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    • Jekyll Harbor Marina (Statute Mile 684.5)

      Jekyll Harbor Marina has gained the sure and certain reputation as being one of the most cruiser friendly marinas from Norfolk, VA to New Orlenas. And, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

      Jekyll Harbor Marina as always is a nice place to stop – $1.75 transient rate. But if you just buy a little fuel and perhaps have lunch at the delightful Caribe style restaurant, they’ll let you stay at the dock free for a couple of hours. Certainly an overnight stay is worthwhile if only to see the “Millionaires Club” where at one time (circa 1910) the Morgans, Rockefellers and Rothchilds formed the Federal Reserve. Now their less wealthy successors play croquet on the lawn – “keeping a stiff upper lip” as we Brits say.
      Captain Arnold

      Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Jekyll Harbor Marina

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    • Sea Camp Dock/Greyfield -Dungeness Channel Anchorage (Cumberland Island, near St. M. 711.5)

      Please note that in the Net’s “Georiga Anchorage Directory,” we term the anchorage Captain Arnold discusses below as the “Dungeness – Greyfield Channel Anchorage.” Whatever you call it, cruisers can drop the hook abeam of the piers which have long been known as the “Sea Camp Dock,” dinghy ashore, and experience one of the most beautiful, not to mention historic, barrier islands in the Southeast!
      A GPS chart plotter is ever so helpful in running the largely unmarked channel from the Waterway’s passage through Cumberland Sound, to this anchorage.

      Across Cumberland Sound – dodging the odd nuclear submarine – there’s a great mooring on the Western side of Cumberland Island. You can dinghy to the second dock up and walk not a quarter mile to a most beautiful pristine beach on the Atlantic side. A walk also to the ruins of Dungeness is worthwile and easy to take pics of the wild horses there. They don’t seem all that wild to me – everytime I see ’em they’re quietly grazing just like ordinary horses. I suspect a marketing come on…… In north or south winds combined with fairly strong current, the bottom does tend to be slippy – so put out plenty of rode and maybe even two anchors if blustery.
      Captain Arnold

      Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Anchorage Directory Listing For The Dungeness – Greyfield Channel Anchorage

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    • Another Grounding On “Cumberland Dividings”/AICW – Southern Brickhill River Intersection (St. M. 704)

      The mischarted stretch of the Georgia AICW at the southern foot of the “Cumberland Dividings,” hard by the AICW/southern Brickhill River intersection, is fast becoming a true AICW problem stretch! I intend to add it to the Net’s “ICW Problems” section shortly. In the meantime, please exercise maximum caution when cruising these waters!

      Subject: ICW/ Crooked River
      Cruising News: Previous suggestions to stay way left (southbound) from G59 to the “island that isn’t there is valid. I transited about 1+45 before low tide and found depths of 15 to 25 feet until we reached the island and then it started to fall off to 15 feet. We then slowly turned to G63 with good depths. We would not hesitate to go thru here at low tide so long as we followed the channel “uncomfortably close” to the green shore between 59 and the “island”. We ended up at less than 20 yards off by the time we got to the island.
      David Jenkins

      Subject: Follow up to previous
      Cruising News: Cumberland Dividings/Crooked River area:
      At G57 – 12.1′
      At G57A – 11.9′
      Between G57A and G59 – 8.2′ (I proceeded directly from close abeam G57A to close abeam G59) Reading time was 2 hours prior to dead low, so subtract about 2 feet.
      Again, whoever found and reported the best way to go through here is to be thanked big time.
      Good Cruising.
      Capt Dave

      Subject: Georgia MM 704 Red Marker 60A
      Cruising News: Wed. January 13, 2010. Ran aground at Red Marker 60A AICW MM 704 despite all the warnings. We draw 6 ft and were north of the red marker by 150 ft or so and still grounded. We were about 3′ above MLW and were able to get off. The channel is very close to the shore line here. Cruisers with deep draft vessels should use extreme caution here especially approaching at low tide. Stay uncomfortably close to the shore line and approach slowly. Oh, I forgot to mention to forget the magenta line and charts in this location and follow the markers. We knew of the problems with the charts and shallow water and still grounded at a slow speed.
      Capt J Price

