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    • Fort McAllister Marina

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (912) 727-2632
      VHF: Monitored: 16         Working: 68
      EMail: ftmcallistermarina@gmail.com
      Website: http://fortmcallistermarina.net/
      Statute Mile: 603.5
      Lat/Lon: Near 31°53.171 N / 81°12.750 W
      Location: on the Ogeechee River’s southern banks, well upstream of AICW marker #98
      Depths: 4.5 ft.
      Address: 3203 Fort McAllister Rd
      Richmond Hill GA  31324
      Dockmaster: Butch Broome


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $1.50 per foot, per night
      Type of dockage: floating wooden face docks
      Live Aboards Allowed: yes
      Live Aboard Notes: over 3 months-$10/ft monthly
      Total number of slips/berths: 4,000 feet
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

      $5.00/per night - 30-50 amp hookup
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available, Across street, Climate Controlled
      Laundromat: Available, Across street
      Restaurant: one on-site
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Fish Tales (on-site, 912-727-3473)

      Provisioning Possibilities: Take marina van to Publix supermarket 5 miles away
      LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

      Use marina truck for LPG tank exchange at Zip In convenience store 2 to 3 miles away, or LPG tank exchange at Plantation Hardware (912-756-3316) 4 miles away
      Wi-Fi Internet Access: Free Wifi Available
      Waste pump-out: Available
      Gasoline and diesel fuel: Gas & Diesel Available


      Fuel Prices (All Taxes Included)

      Reporting Date: January 22, 2019
      Notes: ethanol free
      Gasoline Price: $4.41 (All Taxes Included)
      Diesel Fuel Price: $3.57 (All Taxes Included)

      Reviews from Cruisers (14)

      1. Tom Callan -  April 26, 2013 - 9:07 am

        Stayed at Ft McAllister Marina on the evening of 27-28 March 2013. Low tide at Hells Gate and Sea Tow advised not making the transit in our boat due to shallows. Trip up the Ogeechee River was nerve wracking. Hit bottom 4 times as the Marina did not provide the kind of directions that an unfamiliar skipper could follow. Markers were all white so no indication of which side to pass. Simple directions, e.g., stay to the north side of the river and when you see the marina sign on the starboard bank make a 45 degree turn to port and head slowly toward the marina, would have probably made this uneventful. Nice people, low rates and fuel prices, and the resturant at the marina is well worth a visit with ample portions, good food and low prices.
        Tom Callan
        oo/b Great Escape
        53 DeFever POC

      2. Krquinn -  April 25, 2013 - 9:50 am

        This Marina has been completely redone. Dew docks and bot lift. The boat lift is huge. Being new there is plenty of room to dock overnight. The staff falls all over you to help in any way they can. They have a big open patio and usually have a live band on the weekends. Butch Broom runs the restaurant “Fish Tales” http://www.fishtalesrh.com/ He is a great guy and lots of fun. our local sail club and power squadron have events there. You have to party with the locals as there is not much else to do in the area. You can walk to historic Fort McAllister just down the street.
        Krquinn

      3. Michael Warlick -  March 15, 2013 - 5:21 pm

        If you are cruising up the Georgia coast nearing Savannah, Marian and I recommend Historic Fort McAllister Park. It is 5 miles up the Ogeechee river from the ICW.
        You can dock at Fort McAllister Marina (and walk less than a mile to the Park. (http://www.fortmcallistermarinaga.com). The owners are Butch & Sherri Broome. They also own the best seafood restaurant on the Georgia coast, Fish Tales, at the marina. Ask Butch if you can use their golf cart to ride to the Park. Our boat is docked at Fort McAllister so if you decide to stop tell Butch or Sherri that Marian & Mike Warlick sent you their way.
        Michael Warlick

      4. Tim -  October 29, 2012 - 11:43 am

        We were treated so well by everybody from John Henson or Hanson, the manager at West Marine, who echoed your thoughts on Marinas. To Chris and Rick at Isle of Hope. To the folks at Fish Tales, the restaurant at Ft. McAllister.
        We were amazed at the flow of current at Ft.McAllister and even stronger at Savannah yacht club. Looked to be 3 or 4 knots! We are use to zero on the Tennessee. 🙂
        We did not talk to the owner at Ft.McAllister as it was just not what we wanted for a long term home. But for a short term look good. We thought the restaurant was good. It really does seem to cater to the fishing crowd.
        Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. Now, we just have to make the arrangements to truck the boat there early next year.
        Tim

      5. Rusty and Jan Carlisle -  April 17, 2012 - 8:13 am

        The charts, both paper and Garmin and Navionics are not worth a tinker’s dam [in cruising to Fort McAllister Marina, up the Ogeechee River from the AICW]. Follow the markers until you get to the sign on the right bank that points across the river and says Marina. Then 90 degrees to port at sign and go within 100 yards of left bank where you turn upriver to marina. Now all your charts will tell you that as you cross the river you will run aground in two feet of water but if you continue straight at the sign it is deep water all the way. Nay, it is just the opposite. Alex at the marina saw us and called on the phone to warn me we were going to be in trouble.
        He saved us just barely. Call ahead and stay in touch with them as you go up. Great stop and great food. Very friendly folks. Current runs fast at
        dock.
        Rusty and Jan Carlisle

      6. Colleen, Stan and Maybea2 -  April 17, 2012 - 8:12 am

        The river is well marked by green and red buoys all the way to the marina!we went in at low tide, it is much better if you draft over 4 ft to go in at slack tide or high tide, it is so worth the trip if your boat will take you there!
        Colleen, Stan and Maybea2

      7. Chuck Gorgen -  April 17, 2012 - 8:12 am

        The Ogeechee River is an excellent example of a river that follows the “rules of a mud bottom channel”! Look at the chart up to Ft. McAllister Marina and you will see what we’re talking about. DO NOT GO UP THERE FOLLOWING THE CENTER OF THE RIVER!!!!
        Chuck Gorgen

      8. Colleen, Stan, and Maybea2 -  April 13, 2012 - 5:07 pm

        To all you cruisers not in a hurry, this marina/stop is a must! Ft.McAllister Marina is a beautiful newer marina in Richmond Hill, GA. Ritchie Roberts (912) 727-2632 marina #, (912) 213-1368 cell#, is the manager and so nice and helpful! the cost here is very reasonable, just $1.00 foot, plus $5.00 for electric!!! you can afford to stay a few days and tour the historical Civil War Fort McAllister and the “Ford” museum, that’s Henry Ford. Ritchie will let you take his truck during the day sightseeing or go to the local supermarket for provisions. there is a restaurant on site, “Fish Tales” open Mon. – Thur. 4PM – 10 PM, Fri & Sat. 11 AM – 12 AM , Sunday 11 AM – 8PM. well worth the stop heading north in the spring or south in the winter… Just 8 miles up the Ogeechee River off the ICW on Ossabaw Sound! this just might be the New BEST destination.
        Colleen, Stan, and Maybea2 on the Power Cat, Next Endeavour

      9. Matt Rollberg -  August 15, 2011 - 3:57 pm

        We stayed at this marina in August , 2011. Yes , there are markers , First 2 red , then 8 green and then 3 red to get you from the North shore to the South shore. Here we read depths of 4.5 to 5 feet at low tide ,flood rising. Our 4 foot draft , no problem. With a tide range of 6 plus feet, mid-tide or higher should be no problem for longer leg boats.Food and service at Fish Tales excellent. A visit to the Fort is a short walk . If you are a civil war afectionato, the well preserved earthwork fortification along with the museum is worth a visit.Hours 9 to 5 daily

      10. Sharon ward -  November 22, 2010 - 1:21 pm

        Happily, The markers have been updated for easier access to Ft. McAllister Marina. This marina really is a gem; great, friendly service and the restaurant is terrific, and now has Sunday alcohol sales. The marina store is limited but they have a courtesy vehicle available and it is only a few miles into town where you can find plenty of everything.
        Repair services are available at the marina and there is even a Sea Tow onsite. Winter hours for the marina are 7AM till 6PM, 7 to 7 the rest of the year. The restaurant, Fish Tales, is open at 4PM weekdays and 11AM weekends, with live music on Saturday nights. The restaurant is closed Mondays.
        Ft. McAllister is worth the visit and is a great place for your yacht or fishing club event. Plus, you’ll see the most gorgeous sunsets on the ICW!

