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Archive For: Georgia – News1 – Savannah River to Savannah

  • Looking for Dog Friendly Marina in Savannah, GA

    The exchange of information below was copied from the AGLCA mail list.
    I agree that River Street docks is a worthy of consideration along the downtown Savannah waterfront. However, as Captain Bob notes, if you don’t want to make the somewhat lengthy trek off the AICW, upstream on Savannah River to downtown, stop at one of the marinas in Thunderbolt, or nearby Isle of Hope Marina (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR), and take a taxi into the Savannah historic/shipping district! Don’t miss the candy factory on Water Street. The smells wafting from this establishment are indescribable!

    Seamantha and crew are on our way to the AGLCA Rendezvous, currently in Daytona Beach. On the way, we would like to visit Savannah, GA for 4 nights, April 8 through April 12.
    We would very much appreciate a recommendation of a “dog friendly” marina with good walking access to downtown.
    Thank you
    John and Paulette Lee and Millie

    There aren’t any typical “marinas” within walking distance to downtown Savannah, but there are a few facilities along the long River Street docks that can accommodate your need for “close to town”
    and “dog-friendly.”. One that gets good reviews is the River Street Market Place Dock (http://www.riverstreetmarketplace.com/dock). It, like all the docks in the area, is exposed to wakes, which aren’t
    usually bad. It is in the heart of the action and there is a park nearby to walk the dog. There is no pump-out or fueling facilities in the area, so you may want to take care of that on the way up. Try
    Isle of Hope Marina or Thunderbolt Marine for those services.
    Bear in mind that downtown Savannah is several miles off the ICW.
    Savannah is worth the visit, even if you stay in a “traditional” marina and take the bus or taxi into town.
    Bill

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For River Street Market Docks

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Isle of Hope Marina

  • Savannah City Dock (Downtown Savannah, Savannah River, Well Off The AICW)

    Here is an excellent report on the Savannah City Docks from Captains Dick and Elle. Note the new telephone number, and that there is no longer a docking fee!

    Just talked to the City of Savannah about staying over night on their docks. There is a new telephone number 912-651-6470 ext.1 and it is now handled by the Park Service. We were told it is first come first served and presently not charging any fee where in the past it was $1 per foot. You must call in advance for they have a cruise ship that may be in port and take up the whole dock. It is a great stop but be aware you become one of the attractions on the waterfront.
    Going there this coming weekend and will report any more onformation if necessary.
    Regards,
    Dick and Elle Lassman
    M/V Summer Wind

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For The Savannah City Docks

  • Georgia MSD Regulations

    Be SURE to read BOTH notes below, and, then, if anyone else has insights on this issue, PLEASE click the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, and register your input.

    A note to cruisers traveling through Georgia waters. Georgia DNR requires that all boats equipped with a marine toilet must NOT have a “Y” valve in the system. Not Tyraped, not padlocked but removed if one exists.
    The law says nothing about transient boats just boats. My local DNR Ranger (Lake Wakter F, George) says that he has not been told to inspect boats for proper plumbing but will do so if ordered to.
    Dennis Nichols

    Subject: GA marine toilet rules
    Cruising News: I believe Capt. Nichols got some garbled info. The Georgia no y-valve law pertains only to certain lakes specifically named in the
    regulation–I think lakes George, Hartwell, Russell, Lanier and Thurmond (may of missed some).
    John in Augusta

  • Great Savannah Dining – The Pink House

    I join with Captain Jenkins in highly recommending the Pink House restaurant in downtown Savannah. If you berth at nearby Thunderbolt, as do most cruisers, an inexpensive taxi ride will get you there. Those who dock at one of the two facilities along the downtown Savannan River waterfront can probably walk in nice weather.