      Subject: Brickhill River at ICW
      Cruising News: Came through this area 0n 1/14/10. The chartplotter posted on this website from October or November by Nellie D is absolutely correct. Stay way over to the green side at 60 and 60A. Go east of the “island”, which does not exist. We had nothing less than 12 feet an hour and a half after low tide. We heard three boats aground at 60 or 60 A, close by them. Stay away to the green side. Claiborne Young’s website will keep you put of trouble all the way if you follow it closely.
      Norman Mason

      Yes, in this area ignore the magenta line and go way E. After several sweaty palms episodes there I have carefully transited and recorded the following waypoints (S to N) which give 17 feet at MLW:
      South: 30d 50.85’N, 081d28.66’W
      Mid: 30d 50.92’N, 081d 28.66’W
      North: 30d 51.01’N, 081d 28.73’W
      Stay uncomfortably close to the E shore AND track directly over the marsh shown (incorrectly) in the middle of the intersection. DO NOT hug the reds!
      Carl Gaines

      I just went thru this area and this is what I did. I went close abeam to G57, G57A and G59. Minimum depth for this was 8.2 feet between G57A and G59 minus 2′ for tide. So minimum would be about 6.2 feet.
      Then I proceeded closer and closer to the shore ending up less that 20 yards off by the time I went by G59A.
      I went over the `island’ and had over 20 feet. Immediately after the island depth dropped off to 15 feet and I slowly proceeded to turn right towardsG63.
      Minimum depths along the shore was 20 to 26 feet minum two for tide. Stay away from R60 and R60A and R62A.
      This was accomplished 2 hours prior to dead low.
      Capt Dave

      I agree 100% with this report. I have my boat berthed at Golden Isle Marina, St. Simons Island, GA. I would recommend going off shore from St. Simons Island to St. Mary’s. If this section does not get you, Jekyll Creek will. Also it is much faster going off shore even at 7kts.
      M/V Arctic Jasmine

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    • Great, Breakfast Spot In St. Marys Village

      We just love to break off from the AICW, immediately north of the Georgia – Florida state line, and track our way up St. Marys River to the like named village. This little community is a delight, unless the winds happen to be blowing from one of the nearby paper mills (and that doesn’t happen too often).
      St. Marys has always had an embarrassment of riches when it comes to good places to satisfy a healthy appetite, but over the last several years, breakfast has been sort of left out. No More! Read Captain Wilson’s message below, and you’ll know where to chase away the night-time hunger goonies
      !

      Just 2 1/2 blocks from the waterfront in St. Mary’s, GA on Osborne St. Is the Cedar Block Cafe that serves breakfast starting at 7:00 am. It’s the only game in town during this time of year and at this hour. They just opened December 1st of 2009. Very warm welcome and specialty coffees to boot.
      John Wilson

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    • Important – Mis-Charted AICW Channel In “Cumberland Dividings” (Statute Mile 700 to 705)

      This is only the latest in a series of postings here on the Cruisers’ Net’s “Georgia” cruising news section about the navigational problems of the AICW section (south of Jekyll Island), known as the “Cumberland Dividings.” Among other problems, NOAA shows the infamous “magenta line” on the wrong side of marker #60A. Take caution when cruising this seciton of the Waterway!

      MM 704 approx. A vessel went aground at 60A as we approached. The red markers appear to be a jumble from afar because of the trick of perspective. I’ve no idea why NOAA hasn’t corrected its errant magenta line at 60A. Skipper Bob has a current description and warning. If you take the markers one at a time, it becomes clear where to go. Just don’t look at the magenta line in the chart, follow red
      right returning.
      We followed the advice on Skipper Bob’s Internet update and kept way off the reds for the whole section and found nothing less than 12 feet.
      Captain Jane Tigar

      Southbound in the Cumberland Dividings between mile 700 and 705 were the Brickhill River enters the Cumberland Dividings at red marker 60A keep well to the east. Stay east of the red 60A.
      Brian
      MIDORI

      Subject: shoaling near 703.5
      Cruising News: We ran aground at r60 between 58a and r60 you have to stay right over next to the shore almost and do not follow the magenta line…..you will need to go over what the chart shows as solid ground. We draw 5’9″ by the way.
      Sami and Barry

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    • Visiting Cumberland Island (Statute Mile 711.5)

      As you will read below, Captain Jean did it right. They departed the AICW at the southern extreme of the Dungenss – Grefield Channel, cruised north on this latter passage, and anchored off the Park Serve, “Sea Camp” dock. From this location, it’s an easy dinghy ride to shore.
      Don’t miss the chance to visit Cumberland Island ashore. This is truly one of the most magnificent, almost totally undeveloped sea islands, easily accessible to the public, anywhere in the Southeastern USA!!!!