      11. Captain Sherry Eddy -  December 2, 2009 - 3:03 pm

        We are currently staying at Ft. McAllister Marina. Our boat draws 7 foot. we came in from the ocean and had no problem naviagating to the Marina. There are some navagation marker but mostly private ones. We had no problem following markers back. You can call the marina and they are more than helpful to give more detailed directions.
        I would not recommend coming in on low tide if you draw more than 5 foot. There is a shoal just east of the marina on the north side. The marina itself has a depth of 23 ft at low tide.
        The marina is well maintain full service marina. They can accomodate vessels up to 100 ft. The staff is very friendly and helpful. There are showers and free laundry. The resturant opened this past spring, “Fish Tales”. The food and staff is excellent. The menu varies in tastes and price. There is something for everyone. Just one downer …. no alcohol on Sunday. I would highly recommend this marina.
        Captain Sherry Eddy

      12. Bob McLeran & Judy Young -  October 30, 2009 - 6:07 pm

        Now that we’re back home after five months cruising the ICW and Chesapeake Bay, I’d like to provide some navigation information for getting to the Ft. McAllister Marina on the Ogeechee River. It’s a relatively easy trip from ATON #96 until you get about 2 miles from the marina – then you need some local info or the waypoints I’ve provided here.
        As far as the river is concerned, intially hug the left bank (follow the green) and avoid the center just beyond the departure from the ICW, then in the charted 10 foot tongue cut across to the right side and hug the shore with the greens to port all the way to the first waypoint. Then cut back to the left side to the second waypoint. Then hug the shore again all the way to the marina. Water depths along the shore will run anywhere from 12-18 feet at MLW. Crossing between the waypoints at MLW you might see 7 feet. Tide runs about 8 feet, so if you’re concerned about the depth wait until mid-tide or higher. Don’t be afraid of getting too close to either shore – 50 to 100 yards is about right!
        Here are the two waypoints you’ll need: first (on the right bank) 31-54.1759N/081-11.2374W then cut to this one on the left bank 31-53.7890N/081-11.3404 (NOTE THE DEGREES ARE IN DEGREES AND MINUTES). You shouldn’t have any trouble if you use these waypoints to get back on the marina side of the Ogeechee.
        Avoid the stakes in the water near the marina – they mark a shallow area. There may be a red and green ball in the water where you cut across, but you can’t count on them being there or in the correct location. If you have any concerns call the marina by phone and they’ll find someone to guide you in when they can see you.
        It’s worth the trip!

      13. Bob McLeran and Judy Young -  October 22, 2009 - 8:41 am

        We stayed in this marina for two nights in mid-October 2009 in order to be close to make a quick driving trip to our home in Florida. The marina is a jewel of a place to stay if you need access to the southern area of Savannah. It’s about 7 miles off the ICW, so may not be suitable for those just passing through the area. The rates are extremely reasonable.
        Friendly, helpful marina staff. You’ll need to consult them to find your way into the marina through the shoal water about a mile downstream of the marina, but it’s easy enough once you are told how to proceed. Former private ATONS washed away in the tidal current (up to 2.5 knots), but the Coast Guard is in the process of adding light-listed markers. Hopefully they’ll also conduct a bottom survey to update the chart of the area.
        The Maptech chartbook of the area does not cover the Ogeechee River beyond the ICW, but electronics charts on a laptop and chartplotter did; however, they were not accurate by any stretch of the imagination within 2 miles of the marina – that’s where you need to call for local knowledge.
        In the lower river, the charted 8 foot shoal extending from the north bank extends much further than shown. Stay close to the south bank (port side when going upstream) until past the 8 foot tongue and then move to the north (starboard) side the rest of the way up the river until coming around the last broad bend to port when you’ll need to switch to the port side of the river (and call for local knowledge). Close to the outer banks on both sides the depths run 12-16 feet at low tide.
        The on-site casual restaurant specializes in seafood and has a commanding view of the river and docks. Try the shrimp and grits – they’re great!

      14. Multiple Contributors -  July 22, 2009 - 10:03 am

        Subject: Fort McCallister Marina
        Cruising News: We spent the last 3 days at the Fort McCallister Marina with the district 26 power squadrons and this marina handled our needs with efficiency and first class service. The restaurant on site is excellent and all the staff were right there to fulfill our needs.
        Vicki Swierkowski

        Claiborne,
        We just spent the weekend at Tybee Island on a Power Squadron cruise and rendezvous and we had about quite a few boats at Ft. McAllister Marina. I understand it has been there a long time, but was recently purchased and upgraded a great deal. They have a large hoist, lots of docks, great restaurant and catering service and the friendliest dockhands around. I had checked my cruising guide before the event and did not find them listed. When I checked with Toby regarding any visits from you; he was all in favor of my contacting you. I will put a link to their site in this email and hopefully, you will be able to recommend them. http://www.fortmcallistermarina.com/
        The only weak link was the restroom facilities, but perhaps they will be in the next upgrade phase. Most of the boats were large enough that they probably used their own facilities.
        Hope all is well with you,
        Kathy Redford

        Cruising News: I recently (6-10 thru 6-12-09) spent several days at the Fl McAllister Marina. The experience was great. It is located 6.1 nm up the Ogeechee River. Getting there is easy and well charted and marked. The only exception is when crossing the river from N bank to S Bank just 1.1 nm E of the marina. This crossing is well marked and has 4.0′ depth at .0′ low tide. The marina is well run by Toby Hansen who has a wealth of knowledge (fishing, cruising) not only local area but from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The restaurant at the marina, Fish Tales, has excellent local cuisine at fair prices. Historical Ft. McAllister Park is a short walk. For provisioning, there is a strip shopping within 6 mi with liquor store and Publix. Currents at the marina are parallel to the docks and the marina staff is very willing and able to get you safely secured to the dock. This area is a great wk end destination for local GA boaters and a great place to cool your heels for several days if moving on the ICW.
        Charles Wilsdorf

    • Kilkenny Creek Marina

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (912) 727-2215
      Website: https://www.facebook.com/Kilkenny-Marina-174061522783/
      Statute Mile: 614
      Lat/Lon: Near 31°47.327 N / 81°12.158 W
      Location: lies along the western shores of Kilkenny Creek, west of this stream’s intersection with Lincoln Creek, all south and west of the AICW’s marker #106
      Depths: 8 ft.
      Address: 3083 Kilkenny Rd
      Richmond Hill GA  31324


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $1.50 per foot, per night, 3% additional dockage charge for credit card use
      Type of dockage: floating wooden face docks
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 8
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

      $3.50/per night - 30 amp hookup, $6.00/per night - 50 amp hookup
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available
      Laundromat: Available
      Restaurant: one on-site
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Marker 107 (on-site, open evenings Wednesday through Saturday only, 912-727-5999)

      Provisioning Possibilities: small convenience store on-site
      Gasoline and diesel fuel: Gas & Diesel Available


      Fuel Prices (All Taxes Included)

      Reporting Date: January 22, 2019
      Notes: ethanol free
      Gasoline Price: $4.30 (All Taxes Included)
      Diesel Fuel Price: $3.26 (All Taxes Included)
      Any Quantity Discount: 1 cent off per gallon for 100 gallons; up to 5 cents off per gallon for 500 gallons

      Reviews from Cruisers (12)

      1. Scott McKinley -  December 26, 2018 - 4:00 pm

        We stopped at Kilkenny Marina just off MM 614 of the ICW for one night in December. The marina is in a lovely location. The dock and facilities are rustic but they have now added one washing machine and one dryer. Only .50 cents a load.
        Scoot McKinley

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      2. Jeff Peedin -  September 4, 2018 - 1:53 pm

        Great stop and folks very helpful. Milemarker 107 Resturant very nice and food was great. Don’t judge a book by its cover, this is a very quaint stop between Saint Simons and Beaufort, SC. Would recommend for the adventurous types. Thanks everybody for the hospitality. JP

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      3. Peg and Jim Healy -  July 18, 2013 - 3:25 pm

        At approx MM613 is Kilkenny Creek with Kilkenny Creek Marina. Kilkenny has a reputation for being a particularly “quaint” stop in rural outback Georgia.
        Jim Healy

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      4. Kerry Appleton -  May 24, 2011 - 11:48 pm

        Rates have increased and are $1.50/ft now. They add a 3% chg if you use credit card. Bathroom/shower is in rough shape and no laundry or boater facilities. Small store with some food and drinks. Nice family that runs the place.

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      5. Captain Ted Richman -  May 25, 2010 - 9:05 pm

        Especially nice were the people at the Kilkenny marina and the restaurant there was very welcoming. Made the sunset bridge for the 3 :00 opening and then it shut down for the day. Keep up the good work. Next time we will take the time to really enjoy the trip.
        Captain Ted Richman aboard Siren Song

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      6. David Jenkins -  February 1, 2010 - 12:33 pm

        Jan 30, 2010 If you want to get some insight as to what it may have been like cruising the ICW 40 years ago, plan to stop here. Very straight forward going up Kilkenny Creek. Side tie on port or starbgoard depending on tidal flow. Restaurant is now open. Call ahead to be sure. Restrooms open only during office hours (7am to 7pm). Really nice folks and real country. There is one long floating dock. Very dangerous on a frosty morn’. We left Harbour Town on Hilton Head – stopped at Kilkenny – and proceeded to Brunwick Landing. A perfect stopping point. Capt Dave

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      7. Bob Poovey -  October 6, 2009 - 8:26 pm

        Naturally, we got there on Monday so couldn’t try the new resturant. This is our fifth stop in the last three years and we plan on stopping there again. Robert and Bob are super and do their best to please. The peace and quiet is wonderful. Good diesel prices, also.

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      8. Claiborne -  October 1, 2009 - 2:06 pm

        Subject: Marker 107 Restaurant at Kilkenny
        Cruising News: Claiborne, a new restaurant opened at Kilkenny in late July, Marker 107. I have eaten there three times, I live new by and boat the waters often. It is a great place, all the meals have been great. You can tie up for free to dine, if you overnight you have to pay the Kilkenny Marina. The view from the open veranda dining area is great.
        Dexter Brewer

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      9. Jack Kamer S/V Glissé -  September 24, 2009 - 5:29 pm

        Claiborne, I’ve been up and down the ICW several times and I *still* keep Killkenny on my “must stop” list. It’s a pleasure to talk to the owners and a joy to sleep in absolute peace and quiet. Plus the sky is loaded with stars if you’re lucky enough to pick a cloudless night. I really like to watch them launch those small boats with their ingenious launch rig. It’s right up there with Leland Oil Company as a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of most other stops. Both of these places are examples of what I imagine the ICW was like many years ago. Another excellent one is the B&B Seafood Company. I believe that is what it’s called.

