marine for an excellent boatyard.

Thunderbolt Marine provided me with great service on my Yanmar engine. A bolt that attached my water pump had sheared off. The bolt was permanently attached to a special bracket. Rather than ordering a new bracket, and waiting days for delivery, Thunderbolt Marine took off the bracket, drilled out the old bolt, ground down the weld on the back, and installed a new bolt and welded it to the bracket, and reinstalled everything in less than 3 hours! This is a great full service marina! They are easy to access, close to Savannah, very close to Tubby’s Tank House, and you even get donuts and a paper in the morning. Rates are reasonable, service is excellent. Highly recommend it.
Skipper David Clark

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A Vote for Isle of Hope Marina As a Base To Visit Historic Savannah (Statute Mile 590)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-21-2011

Located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, Skidaway River at Mile 590, Marker 46-A, Latitude:   N  31o 58.78' , Longitude: W 081o 03.35' 2-354-8187Even before we began the Cruisers’ Net, and Isle of Hope Marina became a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, this facility was our choice as a base of operations when visiting historic Savannah. Dockmaster/owner Charlie Waller simply can’t do enough for visiting and resident cruisers alike. These truly are “good people.”

I also think that Isle of Hope is definitely the place to stay to see Savannah. The downtown Savannah dock is available, but it is right in the middle of the tourist section; for my money the down side of that outweighs the upside.
Jack Robinson

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Reports on Georgia’s Hell Gate, AICW Statute Mile 602

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-10-2011

The AICW follows the narrow, man-made canal known as Hell Gate between the Vernon and Ogeechee Rivers. These waters have been an “AICW Problem Stretch” for years. Fortunately, dredging during the summer of 2009 has kept depths decent from then until December of 2010 when reports of new shoaling began, as noted by the presence of a temporary red marker in the channel. Looks like the surrounding shallows are once again beginning to creep into the channel. Effective immediately, cautious captains will begin to time their traversal of Hell Gate for mid to high tide.

Submitted on 2010/12/11 at 6:42pm
Went through Hell’s Gate heading south today at near high tide. No depth problems. There is a new temporary red marker just prior to Daymarkers R92 and G91 that moves you to the G91 side, rather passing evenly between them.
Captain Larry Hall

At 1400 hours today 9 Nov 10, we passed through Hell’s Gate going South. Corrected for low water at Eggs Island tidal station we had between 4.9-5.4 feet past 87 and just before the first pair of markers at Hell’s Gate. The distance of low water was very short and we were favoring the red side. Cannot say what depth is between center line and green.
Captain Stephen Starling

12/10/2010
We came through Hell Gate very slowly at 11:55 AM, 45 minutes before dead low. The lowest we saw was 6.5 ft.
Susan Parker
2011/03/09
We passed thru Hell Gate (Mile 603) today 1-1/2 hrs. before high tide and didn’t see less than 11 feet.
Skipper Larry Thackston aboard M/V Peach

2011/03/10
We came through at near high tide heading south with no problems. Follow the advice for mid-high rising tide and you should have no problems. (we are an s2 30 ft. Sailboat with 5 ft. draft)
Captain Mark

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Entrance Channel to Delegal Creek Marina, AICW Statute Mile 601

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-05-2011

According to a spokesperson at the marina, the MLW in the entrance to Delegal Creek is 3 ft with a tidal range of 8-9 ft, so mid to high tide would be the best time to enter Delegal Creek. Once in the creek, there is plenty of depth, however the entrance channel described below is an issue if you draw more than 3 ft. The entrance channel begins northeast of waterway flashing daybeacon #86. just north of Hell Gate.

The Landings on Skidaway Island is pleased to announce that the first step in a multi-step process to improve access to Delegal Creek Marina has been completed. Larger, lighted navigation markers now clearly indicate the channel to Delegal Creek from the ICW, across Green Island Sound from Hell Gate, just northeast of ICW marker #86. We are the closest marina to the Atlantic Ocean via Ossabaw Sound. All transient and local mariners are welcome to purchase gas, diesel, and ice at competitive prices. Transient dockage is available for vessels up to 100 feet with power, water, wireless, showers, laundry, pump-out, and access to dining at a clubhouse. Hail Delegal Creek Marina on VHF 16 or call 912-598-0023 {or 912-224-3885} for further information regarding tidal conditions.
Sarah Stamper, Marina Office Manager

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High Praise for Crew and Service at Thunderbolt Marine, AICW Statute Mile 583

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-30-2010

Thunderbolt Marine is a full service yacht repair and refit facility and marina located on the Waterway at Marker #35 just outside the city limits of Savannah. Good people skills, good contacts and good technical skills make for an excellent boatyard. Thunderbolt Marine proves those skills as Mike will attest.

We purchased a classic motorsailor in Southern Georgia and had intended to motor her north. Unfortunately mechanical problems cut that plan short. The folks at Thunderbolt Marine were great. Ernie coordinated unstepping the masts, putting us in contact with a trucker and hauled the boat. Less than 30 hours after making the decision to truck the boat we were on our way. As a bonus the bill was significantly less that the estimate due to things going smoothly. I can’t say enough about the way we were treated. Anthony at the marina was great, the complementary morning paper and Krispy Kreme donuts made a nice start to the day.
Capt. Mike Lochner

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Advice Needed for a Cruise from Savannah to Sunbury

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-15-2010

 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 LunchIf you’ve had experience with the trip from Savannah to Sunbury, please click the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, and share your information.. Thanks! Sunbury Crab Company Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

How long a boat trip is it to the Sunbury from Savannah? Looking to rent a group tour boat.
Alicia

Bernard Maley, dockmaster at Sunbury, estimates about 60 miles by water from downtown Savannah to Sunbury, which can be a long day depending on type of boat and weather conditions. Bernard had several suggestions for departure points between Savannah and Sunbury to shorten the travel distance. I suggest you call him and discuss your plans. He’s at 912 884 8640 or maley@coastalnow.net. He will be happy to assist you in making your voyage plans.

