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      Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of Georgia cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of GA cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “Georgia.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “GA Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 4 Georgia geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

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    • Another Alternate Route for St. Andrew Sound, GA AICW Statute Miles 685-690


      St Andrew Sound can kick up nasty conditions in the shallows of the Waterway’s magenta line east around infamous Marker 32. Alternative routes have been explored and suggested as long as I can remember. Robert Sherer’s alternate route below does avoid Marker 32 but is a bit longer. However, Robert’s southbound alternate route, which parallels the north shore of the sound, if continued parallel on a southwest course, would connect nicely to the Satilla River, then into Floyd’s Creek, rejoining the Waterway in the Cumberland River near Mile 690. See Jim Healy’s report on St. Andrew Sound and Avoiding Marker 32.   Our thanks to Robert Sherer for this discussion via Bob423.

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Satilla River/Floyd’s Creek

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the AICW’s Passage Across St. Andrew Sound

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      1. William Shaw -  December 29, 2018 - 6:42 am

        I’ve been using this for a couple of years, it still gets rough but the waves are smaller than the old route

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    • LNM: Causton Bluff Bridge, Single-Leaf Operation, GA AICW Statute Mile 579.9


      GEORGIA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – BEAUFORT RIVER TO ST. SIMON SOUND – WILMINGTON RIVER CAUSTON BLUFF (ISLAND EXPWY) SR 26 BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs
      The Island Expressway Bridge at mile 579.9 on the AICW (Wilmington River) in Savannah GA. Experienced damage and is in single leaf operations with a horizontal clearance of 50 feet. The bridge is expected to be in single leaf operations for the next three months while repairs are made. All mariners are requested to proceed with caution. For additional information, please contact Coast Guard Marine Safety unit Savannah at (912) 652-4353

      Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Causton Bluff Bridge

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    • News from Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Savannah, GA

      Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary protects Georgia’s special live-bottom wildlife habitat in the Atlantic Ocean and along the southeastern U.S. coast, an area teeming with diversity and an abundance of marine life.



      Join the Gray’s Reef Team

      Our team is growing and we are seeking capable candidates to fill a variety of positions at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Please consider the following opportunities:

         
       
      Catch The Excursion to Gray’s Reef!

      Fall gorgonians at GRNMS credit Greg McFall

      Would you like to provide advice on the management of Gray’s Reef?

      The Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council is currently recruiting for three open seats:

      • Charter/Commercial fishing
      • Citizen-at-large
      • Conservation

      The advisory council provides the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries with advice and recommendations on the management of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. It is composed of 19 representatives from various user groups, government agencies, and the public at large. Members represent a variety of stakeholders, including fishing, diving, conservation, science, education, state agencies, federal agencies and the general public.

      Applications are due Dec. 31, 2018. Click here for more information, or contact advisory council coordinator Becky Shortland at: becky.shortland@noaa.gov or (912) 598-2381.

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      Gray’s Reef on TV!

      Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary was recently featured on The Excursion television program to promote responsible recreational fishing in the sanctuary. TheExcursion aired regionally on Fox Sports Southeast and, in a first for Gray’s Reef, also aired nationwide on Discovery Network’s Destination America channel. Explore Georgia, the tourism division of the state of Georgia’s Department of Economic Development, is a sponsor of the show.

      Watch the show HERE!

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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

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Dungeness Greyfield Channel Anchorage

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Dungeness Greyfield Channel Anchorage

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    • Anchoring off Cumberland Island, GA AICW Statute Mile 711.5


      One of Claiborne’s favorite side trips along the southern Georgia portion of the AICW was to leave the Waterway at marker #34 and cruise up the Cumberland Island channel to anchor off the west side of Cumberland Island and east of Drum Point Island. I am not sure if this anchorage is where Perry McDonald dropped hook, but I am very sure that Perry was experiencing the true essence and joy of cruising and that you will enjoy his observations!

      We recently anchored (s/v Rasselas) with my friend Fred (s/v Rhombus) for a couple of days at Cumberland Island, GA. Cumberland is unique from most islands in that it offers abundant wildlife (horses, deer, hogs, eagles, hawks, etc.) and 18th/19th century ruins (Dungeness) not to mention a beautiful long beach one can leisurely stroll or reserve one of the Park’s bikes for several hours or miles along clearly marked bike paths.

