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    • Explore Your Ocean Treasures at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

      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.

      Explore your ocean treasures at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

       

       

      Upcoming public meeting, student robotics competition, and special volunteer recognition

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      NOAA science diver Randy Rudd descending to the depths of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Photo credit: Dr. Peter Auster/UCONN

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      Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to meet

      NOAA’s Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council will hold a meeting on
      April 30, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Library Auditorium of the University of
      Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. The public is invited to attend.

      Gray’s Reef Sanctuary Advisory Council holds two in-person meetings every year. The council will receive reports about science activities and results, including a presentation by NOAA research scientist Dr. Jenni Stanley about her work to characterize soundscapes in Gray’s Reef and three other national marine sanctuaries. Council member Bob Crimian from The Nature Conservancy will report on TNC’s recreational angler engagement project.

      Public comment will be taken at approximately 4:00 p.m.
      For updates including a final agenda, visit
      https://graysreef.noaa.gov/management/sac/council_news.html  

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      Gray’s Reef Southeast MATE ROV Competition

      Students from across the southeast will compete in Savannah, GA on Saturday, May 11th with their underwater robots (ROVs) in a mission involving habitat restoration, water quality monitoring, maritime archaeology, and structural maintenance of freshwater dams. Come learn about applied ocean sciences, operations, engineering and opportunities for student learning with Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation at the Southeast MATE ROV Competition!     

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      Gray's Reef NMS Volunteer of the Year Katie Miller

      Gray’s Reef Volunteer of the Year – Katie Miller

      Join us in congratulating Katie Miller for being Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary’s Volunteer of the Year! Katie has acted as a dedicated and engaged outreach volunteer since 2015 and is being recognized for her outstanding service to the site in 2018. Katie is a stellar student, now in her first year at Dartmouth College, who is inspired by the ecology of coastal Georgia and seeks opportunities to learn about and protect our ocean planet. We wish her all the best and congratulate Katie on a job well done!

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    • Celebrate Spring with 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.

       

      Fall gorgonians at GRNMS credit Greg McFall

      These sea fans at Gray’s Reef are animals classified as cnidaria (naɪˈdɛəriə), a family containing over 11,000 aquatic species found mainly in our ocean. Photo credit: Greg McFall/GRNMS

      R/V Joe Ferguson

      Calling all Captains!

      Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, a unit of the University of Georgia, seeks applications to fill an immediate need for a Captain / Marine Operations Coordinator with NOAA/Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

      This position serves as Master of the R/V Joe Ferguson, a 41 ft research vessel, and the R/V Sam Gray, a 36 ft research vessel operated by Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. In coordination with the Vessel Operations Coordinator (VOC), ensures effective vessel operation and safety of ship and crew personnel to successfully complete science cruise missions. This is a full time position with time/effort split between cruises (<120 days per year with average duration of 10hrs) and shore duties.  For more information on the duties and responsibilities, training and experience, and how to apply click here

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      Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade

      Be on the lookout for the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary float during the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16. We will bring the reef to the street and showcase the treasures of the sea during the “Hostess City” of the south’s 195th heritage parade. Take pictures of the Gray’s Reef float and share them with us at  #graysreef

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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!

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      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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    • 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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    • Dive Into 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.


       
       
       
       
       

       

      Volunteer to be a steward of your sanctuary!

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      Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary protects a vibrant hard-bottom reef habitat in the Atlantic Ocean just off the Georgia Coast. This 22-square-mile protected area is teeming with numerous species of fish, such as black sea bass, groupers, and mackerels. Loggerhead sea turtles forage and rest year-round at Gray’s Reef, and the sanctuary is within the critical habitat of the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.

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      Are You Ready to Make A Deeper Dive into Gray’s Reef?

      Volunteers are integral to the success of Gray’s Reef operations. If you’d like to dive deeper into your local marine sanctuary, please consider the following opportunities to join our outstanding team of volunteers.