    Subject: Savannah Restaurant
    Cruising News: Quite possibly the best restaurant in Savannah is “The Pink House”. Try their signature dish which is pan fried flounder. I have dined there many times and have sent family and friends there as well — always with rave reviews. A little pricey but really worth it. Ask any local for walking directions from the city docks.
    Capt Dave

  • River Street Market Place Dock (Savannah River, downtown Savannah)

    This nice facility is one of the newest additions to the Cruisers’ Net’s “Georgia Marina Directory.” While we have personally never been here, it sounds like a good spot from which to enjoy the Savannah Historic District. The only two disadvantages I can see are the long cruise up the Savannh River from the AICW necessary to reach downtown Savannah, and the possibility one of the ocean going freighters plyng the river might get up a bit too much speed and give your vessel a real up and down!

    Fall09: stopped there once again… best location in town! Chaz the dockmaster is always helpful and friendly. being able to walk from the boat to the historical district is a big plus.
    Pascal

    Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For River Street Market Place Dock

  • Alternate “South Channel” Access from Savannah River to Southbound AICW

    On 9/22/09, as part of a “Georgia Wish List,” I posed the following question:

    3. Has anyone used the alternate “South Channel” to cruise from the Savannah River to the ICW’s southward trek. This cut, which departs the Savannah River abeam of flashing buoy #50, is useful to cruisers coming downstream from Savannah, but a 35-foot fixed bridge crosses the passage, and I’ve heard rumors of depth problems.

    Responses follow:

    We used the south channel going back to the ICW. The only depth problem might be just past the red A12 and before the the green A15 where the depth got down to 13.8 ft at high tide which would be about 7.8 feet at low tide. Other than that the depths were good. At high tide there was a medium-sized cruiser cutting from Elba cutoff to the south channel directly through the very shallow charted water.
    Jean Thomason

  • Downtown Savannah, Georgia Dining Recommendations

    On 9/22/09, as part of a “Georgia Wish List,” I posed the following question:

    2. For those who have visited Savannah, please give us some restaurant recommendations.

    Responses follow:

    We ate at an interesting place called the Soho Cafe in an old firehouse with a funky artsy decor. The food was excellent. However, it is a long walk from the dock (we had a friend with a car.
    Jean Thomason

    I had a couple condos in the downtown for the past few years and I always recommended a few places that were always popular with the guests: Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House (Jones St. and Bull St to the west a couple houses) – Eat here and then go shop at Paula’s store! Cotton Exchange Tavern on River Street – Amazing crab chowder. Alligator Soul for something closer to “fine” dining. Last – The Old Pink House for Fine Dining. Churchills on Bay St. is a British Pub and in Summer 2009 hired a new chef so beyond simply “pub food” they have some really good stuff.
    Rick

  • Docking In Downtown Savannah, GA (Savannah River)

    On 9/23/09, as part of a “Georgia Wish List,” I posed the following question:

    1. Who has left the ICW and cruised upstream on the Savannah River to the downtown Savannah waterfront? What sort of dockage, if any, did you discover? The city of Savannah has set aside one floating dock for visiting cruisers, but it was rather sparse when I was last there. If you docked here, what services did you find? Was your vessel buffeted by the bow wave of a large freighter headed past?

    Responses follow:

    I did stay in Savannath last spring.It was at a dockage for a parking lot, south of a Hotel, which was taken by a huge powerboat, and no dockage available left. Terrible dockage due to river traffic, and their speed. Thought the boat was swamped from the container traffic. A lot of crime in the surrouinding area. If you are not white-Don’t walk around after the shops close . That came from the the parking lot attendant. They left at 9 P.M. along with a locking gate, that would not open, until the next morning. Loaded my .357, and under my pillow.
    Greg T
    ST42

    We have cruised up the river several times to Savannah in our PDQ MV34 Lead Free Too on our way south. We were able to tie up right downtown on the city wall and had a wonderful time enjoying the area. Last time, I took the trolley tour and found it informative and fun. I don’t remember any specific restaurants as there are so many right at the river front.
    Sharon