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More Good Words for Isle of Hope Marina (AICW Statute Mile 590)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-14-2010

Located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, Skidaway River at Mile 590, Marker 46-A, Latitude:   N  31o 58.78' , Longitude: W 081o 03.35' 2-354-8187As one of the best smaller marinas in the Southeastern USA, Isle of Hope Marina continues to draw raves from cruisers. We heartily recommend a stay here. Tell Charlie we sent you. Located just south of Savannah, Isle of Hope Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

Isle of Hope Marine is truly a gem along the waterway. You are not a guest there, you are treated like a local. I can’t imagine what the staff could do to be more accommodating. Swimming at the community pool, showers, laundry, and courtesy car. There is a nice Pavilion at the top of the dock and if your lucky there will be something going on. We were lucky enough to be there for the benefit for the community pool. Live music, food and dancing all while a huge thunderstorm raged outside the confines of the pavilion, We will be stopping here again.
Captain Dave Kuchenbecker

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AICW Passage Through The Skidaway Narrows Bridge to be Unaffected by Construction (Statute Mile 592.5)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-01-2010

Contrary to what Captain Judy has heard, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the AICW at Skidaway Narrows Bridge on Hwy. 204 will NOT be closed during the initial engineering phases – beginning this month – of an upcoming construction project to build a fixed 65′ bridge across the AICW on site. The completion date of the new bridge is 2 or 3 years away and may require brief closures at some point, but nothing in the near future.

Subject: Skidaway narrows bridge and waterway closure
Cruising News: We have heard that Skidaway bridge and ICW waterway there will be closed on June 2 while they survey for new bridge pilings. Would appreciate info on this.
Judy Koetitz

Thunderbolt Marine (Statute Mile 583)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-24-2010

Thunderbolt Marine is a good stop, and nearby Tubby’s Tank House restaurant has become something of a minor legend up and down the Waterway. Also consider Isle of Hope Marina, just a bit farther to the south. This latter facility is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

We have stopped here on a couple of occasions. In May 2008 we stopped and while there celebrated our anniversary at Tubby’s Tank House. A great experience.
Because of predicted nasty weather, we stopped again for three days in 2009 (11/30-12/2/09). The facilites again were very good as were the Krispy Kreme donuts.
We have not needed to us their yard services, but it’s a great stopover.
Dick Litchfield

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Observations and Reservations on Isle of Hope Anchorage (Statute Mile 590)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-23-2010

We’ve heard from several other cruisers about crowded conditions, local traffic and party noise making this anchorage less than ideal. But if you’re in a party mood and feeling gregarious, this might be a good weekend stopping point for you.

Submitted on 2010/05/22 at 6:36pm
We anchored here on Friday, 4/23/10. It’s crowded with lots of boats on private moorings and permanent locals anchoring. That didn’t leave much room for transients. We managed to slip into a tight spot just outside the channel markers. Watch your position with the reversing current. There was some tug and barge traffic. Lots of local traffic and noise from shore. Weekend partying, etc. Lots of friendly boaters curious about our ICW experiences and our live aboard cat. Nice spot, but I wouldn’t count of finding room to anchor here. Better bet is to take a slip at the marina.
Captain Dick Litchfield

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Praise for Isle of Hope Marina and Anchorage (Statute Mile 590)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-20-2010

Isle of Hope Marina is, quite simply, one of the best smaller marinas in the Southeastern USA. We heartily recommend a stay here. Tell Charlie we sent you. And, lest we forget Isle of Hope Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

Submitted on 2010/05/19 at 9:37pm
Another great visit here. Great staff and a clean, well run facility. One of our favorites. Compared to other marinas nearby their diesel fuel is very expensive, however.
Captain Bob Poovey
aboard M/V “Threadbare”

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Unhappy News About AICW/Hell Gate Depths (near Statute Mile 602)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-19-2010

The notorious Hell Gate section of the AICW, south of Savannah and Isle of Hope, was dredged during the summer of 2009, and for a time, all has been well on these waters. The posting below from Captain Bob is the first notice we have had that shoaling may once again be rearing its ugly head. Because Captain Bob does not provide an exact time and date when his soundings were taken (see below), it’s not possible to fully verify what an 8.8 foot reading “30 minutes after high tide,” would actually equate to at Mean Low Water. But, it certainly can’t be good news.
We are returning Hell Gate to the ranks of a true “AICW Problem Stretch,” and ask the cruising community to PLEASE forward ANY information about depths in Hell Gate ASAP, by clicking the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, or sending e-mail to me at CruisingWriter@CruisersNet.net. Many thanks in advance!!!

Good evening, Claiborne.
Looks like bad things are beginning to happen again at Hell Gate. Came through here mid channel this afternoon thirty minutes after high tide and observed a depth of 8.8 feet fifty yards Northeast of Green Marker 87. Didn’t believe what I saw so I went back and observed the same results.
Weren’t the dredges here just a year ago?
Captain Bob Poovey

Hi Claiborne,
We came through Hell Gate at 11.10 – 11.20 hours, May 21. Low tide was at 09.00 hrs. We favored the west side of mid channel a little going north. We never saw less than 13 ft.
Frans Tieman
S/V Sophia (The Netherlands)
Draft 6.8 or 2 meters

We also passed through Hell Gate on May 19. It was about 1-1/2 hrs after high tide and the lowest we saw was 12 ft. We tried to stay mid-channel.
Mark MacMahon

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