      Top banner photos: Greg McFall/NOAA


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      Speakers Bureau

      If you would like to share your enthusiasm about Gray’s Reef with organizations throughout the region, consider joining our speakers bureau. We will schedule the presentations and supply you with a comprehensive slide kit and the training you’ll need to get started. Our speakers are in high demand for K-12 education, recreation and general audiences. This is a great opportunity for retired professionals and recent grads looking for public speaking experience. Register your interest here. Or, if you are interested in booking a presentation for your organization, please complete our online request form.


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      Social Science Internship

      Gray’s Reef has a number of internships available throughout the year. We are currently looking for an intern to assist us in conducting a socioeconomic survey in our local area (Jan-Mar). For more information about this project, please click here. Candidates interested in this part-time, unpaid internship can submit their cover letter and resumes here through 12/1/17 for consideration. 


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      Public Events Team

      Would you like a front-row seat to the Gray’s Reef Film Festival? Want to march in Savannah’s famed St. Patrick’s Day Parade? How about a fish-eyed view of our underwater robotics competition? We need you and a few friends to help us bring the remote reef to the street through rolling art installations, creature features and education simulations. Volunteers are needed at these and other events coming up this fall, like Coastfest and Skidaway Marine Science Day. Register your interest here.


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      Sanctuary Advisory Council

      Welcome to Monique Gordon who now serves as the K-12 Education representative on the Gray’s Reef Advisory Council, and welcome back Dr. Peter Auster who serves as the Living Resources Research representative. This all-volunteer advisory group consists of individuals from various user groups, government agencies and the public-at-large and provides advice on the operation and management of the sanctuary. 

      Learn more about the Gray’s Reef Advisory Council by joining us for the next meeting on September 22, 2017 at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography library auditorium. 


      VOY Mandy Harvey

      2017 Volunteer of the Year

      Each year we recognize one outstanding volunteer as our Volunteer of the Year. Our honoree, recognized for her extraordinary efforts in 2016, is Mandy Harvey. 

      “I really enjoy volunteering at Gray’s Reef because it gives me the opportunity to use my existing skills in news ways to support an organization devoted to something I care deeply about—the health of our oceans. And, I get to have a great time doing it!” 

      Mandy’s dedication, along with that of the honorees from the other 14 marine sanctuaries and monuments, was recognized by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation during Capitol Hill Ocean Week in Washington, DC this past June. 

      Congratulations and Thank you, Mandy!


      For more information please visit:

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      Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary                                

      10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411                     912-598-2345

      Volunteer Inquires: jody.patterson@noaa.gov 

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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.


       
       
       
       
       
       
       

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      Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary protects a vibrant hard-bottom reef habitat in the Atlantic Ocean just off the Georgia Coast. This 22-square-mile protected area is teeming with numerous species of fish, such as black sea bass, groupers, and mackerels. Loggerhead sea turtles forage and rest year-round at Gray’s Reef, and the sanctuary is within the critical habitat of the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.

      Learn more by visiting GRNMS here:


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      Savor Summer in Savannah

      Summer may be winding down, but we’re just warming up! We hope you will join the staff and friends of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary at these exciting upcoming events.

      Top banner photos: Greg McFall/NOAA


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      August 1 – Gray’s Reef Tuesdays on Tybee

      The summer film series continues this Tuesdayat Tybee Post Theaterwith the inspiring, real-life story of Winter, the Dolphin That Can. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m.

      With our apologies for postponing Shifting Baselines, we have rescheduled the screening for August 8, 7:00 p.m. at the Tybee Post Theater. The movie tells a story of Georgia’s coast as told by her commercial fishing families, scientists, and chefs. Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s Founding Chair, Cathy Sakas, is the executive producer bringing this film to life.


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      August 12 – Get Into Your Sanctuary Day

      Experience a 360-degree virtual diveof Gray’s Reef when you visit the Islands Library branch of Live Oak Public Libraries on August 12, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Library guests can explore the sanctuary using Virtual Reality goggles and an interactive exhibit, Q&A with our staff, and take home some fun giveaways!  