    We went to Savannah today (Sept 30) and tied up at the city dock which is directly downriver from the paddlewheeler dock. There was plenty of room and the dock is a nice floating dock. The first three hours are free and one is supposed to pay a fee after that by calling a number or going to and office. Details posted on a sign on the dock. There are no services. There are wakes from the frequently passing water taxis but not too bad. I don’t know if a big freighter went by as we were off enjoying the town.
    Jean Thomason

    Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Savannah City Dock

  • Unhappy Experience at Savannah City Dock

    Below, you will find a truly discouraging story. Can it be that cruisers are no longer welcome in Savannah. Of course, you can always dock at one of the several excellent marinas at nearby Thunderbolt, and then take an inexpensive taxi ride into the Savannah historic/business district, but, at least for the moment, it appears as if pleasure craft dockage in downtown Savannah is no longer a viable possibillity!

    Cruising News: Anyone interested in heading up the Savannah River to Savannah and tying up for the night at a very reasonable rate of $1/ft. had better think again.  There is a new sheriff in town (on the job for 1 month as of this writing) and his name is Jim Gilliamsen.  I arrived Sunday afternoon after sailing outside overnight single handed from St. Augustine.  There were two other boats tied up at the dock.  At 7:00 am Monday (today), I heard a rap on the hull, and there was Mr.Gilliamsen with two policemen telling me I wasn't welcome and I must leave.  He did the same to the others, who had paid for numeroous days in advance.  I tried to reason with him, saying my experience in January during the trip south was you go to the parking garage and pay for the space on the dock, and he said they should not have done that, and that it wasn't going to happen anymore.  I then told him that if that is the case, the cruising guides and websites would need to be updated as such.  I
    also explained to him that I had just spent nearly $1000 in provisions and boat parts, and had dinner at Huey's, and if that isn't important to the city of Savannah, then I would gladly take my business elsewhere.  To make a longer story short, he reconsidered his position and allowed me to stay one more night, but I expect that this great spot for an overnight visit will not be available to future cruisers.  That is, until Mr. Gilliamsen chooses to leave, or is asked to leave by his employer.  It is my impression he is making this stuff up as he goes and it may be that the powers that be may not approve.  Particularly in this economic environement, when every merchant can use every dollar of revenue they can get.
    Randy Kruml
    s/v Kristinly

  • Savannah Walking Tour

    Below you will find a great piece of advice for cruisers visiting Savannha, GA, whether you stay in Thunderbolt and taxi into the historic district, or try to dock along the downtown waterfront. Trust me, Savannah is indeed a city worth getting to know, and it sounds like Captains Bob and Charlotte have found a very good way to experience Savannah!

    Good Morning All,
    We have just left the city dock after spending a great weekend in the beautiful city of Savannah.
    We took a really good tour of the historic district conducted by Jonathon of Architectural Savannah.  You can book tours with him over the phone or by email.  His websitie is http://www.architecturalsavannah.com/
    He is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design and is incredibly knowledgable on architecture and all things Savannah.  We have no affiliation with him but feel confident recommending him to you.
    Bob and Charlotte Snider

  • Savannah Downtown Dockage

    The discussion below is taken from the Net's "Ask Your Neighbor" page, and originally copied from the MTOA List-serve. As you will see, there is much good advice about docking along the waterfront in downtown Savannah, though there is disagreement over how much a problem is produced by the wake of passing large ships. My experience is that bow waves from ocean going freighters is indeed sometimes a real problem, but infrequently.

    Has anyone stayed overnight at river street market place dock? Southbound we stayed at a wilmington island marina and we're looking to be closer, the price is a wash after you figure in taxi service.
    Thanks for any information,
    Scott and Caroline McGonigle
    1982 mainship trawler, SEASCAPE

    Scott and Caroline,
    We have gone up the Savannah last year and stayed at the River Walk docks. You can call the City and get info but it is first come, first serve there. they will not hold any space for you. The weekends are very full with many small boats. Our recommendation would be to try to go before the weekend and stay through the weekend. You have to walk into own and we believe ,if our memory is right go to the Chamber of commerce to ceheck in and pay. Good luck and enjoy. By the way there is water and 15 amp electric.
    Dick and Elle Lassman