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      10. Claiborne -  September 24, 2009 - 10:02 am

        We stayed at Kilkenny Marina at the end of June this year. It was strategically located between St. Simons and Savannah. The entrance channel had plenty of depth all the way up the creek, and the dockmaster monitored the VHF and gave us docking instructions before we got there. This is a barebones operation – no restaurant or rest rooms to speak of, just dockside electricity and water,but I was impressed with the friendliness of the people. It was eerily quiet all night, and we saw a lot of stars. A welcome change from the touristy towns of Fernandina and Golden Isles.
        Sherry Rabin
        S/V Evening Star

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      11. Claiborne -  September 23, 2009 - 1:54 pm

        We took a look a couple of years ago at Kilkenny and decided to avoid it. It was just a shack and a dock with some scary looking characters hanging around. A friend of mine dropped by there this year and said the place has changed a lot, with a restaurant added. See if you get more info on this place because it is well located and may have gone through a transformation.
        Best regards,
        Woody Norwood

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      12. Claiborne -  July 22, 2009 - 3:42 pm

        The Deliverance music is only in your head… if you suppress it, you will be fine. Docks are crappy, but hey, its supposed to be an adventure, right! I heard the new restaurant folded again. Not sure of current status
        Name Withheld By Request

        Stayed at Kilkenny Creek Marina in fall. Very bad docks. Bugs. Dockmaster nice man. Restaurant was a find. Very good meal. Anchored in Kilkenny Creek in the spring just off ICW before marina. Good holding (mud) and swing room.
        Dick and Char Boehm

        Your question number sixteen about Kilkenny asked about the restaurant. The restaurant is closed. Apparently, the chef didn’t work out. Also, beware of the 15 feet vertical lift opening used to pull small craft onto trailers. There is no warning or gate and the unsuspecting might take a plunge into the river especially at night.
        We thought we heard some fiddle music in the background but couldn’t confirm. Overall a unique experience!
        Sam Vail
        40′ MV “Hedyperl

        Reply to Claiborne
    • Sunbury Crab Company Marina

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (912) 884-8640
      Website: http://www.sunburycrabco.com/
      Statute Mile: 620
      Lat/Lon: Near 31°46.300 N / 81°16.660 W
      Location: lies along the western shores of the Medway River, on the charted Sunbury Channel, north of Dickinson Creek
      Depths: 10 ft.
      Address: 539 Brigantine Dunmore Rd
      Midway GA  31320


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $1.75 per foot, per night
      Type of dockage: floating wooden face dock
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 15
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

      $5.00/per night - 30 amp hookup, $10.00/per night - 50 amp hookup
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
      Swimming Pool: Available
      Restaurant: one on-site
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Sunbury Crab Company, (EXCELLENT, 912-884-8640)

      Provisioning Possibilities: IGA Supermarket and Food Lion 10 minute ride away via marina courtesy car
      LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

      IGA Supermarket and Food Lion for propane tank exchange, 10 minute ride away via marina courtesy car
      Wi-Fi Internet Access: Free Wifi Available
      Gasoline and diesel fuel: Gas & Diesel Available


      Fuel Prices (All Taxes Included)

      Reporting Date: January 14, 2019
      Notes: ethanol free/discount for cash and check
      Gasoline Price: $3.70 (All Taxes Included)
      Diesel Fuel Price: $3.70 (All Taxes Included)
      Any Quantity Discount: 5 cents per gallon for every 100 gallons, 10 cents off-over 500 gallons (cash only)
      Any SeaTow Discount: 10 cents per gallon

      Reviews from Cruisers (28)

      1. David and Jacuelyn -  June 3, 2017 - 11:59 am

        We arrived at Sunbury Crab Co. late afternoon after turning west off the ICW onto the Medway River. Southern charm was evident in every interaction and phone call. Elaine has become our new friend. She saved the BEST table for us for dinner, despite the busy Friday night local crowd. Needless to say, the food was exceptional Southern cooking including fresh fish, okra, stewed tomatoes and Kentucky pie.
        David and Jacuelyn

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      2. dick lawson -  June 28, 2016 - 8:43 am

        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.

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      3. First Mate Sue -  July 8, 2014 - 10:20 am

        If you haven’t tried it, PLEASE …. Take a brief trip up the River off I C W to Sunbury Crab just south of Savannah, and enjoy a bit of old Key West, and old Florida, in the heart of beautiful “down east Georgia ” with Barney and Elaine. Great place to hang out with some of the best food ever. If you are not on your boat, it is to reach by car too. This is a must ” experience !!”
        First Mate Sue

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      4. Joe Apicella -  March 12, 2014 - 12:06 pm

        We stopped here in May of 2012 on our way north during our Great Loop trip. Elaine welcomed us at the dock and invited us up for a couple of free beers. We were disappointed to find the restaurant closed the day of our visit, so Elaine called her sons, opened the restaurant just for us and cooked us a wonderful meal. True southern hospitality and a very gracious lady. Don’t miss Sunbury Crab Co.
        Joe Apicella

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      5. James Newsome -  February 27, 2014 - 6:41 am

        Although my visit to Sunbury Crab Company and Marina has been over a year ago, I feel compelled to submit kind words and a hearty recommendation for this excellent marina and restaurant whenever I find the opportunity.

        Everyone is always looking for a little local knowledge and treasured stopovers when traveling the ICW. Sunbury is one such place that flies below the radar of most cruisers. Located along an isolated stretch of the GA coastline and several miles up the mostly uncharted Medway River, the marina & restaurant are not well known. One trip there and you will never pass this stretch of the ICW without making Sunbury Crab Company & Marina a regular stopover.

        The marina & restaurant are owned and run by Elaine and Bernie Maley and their sons. They literally catch the crab from the river, cook them, bring to your table, mix your drink, and do it all! During weekend visits I think Bernie even plays in the band. I wrote a review for TripAdvisor and called this place a little piece of heaven and the keys all bundled together. For Elaine and her family it is their paradise, and they are willing to share with everyone who stops by.

        I suggest calling ahead to make reservations. Calling is much better than email for some reason. After the first couple miles off the ICW the Medway River is not marked. There is a tricky crossover point with 5′ or less water at low tide. After my visit there I marked the channel on a chart and sent to Elaine. It is now posted on their web site.

        There are many good articles and reviews about Sunbury Crab Company on the facility’s web site. Believe every word you read! While the crabs are excellent, I think the boiled shrimp are the best I’ve ever eaten – and believe me I’ve eaten a lot of shrimp!!

        James Newsome
        Contributing Writer – SOUTHWINDS Magazine

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      6. John Winter -  July 18, 2013 - 5:45 pm

        Sunbury Crab Company – neat place to eat. Nothing in town, but the marina is worth it for old south charm.
        John Winter

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      7. William Lawrenson -  May 25, 2013 - 8:38 pm

        Stayed at Sunbury May 23, 2013. The dock is great and the restaurant is fantastic (see web site for days open). They are very friendly, kind people.

        I printed the map on their web site and followed it – be careful not to cut the corner on the entrance to the Sunbury Channel – otherwise navigation is a cake walk, and never less than 14 ft. or water.

        There are few alternatives in this area, and although it’s a way off the ICW, it is a great place to visit. This is our second visit, and I am sure we will stop there again as we pass through Georgia.

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      8. Pat and Joe Apicella -  April 27, 2013 - 3:30 pm

        We stayed there one night in May 2012. We went there for the food and were disappointed to find the restaurant was closed. When we arrived the owner, Elaine, and one of her sons met us at the dock with 2 cold beers in hand, compliments of the house. When we told her how disappointed we were that we couldn’t eat there, she opened up the restaurant for us and had her son prepare a wonderful meal for us. As someone who catches and eats blue crabs every summer on Cape Cod, I wanted to watch how a “professional” crab picker picked crabs. Her son was only too happy to show me. He brought 3 crabs to the table and picked them all within 3 minutes, then gave me the crab meat as an appetizer. Elaine sat with us during dinner and told us about her family, her business, and the area history. Needless to sat we were thrilled with the stay and will make it a point to stop there whenever we go by.
        Pat and Joe Apicella

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      9. Roger Long -  April 26, 2013 - 9:33 am

        I intend never to pass mile 620 again without a visit to the Sunbury Crab Company. The best crabs I have had anywhere, hands down. I saw them in the bottom of the boat a few hours before. They try to catch only what they will serve that night each day. You won’t find fresher without catching your own. The marina and the owners make this a very friendly stop.
        There is also a very interesting anchorage up the river around the bend with vertical bluffs falling into the water. Very deep but you can find shallow water upstream with some protection from the fast current. I sheltered from very strong winds both here and at the marina.
        Lots of history here you would never expect. It was once the major trading port in Georgia.
        My SBO post on Sunbury:
        http://forums.sbo.sailboatowners.com/showthread.php?t=148218&#post985358
        Roger Long
        S/V Strider

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      10. Captain Bren -  April 25, 2013 - 9:55 am

        Cruising up the [Medway River] was easy. It is well marked and has adequate water depths. We draw 3 1/2 ft. Docks at Sunbury Crab are fine and the food there is GREAT. Best fried shrimp we have ever eaten.
        Captain Bren

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      11. Marc and Shelley Colby -  April 24, 2013 - 9:21 am