      In addition, the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is sponsoring a photo contest until August 12. We encourage you to Get Into Your Sanctuary and share the fun nationwide! 


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      September 22 – A Fishy Affair 

      Join us and the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for an evening of fun at this malicious, but delicious lionfish-focused Chef’s challenge featuring four talented local chefs preparing their own unique lionfish dishes. 

      A Fishy Affair attendees will enjoy over 350 pounds of Atlantic-harvested lionfish to bring awareness to the invasive species and in support of sustainable seafood in area restaurants.  A raffle, live auction, short film, and signature cocktail will be offered at the entertaining and educational evening benefitting Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Tickets are on sale now!


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      Welcome Dr. Catherine Dunn Kostilnik!

      We are delighted to introduce you to Catherine Dunn Kostilnik, PhD., the new Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Executive Director! 

      Please join us in welcoming Catherine who can be reached by emailing catherine@marinesanctuary.org.


      For more information please visit:

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      Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary 

      10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411

      912-598-2345

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    • Special Sneak Peek! 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.


      Exclusive Preview from GPB at Tybee Tuesday

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      At our next “Gray’s Reef Tuesday” on July 11, we have a treat from Georgia Public Broadcasting: a sneak peek of their upcoming 3-part television special called RARE—Creatures of the Photo Ark.  RARE is a project of renowned National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. Throughout the show, scientists and naturalists reveal surprising information about the world’s rare and at-risk animals. The preview will also include footage from right here in Georgia, with video from Georgia Outdoors naturalist Sharon Collins. 

      We will be joined by special guest Emmalee Hackshaw from GBP who will introduce us to this wonderful experience, followed by our feature film Ocean Frontiers. Meet us at the Tybee Post Theater every Tuesday evening through August 1 for this salty, sea-loving film series!


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    • Poor Paint Job from Hinckley Boat Yard, Thunderbolt, GA, AICW Statute Mile 583

      We post this complaint only to compare the experience of this skipper with Imron versus Awlgrip. We also trust that the results of this particular work are not typical of Hinkley’s expertise. See Tom Law’s comments below.

      You don’t always get what you pay for! With such great reviews we decided to use Hinckley to paint our boat. We got a bid to have our 49 Hylas yacht painted in Awlgrip in January 2016. We have used Awlgrip paint before and found it to be durable, easy to clean and long lasting. A few weeks after we got the bid to paint the topsides in Awlgrip by the manager, we were handed off to [another worker] to coordinate the work we needed done. Then came emails and phone calls to use Imron paint. Imron paint is cheaper than Awlgrip. Although we loved Awlgrip we decided the “professionals” knew better and so we went with their product Imron. We felt that on every step Hinkley encouraged us to do more and more work than we felt unnecessary. It always started with “at Hinckley we do it this way because it’s the best”. They faired the transom and built it up with a compound to fix a few dings. We were not in Florida when the work was done which was Big mistake. When we arrived in late January the first issues started. First issue was we had covered our boat to protect the deck from the harsh Florida weather .We always do this when leaving our boat in storage. Hinckley removed it when they stepped the mast right after we left and never replaced as they deemed it unnecessary. We reminded them to put it back on after the mast was stepped and were assured they would do so. We had new [name] signs put on the boat. When I showed [the worker] that they were peeling, he suggested a little clear nail polish on the edges to keep them from peeling off! I was starting to regret using Hinckley.
      Most worrisome was the paint job. The Imron just wasn’t the right type of paint for a sailboat that actually gets used. This became apparent a few months later. We sailed from Hinckley directly to the Bahamas and Cuba for 4 months. The boat was only in a marina once where it was rinsed down and washed. It was there we noticed that salt had etched the paint. When we returned to Hinckley five months after the initial painting we had to haul the boat and they had to use an acid to remove the salt. Even the yard and paint distributor said they had never seen anything like it. Never in 25,000 miles of sailing with Awlgrip had we ever used anything but Awlgrip wash to clean our boat of salt residue. It always looked great. Next issue was discovered by the guys who polished the boa. He t noticed small cracks all over the transom. Brian tried to explain it as fiberglass from under the bonding they used was suddenly erupting through the paint. Riduculous? Of course. But our choice was to stay in Florida and haggle with Hinckley or just consider this a VERY EXPENSIVE lesson. We realized we would never be satisfied and left. We are currently in Europe and have now noticed that everything scratches this paint. Mooring lines that rub remove the paint down to the primer. Bumpers rubbing wear off the paint, a small bump on a plastic dock scratches. Even my finger nail can scratch through the paint! Two professional painters here in Europe laughed at their explanation on why the transom had cracks. Both explained it was too much compound used and the compound was cracking underneath. This of course makes more sense. I will say that Hinckley did reimburse me the costs of the signs. Lessons learned. Never would I recommend Imron paint and never would I recommend Hinckley Boat yard.
      Maureen Gapp

