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    • New Nav Aids in Sapelo River, west of AICW Statute Mile 636, 9/29/2016


      This Local Notice is addendum to a recent Nav Alert for shoaling in this area, /158430, and the new nav aids should help keep you off the bottom. This area of shoaling is developing from the west and north side of the channel. This western portion of the Sapelo River departs the Waterway near Mile 636.

      GEORGIA – SAPELO AND DOBOY SOUNDS – SAPELO RIVER: Severe Shoaling/ Disestablishment and Temporary Establishment of Aids to Navigation.
      3FT at MLW. Water depth between Sapelo River TRUB 5B and Sapelo River TRUB 6 was observed at 4ft MLW. The rest of the channel was observed with 8ft of MLW.
      The following aids have been temporarily disestablished:
      -Sapelo River Daybeacon 8 (LLNR 5900 [31°32.0270N / 081°20.8500W, 31.533783 / -81.347500])
      -Sapelo River Daybeacon 10 (LLNR 5905 [31°31.8490N / 081°21.3510W, 31.530817 / -81.355850])
      The following aids have been temporarily established:
      -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 5A in position 31-32-43.672N/081-20-31.546W (31°32.7278N / 081°20.5258W, 31.545464 / -81.342096)
      -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 5B in position 31-32-33.161N/081-20-41.0078W (31°32.5527N / 081°20.6834W, 31.542545 / -81.344724)
      -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 8 in position 31-32-00.904N/081-21-47.190W (31°32.0150N / 081°21.7865W, 31.533584 / -81.363108)
      -Sapelo River TEMP Buoy 10 in position 31-31-49.809N/081-21-31.431W (31°31.8302N / 081°21.5239W, 31.530503 / -81.358731)

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


      We hear lot of stories of extreme shallows at Hell Gate, so this report from longtime contributor and experienced skipper, James Newsome, is good news, PROVIDED you take his and our advice to wait for mid to high tide if you draw more than 4ft. See /156050 . And see 9/24 report below.

      I negotiated Hell’s Gate on Sunday 08/28/16 traveling northbound exactly two hours before low tide. High tide was approximately 7.3′ for this day. Therefore, we calculated that we had 1.25′ per hour x 2 = 2.5′ of water over low tide. The least water we saw was 8′ which means the net low was around 5.5′. We steered pretty much down the middle following the magenta line, not favoring any marker.
      I draw 5’8″ to 6′ loaded which means I could have made this passage through Hell’s Gate an hour before low tide and barely had water under the keel. At low tide I could not have made it through.
      Based on the draft of your vessel, Hell’s Gate is only a concern within an hour or two of low tide, and if you only draw 4.5′ you can travel through here any time of the day, unless there is a negative tide perhaps. Just take it slow and easy on the south side of Hell’s Gate. There is some squirrelly current on the southern entrance to Hell’s Gate, but it’s nothing to be too concerned about.
      James Newsome

      9/24 Nelms Graham had a less easy passage, even 3 hours after low tide and in a shallow draft vessel!

      Transited Hells Gate on 09/24/16 three hours after low tide, “bumped” in channel approx. 75ft. from marker “89”, in vessel drawing 2-‘6.
      Nelms Graham

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

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

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

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

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

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

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    • Shoaling Reported in Sapelo River, west of AICW Statute Mile 636, 7/6/2016


      This area of shoaling is developing from the west and north side of the channel. This western portion of the Sapelo River departs the Waterway near Mile 636.

      GEORGIA – SAPELO AND DOBOY SOUNDS – SAPELO RIVER: Shoal
      Shoaling reported between Sapelo River DBN 6 (LLNR 5895 [31°32.1970N / 081°20.7660W, 31.536617 / -81.346100]) and Sapelo River DBN 10 (LLNR 5905 [31°31.8490N / 081°21.3510W, 31.530817 / -81.355850]). Depths are reported from 0-6 ft at Mean Low water. Aids to navigation are currently in 0 feet of water. Shoaling protrudes into the channel approximately 20 yards. Channel was found closest to the southern bank with a depth of 6-10 feet at Mean Low water. Chart 11510 LNM 27/16

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

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

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    • Captain Jim Healy Discusses the Waterway from Charleston to St. Augustine

      Longtime cruiser and SSECN Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, shares his knowledge and experience in these observations on this portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Thank you Jim!