      We had a lovely day on Cunberland Island at Plum Orchard (walked to the beach on the Duck House Trail) yeaterday and at Sea Camp today. We anchored overnight then took the boat right in to the dock for the day. The outside of the north dock handles a 30 ft boat easily and could take a 36 ft. As long as you leave by sunset, you are welcome to stay at the dock all day. The depth at the dock was 8 Ft an hour before low tide- there is room on the inside of the north dock for a 28 ft or smaller but I don’t know what the depth is.
      There are Ranger led tours of Dungeness area (from the Ice House dock) when the Ferry comes in – about 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM. There is a illustrated ranger talk at sea camp dock at 4 PM. There is public docking space at Ice House Dock on the north side – not as much room as at Sea Camp, but I would guess up to 28 ft could dock there and the depths are good. Certainly dinghies can be brought to either dock.
      Jean Thomason
      (DOVEKIE)

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

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    • Depths at Southern Mouth of Brickhill River (near Statute Mile 703)

      Sounds very skinny at the intersection of the AICW and southern Brickhill River. This latter stream cuts into the western banks of Cumberland River, only a few miles north of the Georgia – Florida state line.

      We ran aground trying to get into the Brickhill Rver at the south end last spring at low tide. So going south on the river yesterday, I was determined to find out what the depths were. It was mid-tide (about 3.5 feet up) and I had 9.6 ft on the sounder as we approached the green 63, then I got a blinking depth, then no depth at all which usually happens when there isn’t much depth or the water is muddied up. After passing the green and headed for the next red I suddenly had 22 ft on the sounder. We didn’t touch bottom, so I guess ignorance is bliss but I still don’t have a good idea of where the deeper water is at that intersection (if there is deeper water at low tide).
      Jean Thomason
      (DOVEKIE)

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For The Brickhill River Northern Anchorage

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    • 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

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    • Fuelling at Langs Marina (St. Marys River)

      Langs Marina sits perched on the charming St. Marys Village waterfront. To reach this facility, cruisers must depart the Waterway immediately north of the Georgia – Florida state line, and cruise upstream for several miles on St. Marys River.
      The trip IS worth it. St. Marys is a beautiful village, with one marina and several GOOD restaurants. The town’s people are also famous for throwing cruisers a Thanksgiving pot luck every year! And, as Thanksgiving will SOON be arriving, if anyone has details on this year’s festivities, PLEASE pass those along to the Cruisers’ Net ASAP (CruisingWriter@CruisersNet.net). Thanks in advance.

      If you need fuel, stop at the very first commercial dock, with the blue building `Lang’s Marina’ sign behind it. Turn in to the inside dock, where a sign says `pump out station,’ and that is the fuel dock. Took me half an hour to find it, as it is no where near the slips, and there was no response when I hailed channel 16. $2.79/gal for diesel. I did not stay at the marina.
      HB Koerner

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

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    • Dungeness Greyfield Channel Anchorage (Statute Mile 711.5)

      To access the Dungeness Greyfield Channel Anchorage, one must cruise south to St. Marys River, and then back north on the broad channel off the western banks of beautiful Cumberland Island. This is trip EVERY cruiser should take. You can anchor off the “Sea Camp” (US Park Service) docks and take a tour ashore. The martime forests are dreamlike. Walk across to the beach. You won’t soon forget your journey, and don’t miss a tour of Plum Orchard Planation and the ruins of Dungeness Plantation. There is so much rich history here! Cumberland Island is a cruising gem!

      Kittiwake, a Cape Doty 28 with CQR #25, and 25 feet 3/8’³ chain, had no problem holding there, with a little opposing tide/wind – the island off port bow gives some nice protection from N, and bugs can blow off as well. The Cumberland Island ferry was extremely polite, slowing down as she past, as did the hotel boat
      Capt Bill,
      s/v Kittiwake

      Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Georiga Anchorage Directory Listing For The Dungeness Greyfield Channel Anchorage

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    • Jekyll Harbor Marina (Statute Mile 684.5)

      Jekyll Harbor Marina guards the easterly (Jekyll Island) banks of Jekyll Creek, immediately south of the high-rise bridge. What else can I say about this wonderful facility, except to echo that it is one of the friendliest facilities on the AICW, with good on-site dining and a swimming pool. You won’t find a warmer welcome anywhere, and these good folks are SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS!