    We spent a few days at the river street docks. We enjoyed it, but beware of a bouncy stay. It's not the big ships that cause the problem but the small boats that think no wake is what they produce just before going fast enough to plane.
    Peter & Vickie Kidd

    I have not stayed at River Street dock myself, but have been there many times.  I've been told that wakes from the container ships can roll you out of your bunk and may damage your boat.  If you go there I suggest you have plenty of big fenders.
    Peter Colket

    There are some wakes from the ships, its no different then tying up on the Riverwalk in Ft. Lauderdale. In Savanah the dock is floating so there is some give and wake protection. Your not banging against a cement wall.
    Dick and Elle Lassman

    We stayed there for 5 days and had a fantastic time. We didn't notice much wave action from the container ships. I guess some people just like to complain about everything.
    If we do the loop again, we would spend more time there. Plus, the price is right for being right downtown.
    James Taylor

    We stayed there last November. Couple of add'l points on Savannah's dock:
    * You should call the City Tax office — 912.651.6451 — they manage the dock and collect the fee.
    * CTO is two and half blocks away. They will tell you how to find them.
    * Bring a check — no credit cards. The fee is $1/ft/day.
    * Unofficially, this one time payment for a day is all they will ask for. We were told, if we stay longer, not to come back for additional payment. This friendly approach may not be the rule.
    * Not all (in best case only half) of the 15A outlets are hot. Be prepared to either move the boat closer to a working outlet, or have a long extension cord ready.
    * We were told that in 2009 the docks will be given to the parking authority, meaning that a dollar a foot (or a free day) will become a thing of the past.
    Raoul, Adria, Symbol

    It is now 2.50 per foot, which includes water, electric, and wifi. No showers or laundry facilities, but there is a security gate with key code. Previously, we stayed in Thunderbolt. We think the River Street dockage is worth the price, to be right on River Street, not having to deal with the  travel back and forth (calling, waiting, paying for cab or bus). We'll let you all know how we make out!
    Caroline & Scott McGonigle
    M/V Seascape

    I don't want to confuse anyone……but…..when we were there last year….. there are two city docks and they are next to each other. The one behind the gate with water & electric for $2.50 ft. the other city dock (about 100 ft. away) cost me $37.50 for the first night (water and 15 amp plug at street level) and was told I didn't need to come back and pay any more unless I wanted to stay a week. We stayed there 5 days for $37.50 compared to $525.00 at the gated dock.
    It may have changed this year so check around.
    James Taylor

    It looks like Captain Quinn has the definitive info in his message below!

    Subject: Savannah River Street Docks
    Cruising News: You can disregard all other Postings before this date 3-20-09.  Here is the up to date poop on the Savannah River Street Docks.  Control of the docks has been moved from the City of Savannah Revenue Department and placed under full control of the City of Savannah Parking Services.  The "Go To Man" is Jim Tilliamsen.  Jim has taken over the operation, though he has only been in this position for four day as of 3-20-09.  You can call Jim on his direct line 912-651-2834.  To make a reservation you should call at least one day in advance.  The docking rate will remain at $1.00US per foot per day.  If you are only going to stay for lunch or under three hours there is no charge,  but it is still advisable to call ahead. There is water and 30amp service available.  Jim said he will be checking on the services that were reported not to be working.  Jim works for the City so if you call,  call early and call between 9:00Am and 4:00PM.
    Kevin R. Quinn
    SeaQuinns
    Tybee Light Power Squadron
    Administrtive Officer

  • Savannah City Docks

    Subject: Savannah
    Cruising News: Just spent 2 good nights at the Savannah City Docks. Great place, and the price is right at $1/ft. The floats are the same as those at the pricey ($2.50) River St. Market and a self-sufficient pasagemaker shouldn't need services.
    Ran up Savannah River in a blue dungeon of fog — the pilots had closed the river to shipping so we had a very impressive parade of ships after it was opened.
    Michael Porter

  • Savannah City Dock (Downtown Savannah)

    Bahia Bleu Marina is located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Thunderbolt, Georgia, just minutes from downtown historic Savannah.  From this location, you are close to some of the area's best cruising,Don't confuse the Savannah City Docks with the Savannah Market Street docks, about which there is a posting just below this one.
    Personally, we always stay at Thunderbolt, and take an inexpensive taxi ride into the Savannah Histroic District. However, the city dock is certainly another way to go!