      The entire region from Charleston to St. Augustine has high tidal ranges, ranging from 5′ at St. Augustine to as much as 9′ in Savannah/Beaufort/Charleston.  Those high tidal ranges create swift tidal currents, and especially for first-times, docking is easiest in the 1/2 hour before and after slack.
      There are many areas of shallow water in the region.  The very best resource for current data on low water and caution areas is available via www.activecaptain.com.  Two other  websites that all ICW travelers should know about are www.waterwayguide.com and www.cruisersnet.net.  I’m sure you are familiar with the Waterway Guide book series.  The “Salty Southeast Cruiser’s Net” (SSECN) is  really a boating group.  It was founded by Claiborne Young.  After Claiborne’s untimely loss, the group continued in operation.  The Cruiser’s Net website specializes on the US Southeast.  There is some duplication of material between the WWG site and the SSECN site, but there is unique value to both.  Both are excellent resources for fuel prices, marinas and anchorages.  These websites would make a good sidebar for any ICW article.  Two of these websites require registration – SSECN does not – and all three are free, and all are very useful to ICW boaters.  Both WWG and SSECN also have smart phone apps that duplicate and augment website information and are very useful on small-format devices.
      There are some generalizations that apply to the region, including the stretch from Georgetown, SC all the way south to below Fernandina Beach.  In some of those areas, boats drawing more than 4′ will want to consider not traveling at low tide; especially celestial low tides.  The Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) is responsible for dredging the ICW.  USACE is funded by state congressional delegations.  In recent years, the money congress allocates to dredging has been diverted to “more pressing needs,” and so many areas of the ICW are shoaling, and in fact, the ICW resource is slowly being lost; well, allowed to die, really, by congress.  There is a not-for-profit called the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association.  The Executive Director is Brad Pickel; bpickel@seahavenconsulting.com.  That would make another sidebar for any article on the ICW.  There are some local knowledge bypasses around some shoal areas.  All of the cruising sites above can provide additional detail.
      Renting a car in any of these venues greatly expands what a boating visitor can see and do.  Some, but not all, marinas have courtesy cars.  Generally they can’t be used for long periods, but they are useful for re-provisioning when needed.
      Hope this helps.
      Jim
      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Ft. Myers, FL

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    • More Good Words for Sunbury Crab Company Restaurant and Marina, Medway River off AICW Statute Mile 620


      Skipper Dick Lawson joins others in praising Sunbury Crab Company in Brunswick, GA. Sunbury Crab Company Marina lies off the Waterway along the western shores of the Medway River, on the charted Sunbury Channel, north of Dickinson Creek.

      This marina is 8 miles up the Medway River from the ICW. Plenty of deep water. Marina facility is basic but docks are good with water and power. Restaurant serving fresh local shrimp was excellent, but only open Wednesday thru Saturday nights. Ask for the owner, Elaine, and she will make sure you have a comfortable stay.
      Dick Lawson

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    • High Praise for Brunswick Landing Marina, off AICW Statute Mile 680


      Brunswick Landing Marina, a very popular facility with long term resident cruisers as well as transient cruisers, sits off the direct path of the Waterway, flanking the eastern banks of Academy Creek off Brunswick River, near the heart of downtown Brunswick, Georgia.

      I love this marina! As a delivery captain and salesman, for Prestige Yachts, I stop in many marinas. Brunswick Landing is in a safe hole, with little boat traffic, easy fuel, FANTASTIC staff, free beer, and bicycles to pedal around town.
      The floating docks are great, the restrooms are very clean, ice at tge end of the docks, and coffee in the morning on the fuel pier.
      I’ll be back in a few weeks. Thanks for the hospitality.
      Brad Heil

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

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      1. Dave Gibson -  June 24, 2016 - 1:50 pm

        Yep. I totally agree. One of the nicest marinas on the entire ICW, in my opinion, with great staff. Its also dog friendly! I no longer boat, but if I did, I’d still be there.