        We have stayed here in the past for several nights. We love it.
        The channel has a few markers, but you can follow your chart for the deep water which meanders from one side of the Medway River to the other as you go west to the marina. We encountered nothing less than 8 ft. on our way up, but most was much deeper.
        If you like fresh Blue Crab, then this is your place. They bring you a big bucket of them and a mallet to open them up. The restaurant
        owners go out each day to harvest their crabs, so you cannot find anything fresher. Delicious.
        The docks are OK, not great. You tie along their long face dock and it is a fair walk to shore. There are really no facilities on shore other than the restaurant.
        There is one reason to go here, and it is the fresh Blue Crabs. So good!!
        Marc and Shelley Colby
        M/V Rock Chalk
        Endeavour 44 Trawlercat

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      12. John Winter -  April 23, 2013 - 10:08 am

        Another neat run. There is one marker that as you travel from the south, and then have to make a turn to starboard to cross over the river appears to be out of place on an island, but as you get closer, it makes sense. It is an easy navigation, but there are many shallow spots that if you watch your charts, they are plotted correctly. Strong currents, but since you tie to a face dock, it is not big deal. Neat old GA area with nothing there, but if you want to eat, make sure the restaurant is open when you go.
        John Winter

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      13. Colin Day -  October 16, 2012 - 2:45 pm

        Warm Hospitality With A Tropical Ambiance.
        Sunbury Crab Company Restaurant and Marina just 6 miles off the AICW at MM 620 on the Medway River provides a safe haven and memorable dinning experience. A convenient overnight stop for the waterway traveller or a pleasant place to tarry awhile. The deep water approach on the Medway River is straight forward as long as the chart is studied before hand.
        Family owned and operated the restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday. The layout and colored lights are reminiscent of the islands. A varied menu, but dependent on season, the locally freshly caught shrimp, oysters, fish and crab are outstanding. All dishes are cooked to order and the menu moderately priced. Live music on occasion.
        Floating docks, running in line with the current flow, are wide, stable and supported by tall pilings. Water and electric pedestals allow for dockage for up to 12 boats in the 40 foot range. Diesel fuel and ethnol free gasoline is available dockside. No pump out facility at this time. Head and shower facilities are available ashore.
        This is much more than just another marina stop as the Maley family, Elaine, Barney and sons Joe and Clay offer a most friendly, helpful welcome to fellow sailors.
        The shrimp boat, SEA TRAWLER, Captain Dennis Murphy, regularly docks here to unload his daily catch. These delicious freshly caught shrimp are available for sale.
        Colin Day, Jean Henderson . Trawler: LILY MARIA.

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      14. Lance Rutallie -  September 4, 2012 - 10:11 am

        I, too, have nothing but great things to say about the Sunbury Crab Company. Last year I pulled in there with a very sick admiral (wife). These folks were terrific! Not only did they transport us to the nearest hospital (Savannah), but they also picked us up when she was discharged and brought us back to our vessel. Not only that, they kept their restaurant open so we could eat when we got back. I, we, owe these folks big time, but they never asked for anything extra … I had to practically push it on them. We will stop in there again, whenever we get the chance.
        Lance Rutallie

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      15. Mark Shibles -  September 3, 2012 - 8:20 pm

        I came in on a 40′ sloop Braveheart…Spent two-three days under repair en route to Southport NC Home Port.
        These People were Great To Me..Helped get me to rebuild shop and I found the Son’s who run the place to be Solid People..I was solo and had broke my finger a week before landing there..I want to Thank Them..Thank You
        I was the Gunsmith if you have forgotton me..
        Thanks Again,
        Mark Shibles

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      16. M & M Rhett -  September 28, 2011 - 3:52 pm

        We made the trip on 9/16/11. 8.4 miles off the ICW per my GPS. Not a bad trip. I just plotted a course using updated charts and the best water and do not remember any real shallow spots, we draw 3′. The marina is a little rough and we were not initially met, perhaps if we had called on the phone. Fuel $4.75 for gas, water, electricity, ice, wi fi are available. No showers but the owner (Elaine-very nice lady) allowed us to shower at her house right next door to the restaurant. The restaurant is a family place and very unique with great food. The clam chowder was excellent. Email r267890@pbtcomm.net and I can send you my GPS data in Garmin or .gpx format.
        Lady Soul II
        M & M Rhett

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      17. Tom & Sue board m/v Marbles -  November 13, 2010 - 3:36 pm

        We 2nd that recommendation for stopping at the Sunbury Crab Company! On our way north in June we stopped for a visit…..terrific atmosphere, great food, wonderful service, and friendly staff. It would have been our loss if we had not made the 7 mile trip off the ICW to experience the setting and the hospitality.
        Tom & Sue board m/v Marbles

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      18. Captains Wendy & Lee aboard Peacemonger -  November 13, 2010 - 3:28 pm

        We spent last night, November 12, 2010 at Sunbury Crab Co. We were the only boaters here. Very nice people, although no one greeted us at the dock, no problem docking ourselves. Elaine, the owner, was great, she even let us take showers in her house! Had a hearty seafood dinner at the restaurant and really enjoyed the southern hospitality. Will come back for sure! Was worth the diversion off the ICW.
        Captains Wendy & Lee aboard Peacemonger headed for Captiva.

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      19. Gerald and Cheri Wallace -  November 1, 2010 - 5:12 pm

        October 31st, 2010, 7:29 pm
        It is now October 31st and we are at the Sunbury Crab Co and am so pleased that we choose to add this as one of our stops while en-route from Charleston, SC to Jacksonville, FL. The hospitality at the dock and at the restaurant was excellent and the food was delightful, although it has been a long time since I had to work that hard to get the meat from the crab to my mouth.
        We took a walk after dinner but the only tour site recommended was the cemetery but given that it was Halloween and that the no-see-ums were bad and hungry we chose to be casual and retreat back to the boat after a quick walk.
        The access to the Sunbury Marina is easy especially on a rising tide, so if in the area don’t waste passing a trip up the Medway River without visiting this location that offers a discount for AGLCA members. Also thanks to the Favors for suggesting the stop on their blog, the owners were still telling stories but for now it is back to scratching the no-see-um bites.
        Gerald and Cheri Wallace aboard m/v Takes Two

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      20. Jo & Ade Salzer -  December 7, 2009 - 11:26 am

        After reading the above postings we called Bernard and secured reservations for last night, a very cold December Sunday. We were directed to their website for directions, which after careful reading took us right in…deep water most of the way, and we did not encounter any real skinny spots Note that it is almost 7 miles in, BUT WELL WORTH THE DETOUR. They are the third set of docks on the Sunbury Creek Canal and have a large flag on their fuel dock, which is up from the face dock. They are the nicest people, so hospitable and the food is GREAT. We had a special shrimp chowder and then a bucket (a big bucket-chock full) of Blue Crabs. It’s also a great place to stretch your legs, a short walk takes you to an old, and now well tended, graveyard. A really lovely family run marina and restaurant. We will definitely stop again on our way north next Spring. Thanks for the tip! Ade & Jo Salzer-M/V Wandering Star
        Jo & Ade Salzer

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      21. Jim & Lisa Favors -  November 18, 2009 - 1:14 pm

        We left Savannah today and are currently docked at Sunbury Crab Co Restaurant and Marina up the Medway River @ mile 620 on the AICW. Elaine has extended a discount rate of $1.25 plus elect for AGLCA members (regular $1.75) and the 4 of us boats can attest to the down home hospitality that Sunbury has to offer. It’s one of those unique experiences like Hoppies or Bobbies Fish Camp except with real nice floating docks. They have a restaurant and bar on sight…we’ve been to the bar and it is truly unique…more later on the the restaurant. If you’re an AGLCA member and heading down the coast or when you’re heading up in the spring you should plan on making this a must stop.
        Jim & Lisa Favors – Kismet

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      22. Allen Ames -  July 23, 2009 - 11:11 am

        Subject: Sunbury Crab Co.
        Cruising News: Sunbury Crab Company. We saw the sponsorship ad at the top of this page and took a detour up the Medway River to the Sunbury Crab Co. It’s a new floating dock in front of the restaurant. It was a lovely trip up the river and the owners were friendly and enthusiastic. We found a lobster bucket with coffees and a newspaper when we got up in the morning!) It’s a bare bones marina with electricity and water. More to come in the future? The restaurant is not to be missed if you like blue crabs and other nicely prepared sea food in a rustic setting.
        Allen Ames

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      23. Unknown -  July 22, 2009 - 3:40 pm

        Not been there by water, myself, but talked to those who have. No problem, if you follow the charted deep water. Fun restaurant. Band on the weekends. Pool and a couple of rooms for anyone wanting to get off their boat for a night. Nice family owned restaurant.