    Earlier this summer we spent a week at the City Docks (about 750') from the river street docks. Only $1/ft/night.
    Awesome location to visit the city. You are right in the heart of the tourist district. During the day there are a few wakes, but not bad. Towards the end of the week we did start to feel like a tourist attraction.
    Currently at the Charleston Maritime Center. Great location again. Downside, there is a current in the marina which makes docking interesting and the seawall leaves it a little rolly from the occasional boat wake (quiets down at night). Otherwise well maintained with a helpful staff. Less expensive than the city marina and free Laundry. Side benefit is the water taxi's to Patriots point and to Fort Sumter are right there.
    Mike & Tammy
    Valhalla II (Gemini 3400)

    Subject: Savannah City Docks
    Message: We do have some news to report on the Savannah City Docks.  These are the docks just east of the river boats and the Hyatt.  We love the sublime atmosphere of the Savannah historic downtown and the numerous squares, so we normally make the detour off the ICW to the river front.  These docks are not free, but at $1.00/foot, they are cheap; electricy is available (20 amp) but you may need to share a water spigot.  It is my understanding these docks were donated to the city for the exclusive use of pleasure craft.  There will be some changes since many people feel they are free and the city had the terrible idea of letting the American Spirit Line of cruise ships tie up there whenever they wanted – literally tossing off any pleasure craft that were there (this happened to me during a gale watch this spring).  Currently there is a 150' barq tied up, taking half the available space.  Too bad, the docks weren't made for thse large ships and the damage from them is becomong apparent.
    According to Judy at the Municpal building, the dockage administration is being transferred to the parking authority and an office will be erected close to the docks for fee collection (that would make the other three pleasure craft here right now upset).  According to other sources, the cruise lines will be docked at another location and maybe the barq will move as well. Unfortunately, the maximum length will be limited to 35 feet.  Only one of the boats currently docked meet that size limit.
    So, please check with Judy on your way in or you may make the hour trip in vane.  If teh size limit becomes a reality, this will be our last trip to the city docks and probably Savannah.  Too bad.
    Dave and Brenda Johnson
    TBBG

  • River Street Market Dock (Downtown Savannah on Savannah River)

    Jeykyll Harbor Marina... a Cool Place to Beat the HeatI’m not familiar with the “River Street Market Dock,” unless Captain Pascal (see below) is referring to what I call the Savannah City Dock. If anyone else can clarify this, PLEASE e-mail me at CruisingWriter@CruisersNet.net .

    Speaking of Marinas, i stopped at River Street Market Dock yesterday, i like it there…  right in the heart of Savannah, wakes aren’t too bad, and it’s $2.50 a foot. Chaz the dockmaster is very helpful.  Not a lot of privacy because of all the passerby but worth the run up river.
    Pascal
    Hatteras 53 MYCaptain Pascal sent in the following clarification:

    It is not the city dock…  it starts just east of where the tugs dock, on the south shore, and extends 300 feet, behind the Market building.  good floating docks.   Phone is 912 398 6038    http://www.riverstreetmarketplace.com  

  • Savannah River to Augusta, GA

    Glad someone else covers the Savannah River upstream of the city of Savannah. We end our coverage of this storied river at Savannah, in “Cruising Guide to Coastal South Carolina and Georgia. 