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    • Ridley Report: Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles, AICW near Statute Mile 676


      Charlie and Jackie make another entry in their log with this report from Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles which lies along the southern reaches of the Frederica River, between Lanier and St. Simons Islands, south of the charted 9 foot bridge.

      5-4-16 Now at Morningstar Marina at St Simons. At MM590. One of my favorites. Restaurant at top of docks is very good- under new management and got liquor license last Thursday. Great app’s and a great margarita!! Make res’s as very busy. Mitch- dock hand- is the beat. Current can be very bad and combined with wind can make docking no fun. Listen to Mitch (or Chick) and he’ll get you in safely. Showers are very nice and laundry also. If on south end of face dock, long walk to take out dog, go to Coastal Kitchen or borrow the loaner car (but we need the exercise!!) A very nice CRV loaner. 1 hour limit. Of course best things are the muffins and newspaper delivered to your boat every morning– best muffins anywhere!!! one of our favorite marinas!! Almost forgot– if need diesel mechanic that I think is not only good but honest– ask for Wayne. He impressed me and that is not easy!!
      Charlie and Jackie on Traveler.

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    • Unhappy with Brunswick Landing Marina, off AICW Statute Mile 680


      Brunswick Landing Marina, a very popular facility with long term resident cruisers as well as transient cruisers, sits off the direct path of the Waterway, flanking the eastern banks of Academy Creek off Brunswick River, near the heart of downtown Brunswick, Georgia.

      I have been a loyal customer of this marina for 15 years. I’ve seen it grow due to the efforts of the marina staff and the camaraderie developed among other cruisers and have always given it high marks for being among the best marina in the area. Unfortunately that has all changed under new management. Exorbitant charges are being billed as “environmental fees” i.e wifi, pump out, live aboard fees and marina security. These are to me the cost of doing business in an environment where boaters need and expect these services, but to add an additional fee to higher dockage rates has made Brunswick Landing intolerable. The boat yard in requiring outside vendors to add 20% to their normal charges to compensate the marina is ludicrous. It is clear the management is only looking out for themselves and has no understanding as to “who brought them to the table.” You may want to look into this and steer boaters to distant shores….it is NOT a place you would want to recommend.
      Robert Wilson

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      1. Doug Jarrett -  May 15, 2016 - 7:53 am

        We didn’t notice any extra fees, in fact, we got a 10% discount on fuel and slip for MTOA.
        Maybe slightly less organized than before, but nothing significant.

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      2. Michael Torras -  May 13, 2016 - 2:48 pm

        Mr. Wilson,

        I’m sorry to hear that you feel that way. As you are aware, we recently increased our monthly rate by $0.50/foot, up to $12.50/foot. This is after not raising our rates for the proceeding couple of years. We have made substantial infrastructure upgrades since our last increase. Our two local competing marinas charge $12.50/ft and $14.00/ft., respectively.

        We had intended to raise our rates to $13.00/foot. However, after much deliberation, we decided that instead of the extra $0.50/foot, we would make it a flat $24/month fee. We did this on the basis that we thought it would be nice for our customers to see where the extra $0.50/foot was going toward. We came up with the $24/month figure by taking our average size boat (48ft) and multiplying it by $0.50. This gave us an even $24 figure.

        If you look up the definition of “environment” you will find it to be defined as “the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.” Surely all of the things you mentioned fall into this category?

        Again, I am terribly sorry that you are unhappy with our new rate structure. We wish you all the best.

        Michael Torras

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    • More Good Words for Brunswick Landing Marina, off AICW Statute Mile 680


      Brunswick Landing Marina, a very popular facility with long term resident cruisers as well as transient cruisers, sits off the direct path of the Waterway, flanking the eastern banks of Academy Creek off Brunswick River, near the heart of downtown Brunswick, Georgia.

      The marina is the best in the area, and while the facilities are some of the best on the ICW, the staff – Sherri and Cindy – are the most welcoming and “make you feel at home” people on earth. The marina is well represented by these two young ladies as anyone that has visited will attest to. Without them, it would just be another struggling marina.
      Jimmy Crack Corn

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    • Catamaran Skipper Seeks Boat Yard near Brunswick, GA

      Skipper Ted is looking for a DIY boat yard for his catamaran. Let us know if you have recommendations.