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      24. Carol and Dick Rosenberg -  July 22, 2009 - 11:50 am

        Subject: Sunbury Crab Restaurant & Marina
        Cruising News: WOW!! We usually make the long slog from Isle of Hope to Golden Isles Marina in one day.. Timing the tides makes the treck long and difficlt. Today we took your advice and stopped at Sunbury Crab Restaurant and Marina on the Medway River. Approach is very easy, the welcome is genuine, and the food is wonderful. If you are tired of the long slog……make sure and STOP AT SUNBURY!! Floating docks, fuel and great food!.
        Carol and Dick Rosenberg
        Carrousel Fleming 55

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      25. Larry Hemmerich -  July 22, 2009 - 11:38 am

        The Sunbury Crab Co, on the Medway River, is only 5 mile off the ICW and provides a real nice place to sit until the next day to make the next run down to the Little Mud River & Jekyll Creek. The people are really nice & the food is GREAT !!
        Larry Hemmerich

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      26. Carol and Dick Rosenberg -  July 22, 2009 - 11:33 am

        Cruising News: Once again we must report that SUNBURY CRAB is a wonderful [lace to stop. The entry up the Medway River is deep, the docks are protected and new, and the food and the people are just first rate! If you want a great place to stop between Isle of Hope and Golden Isles, this is it!!
        Carol and Dick Rosenberg
        CARROUSEL Fleming 55

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      27. Bob & Becky -  July 22, 2009 - 10:13 am

        We are staying at a very quaint Marina on the Medway River. Sunbury Marina. A nice stop for us slower boats from Savannah-Brunswick Ga. The food is excellent
        Bob & Becky
        M/V SUNCATCHER

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      28. Unknown -  July 22, 2009 - 10:13 am

        Subject: Sunbury Crab Co
        Cruising News: “Mangos” spent two pleasurable nights at Sunbury recently and enjoyed every minute. The owner/operators are the Maley family. Follow the outstanding directions on their website or call them up and they will guide you in. Foating Docks are new. Seafood at the restaurant is simply outstanding. Call ahead for hours. Friendly and accommodating fokes at the Crab Co and worth the extra time for a little side trip off the ICW.

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    • Half Moon Marina

      transient-dockpowerfresh-watergasdiesel

      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (912) 884-5819
      Statute Mile: 623.5
      Lat/Lon: Near 31°41.709 N / 81°16.301 W
      Location: lies well off the Waterway on the upstream reaches of the North Newport River, on the eastern shores of the hairpin turn charted as “The Halfmoon”
      Depths: 9 ft.
      Address: 171 Azalea Rd
      Midway GA  31320


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $1.50 per foot, per night (May 25 to November 30), $1.00 per foot per night (December 1 to May 24)
      Type of dockage: fixed and floating wooden face docks and slips
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 600 feet
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

      $4.50/per night - 30 amp hookup, $7.00/per night - 50 amp hookup
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Gasoline and diesel fuel: Gas & Diesel Available


      Fuel Prices (All Taxes Included)

      Reporting Date: January 24, 2019
      Notes: ethanol free
      Gasoline Price: Call marina for fuel prices
      Diesel Fuel Price: Call marina for fuel prices

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    • Darien River Waterfront Park & Docks

      transient-dockfresh-waterfoodpropane/natural gas

      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: 912-437-6659
      EMail: Teresa@McIntoshGA.com
      Website: www.mcintoshga.com
      Statute Mile: 652
      Lat/Lon: Near 31°22.049 N / 81°26.118 W
      Location: Docks lie along the northern banks of the Darien River, hard by the charted 31’ fixed bridge, in the heart of downtown Darien. Darien is found 7 nautical miles off the ICW via the fully marked Darien River Channel, featuring 14’ depths..
      Depths: 14 ft.
      Address: 211 Walton Street
      Darien GA  31305


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $1.00 per foot per night This includes electricity and water.
      Type of dockage: floating concrete decked face docks
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 387 feet
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Restaurant: several within walking distance
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Skippers Fish Camp 912-437-3474, Nautica Joe's 912 437-5637, B & J's 912 437-2122, Zio Carlo Cafe 912 437-3739

      Provisioning Possibilities: Turnip Greens market, Waterfront Wine & Gourmet Shop, First Georgia Hardware & Marine, Bi-Lo grocery store, Post Office, Fort King George Historic Site, Bed and Breakfast, Convenient store, Laundry mat & Library one mile or less away
      LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

      Tank exchange available at nearby convenience store


      Reviews from Cruisers (16)

      1. James Newsome -  September 11, 2018 - 3:42 am

        You will not find friendlier or more accommodating folks anywhere on the ICW than Darien. For clarification there are two independently operated sets of docks in Darien. Below or east of the bridge the docks are operated by the McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority. Above or west of the bridge the dock is owned by the City of Darien.

        The first docks approached as arriving in Darien will be the McInstosh County Industrial Development Authority Docks. Although these docks were free with complementary water and electricity for a number of years, they now cost $1.00 per foot per night and that includes water and electricity. There is now a dockmaster available for most times of the day. Just contact Teresa at the Authority office M-F at 912-437-6659 or Capt Wynn Gale at 912-223-6821 after hours or weekends. Capt Gale is a local shrimper and can answer any question about local services as well as navigational advice.
        31°22’03.9″N 81°26’08.2″W
        https://goo.gl/maps/e14AqDUWkx42
        https://mcintoshga.com

        The Highway 17 fixed bridge (31′ vertical clearance) adjacent to and west of the McIntosh County Industrial Authority Docks. On the other side of the bridge is the City of Darien Dock that is still a free dock with a 6 hour limit of use. This dock is unattended and does not offer water or electricity. Contact The City of Darien at (912) 437-6686 for additional information.
        31°22’04.8″N 81°26’14.5″W
        https://goo.gl/maps/zjkLL6nUvXq
        http://www.cityofdarienga.com

        A park, restaurants, marine hardware store, bank, post office, fuel and convenience store are located within an easy walk of both docks. A grocery store is located 1.26 miles from the docks. Since Darien is the shrimping capitol of Georgia Capt Wynn can advise you where to purchase fresh shrimp if they are in season.

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      2. ANN BEARDEN -  February 3, 2015 - 9:33 am

        Found plenty of water on the Darien river. Chose to dock here to wait for tide to transit Little Mud creek. It is 7 miles up the river, but was more than worth it. Free dock with electric – only 30amp – David the volunteer dockmaster was very friendly and helpful. dinner at Skippers was great and the best Key Lime pie ever!

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      3. David Butler -  June 28, 2014 - 10:09 pm

        June 26, 2014
        The Darien docks have been repaired and are open effective June 24. The damage was caused by an unidentified vessel. Six new pilings had to be installed as well as numerous minor items.
        THE 48 HOUR FREE DOCKAGE PROGRAM IN BACK IN ACTION INCLUDING FREE POWER AND WATER. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. THANKS FOR THE HUNDREDS OF CRUISERS WHO HAVE VISITED.
        QUESTIONS? Called “dockmaster Dave” at 912-223-8855 or dbutler415@yahoo.com
        Bon voyage to all
        David Butler

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      4. James Newsome -  June 21, 2014 - 4:50 am

        Received a message today [6/21] from a member of the McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority that the “docks are ready for visitors from the ICW however, the power will not be available until sometime on Monday at the earliest.”
        James Newsome

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      5. David London -  June 18, 2014 - 4:48 am

        The city marina in Darien, Georgia has been damaged due to a boat crashing into the outside dock. We arrived there late afternoon on June 13th in route from Savannah to Saint Simons Island and were told by an unidentified person on the dock that would could not dock there as it was closed. There was a pontoon boat at the end of the dock and two sailboats on the inside. All appeared unoccupied.
        I docked the boat and spoke with this person who got someone on the phone that was supposed to be in charge. After some discussion he agreed we could stay on the dock away from the damaged area. It was late in the day and we did not wish to look for a suitable anchorage as there were none close by. The shore power did not work but we did have access to water. There are no showers or restrooms at this marina.
        We had not called the marina in advance as it is not used by many transient boaters and did not believe there would be in problem. In the future I will call. I do not have any information on when the marina will be repaired and re-opened.
        Submitted by:
        David London
        S.V. Delphine
        Catalina 350

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      6. John Winter -  July 18, 2013 - 3:37 pm

        Darien River, stay at the free towndock. Really neat town. Eat at Crab Place.
        John Winter

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      7. Norman Mason -  April 25, 2013 - 4:07 pm

        We stayed here in October, 2012 and again in March 2013. We think it is a great place. our comments following our October visit, sent to SSECN follow:
        On October 25, 2012, we are currently docked at the free Darien docks. This a wonderful place, well worth the trip of about seven miles up the Darien River. We came here on 10/24 at dead low tide. We saw two places with some shallow depths, one at R10 with 5.5 feet and one at R12 with six feet. At both locations depth went back up to 12+ feet very quickly. At low tide, the shoals are very visible, and the channel markers, and chartplotter were accurate. It took us about 1.25 hours to get here after leaving the ICW at R184. It was a pleasant run. We are a trawler, cruising with a sailboat.The town is lovely, with a Piggly Wiggly about a mile from the docks, and a hardware store about two blocks. The Wine Bar, near the hardware store is beautiful.This a wonderful side trip. Do not miss it. There are about 30 large shrimpboats docked just downstream of us. The only reason for four stars rather than five is the lack of restrooms, but it is free, including 30 amp power and water. What more can you ask for two nights free.
        Thanks Claiborne for the suggestion on this one.
        Norman Mason
        Monk 36, Peggy Sue
        Norfolk, VA

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      8. Tim -  April 24, 2013 - 8:43 am

        We spent four night in Darien and had a great time. There are so many good places to eat within walking distance. Skippers just under the bridge (west). I don’t remember the name of the little rest. that is in the end of the 7-11 across the road from the marina great food there. If you like shrimp, about 1/2 mile north on US 17 is “J& B or B&J rest. Great Sea Food there. Altamaha River Cruises will let you rent or have a guided Kayak cruise through the old rice fields. Fort King George is a short bike ride or you can walk there if you like walking. The Darien Rive is well marked. I went up the river at low tide, no problem. If you can reach David Bulter at 912-223-8855 or 912-222-8855. He was a lot of help. He is the unoffical dock master. The town of Darien is a great place to walk around.
        Tim