    I was in Augusta GA yesterday and talked with the dockmaster whom has written a cruise guide covering anchorage points between Savannah and Augusta. It’s deep and well covered by trawlers, houseboats and bass boats. There are only ramp landings on the river, without any marinas. It’s 201 miles of winding, but very scenic river to the Augusta River (downtown) Marina, that will take 3 days at trawler speed. Anchor or tie up at the boat ramp landings, or on straight stretches to avoid early am fishing boats. They have diesel at $3.49 (9/8/2008) & gas. On the ICW at Savannah your lucky to find $4.  Slips are $7 ft. Great spot. I will be heading up the river with my Carver 3007 diesel, mid November for the winter. The dockmaster say’s no special prep for winter other than draining drinking water lines and tank.
    Mitchells

     

     

  • Cruising South Along the Atlantic ICW

    I have copied the discussion below from the MTOA Mailing List. I hope no-one minds, as there are just too many people involved to seek individual permssions. Anyway, there is soooo much useful info in this string, which will be VERY useful to anyone traveling the Atlantic ICW, that I have taken the liberty of repeating the string here. Further coments on cruising the Waterway are certainly invited!

    We will be leaving Wilmington, N.C. sometime the 1st week of Sept.7 [and] heading south to somewhere along the Florida east coast.? We have absolutely NO schedule and want to take our time stopping along the coasts of S. Carolina, Georgia and Florida along the way.? We have been to many of the costal towns by car, but never by boat.? We are not even sure how far south in Fla. we will go.? We want to find a reasonable place to store the boat for Dec. and Jan.? We will go back to Fla. in February and take her south to the Keys.
    Is there anything of particular interest we should know (places of interest, activities, good/bad things) we might like to know about?? We will have our small motorcycle on board so we can venture away from the boat to see things, etc.? Our only
    schedule is to be back in Kentucky by Christmas!? Since we have traveling cats we will rent a car in Florida and drive back to Kentucky. We will have our computer with us so we can get/send emails along the way.? In case something "special"comes along that we should know about.
    Everyone in MTOA has been so helpful, I thought we would "pick your brains" just one more time.
    Ben and Barbar Falmlen
    Two Cats Too

    We talked to Halifax Harbor in April about a slip for this coming winter and they had a large waiting list. Not sure if the economy will change that as we get closer but you might also talk with Daytona Boatworks. Also check out the Active Captain website for a complete list of all the marinas in the area.
    Jim

    Ben and Barbara,
    We love Savannah and visit several times per year — all but one trip have been via car. We stayed on the Intracoastal at a marina that was OK. I'm sure you will find several listed in the guide books. You might consider tying up near downtown on the River. There are several docks, both the Westin and the Hyatt have space. The Westin is on the wrong side of the River and is inconvenient, needing to use the ferry to get to the sights, etc.
    A must see is Kevin Barry's Irish Pub, especially if Harry (Traci's husband) is the entertainment that evening. You will be close to several of the Historic areas. Tours are available right on River Street by bus or carriage. This area is several miles up the river from the Intracoastal but much closer to many of the areas of interest. Provisioning might not be handy, but maybe not a problem for you with the motorcycle. I don't think the marinas along the Intracoastal are much more convenient for provisioning, but I may be wrong. Sounds like a fun trip. Let us all know how it goes. Feel free to contact us for more info, etc. Ron and Barb Smith
    The Lazy B

    Last November we left Charleston with a destination of Key West and returned in March. Just take your time as it sounds like is your plan. For a storage slip, I would suggest you look in the New Smyrna Beach – Ft. Pearce area for docking space, but do it now. We truly enjoyed Ft. Pearce and it has several friendly marinas. Read Claiborne Young's book on the FL East coast, it is the best in my opinion and regularly review his web site. Enjoy your trip South with no schedule and take advantage of the many, many spots to anchor between marinas.
    Toby Clark
    M/V Consort

    Good morning all:
    We spent some time in Fort Pierce 2 years ago, good spot, very helpful and central. No DIY!
    We are now on the hard in Titusville at Westland Marine, it is a DIY yard, very economical and central.
    We just purchased a Marine Trader 34' in April and are doing some major overhauls so the spot is perfect for us. Some good contractors available that have done wonderful work. We brought the boat through from Fort Myers and quite pleased with the decision.
    We will launch mid October and take off south to the Keys. Hope to see some faces to go with all these e-mails.
    Laurel and Murray Thompson
    Northern Magic