      Would like to know how to find out or post a message to find best marina in the New Brunswick GA area that can accommodate 24′ beam Cat for haul out and allows DIY bottom painting. Any help?? Thank you in advance. Ted

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    • Advice on Hell Gate Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 602


      We are always hearing of extreme shallows at Hell Gate and recent conflicting reports still indicate problems at low tide. See /153633 and /153843. This report comes from one of our friends in AGLCA. SSECN still recommends MID TO HIGH TIDE as a requirement for navigating through Hell Gate.

      Hell Gate GA
      As a general rule, this section is best attempted with a rising tide. I guided 5 sailboats through there last November 21, 2015 during the Sail 2015 Rally Down the ICW.. We entered Hell Gate at exactly dead low and proceeded slowly. Of the 6 of us all drawing between 4.5 and 6 feet only the 6 footer ran aground. We draw 4.5 feet and several of the other boats with us were 5.5 feet. We were fine at dead low. In my experience, it is best to stay off G 89 about 75-100 feet.
      Reversing that route for north bound, stay center channel as you proceed into Hell Gate and then be on the west side of the as you approach G89, After the G89 continue north for about 300 feet before you actually take the turn towards the east. G89 does not exactly mark the actual bend in the channel After bend continue to stay west but then shift to the center of the channel as you approach the Vernon river.
      The most recent crowd sourced charts show 4-5 feet in the channel at low water. Given that the tidal range here is 9 feet, If you approach Hell Gate an hour or two after low you will have plenty of water in the channel. If you would like to have a copy of my tracks, please PM me.
      Cheers,
      Tom

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

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      1. Nelms Graham -  September 25, 2016 - 5:14 am

        Transited Hells Gate on 09/24/16 three hours after low tide, “bumped” in channel approx. 75ft. from marker “89”, in vessel drawing 2-‘6.

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      2. James Newsome -  August 31, 2016 - 11:47 am

        I negotiated Hell’s Gate on Sunday 08/28/16 traveling northbound exactly two hours before low tide. High tide was approximately 7.3′ for this day. Therefore, we calculated that we had 1.25′ per hour x 2 = 2.5′ of water over low tide. The least water we saw was 8′ which means the net low was around 5.5′. We steered pretty much down the middle following the magenta line, not favoring any marker.

        I draw 5’8″ to 6′ loaded which means I could have made this passage through Hell’s Gate an hour before low tide and barely had water under the keel. At low tide I could not have made it through.

        Based on the draft of your vessel, Hell’s Gate is only a concern within an hour or two of low tide, and if you only draw 4.5′ you can travel through here any time of the day, unless there is a negative tide perhaps. Just take it slow and easy on the south side of Hell’s Gate. There is some squirrelly current on the southern entrance to Hell’s Gate, but it’s nothing to be too concerned about.

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    • Georgia Coastal and Marine Planner Now Available Online

      Here is an opportunity for boaters to learn more about the plans that our state government agencies are considering for our coastal waters. Even without the training session, the website can be very useful.

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      Training for the Georgia Coastal and Marine Planner February 17, 2016

      As use of our ocean’s resources increase so do potential conflicts between user groups. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division (CRD) facilitates state management of coastal and ocean resources through improved planning and coordination.
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      CRD is partnering with the Georgia Tech Center for Geographic Information Systems and Strategic Energy Institute to launch a new planning tool called the Georgia Coastal and Marine Planner (GCAMP), which provides key information to coastal and ocean use stakeholders. GCAMP is a web-based map viewer that provides Georgia-specific data and information for planning and decision making. The resource assessment and planning tool provides easy access to geospatial information without the requirement of expensive or complicated software. GCAMP was designed to provide biological, physical, and human-use information in the offshore environment to planners, managers, decision makers, and the public.

      “GCAMP establishes a transparent and open process for fostering better understanding among stakeholders about what is happening in Georgia’s coastal and ocean environment. It provides factual information about the location of natural resources and the location of human uses. This will help coastal and ocean resource managers avoid conflicts when modifying existing human uses and planning future activities,” said Jill Andrews, program manager at CRD.