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      1. Tom Law -  November 15, 2016 - 10:18 pm

        I think this refers to Hinckley, Stuart. Not Hinkley, Thunderbolt. Perhaps, a minor point; however, I’m sure it will be appreciated by Hinckley, Thunderbolt. We had our 43 foot American Tug painted with Imron at Hinckley, Stuart, a few years ago and were very pleased with the workmanship and the result. Different boats and different experiences; however, I did want to state a positive experience with Hinckley, Stuart.

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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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    • Captain Jim Healy on Charleston and Beaufort, SC and Savannah, GA

      Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, shares his perspective on Charleston and Beaufort, SC and Savannah, GA where several SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORs are located. Thank you Jim!

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      Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA: magnificent old southern cities with many points-of-charleston-harborinterest and fine restaurants; our strategy is to take a tour bus around the city.  Look for a tour company that has same-day on-and-off privileges.  (We do this every time we arrive somewhere we’ve not been before, including Canada).  We take the entire tour circuit first, then go back to places that we think we’d like to know more about.  At Charleston, start at the Welcome Center.  Or, take the tour boat to Fort Sumter; nice stjohnsaquarium near the Ft. Sumter ferry docks.  In Charleston, there is a water taxi from the Charleston Maritime Center that goes back and forth to Patriot Point, which is savanahhyattdockswhere the USS Yorktown is located.  In Savannah, there is a nice stage theater within walking distance of the downtown waterfront (http://www.savannahtheatre.com).  The Savannah waterfront is very interesting, with a large riverwalk, wonderful park overlooking the River, and large shipping and commercial traffic as well as every kind of small-isleofhopeboat and pleasure craft.  There are several architecture tours in both cities, and both have lots of weekly and seasonal activity for visitors.  From Savannah (there are marina options in downtown Savannah on the Savannah River or at Thunderbolt and Isle of Hope), boaters can also visit Tybee Island (light house and Fort Pulaski).

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      Beaufort, SC: from the Beaufort Downtown Marina, take a carriage tour through the historic ante-bellum homes in the area.  The downtown is friendly with many shoppes and good restaurant options.

      Jim Healy

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    • Report on Visiting Downtown Savannah, GA, Savannah River, off the AICW


      The Hyatt dock is a popular boating dock along the Savannah River that many tourists and boaters use if they are staying at The Hyatt or just stopping by River Street for some lunch. If you're sailing along Tybee Island, park your boat and grab a burger!
      A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, the Savannah Hyatt Hotel is in the very center of activity on the Savannah waterfront, as affirmed by Cap’n Parky. River Street Market Place Dock is a few steps farther downstream on the Waterfront.