    One place you want to add to your list of stops is St. Augustine, FL which is especially beautiful from Thanksgiving through January with the whole city lighted for the holidays. For a nice description of the area see this article by Tom Neale – http://www.boatus.com/cruising/TomNeale/article_96.asp. We have spent the past two winters at Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor and have thoroughly enjoyed the city and our stay at the marina. Marina has all the amenities you could want including a very nice restaurant – The Kingfish Grille – pool, courtesy car, and great showers. I'm not sure about a long term stay, but there is usually always room for transients.
    Mimi and Sam Cooper
    No Agenda
    Mainship 43 T

    Ron and Barb,
    Thanks for taking the time to give us such good and detailed information.? I am saving it so I will have it handy as we get closer to Savannah.? The last time we were in Savannah it was by car and we had dinner at The Lady and Sons. What fun!
    Ben and Barbara Falmlen
    Two Cats Too

    As mentioned earlier, St Augustine has much to offer. Two expamples being the Lighthouse and its museum and working boat shop, and of course, the Castillo de San Marcos. Note that Camachee is a couple of miles from downtown, but does have most everything you need, and lots of people around. Though nothing is cheap here, try Oyster Creek or even closer in, Oasis Boatyard and Marina. The latter is a working boatyard (very good one) but is only a few blocks from downtown. No matter where, except City Marina (most expensive) you'll need the scooter. And how do you carry a cycle on an MT36?
    Fair Winds…
    Dennis & Bettye

    Shirley:
    Well, how far "south?"  Sanford, FL?  Near Jacksonville?
    There are delightful places to keep a boat a month or so on the St. Johns.  We would suggest the Ortega Yacht Club Marina (or any of the two or three in the same area), or go all the way to Lake Monroe at Sanford.  Stay at the Monroe Harbor Marina.  Several livaboards in the marina to give your boat a little extra security.  Nice town, too.  About 17 miles from Orlando if you need to fly out.
    Sanford is the end of a most delightful cruise up (south on) the St. Johns.
    For more information on the area, pick up any cruise guide and read it.
    Bill

    I have copied the discussion below from the MTOA Mailing List. I hope no-one minds, as there are just too many people involved to seek individual permssions. Anyway, there is soooo much useful info in this string, which will be VERY useful to anyone traveling the Atlantic ICW, that I have taken the liberty of repeating the string here. Further coments on cruising the Waterway are certainly invited!

    We will be leaving Wilmington, N.C. sometime the 1st week of Sept.7 [and] heading south to somewhere along the Florida east coast.? We have absolutely NO schedule and want to take our time stopping along the coasts of S. Carolina, Georgia and Florida along the way.? We have been to many of the costal towns by car, but never by boat.? We are not even sure how far south in Fla. we will go.? We want to find a reasonable place to store the boat for Dec. and Jan.? We will go back to Fla. in February and take her south to the Keys.
    Is there anything of particular interest we should know (places of interest, activities, good/bad things) we might like to know about?? We will have our small motorcycle on board so we can venture away from the boat to see things, etc.? Our only
    schedule is to be back in Kentucky by Christmas!? Since we have traveling cats we will rent a car in Florida and drive back to Kentucky. We will have our computer with us so we can get/send emails along the way.? In case something "special"comes along that we should know about.
    Everyone in MTOA has been so helpful, I thought we would "pick your brains" just one more time.
    Ben and Barbar Falmlen
    Two Cats Too

    We talked to Halifax Harbor in April about a slip for this coming winter and they had a large waiting list. Not sure if the economy will change that as we get closer but you might also talk with Daytona Boatworks. Also check out the Active Captain website for a complete list of all the marinas in the area.
    Jim