      Training on GCAMP will be held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm February 17, 2016 at the Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center located at the DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters, One Conservation Way, Brunswick. The public is invited to attend. There are also tutorials on the viewer’s website Geospatial.gatech.edu/GCAMP

      For more information on GCAMP please contact Sonny Emmert or Jill Andrews at 912-264-7218

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      1. Haskell Royer -  February 19, 2016 - 2:23 pm

        When will GA decide to become cruiser/boater friendly and keep their portion of the ICW reasonably maintained? Most boaters that have capable boats and crews opt to go offshore to avoid the state. Many others going off shore are at high risk. Even SC has finally decided to increase maintenance.

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    • Compliments for Sunbury Crab Company Restaurant and Marina, Medway River off AICW Statute Mile 620


      AGLCA member Benjamin Peeler has these good words for Sunbury Crab Company in Brunswick, GA. Sunbury Crab Company Marina lies off the Waterway along the western shores of the Medway River, on the charted Sunbury Channel, north of Dickinson Creek.

      Had 2 great stays at Sunbury Crab Co. on our last trip down ICW to this summer. Highly recommend.

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    • Good Words for Fort McAllister Marina, Ogeechee River, near AICW Statute Mile 603.5


      Loopers Michael and Marian War give many reasons to take a delightful cruise up the Ogeechee River to this excellent marina. The marina is located on the southern bend of a hairpin curve in the Ogeechee River.

      Fort McAllister Marina on the Ogeechee River. Turn to port at R98 and CALL them – 912-727-2632. Follow their directions precisely as you will cross from one side of the river to the other as you approach. The marina has added buoys to mark the route from the north side of the river across to the dock. Best to dock at slack tide as the current runs about 5-6 knots. The marina has alongside floating docks, gas and diesel fuel, and Fish Tales Restaurant for dinner. Two showers and a washer/dryer just across the street, and if you’re interested in history, it’s just under a mile to Fort McAllister State Park, where Sherman ended his march to the sea.
      Michael and Marian War

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      1. Bob McLeran -  January 22, 2016 - 3:28 pm

        We went there by boat in 2009 for a couple of days and again in 2011 and visited the area several times by car since then. It’s a great marina and close to some interesting history, as the poster said. It is worth the 7 mile trip upstream from the ICW. Make sure you put your pointy-end upstream when you tie up!

        Going upstream, follow close to the starboard/north/LDB bank until you get the marina in site. Water is plenty deep very close to the bank.

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    • Compliments for Hidden Harbor Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 670.5


      Hidden Harbor Yacht Club is a transient friendly facility, located on Troupe Creek. This body of water intersects the AICW, immediately north of St. Simons Sound, near markers #237 and #238. These good words are from Loopers Michael and Marina War.

      Hidden Harbor Yacht Club north of St. Simons Island. Meeting Bobbie, the manager, is worth the trip. In a previous life, she was a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles, and she knows boats and the Georgia waters. It’s a small marina, part of a condo complex, and easy to find on Troupe Creek. http://hiddenharboryachtclub.net/ Bobbie will call the owner of a nearby restaurant to fetch you and return you to the marina. Patty’s (not sure of the name) is run by a retired law enforcement officer and caters to the nearby Glenco Federal Law Enforcement training center. Best pecan pie we’ve ever had.
      Michael and Marian War

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    • Plus and Minus for Brunswick Landing Marina, off AICW Statute Mile 680


      Brunswick Landing Marina, a very popular facility with long term resident cruisers as well as transient cruisers, sits off the direct path of the Waterway, flanking the eastern banks of Academy Creek off Brunswick River, near the heart of downtown Brunswick, Georgia.

      Great Marina. Stopped specially to fill LPG tank because it advertised refill on site. That is not the case, have to do 1-1/2 mile walk to refill tank. Bit disappointed with the refill situation but overall good experience with my stay.
      Tracie

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    • Praise for Brunswick Landing Marina, off AICW Statute Mile 680


      Brunswick Landing Marina, a very popular facility with long term resident cruisers as well as transient cruisers sits well off the direct path of the Waterway, flanking the eastern banks of Academy Creek off Brunswick River, near the heart of downtown Brunswick, Georgia.