      Good stay on 10/27 – for the first time the tides didn’t seem to be as strong, we had to mess around some to figure out what it was doing, but not quite slack. SeaJays was an outstanding place to hang out for the night, even with almost nobody around!
      Capt Bill,
      s/v Kittiwake

      Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Jekyll Harbor Marina

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    • Langs Marina (St. Marys River, Statute Mile 712)

      It’s a cruise of several miles from the St. Marys River/AICWintersection, upstream to the delightful village to St. Marys. This is the southernmost port of call in coastal Georgia. Just a hop, skip and a jump farther south, and you are in the Sunshine State.
      We adore visiting St. Marys, but Langs Marina, while adequate, could use a little attention and closer attendance by the dockmaster. Don’t be discuraged by these comments though. We still highly recommend a visit to St. Marys, not the least of which reason is that these fine people throw cruisers a Thanksgiving feast every year!

      Two nights tied up on the East Side’s facedock. The docks were in a very good state of repair, except for the electricity/water towers, and most of the boaters were courteous as they passed by. Nat Wilson can be difficult to find, use the phone number, may go to Restaurant first, so be ready to right down another number! I think it was good value, and close to downtown worked fine. Otherwise, agree with more of what was said about access to other services, but I knew that going on,.
      Capt Bill, s/v Kittiwake

      Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Langs Marina

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    • Chart 11489’s Magenta Line Incorrect at Marker #60 (Statute Mile 704)

      This must be the tenth note we have posed here on the Net’s “Georgia” section about the magenta line being charted on the wrong side of maker #60!

      Cruising News: Traveling south on ICW 1 hour before low tide we kept green”59A” close to port (20-30 feet) until well past red “60” before beginning our turn starboard. Never saw less than 16 feet of water. On way north saw trawler aground and today sailboat aground in same spot immediately east of marker “60”. Charted course is wrong. STEER CLEAR OF RED “60”
      Bob & Cheryl Klein

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    • Brickhill River Anchorages (Cumberland Island, Statute Mile 696)

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

      35. Has anyone departed the Waterway just north of flashing daybeacon #41, and run the Brickhill River as an alternate passage south, rejoining the Waterway near flashing daybeacon #60A? This river cuts into fabulous Cumberland Island, but the principal access to the land is found farther to the south. What depths did you find? Did you anchor on the Brickhill? If so, please describe your overnight haven.

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      We spent 3 nights in the Brickhill river back in mid October. Entering from the south from the ICW you need to stick close to the North shore. My Raymarine chartplotter showed deep water in the center of the river but it was actually about 3 ft. After you get about 100 yards into the river move back to the center.
      Anchoring in front of Plum Orchard mansion is awesome. In the evening there are usually wild horses grazing in the lawn. We even saw a flock of wild turkeys.
      The hike across the island is on the Duck House trail. It is right at 3 miles but is a great hike. You pass through the maritime forest, cross a marsh (with gators), pass over a set of pine covered dunes and finally reach the beach over the sand dunes. You will probably encounter an empty beach but I did see one pickup going by.
      The trout fishing by the dock is very good. I watched several fishermen get their limit on sea trout from the dock. I was told fishing under the dock light at night is very good. Shrimp is the bait of choice.
      Jim Howes

      Subject: Brickhill River, GA
      Cruising News: There are several anchorages in the Brickhill River that are very well protected and have fair to good holding. Our favorite is off Plum Orchard. The river is wide enough for a 45-50 footer to swing although if you get too close to the marsh side the falling tide can ground you in the mud. Since the current can be fairly swift best to make sure to back down and set your anchor well. You can leave your dink at the floating dock while you go ashore, just don’t block the South end where the rangers, ferry etc dock. We’ve been told the house is open on the 2nd and 4th weekend of each month, but I can’t confirm that. There is MUCH less pedestrian traffic here compared to the Sea Camp dock at the Southern end of the island and usually you’ll have it to yourself. The hike across to the beach is about 2 miles and at places the trail in covered in fallen trees, but you will probally find the beach deserted.
      Randy Tyson
      Second Star