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      9. Rod Busbee -  April 24, 2013 - 8:06 am

        We draw 5 feet and managed to hit the Darien River at near full low tide. Not having been through there before we were careful to watch markers and depth. There was only one area where a second river diverts off of the Darien that we saw depths that were of most concern;5 – 7 feet. At that junction, you turn sharp to port staying just off the bank for only about 20 yards then back to starboard. There did not seem to be a well defined channel in this area. It is about 8 miles off the ICW to Darien and when you get there, currents are swift. The dock that accomodates the larger boats is just before you get to the bridge. It will only accomodate about three trawlers and if it is full, there are no other options unless you can convince the shrimpers to let you tie up there.
        The people in Darien are great, food convenient and good and there is a wonderful little hardware store that stocks a lot of marine hardware to accomodate the substantial shrimping business based there. Certainly worth the trip. I wish there was a way to find out if there was dock space before you make the trip as we had to squeeze in between two boats already there and I emphasize again, the currents there are swift.
        Rod Busbee

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      10. John Winter -  April 23, 2013 - 10:13 am

        Did it about a month ago and this is a must side trip. Town is really neat, great places to eat,free dock is neat (with a couple of sports having electrical, including twin 30 amps for those who need 220 volts). Easy navigation. If you do not take the time to see this place, you are not cruising, you are traveling. If you stay at the south dock (before the bridge) then walk up hill to town office to let them know you are there. If you call on radio at channel 16, a volunteer may hear you and visit you at boat to welcome you. Most likely, you will get welcomed anyway. Provisions are a long walk, but bike gets you there just fine.
        John Winter

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      11. Captain Wally Moran -  April 22, 2013 - 10:37 am

        Last Thursday, I decided to check out Darien GA – it’s about 8 miles off the ICW, so it’s out of the way. My friend James, from St. Simon’s Island, had written a piece about it for Southwinds – it’s not published yet, but I’ll post the link when I have it – and it sounded interesting. Also, there was a nasty storm on its way, so a dock sounded good.
        I arrived in the dark, and was helped to tie up by another sailor docked there. He told me that this was the weekend for the Blessing of the Fleet, the 45th annual shrimp boat festival and blessing. Well, that sounded interesting, and since Darien was providing 48 hours free dockage to encourage visitors – why not?
        To be honest, Darien is a different sort of place….very down to earth people would be the best way of putting it, and you know, when the first tune from the band is an old Merle Haggart standard, you’re going to be hearing a lot of country and very little rap. Not a bad thing, come to think of it, and I’m not a big country fan…
        Darien partied on all weekend, I made some great new friends, and Gypsy Wind had a front row center seat for the festivities – as loud as they were. And on Sunday, the big event – the blessing of the fleet.
        This video gives you an idea of what it was like….

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=b59nWMMebho

        Captain Wally Moran

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      12. Wayne and Rhonda McManus -  April 5, 2013 - 10:18 am

        Those of you still in FL or just reaching GA should give Darien, GA some consideration. It is a quaint little shrimping town N of Brunswick and well worth the stop. About 7 miles off of the ICW, the town offers free dockage for 48 hours. Floating concrete docks are conveniently located right downtown and power is free also. There are 3 pedestals, each with twin 30A power. The free dockage is limited to the outside dock which can hold about 4, maybe 5 typical cruisers. There are 3 of us here now. The town makes this offer to attract cruisers of course and all of the town really makes you feel welcome. Great food within walking distance – we’ve tried Skippers, B&J’s, and The Purple Pickle so far, all outstanding. Fort King George is an interesting historic site and the town has great bicycle trails around the perimeter of the city and within. The historic Butler rice plantation is 1 mile south, Piggly Wiggly is 1.2 miles away, and a well-stocked Hardware/Marine Supply store is a couple of blocks away. With the storms rolling through, they are allowing us to stay an extra day without charge so we just want to put in a plug for a town that wants our business and is really making a great effort to get us here. We think the Blessing Of The Fleet is scheduled for next weekend so you might call and confirm availability for that time.
        Wayne and Rhonda McManus
        “Help Me Rhonda”
        44 Gulfstar

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      13. Kent Stephens -  March 30, 2013 - 10:18 pm

        If you do dock at Darien, make sure you lock your boat and anything else you would like to keep when you go ashore. This is a public area with marginal lighting and absolutely NO security. Several boats have been broken into in the past several years, including mine! The police officer told me people roam around the area at all hours of the night!!

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      14. David Butler -  February 16, 2013 - 9:46 am

        Marker R26 between ICW and Darien GA has been replaced by CG with a lighted red floating marker. Also .. pay attention to R12 which may seem too close to marsh but IS NOT! Go slow and pay attention. 48 hrs free dockage for cruisers. Ya’ll come! 48 HOURS FREE DOCKAGE/WATER/ELEC FOR 48 HOURS…NON-COMMERCIAL ONLY.
        David Butler, Darien Dockmaster

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      15. Norman Mason -  October 25, 2012 - 9:49 am

        On October 25, 2012, we are currently docked at the free Darien docks. This a wonderful place, well worth the trip of about seven miles up the Darien River. We came here on 10/24 at dead low tide. We saw two places with some shallow depths, one at R10 with 5.5 feet and one at R12 with six feet. At both locations depth went back up to 12+ feet very quickly. At low tide, the shoals are very visible, and the channel markers, and chartplotter were accurate. It took us about 1.25 hours to get here after leaving the ICW at R184. It was a pleasant run. We are a trawler, cruising with a sailboat.The town is lovely, with a Piggly Wiggly about a mile from the docks, and a hardware store about two blocks. The Wine Bar, near the hardware store is beautiful.This a wonderful side trip. Do not miss it. There are about 30 large shrimpboats docked just downstream of us. The only reason for four stars rather than five is the lack of restrooms, but it is free, including 30 amp power and water. What more can you ask for two nights free.

        Thanks Claiborne for the suggestion on this one.

        Norman Mason
        Monk 36, Peggy Sue
        Norfolk, VA

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    • Two Way Fish Camp

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (912) 265-0410
      Fax: (912) 261-1585
      Website: http://www.goldenisles.com/listing/two-way-fish-camp-marina
      Statute Mile: 660
      Lat/Lon: Near 31°19.693 N / 81°26.765 W
      Location: guards the South Altamaha River’s southerly shores (west of the Waterway’s marker #216A), a short hop east of the 35-foot fixed bridge
      Depths: 6 ft.
      Address: 250 Ricefield Way
      Brunswick GA  31525


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $1.50 per foot, per night
      Type of dockage: floating concrete decked slips and face docks
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 200
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available
      Laundromat: Available
      Restaurant: on-site
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Mud Cat Charleys (on-site, 912-261-0055)

      Provisioning Possibilities: Convenience store on-site, Piggly Wiggly 3 miles away, taxi ride necessary
      LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

      LPG tank refill available on-site
      Wi-Fi Internet Access: Free Wifi Available
      Gasoline and diesel fuel: Gas & Diesel Available


      Fuel Prices (All Taxes Included)

      Reporting Date: January 22, 2019
      Notes: ethanol free
      Gasoline Price: $3.69 (All Taxes Included)
      Diesel Fuel Price: $2.69 (All Taxes Included)

      Reviews from Cruisers (6)

      1. Kim -  June 23, 2013 - 12:43 pm

        My boyfriend and I were there recently in the kingfish tournament and we had a wonderful time. Great people, great food and we will definitely be back.
        Kim

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      2. Roger Long -  April 26, 2013 - 9:56 am

        I made the trip up to Two Way Fish Camp. Wonderful side trip. Marina funky but friendly. I hadn’t been eating in restaurants a lot at the time so it seemed very good then. I’m not sure how many stars I would give it but it is certainly at least worth the trip.
        Roger Long
        S/V Strider

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      3. Earl Beard -  February 9, 2012 - 9:16 pm

        Stopped here in February 2012. It is 4.2 miles off the AICW and the currents are strong – 1.5 to 2 kts was my experience. Some shallow spots but the river is marked. No one to help with dock lines in the strong current. Showers not heated, wifi would not work. Did not notice until dark but the electric pedestal I hooked my electric to was mis-wired. It had a polarity reversal. Not a real problem but it did mess up my Link 10 monitor system.
        Earl Beard

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      4. Toby Clark -  October 24, 2011 - 11:31 am

        On a several week trip south from Charleston and stopped at Two Way Fish Camp Marian on your advice. What a unique friendly marina and resturant. Great food and a fun bar. The currents are fast but no real problem for the experienced ICW traveler.
        Cheers
        Toby

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      5. Captain Sterling -  April 29, 2010 - 9:49 am

        Stayed here on both loops. Floating docks, restaurant , small laundry. Not close to shopping or town.[This facility is] called Two Way as it goes from fresh to salt water twice daily.
        Captain Sterling

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      6. Charles and Joe -  March 22, 2010 - 9:21 am

        Stopped at 2 Way Fish Camp yesterday for fuel, $2.60/gal for diesel. There are big currents getting in out of the fuel dock so you need to have your ship handling hat on or go in at slack. I was by myself and Jerry the dockmaster let me linger so I had dinner at their restaurant – was good. When I left I went down river a mile or so and anchored in the straight part of the river in 12′. Good holding strong currents. MM619.
        Charles