      I arose early the second morning taking note of the sounds and sights while lazily sitting in the cockpit of the boat. I first noticed the calm still water surrounding our boats as the sun made it way above the horizon to welcome this sailor a new day. At first the water seemed motionless but upon further examination you could see the ever slow current carrying a number of barely visible particles glimmering in the water as the sun rose. I noticed a school of bait fish making their way along to the shore and then a splash as they came under attack. This only lasted a few minutes and then the water return to the stillness I had been enjoying. Soon I heard the sound of an osprey in search of food maybe for itself or possibly some hungry nesting young. It was soon joined by several other ospreys. Then one of the birds swooped down with great speed and grace and plucked a fish from the water and flew off to the tree line. By this time my morning cup of coffee was gone and the temperature was rising so I decided to dangle my feet in the cool water from the swim platform. To my amazement I was soon visited by a group of dolphins frolicking nearby but became curious about who might be anchored in the their waters. To my astonishment they came within feet of my feet as if to say good morning and welcome to our home. They would return several more times during my stay. On the shore some of the island’s famous wild horses moseyed along the shoreline feeding on the tender green grass revealed by the low tide. When you think you have heard and seen all there is–there is more. The sky above Rasselas filled with high pitch squeals of two magnificent bald eagles circling above as if performing a ballet of sorts. They flew in perfect unison scouring the waters below much like the earlier ospreys in search of meal. They soon vanished as they had appeared. Not long after the eagles disappearance the calmness and quietness of my surrounding were soon to be interrupted by the blasting horn from the arrival of the first Cumberland Island ferries depositing a small number of early arrivals to the island. Soon to be joined by the first if several sightseeing tour boats loaded with anxious tourists wanting to take that perfect picture or maybe just one of several selfies. Next to Rasselas lies Drum Point Island and it was beginning to become awash in the wakes of the passing boats as the morning passed.

      Before I realized it was time to find a shady spot to hide from the noonday blazing sun ending my account of the sounds and sights (14-15 Oct 30, 2018 of my incredible morning anchored at Cumberland Island.

      Perry is a retired LTC and sails s/v Rasselas (Hunter 36) with his wife. When not cruising and exploring the southeast coast and nearby islands they.live in St. Augustine, FL.
      Perry McDonald

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Dungeness Greyfield Channel Anchorage

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Dungeness Greyfield Channel Anchorage

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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

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Port Royal Landing Marina

      Click Here To View the Georgia Anchorage Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Walburg Creek Anchorage

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Walburg Creek Anchorage

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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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    • Sherer Report: Hell Gate, Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 602


      Our thanks to author/cruiser, Bob Sherer, for this report on the notorious Hell Gate Problem Stretch where the Waterway follows the narrow, man-made canal between the Vernon and Ogeechee Rivers. As posted on Bob423.

      Robert Sherer to ICW Cruising Guide by Bob423
      October 27 at 10:21 PM ·
      Hell Gate report (10/27/2018) There is no deep path. You need tide. Strong west wind lowered the water level some, perhaps 0.3 ft or more. The 3.5 ft MLW spot was very brief, just a flash on the depth sounder. The 4.2 to 5.6 MLW areas were persistent.

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s AICW Problem Stretches Listing For Hell Gate

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

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    • Praise for Jekyll Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 684.5


      Jeykyll Harbor Marina... a Cool Place to Beat the Heat

      A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, Jekyll Harbor Marina lies along the easterly banks of the AICW’s passage through Jekyll Creek, immediately south of the 65-foot fixed bridge. Our thanks to Perry McDonald for these good words for Jekyll Harbor Marina.

      We had the pleasure of staying here Oct 16-18 while waiting on some weather to pass. This is ONE FINE MARINA. From the dock staff to the dock master PROFESSIONAL and HELPFUL. Dockage, diesel fuel and 20lb bags of ice were reasonably priced. The restaurant serves EXCELLENT food (shrimp and grits first night and fried shrimp and flounder the second night). They have a swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Clean showers. Bikes for touring the island. Or if you prefer you can get a golf cart for 90 minutes. Flash foods and Dairy Queen are within walking distance if you are looking to get a BLIZZARD. Plus they have safe and protected walking trails all the way to the resort. I am so glad for my friend Fred recommending we stop here. Call ahead and reserve your place they fill up fast. Great marina, restaurant, and friendly staff are what we all want after a day on the water.
      Perry McDonald

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Jekyll Harbor Marina

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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

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

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    • Report from Hell Gate, Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 602


      Our thanks to Lori Rackliffe for this report on the notorious Hell Gate Problem Stretch where the Waterway follows the narrow, man-made canal between the Vernon and Ogeechee Rivers. As posted on Bob423.