      The Park Service runs a tour to Plum Orchard by ferry on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, I believe in the afternoon. If you get there some other way, you can still go through the house. The latest news is that the Park Service has a plan to run a north island tour using ground transportation. There will probably be an extra charge for the tour. They plan to take 15 people daily to visit Plum Orchard, Stafford, the chimneys and the Settlement (the first African Baptist Church and a settlement home which will be a museum/ restrooms). The planning has been done; now they are waiting on the vehicles. They spent $6 million renovating and preserving Plum Orchard last year.
      Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

      Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Brickhill Northern Anchorage

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    • A Pleasant Visit to St. Marys. Georgia

      I have always liked St. Marys, and in addition to the historic attractions, there is also an embarrassment of riches when it comes to good dining. Do yourself a favor and leave the AICW for a trip up St. Marys River (a the GA – FL state line) to visit this charming community!

      Oct 6, 2009
      St Marys is indeed a quaint little village with several interesting sites within walking distance. The Submarine museum, City museum, Orange Hall Mansion, old churches and houses were very interesting and educational but no grocery store or other supplies near by. The East Lang’s Marina just beyond marker 13 provided a pleasent stay. the Dock Master, Nat Wilson was helpful, courteous and interesting to talk with. The general condition of the marina was on the low side of average, but the price of $1 per foot is hard to beat. The City was clean and the people friendly
      Dutch & Janie Haid
      Aqua Casa, Daytona Beach. FL

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    • Urmbrella Cut Alternate AICW Passage (near Statute Mile 686, northern end)

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

      34. If anyone has run the alternate `Umbrella Cut’ ICW passage, thereby avoiding the often rough waters of St. Andrew Sound, PLEASE share your experiences, and particularly the depths you encountered, with the cruising community. My impression of this passage is that, while very useful in avoiding the Sound’s waters, depths are deteriorating.

      Responses follow:

      We have used this half a dozen times in the last 8 years and have never had a problem. The last time was in 2007, so we have no current information. We have always used it on at least a mid tide and have always had plenty of water, even for a deeper draft (our draft is 3′). It is important to remember to stay toward the outside of the curves when there are no markers
      Ralph Small
      M/V AmmyBoo, Endeavour TrawlerCat 44

      Subject: Umbrella Cut in GA
      Cruising News: We keep our trawler at Jekyll Harbor Marina and often find the \\\”back route\\\” thru Umbrella Cut to be more comfortable than going outside around the sea bouy via the ICW. The route is easy to follow especially if you are using electronic charting, but, a word to the wise, only at mid tide rising to full tide. If you draw 4 ft or more there are a couple of places that will greatly increase your pucker factor. Just go slow and understand the bottom is soft mud so if you do touch it is usually easy to back off. It is very protected and a welcome alternative to the Atlantic if the wind kicks up. The seas can be confused and fairly rough if the wind is against the tide at the sea buoy. Also note, the shoal marked by the sea buoy has progressed seaward so it is best to give it a wider berth that the chart indicates.
      Randy Tyson
      Second Star

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    • St. Marys Village and Lang’s Marina (near Statute Mile 712)

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

      37. Can someone who has left the Waterway, and cut west up the St. Marys River to St. Marys village, southernmost port of call in coastal Georgia, please give us a report on your passage upriver, and what you found in St. Marys. Did you stay at Lang’s Marina? If so, what were your impressions of this facility. Can you recommend some good places to dine in St. Marys.

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      In April 2008 we started at St Marys. This is a neat little village with some good eateries right near Langs where we tied up. The ferry to Cumberland departs from Langs. Amazingly, there is no grocery store in this town within walking distance of the marina. We stayed at the Spencer House, a wonderful taste of the old South an easy walk from the marina. There is a good boat yard around the corner a couple of miles northeast of St Marys.
      Best regards,
      Woody Norwood

      St.Mary’s Is a Wonderful little stop We stoped and are still there for the summer Langs is a reasonable Marina with lots of Restraunts neer by and it is a intresting town to visit with musiems and shops all in the down town area. Shopping is a problem if you need provisions it is a ride about 6 miles to the Walmart and outher stores the local yahct club host a Thanksgiving crusers party and members are verry helpful with local information you can usually find members at the Bait Shop in the down town waterfront park. be reminded that Georgia has a NO liveaboard law so you can only spend 30 days in Georgia living on your boat a year .(we leave the boat there and live in our land place in Florida)
      Captain Roy

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

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    • Jekyll Harbor Marina (Statute Mile 685)

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

      32. Can someone please give us their impressions of wonderful Jekyll Harbor Marina, just south of the Jekyll Island Bridge (near Statute Mile 685). Did you eat at SeaJays while you were docked here? How was the food?