        Good Job Martha Ann,
        Two Way Fish Camp and Mud Cat Charlie’s (restaurant)is an old stomping ground of mine. Hat’s off to ya for getting Martha Ann in and out of thefuel dock in any current. The fuel dock narrow fairway approach is 90 degrees to the current (which can reach 5+knts on the ebb) and the fuel dock area very tight and depending on the tide may be very skinny. We use to teach docking there because of it’s difficulty in certain conditions. You obviously passed!
        Joe

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    • Hampton River Club Marina

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (912) 638-1210
      Statute Mile: 664
      Lat/Lon: Near 31°17.734 N / 81°20.582 W
      Location: located well upstream on the waters of Hampton River, from a position south of the AICW marker #222
      Depths: 5.5 ft.
      Address: 1000 Hampton River Club Marina Dr
      Saint Simons GA  31522


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $2.00 per foot,per night
      Type of dockage: floating concrete decked slips and face docks
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 20
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
      Wi-Fi Internet Access: Free Wifi Available
      Gasoline and diesel fuel: Gas & Diesel Available


      Fuel Prices (All Taxes Included)

      Reporting Date: January 14, 2019
      Notes: ethanol free/closed on Tuesday
      Gasoline Price: $4.39 (All Taxes Included)
      Diesel Fuel Price: $3.49 (All Taxes Included)

      Reviews from Cruisers (2)

      1. Matt Rollberg -  August 15, 2011 - 4:13 pm

        We stopped Santana here with a 4 foot draft , no problem.
        But HUG the outside of the curve east of red #22
        The facility is ecellent and Davis is very helpful
        Great stop !

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      2. Doug -  February 25, 2011 - 10:27 am

        Nice marina they are doing a lot of updating right now. Depths are 9 feet to 20 feet. The dockmasters name is Davis and the managers name is Rose very nice classic lady. The rest of the staff is very nice and helpfull. It has a little store with snacks,drinks and oil and even batteries. highly recomend. While your there you might want to take a day trip over to little St. Simons island or do some fishing. They can pull out boats up to 28 feet for dry storage. The price for transient docking includs electric!

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    • Hidden Harbor Yacht Club

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (912) 261-1049
      Website: http://hiddenharbor238aicw.com/
      Statute Mile: 670.5
      Lat/Lon: Near 31°13.695 N / 81°26.738 W
      Location: lies on the western shores of Troupe Creek, north of Troupe Creek’s first sharp turn to the north; Troupe Creek breaks off from the western shores of the AICW between markers #237 and #238
      Depths: 15 ft.
      Address: 50 Hidden Harbor Rd
      Brunswick GA  31525


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $1.85 per foot, per night, $2.00 per foot per night starting November !st, 2014, 10% club discount
      Type of dockage: floating wooden decked face dock
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 700 feet
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

      $8.00/per night - 30 amp hookup, $10.00/per night - 50 amp hookup
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available
      Laundromat: Available
      Restaurant: 1 mile away. (courtesy car available) A tip to the driver and donation for gas is customary
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Pams #1 (912-267-7267)

      Provisioning Possibilities: Marina will provide complimentary transportation to Publix Supermarket and West Marine
      LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

      Marina staff can sometimes provide transportation to Publix supermarket or convenience stores about 3 to 4 miles for LPG tank exchange


      Reviews from Cruisers (7)

      1. R J -  March 31, 2014 - 8:30 am

        We stayed here 3/26/14. The facility is really clean, and the docks are very accessible. The staff is knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. The views across the marsh are beautiful! The outdoor shower is completely enclosed and would be quite a treat after a long, hot day on the ICW.

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      2. R. -  July 21, 2013 - 10:56 pm

        We also stopped at Hidden Harbour Marina in Brunswick. Close to the ICW and very nice folks who run it. Nice docks. We liked it so much we stopped back on the way back south in June.
        R.

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      3. Phil Johnston -  July 20, 2013 - 12:08 pm

        Do yourself a favour and stop at Hidden Harbour Marina. Lovely folk and a Mini Cooper S courtesy car.
        Phil Johnston

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      4. Pete and Jorgina Colyn -  April 28, 2013 - 10:16 am

        Great find. Small, quaint and clean. Lovely little place. There are currently no showers, but, they do have a courtesy car, kitchen and gas grill. Beautiful views. Would stay again!

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      5. Ken Westby -  April 12, 2013 - 9:00 am

        I too stayed at Hidden Harbor Marina on the Troup Creek on April 8 [2013]. I would definitely recommend this marina. Kev and Judith go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable. They have a nice boater’s lounge, scenery is great, and for a buck donation you can do your laundry. Just off the ICW, so no wakes.
        Ken Westby
        aboard Roundabout

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      6. Phil Johnston -  April 10, 2013 - 9:22 am

        This is a great little marina in the Troup [Creek] [known as Hidden Harbor Yacht Club] about 1 mile off the ICW. Plenty of water on approach and alongside. I figured to report to the forum on it. No fuel here but pump out available and 20/30/50A power with floating dock. The managers, Kev and Judith, could not be more accomodating and the facilities are the cleanest we have seen since Lake Michigan. There is excellent shopping close by and they have a courtesy car – a Mini Cooper S to get you there!
        At $1.50/ft/day plus electric, it is great value for money and I recommend it as a stop to all Loopers.
        Phil Johnston
        Loopy Kiwi

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      7. Kerry Appleton -  May 24, 2011 - 11:50 pm

        No showers. They say they have an outdoor shower but that includes a shower head outside along the brick wall, no privacy building around the shower head. This is the only bad thing about this place. Nice facilities, beautiful new boater lounge. Dockmaster made us coffee and muffins in morning and allowed us to use their kitchen. They did just get a washer/dryer. Friendly folks.
        Skipper Kerry Appleton

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    • Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (912) 634-1128
      VHF: Monitored: 16         Working: 68
      Website: http://golden-isles.morningstarmarinas.com/
      Statute Mile: 675
      Lat/Lon: Near 31°10.024 N / 81°24.904 W
      Location: lies along the southern reaches of the Frederica River, between Lanier and St. Simons Islands, south of the charted 9 foot bridge
      Depths: 10 ft.
      Address: 206 Marina Dr
      Saint Simons Island GA  31522
      General Manager: Chris Fergson


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $2.25 per foot, per night
      Boat/US Dockage Discount: 10% Discount
      Other Dockage Discount: Discounts available/check with marina
      Type of dockage: floating wooden slips and face docks
      Live Aboards Allowed: yes
      Live Aboard Notes: Available - contact manager for pricing information and availability
      Total number of slips/berths: 137 slips, 1,100 feet of face docks
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 30/50/100 amp power hookups available

      $6.00/per night - 30 & 50 amp connections (up to 44 foot vessels), $8.00/per night - 30 & 50 amp connections (45 to 54 foot vessels), $12.00/per night - 30 & 50 amp connections (vessels 55 feet and larger) $24.00 per night-100 amp power
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
      Laundromat: Available
      Swimming Pool: Available
      Restaurant: one on-site
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Coastal Kitchen (on-site, open 7 days a week, (912-638-7790)

      Provisioning Possibilities: Winn Dixie and Harris Tetter Supermarkets 2 miles away – free courtesy car provided
      LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

      Use courtesy car for LPG tank refill at Ace Hardware (912) 638-3800 2 miles away
      Wi-Fi Internet Access: Free Wifi Available
      Waste pump-out: Available
      Gasoline and diesel fuel: Gas & Diesel Available


      Fuel Prices (All Taxes Included)

      Reporting Date: January 22, 2019
      Notes: ethanol free
      Gasoline Price: $3.83 (All Taxes Included)
      Diesel Fuel Price: $3.10 (All Taxes Included)
      Other Discount: Discounts available /check with marina
      Any Quantity Discount: 10 cents on 1000 gallons
      Any Boat/US Discount: 10 cents off per gallon

      Reviews from Cruisers (21)

      1. Charlie and Jackie Ridley -  May 19, 2016 - 12:11 pm

        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 margurita!! 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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      2. Russell Wright -  February 16, 2014 - 5:06 pm

        I have docked my sailboat at MSGIM for 7 years. They have a top notch staff and an outstanding sunset without the mill. The restaurant is fine dining. Dunbar Sales (on site) provides excellent service, especially if you do not live in the area.
        Russell Wright
        S/V Tuesday

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      3. Valhalla360 -  February 11, 2014 - 4:27 pm

        GI’s big advantage is distance to the open ocean for a sail boat. If you are weekending and have a car, that might win out.
        Valhalla360

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      4. Sail Fast Live Slow -  February 11, 2014 - 4:10 pm

        Spent quite a bit of time at Morningstar Golden Isles off and on, I like the staff and it’s really convenient for a day sail. Good restaurant on the premises plus I like St. Simons Island more than Brunswick.
        Sail Fast Live Slow

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      5. Jonathan Gorham -  December 1, 2013 - 4:50 pm

        We stayed over the windy and rainy 2013 Thanksgiving weekend at this pleasant and well maintained marina. There were some challenges getting 30 amp electric service since the whole facility is wired 50 amp and there were no splitters available, but the dockmaster did his best and we were able to find a spot on the rack & stack dock with electric we could use. It was a very friendly crowd there, and the daily two for one happy hour at the onsite lounge was the place to meet up. Nice showers and other shoreside amenities, our only quibble was that the free morning paper and muffins never materialized.