      Here’s the up to date situation (Nov 2015) of visiting Savannah, some 6 miles or so up river from the ICW. Firstly the downtown public dock is now closed to boats of any size – I have no idea why. [See Mike Ahart’s comment below] The Market Landing marina [River Street Market Place Dock] is $3 per ft per night but the best deal is at the Hyatt Marina. $2.75 per ft transient [see Dockmaster’s comment below] but you get all the hotel’s excellent facilities – solid floating dock, 30/50amp power, impeccably clean restrooms, showers, exercise room, indoor swimming pool (with free towels), coffee shop and excellent (though pricey) restaurant. Next door on Rivers Street, try the roof top bar and grill of the Bohemian Hotel for a great sunset view of the Savannah River. Well worth a visit – Five Star Rating
      Cap’n Parky

      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Savannah Hyatt

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Savannah Hyatt

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

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Savannah Waterfront

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      1. Mike Ahart -  November 12, 2015 - 1:56 pm

        As for the downtown public dock (John P. Rousakis Riverfront Plaza City Docks), according to Shawn in the city office, only half of the dock had been closed to the public but as of Friday, Nov. 6, the whole dock is open to the public.

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      2. Dale Martinez Dock Master -  November 12, 2015 - 11:21 am

        Hello Boaters: Just wanted to make a slight correction here, we are also $3.00 a foot per night during the summer boating season. However we offer the US Boat discount to members for $2.25 per foot. Our fall and winter rates are adjustable so come and see us. Our facilities are top notch and the amenties to our boaters can’t be beat. Thanks for choosing Hyatt.

        Dale Martinez
        Dock Master

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    • Advice on Jekyll Creek, AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 683


      We are receiving regular reports of shallow water and groundings in Jekyll Creek, a perennial trouble spot. SSECN recommends extra care and mid to high tide only for this passage. See Navigation Alert from October. Markers 19 and 20A are on the north side of the Hwy 520 fixed bridge. Ours thanks to Skipper Reeves who keeps us posted on all things Jekyll! Jekyll Creek is home to Jekyll Harbor Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

      First pic G19 is circled and sailboat is heading South. Second pic Sailboat is clear of 19 by staying 40 ft of marker. The channel is very narrow and the sand/mud bar is moving East into channel.
      Hope this helps as many are swinging wide and running aground. Hug the East bank & line up on next marker.
      Call the marina for local knowledge or Boat US
      Seeya,
      Sonny Reeves
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      And then, there is this strange advice from a tow boat captain:

      While in Jekyll Creek in July this year with our 6′ draft sailboat, I called Boat US to ask about areas to watch for. I thought they were supposed to be a resource. The guy who I spoke with told me that I shouldn’t worry, he takes 6′ draft boats all up and down that stretch of the ICW and I should just stay in the middle of the channel. When I told him that sometimes the middle of the channel isn’t always obvious, he said that I should travel at low tide so as to be able to see it! Counter intuitive for a sailboat!
      Joni Goodman

      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

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Jekyll Harbor Marina

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      1. Doug Jacoby -  December 2, 2014 - 11:10 am

        Draw 5.5′ successful 7 passages with this strategy…confirmed.
        Doug Jacoby

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    • A Tour of the Area around ICW/Savannah River Junction, AICW Statute Mile 575

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      Most of our postings dealing with Savannah speak of cruising west from the Waterway, up the Savannah to downtown Savannah, certainly a delightful sidetrip. SSECN Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, gives an account of the areas around the Savannah River/ICW junction, including Thunderbolt and Tybee Island. Thank you Jim – definitely a good read!

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      Sail Harbor Marina is on Wilmington Island, GA. Their website is: www.sailharbormarina.com/

      Enjoyed reading this post by Capt. Jim. We always enjoy visiting Savannah by boat. Bought our last boat @ Sail Harbor and had the yard haul and do some work after the survey. The bottom Job is still good now nearly 3 years later. Exceptional service and came in under estimate which is always good. Highly recommend their staff for repairs and service.
      Sonny

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    • Ice Cream Shop Recommendation in Savannah, GA, Savannah River off the AICW