      Responses follow:

      We had a great stay there last month. The setting is lovely, the pool divine. No problem docking when we took the dockmasters advice. We ate at SeaJays and thought the food was quite good. Staff very friendly.
      Paul & Judy Jones
      SV Gratitude
      2005 Island Packet 445
      Draft 5′

      Our next stop was Jekyll Harbor Marina (in 2008 and 2009). This is a small facility with friendly competent service. The restaurant is open only seasonally, but the food is fine and on Friday and Saturday nights they often have live music and it can be a long wait for service (a good sign, but frustrating). The store has very limited supplies.
      Best regards,
      Woody Norwood

      Did not stay at Jekyll Harbor this year, but ate at SeaJay’s last year. I highly recommend the Brunswick Stew and Bourbon pecan pie.
      Shel Rabin
      M/V Evening Star

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

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    • Lang’s Marina (St. Marys River, Statute Mile 712)

      To visit the charming village of St. Marys by water, cruisers must depart the AICW’s track, hard by the Georgia – Florida state line, and wend their way several miles upstream (off the Waterway) to the village watefront. Here, you will find many good restaurants, and as absolutely beautiful village which demads exploration. If you want to spend a night or two with solid ground under your feet, there are at least two excellent B&B’s within easy walking distance of the marina.
      Lang’s Marina, as noted below, has always struck me as being indifferently managed. Hopefully, you will have a better experience.
      Check out this facility’s full specs by going to it’s listing in our “Georgia Marinas” at /langs-marina .

      We stayed over night at [Langs} marina and found it to be a place to rest for the night. The bathrooms were just ok (showers needed cleaning) and it was hard to locate dock master or anyone to discuss docking. The town was cool because it was so small and we were able to stop at all the local watering holes. We cruised inland up the St Mary’s and found it to have good depth worth taking a ride to see the large bluffs
      Charles Parks


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

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    • Floyd Creek – Umbrulla Cut Alternate AICW Route

      Veteran AICW cruisers will tell you that the Waterway's passage across St. Andrews Sound, south of Jekyll Island, can one of the most daunting between St. Marys River and Norfolk, VA. To avoid a shoal in the sound, the AICW channel cuts almost out into the open sea before jogging back inland.
      Recognizing the potential for rough water in anything even approaching bad weather, the US Army Corps of Engineers created an alternate route around St. Andrews Sound, back when the Waterway was constructed in the 1930's. Most authorities I've seen call this alternate passage, Umbrulla Cut, though the "cut" is but a small section of this channel, and, below, Captains Jim annd Lisa refer to this route as Floyd Creek. Actually, Floyd Creek is only the southernmost portion of the passage.
      Whatever you call it, this can be a useful alternate route but ONLY at or within a hour of HIGH TIDE. I've sounded depths of as little as 4 feet in part of this alternate route at LOW water, and, these days, some soundings may even be shallower than that!
      Please note that this message was copied from the AGLCA mailing list.

      For those [cruisers] North bound on the ICW that are just getting into Georgia @ MM 694 you¹ll find Floyd Creek on your port side. If the winds have been kicking it up and it appears St Andrews Sound might be less then pleasant you have an alternative for a calm ride, as spelled out in Skipper Bob. We entered the Creek and headed NW, leaving the red buoy's to our port and green to starboard while in the Creek. If you go, go just before the high tide. We were half way through at an hour past high tide and never saw anything less then 8 feet and most was 12 to 18 feet. When you exit in to the Satilla River head NW and enter into @ G A17, follow creek and exit at G A5 in to the Little Satilla River and proceed W to Jekyll Creek and Jekyll Island where you rejoin the ICW. This route is 5 miles longer but worth the time if St Andrews Sound is sloppy or worse.
      Jim & Lisa Favors – Kismet
       Fathom 40

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