    Ben and Barbara,
    We love Savannah and visit several times per year — all but one trip have been via car. We stayed on the Intracoastal at a marina that was OK. I'm sure you will find several listed in the guide books. You might consider tying up near downtown on the River. There are several docks, both the Westin and the Hyatt have space. The Westin is on the wrong side of the River and is inconvenient, needing to use the ferry to get to the sights, etc.
    A must see is Kevin Barry's Irish Pub, especially if Harry (Traci's husband) is the entertainment that evening. You will be close to several of the Historic areas. Tours are available right on River Street by bus or carriage. This area is several miles up the river from the Intracoastal but much closer to many of the areas of interest. Provisioning might not be handy, but maybe not a problem for you with the motorcycle. I don't think the marinas along the Intracoastal are much more convenient for provisioning, but I may be wrong. Sounds like a fun trip. Let us all know how it goes. Feel free to contact us for more info, etc. Ron and Barb Smith
    The Lazy B

    Last November we left Charleston with a destination of Key West and returned in March. Just take your time as it sounds like is your plan. For a storage slip, I would suggest you look in the New Smyrna Beach – Ft. Pearce area for docking space, but do it now. We truly enjoyed Ft. Pearce and it has several friendly marinas. Read Claiborne Young's book on the FL East coast, it is the best in my opinion and regularly review his web site. Enjoy your trip South with no schedule and take advantage of the many, many spots to anchor between marinas.
    Toby Clark
    M/V Consort

    Good morning all:
    We spent some time in Fort Pierce 2 years ago, good spot, very helpful and central. No DIY!
    We are now on the hard in Titusville at Westland Marine, it is a DIY yard, very economical and central.
    We just purchased a Marine Trader 34' in April and are doing some major overhauls so the spot is perfect for us. Some good contractors available that have done wonderful work. We brought the boat through from Fort Myers and quite pleased with the decision.
    We will launch mid October and take off south to the Keys. Hope to see some faces to go with all these e-mails.
    Laurel and Murray Thompson
    Northern Magic

    One place you want to add to your list of stops is St. Augustine, FL which is especially beautiful from Thanksgiving through January with the whole city lighted for the holidays. For a nice description of the area see this article by Tom Neale – http://www.boatus.com/cruising/TomNeale/article_96.asp. We have spent the past two winters at Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor and have thoroughly enjoyed the city and our stay at the marina. Marina has all the amenities you could want including a very nice restaurant – The Kingfish Grille – pool, courtesy car, and great showers. I'm not sure about a long term stay, but there is usually always room for transients.
    Mimi and Sam Cooper
    No Agenda
    Mainship 43 T

    Ron and Barb,
    Thanks for taking the time to give us such good and detailed information.? I am saving it so I will have it handy as we get closer to Savannah.? The last time we were in Savannah it was by car and we had dinner at The Lady and Sons. What fun!
    Ben and Barbara Falmlen
    Two Cats Too

    As mentioned earlier, St Augustine has much to offer. Two expamples being the Lighthouse and its museum and working boat shop, and of course, the Castillo de San Marcos. Note that Camachee is a couple of miles from downtown, but does have most everything you need, and lots of people around. Though nothing is cheap here, try Oyster Creek or even closer in, Oasis Boatyard and Marina. The latter is a working boatyard (very good one) but is only a few blocks from downtown. No matter where, except City Marina (most expensive) you'll need the scooter. And how do you carry a cycle on an MT36?
    Fair Winds…
    Dennis & Bettye

    Shirley:
    Well, how far "south?"  Sanford, FL?  Near Jacksonville?
    There are delightful places to keep a boat a month or so on the St. Johns.  We would suggest the Ortega Yacht Club Marina (or any of the two or three in the same area), or go all the way to Lake Monroe at Sanford.  Stay at the Monroe Harbor Marina.  Several livaboards in the marina to give your boat a little extra security.  Nice town, too.  About 17 miles from Orlando if you need to fly out.
    Sanford is the end of a most delightful cruise up (south on) the St. Johns.
    For more information on the area, pick up any cruise guide and read it.
    Bill

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