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      Ice cream is often the most sought after commodity whenever going ashore, regardless the time of day. When in Savannah, enjoy the recommendation offered by Skipper Susan Landry, co-owner of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com)

      It is well worth the trip up the Savannah River to sample Leopold’s Ice Cream. They have been in business for almost 100 years and all of the ice cream is made on the premises from their own secret recipes. A short walk down Abercorn to Broughton Street from the waterfront will have you there in no time. This place is a feast for the eyes and ears as well with 10 cent jukebox and original décor.
      Susan Landry

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    • Good Words for River Street Market Place Dock, Savannah River, Savannah, GA

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      Here are good words for River Street Market Place Dock as originally posted on Trawler Forum, http://www.trawlerforum.com/. River Street Market Place Dock is located on the Savannah River in downtown Savannah.

      If you want to be downtown, the River Street waterfront is best. Just fender up, put away, lockup and enjoy. You will not lack for activity both on the water and in town.
      Don on “Moonstruck”

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    • The Case For Cruising Upstream on Savannah River to Savannah, GA

      The Hyatt dock is a popular boating dock along the Savannah River that many tourists and boaters use if they are staying at The Hyatt or just stopping by River Street for some lunch. If you're sailing along Tybee Island, park your boat and grab a burger!Whenever I get together with a group of cruisers interested in exploring Georgia’s coastal waters, the topic always seems to arise about whether it’s better to berth at one of the several transient friendly marinas in Thunderbolt, GA, and then take a taxi into the Savannah Historic District, or cruise upstream to Savannah, and spend some time at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Savannah Hyatt Docks, or one of the other downtown Savannah facilities. A part of these discussions the possibility is almost always raised at to whether your vessel will be jostled by the wake of a passing freighter or other ocean going vessel. Happily, Captain Tom reports below that he did not encounter any such problems during his visit.

      For years, I have read how rough the wakes are on the Savannah River, right downtown; but pleaded with myself to give it a personal try. It was actually fine. The big freighters which pass on average once an hour do not kick up the water that much, the tugs and ferries some more but still not uncomfortable. The only major wake maker was a Coast Guard vessel making a non-emergency run so fast that he was sending water over the top of his boat too.
      Savannah has so much to offer in history and culinary delight. Patsy and I have not had so much excellent Southern cooking in our memory, even the grits were always done properly. A history buff could stay on the River forever and still learn new things.
      Then, there is the River itself. TV could not hold a candle to the entertainment of seeing the River activity with so many boats coming and going or people just walking the river side.
      The dockage rates are high but well worth the experience. Include Savannah in your cruising plans.
      Stay safe,
      Tom

      We are on the Savannah River docks right now. We always stop here going N and S. Take the visitors center elevator to town level and walk up Bull St. You see all the best squares of the town. It is not too bad wake wise. Huge container ships come and go all night. Last night though I awoke to a very loud blast that in my sleep sounded like my alarm clock. It was a freighters horn which lasted over a minute right outside the boat.
      At least on this stop the trumpet player looking for tips, who repeated `the Saints ‘ incessantly and badly played, was missing. It’s all part of the experience.
      Greg Han

      I, too recommend a trip up the river to Savannah. Most of the time you are fine, but the occasional heavy wake does mean you should take some extra care tieing up and put out your biggest fenders. You are right in the middle of Savannah, so it is great for enjoying the restaurants, strolling, and the night life. It is one of the most walkable cities on the ICW, though there is no large grocery store nearby’“enjoy the many great eateries. One night I heard a loud saxophone playing and stuck my head out of the hatch to find out we were the scenic backdrop for a live musician performing before a large crowd.
      John Kettlewell

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    • Excellent Cruising Advice from Brunswick, GA to Thunderbolt, GA.

      Thanks to our good friend, Captain Jim Healy, for this summary of cruising tips and recommendations covering the long trek north or south on the AICW between Brunswick and Thunderbolt, Georgia. Captain Jim’s excellent article below is reprinted from the AGCLA Forum (http://www.greatloop.org).