      OK it’s around 5 miles off the ICW on the East River, but the extra mileage is well worth it. This is a first class marina at reasonably low cost. Immaculate floating slips, spotless restrooms and showers, free laundry, free to use BBQ and free beer. Diesel and Gas at competitive price. Nearby within walking distance are several restaurants including Thai, Chinese, Breakfast and goat curry. It’s a bike ride to an Autostore and a 5 mile taxi to the likes of Walmart, Publix and one of my favourites – Sonny BBQ. The marina accepts transients and liveaboards at competitive rates. You’re also likely to meet several of those intrepid Captains with tall masts who sail the world’s oceans. Contact the world’s friendliest Dockmaster on VHF 16 or Tel (912) 262 9264 AFTER you pass through 105 ft high cable bridge.. Five Star rating in my book.
      Cap’n Parky

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    • A Good Visit to Two Way Fish Camp, off the AICW Statute Mile 663


      Two Way Fish Camp is on the South Altamaha River, off the Waterway departing west between markers #218 and #218A. Old South charm and one of this editor’s favorite spots – well worth the trip!

      Around Mile Marker 660 turn into the South Altamaha River to get a mile or so to the marina – watch the markers carefully on a “Red Right Return” basis. This super friendly marina is certainly much more than a fish camp – in fact the name reminds you that you can freshwater fish north of the marina, or saltwater fish south of the marina. Two way fishing. Floating slips are in good shape, an excellent ma and pa type restaurant on site and a haul out crane with repair yard able to fix most anything wrong. To be honest the restrooms and showers could do with a spot of modernization but the systems themselves worked well. Quite a few liveaboards here anxious to help a fellow boater get to the nearest grocery and other stores. Also a chance to make friends with Coastguard trainees who one day may come to your rescue – who knows? A Four Star rating in my book – five if they spruce up the restrooms.
      Cap’n Parky

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


      We began hearing of extreme shallows at Hell Gate last year, see /?p=145174 and /?p=146335. Mike and Cathy wisely made this passage near high tide and had no problem. SSECN still recommends MID TO HIGH TIDE as a requirement for navigating through Hell Gate.

      Just passed Hell Gate 1 hour before high tide- minimum observed depth 10 feet. Had approx 6 ft of tide
      Mike & Cathy
      S/V Second Flight

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


      We began hearing of extreme shallows at Hell Gate last year, see /?p=145174 and /?p=146335. Now Skipper Horowitz gives us further confirmation that MID TO HIGH TIDE is a requirement for passage through Hell Gate. This is trusted advice…TAKE IT!!

      Transited Hell Gate southbound today, Wednesday, 11/4/15, at 0825-0840, roughly ½ hour before low tide 0902 at Florida Passage, Ogeechee River. Had a range of tide corrections from +2.09′ at 0825, +1.53′ at 0838, and +1.16′ at 0902. Tried to stay mid channel from G87, favoring red side. Ran out of water mid channel at G89-always interesting when the fathometer reads —, but no bump. Also saw a low spot exiting around 5.8′. ALTAIR draws 5′. This section is getting very bad again.
      Mike Horowitz
      M/V ALTAIR

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Al Sutherland -  November 6, 2015 - 9:22 pm

        Passed through Hell Gate at :40 mins past low tide. Sea Tow tide app. showed low tide at 1.5 ft above MLW (near full moon). 6′ was the lowest. we saw. From our chart there was a new Red 90 which we honored. We draw 4’3″ but still had white knuckles.

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      2. Kevin R. Quinn -  November 6, 2015 - 3:39 pm

        Everyone hears all these freak out stories and they are anxious about going thru Hell gate. To add to the fear you always arrive around low tide. I live in Savannah and go thru the gate on a regular basis, on all tides. Yes it is low but the USCG keeps the red buoy in the proper place. The above Captain said he tried to stay in mid channel favoring the red side. Well that is what they call a diametrically opposing statement. You are either in mid channel or you are favoring the red side. One or the other, you cannot do both. The channel is the same as always. Stay in the middle keep, all markers and buoys at an equal distance to the proper side and you will be fine. When in doubt stay out. If you are anxious waiting one hour can make all the difference in the world. Pick up the radio and ask that local guy who is just about to go thru for help. Ask him to take readings for you. Again like the anxious captain above said after all that he didn’t even bump.

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