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      6. William Lawrenson -  June 4, 2013 - 4:03 pm

        I love Morningstar Marinas. and Golden Isles is no exception. We stayed three nights in late May, as we have done many times before. The staff are great, as is the free delivery of the paper and muffins in the morning. The showers are clean and maintained, and my favorite Catalina Dealer, Dunbar Sales, is on the premises.
        We used the pool and the local restaurant, as well as Jekyll Club and a restaurant in St Simon’s and had a uniformly good experience. St Simon’s and Jekyll Islands are great tourist areas, so rent a car, and have some fun off the boat as well.
        We are Morningstar Gold Members, and as such receive discounts at all their marinas. This program is worth looking at if you like their quality. Golden Isles, St. Simon’s is just a great example of their marinas.

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      7. Marc and Shelley Colby -  April 24, 2013 - 9:47 am

        We stayed here two weeks ago and had a very pleasant experience. The dockmaster is very adept at helping you with your lines, which is especially important with the tidal flow at this marina. The dock is in good shape and the shoreside facilities were clean. The marina also owns the pool, so if you like that, it is a great place to have a cocktail in the afternoon. We did eat at the on-site restaurant with another tramsient boater, and the food was excellent. All in all it was a very nice marina and experience, and reasonably
        priced with a Boat US discount.
        One other added feature that was nice, we discovered a couple of days later in Savannah. We stayed at another Morningstar marina in Thunderbolt, called the Bahia Blue Marina. Once I told the dockmaster there that we had just stayed at Golden Isle, we received a .30 cent per ft. discount on our stay at Bahia Blue.
        Marc and Shelley Colby
        M/V Rock Chalk
        Endeavour 44 Trawlercat

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      8. S/V SeaQuell-Robert and Becky Nordstrom -  May 2, 2012 - 8:29 am

        We stayed at this Marina from February until April, on our passage from Ft. Lauderdale, home to North Carolina. We could not have been more pleased.
        From our initial phone conversations with Chris Ferguson, the general manager, we were impressed.
        All the staff go out of their way to be helpful. There was not a single need that was not met. The office staff called us every time we had a package/mail to be picked up- and we have a lot of packages!! Mary and Penny were great!!
        The facilities are clean and ample sized. The laundry is adequate and reasonably priced.
        Use of the loaner car (free) is a big plus!!
        We initially planned to stay only a few weeks- one month, but liked it so well we decided to stay another month.
        We will definitely stay here again when we head back south for the winter.
        Of note, Melissa is no longer the dockmaster, but Chick, Buck and Alfred took very good care of us throughout our stay.
        Wonderful, Wonderful Marina. Highly recommend it!

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      9. Ron -  May 27, 2011 - 9:25 pm

        Another enjoyable stay here. We biked over to St Simons there were 7 ft wide bike paths and came back to the marina and had a wonderfull dinner at the Coastal Kitchen. Also marina is offering a !0% for Boat US

        Ron & Audrey aboard Lucky Girl

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      10. Ted Jones -  April 19, 2011 - 2:01 pm

        This is a favorite stop despite the fact that one has to travel several extra miles to reach it (the bridge over the western passage is now the ICW channel), and one must travel all the way around the intermediate island to get to the marina. When I was there in the 1970s, the ICW passed right by the present location of the marina which, of course, is much changed. Golden Isles Marina is a first class operation with modern buildings and many services. The loaner car is one of these, and while it is a long walk to the showers and laundry, the facilities are well above average in convenience and
        cleanliness. The dockmasters, Chick and Melissa, know their stuff and follow the lead of the captain instead of trying to take charge. We missed Melissa this stop, and the fact that we not only remembered her but also her name says much about our attraction to this marina. We like the town, too.
        Captain Ted Jones

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      11. Pam and Jim Shipp -  April 18, 2011 - 2:10 pm

        Morningstar Golden Isle Marina is an excellent place to stay north of the FLA/GA line at St. Simons Island, GA. Courtesy cars are available and there is a restaurant on site, Coastal kitchen. Manager: Chris Ferguson, Phone: 912 634 1128
        We are currently at Golden Isle.
        Pam & Jim Shipp aboard Silver Boots

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      12. Ted Jones -  January 20, 2011 - 12:10 pm

        That small, friendly gasoline stop is now Golden Isles Marina, and we made a reservation for an overnight stay and a fuel stop. The drawbridge has now been replaced by a low fixed bridge, and the ICW is on the opposite side of the island requiring going a couple of miles beyond the island and doubling back to the marina. We didn’t mind. Melissa, the dockmaster, had time to chat over the radio and I explained how we wanted to dock. She got it the first time, unlike the bohunks at XXXX, and became our instant friend.
        Melissa gave us the keys to the loaner car so we could go across the bridge to St. Simons and fill our propane tank and buy a few groceries. St. Simons is an attractive town, the sort of place one might like to live except it must be very hot in summer and the odor of pulp mills is apparent when the wind is from that direction.
        There’s a restaurant at the marina, where we indulged ourselves with a fine meal. The showers are first class — on the second level reached by stairs or elevator. It is a great and friendly facility, and we would go out of our way to stop there again.
        Ted Jones

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      13. Captain Bob Poovey -  May 23, 2010 - 5:57 pm

        Submitted on 2010/05/19 at 9:44pm
        Chick gets it done!!!
        We stay here coming and going every year and have always looked forward to this stop. Modern floating docks and a great staff. Excellent access to St. SImons with the loaner vehicle. Will continue to make this a stop whenever possible.
        Captain Bob Poovey
        aboard M/V Threadbare

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      14. Pete & Mary Ann -  November 12, 2009 - 5:09 pm

        Just spent three days here waiting out the remains of IDA. Great staff (Melissa, Rose, Chick et al). Coastal Kitchen at the top of the dock had excellent cuisine. Rented a car at the airport (closeby) to visit St. Simons and Jekyll Island. Gonna miss the muffins and newspaper in the morning when we’re in a marina next.
        Pete & Mary Ann s/v MicMac

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      15. Hicks Milner -  September 24, 2009 - 10:55 am

        I have stayed at Golden Isles, The lady who runs the docks is great. The current is strong so take notice. There is a great restaurant at the marina so enjoy. St Simons and Sea Island are both within miles. The Cloister at Sea Island is beautiful, expensive, and first class.
        Hicks Milner

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      16. Sherry Rabin -  September 24, 2009 - 9:55 am

        Stayed at Golden Isles at end of June this year. This makes the second year in a row. Still a great place to stay. Great dockpersons, friendly and helpful. Morning paper and muffins helped us decide to extend our stay a few days.
        Sherry Rabin
        M/V Evening Star

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      17. Ron & Audrey -  September 23, 2009 - 2:17 pm

        Great facility
        Great dockmaster
        Free courtesy car which we used to go to West Marine and Winn Dixie ( a 5 minute drive). We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the restaurant at the end of the dock. In the morning we awoke to muffins and a local paper on our deck.
        Ron & Audrey
        Lucky Girl

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      18. Paul & Judy Jones -  September 23, 2009 - 1:17 pm

        We have had the pleasure of docking as well as using the dinghy docking privileges at Golden Isles Marina several times in the last 2 months. We found the dock facilities very good. We had kids aboard and they loved swimming in the pool. Melissa was a great dockhand and helped us with the current. If you call ahead and take her advice you should have no problem docking. We used the courtesy car a couple of times, very handy. The Coastal Kitchen was an excellent restaurant. We had two very good meals both lunch and dinner.
        We anchored out a couple of nights too and dinghyed in. $5/day. Holding was no problem but the tide will swing you back and forth. Laundry was reasonable and convenient. Restroom could have been nicer but clean and functional.
        Very close to St. Simons and Brunswick.
        Paul & Judy Jones
        SV Gratitude
        2005 Island Packet 445
        Draft 5’

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      19. Captain Charles Richter -  July 23, 2009 - 11:28 am

        I do the US East coast 12-15 times per year and one of my favorite stops is at Golden Isle Marina in St. Simons. The dockmaster is Melissa and she is great. Fair fuel prices and good facilities. They will drive you to stores and restaurants and are very accommodating in all the services provided. The channel going in has been changed in the last year so make sure you are using a current chart. Very easy if you have the proper charts. Call ahead and either Melissa or one of her associates will give you very good instruction. Listen to what they say about which side to the dock since the current may be moving right along. Great floating face dock, no problem. Newspapers and Muffins every morning. (Yum). My favorite restaurant is Barbara Jeans on the island.
        If you need a last stop in FL the work should all be done at Fernandina City Marina just inside at St. Mary’s. Have a great meal right on thedock at Brett’s.
        Good Cruising,
        Captain Charles Richter

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      20. Pascal -  July 22, 2009 - 12:04 pm

        Golden Isle Marina in St Simmons has new dock and new pedestals, although dockage went up a quarter to $2 a foot. still a good stop will leave later tomorrow to get thru Jekyll near high tide…
        A good provisioning stop is Golden Isle in St Simmons GA,they have a courtesy car and supermarkets near by, as well as WM, hone depot, etc…
        Pascal

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      21. Robert Fitzgerald -  July 22, 2009 - 10:11 am

        Subject: Golden Isles Marina
        Cruising News: Stop in here if you are ever in the Brunswick, GA area. Great docks, super restaurant and and a very good dockmaster, Melissa Linton who will make sure you have a good experience. Mechanic Wayne Horne worked on my alternator on Mothers Day and did a great job. Got some help with our A/C water strainer fom a fellow boater. Very friendly crowd at Golden Isles and definitely on my “return here” list. Cruisers net marina sponsors have been exceptional from the Panhandle, down the west Florida coast, fom Stewart Florida up to Savannah…what a great resource!
        Robert Fitzgerald

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