      Brunswick (Morningstar’s Golden Isles Marina) to Thunderbolt (Thunderbolt Marina) is 93.9 StM miles, which we do, nominally, in 10-11 hrs, depending on tides. Not too bad in July, with longer hours of daylight. Requires planning in November, with shorter hours of daylight. It would be around 100 StM miles from Brunswick Landing Marina in downtown Brunswick to Thunderbolt.
      This stretch has some of the shallowest water on the entire US East Coast at low tide. The tidal range in the region is 6 – 7 feet. At 4-1/2 ft, you won’t have a problem, but it would be most desirable for you to make the transit with high tide at mid-day. That way, you depart on a rising tide, travel with good water, and arrive before low tide. Said another way, avoid the Little Mud River +/- 2 hours of “neap,” low tide, and +/- 3 hours of “spring” low tide; in English, that’d be +/- 3 hrs around new moon/full moon.
      There are many, many exquisite anchorage options along that route, including the Duplin River, Crescent River and Walburg Island. There are just a few marina choices. Marina reviews are all fair-to-good, but navigation for a larger boat, particularly near low tide, *may* be tricky, so call ahead to whichever on you select if marinas are your thing. Just north of Brunswick is Hidden Harbor on Troup Creek. Across the Ogeechee R. as you come through Hell Gate, northbound, is Delegal Creek with Delegal Marina (pronounced: deli-gal). There is a sandbar at the entrance of Delegal Creek, and Delegal Marina will send a boat out to meet you and guide you in. At approx MM613 is Kilkenny Creek with Kilkenny Creek Marina. Kilkenny has a reputation for being a particularly “quaint” stop in rural outback Georgia. And just 45 min-to-an-hour south of Thunderbolt is Isle of Hope Marina. There are several Marinas in Thunderbolt; we use
      Thunderbolt Marina for easy access, good facilities and daily Crispy Creme donuts delivered to the boat in the morning by 07h00. Both Isle of Hope and Thunderbolt Marina are good places to stop longer for a visit to the City of Savannah. THERE IS A LOT TO SEE AND DO IN SAVANNAH. DO NOT SKIP SAVANNAH! My admiral prefers the Thunderbolt locale to the Savannah City docks, which she feels are too public, although I prefer the City Dock for excellent convenience to downtown. (As I said, we stay at Thunderbolt Marina. Admirals outrank Captains except when the ship is under way on the water.)
      Hope this is useful.
      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

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    • Up the Savannah River to Savannah, GA (near St. M. 575.5)

      The Hyatt dock is a popular boating dock along the Savannah River that many tourists and boaters use if they are staying at The Hyatt or just stopping by River Street for some lunch. If you're sailing along Tybee Island, park your boat and grab a burger!On 4/22/13, as part of a NE Florida – Georgia Wish List, we posed the following question:

      Statute Mile 575.5 ‘“ Who has cruised upstream on Savannah River, and spent a night or two along the downtown Savannah Waterfront? Where did you stay ‘“ the city dock, the Westin or River Street Market? Did you have trouble being jostled by the wake of passing, larger, ocean going freighters or tankers? How did you enjoy downtown Savannah?

      Responses follow:

      My better half and I have stayed both at the Hyatt dock and at the Market Street dock. Both are accommodating but neither is what I would call a first class facility. Wifi and cable were `iffy’ at best. And yes, to answer your question more specifically, the large boat traffic did keep us bouncing around some, and the clunk of tree limbs and other flotsam on its way to the ocean also created some anx. However, it is all worth it to visit and tour River Street and to take a horse and buggy ride through that beautiful city. Our favorite restaurants are `Vics on the River’, and just off the river, but within walking distance is the `Blue Safire’ Restaurant. We would recommend the visit and these restaurants enthusiastically.
      Tom Wilson