      Hell Gate- MM601. Georgia
      We transited at 9:30 Tuesday Oct 23,2018. With 6.7’ of tide assist. High at 7:43,8.2’ above datum.
      Using Navionics Sonar Chart we stayed centered, no hugging or favoring.
      The least depth recorded was 10.9’ just before G91. Directly off G91 we saw 12.6’. Off R90-13.2’
      Lori Rackliffe

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

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    • Advice on Hurricane Damaged Waterfront Property

      Good advice for all ICW property owners from Georgia’s DNR Coastal Resources Division.

      gadnr
      Was your beach front property, private dock, bank stabilization, marina, commercial dock, or other structure within coastal waters, marshlands or along barrier island beaches impacted by Hurricane Matthew?

      Emergency Repair of Structures in Tidal Waterways, Over Marshlands and Along Shorelines

      • Secure any structures that pose safety or health concerns immediately

      • Call the Georgia Emergency Response Team at 1-800-424-8802 to report a fuel or oil spill

      • Remove any debris from marshes, beaches and waterways that originated from your structures to the extent practical and safe

      • Take photos to document damage from Hurricane Matthew

      • Compile any documents, permits, and photos to show the pre-storm condition of the structure

      • Call DNR/CRD at 912-264-7218 to report the need to rebuild damaged structures

      • In order to be eligible for emergency authorization, you must make a request by Wednesday, November 2, 2016

      • CRD staff will call back within 1-2 business days with guidance or verbal approval for repairs pursuant to state law

      • Emergency authorizations will be limited to repair of structures in their original location and in their original size and configuration

      • Some repairs may require authorization from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and/or local authorities. CRD staff will provide guidance based on the extent of the damage and location of the structure.

      • Non-essential projects currently under review and new permit applications for non-essential projects are temporarily suspended until emergency requests are addressed

      DNR Responds to Impacts of Hurricane Matthew

      Marsh and Shore Permits Page

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    • Candidates Sought for Positions with Gray’s Reef Team

      Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary protects Georgia’s special live-bottom wildlife habitat in the Atlantic Ocean and along the southeastern U.S. coast, an area teeming with diversity and an abundance of marine life.


      GRNMS State Manager, Public Council Members and Student Internships – Apply Now!
      Join the Gray’s Reef Team

      Our team is growing and we are seeking capable candidates to fill a variety of positions at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Please consider the following opportunities:

      Join the Gray’s Reef Team

      Our team is growing and we are seeking capable candidates to fill a variety of positions at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Please consider the following opportunities:


      State Program Manager

      The State Program Manager supervises and manages state employees at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and serves as a liaison to NOAA. In this role, your responsibilities would include promoting team building, undertaking innovative actions to fulfill staffing needs, and assisting with partnership development initiatives and outreach efforts to further the mission and vision of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. 

      For more information on this position or to apply, please click here.


      Student Intern

      We are seeking a “virtual” intern—meaning that you could be located virtually anywhere—to help develop and implement a communications campaign that illuminates the importance of innovative technologies for ocean conservation. The Virtual Student Federal Service projects on USAJOBS offer eight-month, unpaid remote internships for U.S. citizen students, college-level and above, who would like to make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government. See all of the available VSFS opportunities or apply directly for this Gray’s Reef NMS internship here.

      Applications are due by July 31, 2018


      Public Council Members

      The Gray’s Reef Sanctuary Advisory Council provides advice and recommendations on the management of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. The council members include community members from fishing, diving, conservation, science, education, and citizens-at-large along with state and federal agencies.

      We are currently accepting applications for the following seats:

      • Charter/Commercial Fishing
      • Sport Diving
      • Sport Fishing
      • Non-living Resources Research
      • University Education
      • Citizen-at-Large
      • Conservation (2 seats)

      Click here for more information, or contact Council Coordinator Becky Shortland at:   becky.shortland@noaa.gov or (912-598-2381)


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    • Dive Into Your Sanctuary, May 19-20, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Savannah, GA

      Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary protects Georgia’s special live-bottom wildlife habitat in the Atlantic Ocean and along the southeastern U.S. coast, an area teeming with diversity and an abundance of marine life.


      Get Into Your Sanctuary – May 19 – 20
      Few places on the planet can compete with the diversity of ocean life found in your National Marine Sanctuaries. So, we invite you to explore Gray’s Reef this summer or join us at these upcoming community events.

      CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

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    • LNM: Shoaling Reported in Umbrella Creek, off St. Andrew Sound, AICW Statute Mile 686


      Umbrella Creek is part of an alternate route used by cruisers to avoid St. Andrew Sound when the weather acts up. See Umbrella Cut for a description of the alternate route and Jim Healy’s chart of the route below.

      GEORGIA – AICW – ST SIMONS SOUND TO TOLOMATO RIVER – UMBRELLA CREEK: Shoaling
      There are reports of shoaling in the vicinity of the following aids to navigation with depths of 1 foot observed at mean low water.
      -Umbrella Creek Daybeacon A8 (LLNR 37435) in position 31-01-15.831N / 081-29-11.183W (31°1.2638N / 081°29.1864W, 31.021064 / -81.486440)
      -Umbrella Creek Daybeacon A9 (LLNR 37440) in position 31-01-12.720N / 081-29-07.980W (31°1.2120N / 081°29.1330W, 31.020200 / -81.485550)
      -Umbrella Creek Daybeacon A10 (LLNR 37443) in position 31-00-59.534N / 081-28-58.680W (31°0.9922N / 081°28.9780W, 31.016537 / -81.482967)
      -Umbrella Creek Daybeacon A11 (LLNR 37445) in position 31-00-57.219N / 081-28-54.698W (31°0.9536N / 081°28.9117W, 31.015894 / -81.481861)
      Chart 11489 LNM 20/18

      Image Courtesy of Jim and Peg Healy

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Northern End of Umbrella Cut

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the AICW’s Passage Across St. Andrew Sound

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    • Problem Stretch Report: Jekyll Creek, AICW Statute Mile 683


      Jeykyll Harbor Marina... a Cool Place to Beat the Heat

      The channel through Jekyll Creek seems to shift with each tide and, as recommended in this report, Cruisers’ Net likewise recommends mid to high tide passage. Jekyll Creek is home to A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Jekyll Harbor Marina. Jerry and Sam’s report on this Problem Stretch is reprinted with their kind permission from AGLCA’s Forum. Thank you, Jerry and Sam!

      We went through Jekyll Creek yesterday about an hour before low tide with two days of west winds blowing what water was left out to the Atlantic. I wouldn’t suggest anyone try this section in the conditions we had, I’m just hard headed and have a 2’10” draft.
      We lost readings on both depth finders, and the Admiral stood in the cockpit and told me which prop was stirring up mud in an attempt to keep us in the deepest water as I idled the entire length from the bridge North to St. Simon sound. We never bumped bottom, but it was not a comfortable section to navigate. There was not enough room in the wet part of the creek for a Jon boat to comfortably pass either side of us.
      This is one of those sections on the AICW we will consider a mid to high tide only area on future trips.
      Jerry and Sam Williams

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Jekyll Creek

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Jekyll Harbor Marina

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    • Georgia ICW Article from Sail Magazine.

      Here is an interesting and attractive article by Tom Hale in Sail Magazine on the Intracoastal through Georgia. While informative, such articles may not be as up to date as Cruisers’ Net. Before embarking, please always check our Homepage for AICW Problem Stretches, as well as Nav Alerts and Local Notices for each state. Our thanks to Kim Russo of AGLCA for sharing this link.

      Updates: The ICW North Bound from Sail Magazine via AGLCA’s Forum

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Jekyll Creek

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

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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

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Ossabaw Island

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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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    • LNM: Shoaling, Hell Gate Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 602


      This reported shoaling is in the notorious Hell Gate Problem Stretch where the Waterway follows the narrow, man-made canal between the Vernon and Ogeechee Rivers. See https://cruisersnet.net/167918 for a recent report by longtime cruiser, Jim Healy.

      GEORGIA – AICW – BEAUFORT RIVER TO ST. SIMONS SOUND – VERNON RIVER: Shoaling
      Shoaling was found between Raccoon Key Light 87 (LLNR 36265 [31°51.9875N / 081°4.7065W, 31.866458 / -81.078441]) 31-51-59.248N / 081-04-42.389W (31°51.9875N / 081°4.7065W, 31.866458 / -81.078441) and Hell Gate Buoy 90 (LLNR 36277 [31°51.5635N / 081°5.0342W, 31.859391 / -81.083904]) 31-51-33.806N / 081-05-02.056W (31°51.5635N / 081°5.0342W, 31.859391 / -81.083904) . Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11507 LNM 50/17

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Hell Gate

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

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