      We stayed at the City Marina when we went to Savannah. The dock master was very helpful. Easy walk to the shops and all the restaurants. Ate at Paula Deans. Don’t let the line fool you. We only waited about twenty minutes. They have dining on multiple levels of the building. The two nights we were there we only remember a few ships coming by. They were in the middle of the night. The wake was not that bad.
      Rho-Jo

      We agree with the above posting. The only addition is that if you are tied to any of the docks on the River Street side (Hyatt, City docks) that you make sure your lines are not too tight and that they are long, meaning do not do a short tie from dock cleat to the boat cleat, since when you do get rocked by some of the large ships, your boat had room to `swing’ and not tug on your lines too hard. IN fact, using a smaller diameter line is also better since it can stretch better than a large diameter. If you do not do this, you run the risk of pulling a cleat out of your boat. Use plenty of fenders too since one may `pop out’ during the rocking. This is always good advice anyway in many situations, but especially here. You will see where some cleats are damaged on docks, I suppose from boats that did not heed this advice.
      John Winter

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    • Westin Savannah Harbor – Savannah River, Across From Downtown Savannah Waterfront

      On 4/22/13, as part of a NE Florida – Georgia Wish List, we posed the following question:

      Statute Mile 575.5 ‘“ Who has cruised upstream on Savannah River, and spent a night or two along the downtown Savannah Waterfront? Where did you stay ‘“ the city dock, the Westin or River Street Market? Did you have trouble being jostled by the wake of passing, larger, ocean going freighters or tankers? How did you enjoy downtown Savannah?

      Responses follow:

      Claiborne,
      This is in response to your request for NE/FL wish list items and our response for Savannah Westin Resort/Marina:
      We spent two nights across from historic Savannah at the Westin Resort/Marina starting on April 7, 2013. It was our first visit to this city as we decided to get off the waterway and broaden our view a bit as we make our way north on our 37′ sailing vessel. Be cautious as you enter the river up to Savannah from northbound on the waterway as it is not easy to pick up even large commercial traffic until you are almost into the channel. We used the Shipfinder app on the iPhone here since we do not have onboard AIS and it allowed us to slow for an inbound container ship. Did the same thing on departure allowing us to follow a departing large commercial vessel we would not have seen until we had pulled away from the dock. There is room here on the sides for us little folks, but not a lot in some places.
      The Westin is a floating face dock about 250′ long, it is not a marina in that it has no fuel or pump out, and showers if you need them are a bit of a walk over to the golf club house. To reserve a spot you must call the hotel concierge who at least for us was hard to reach. You as well must leave a credit card to hold a spot. Upon arrival there are no dock staff or anyone on the VHF so you must again call the concierge. She dispatched the hotel “engineers”, but they arrived after we had already gotten ourselves tied up. We had timed our arrival and later departure to be near slack tide because there is significant current here and we expected no help here from reading other postings. The engineers did have keys to unlock the power pedestals and provided a 50A to 30A adapter since no direct 30A service was available. The price is currently $3.00 per foot which is high for what is provided. There is currently really only room for about 2-3
      transient vessels in the 40′ range because a beautiful historic sailing ship the Roseway(120′) is docked there for 6 weeks with daily river cruises. They need a lot more than their length to depart and return. Deploy all your largest bumpers when you tie up here or at the public docks across the way because you get some serious rocking from very large commercial ships going by 24/7. The escorting
      tugs run closer to the sides with even bigger wakes. The public rooms at the Westin are very nice, they have free bikes that you can use and the heated pool is great. Food was a bit pricey but very good for our one dinner.
      With that said we are very glad we stopped. A free ferry runs from the Westin across the river every 30 minutes with two convenient stops. The town is well worth visiting with good food, great historic sites and homes, and just fun to walk about. We are happy we picked the Westin over the town docks since all the waterfront tourists are walking right along side your vessel which is really not for us. If we visit Savannah again we would plan to stop at Thunderbolt or Isle of Palms and take the regular bus up to Savannah, but it would not be the same experience.
      Harry Burns
      S/V Two for the Roads

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