Isle of Hope Marina, Savannah, GA to Lady’s Island Marina, Beaufort, SC — May 3, 2014

 

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We left Isle Of Hope Marina today are back on the water.  We waited for some of the rain to pass but it never rained really bad in the Savannah area.  We had some work done on the boat to get the generator running again and replaced the battery charger. Fortunately everything went well.

The homes in the neighborhood around the marina were very interesting.  I took some pictures to give a sampling.  The setting with all the landscaping, large oak trees and the hanging moss is really dramatic.  The only problem is that we shared this with the no-seeums.  We have lots of bug bites to prove it.

Our friends on Moonstruck2 and Oh…..Kay left before us.  Moonstruck2 was on their way to Beaufort and Oh….Kay went to Hinkley’s Marina in Savannah to leave their boat for a month while they went back home to Colorado. We had a lot of laughs and made some friends along the way.

The day started out in the mid 60’s with plenty of clouds.  The weatherman said it would clear by about 1:00 in the afternoon. It did clear but we had a few sprinkles along the way. They did not last long and the cloud cover was actually good because it made it more comfortable cruising. The sky did clear about 2:00 and was sunny and cloudless the rest of the day.

The cruise was fairly uneventful. The only real exciting part was when we crossed the Savannah River.  There were a couple of large container ships that were on the river.  One was headed out to the Atlantic and the other was coming in.  The one headed out was stacked with containers 6 high on the deck and from side to side.  They certainly look top heavy when they are loaded like that.

Again most of the boat traffic on the ICW was headed north.  We passed several trawlers and several sailboats during the day.  I think most of them are from the New England Area and are headed home for the summer.

It is hard to believe that we are out of Georgia already and into South Carolina. The miles and the States are rolling by.

We called and tried to make reservations in Beaufort at the Downtown Municipal Marina but Beaufort is having a festival downtown this weekend and the marina is full. I looked over the other marina options in the area and the Lady’s Island Marina got great reviews and is just across the ICW from Downtown Beaufort.  We made reservations and it was a very nice place.  There were a lot of businesses in the area within walking distance and a good restaurant, Dockside, right next to the marina office.

I did take a walk and was able to find a bakery open and they had some fresh baked olive bread.  I bought a loaf and Lenore said it was really good after she had a sample. The Dockside restaurant was also very good.  Overall this was a great stop.

Kilkenny Marina, Richmond Hill, Georgia to Isle of Hope Marina, Savannah, GA — April 27, 2014

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It was cool this morning and I wore a sweatshirt during Candy’s 1st walk.  It warmed rapidly after that and the winds were light and stayed that way during the day.

John and Deni cast off about 7:00 for their run to Beaufort, SC.  We had a short easy day so we left about 9:00. with a very slack tide at the dock which made it easy to get off the dock.

Georgia along the ICW is mostly low lands or marshy areas.  The trees are quite a distance back from the ICW.  There is not a lot of development along the ICW with just a few towns/cities. The locals are all located back up the creeks that feed into the ICW.

It was surprising but there was not a lot of traffic today on the ICW. We passed one small sailboat, about 30′.  There were some fishermen out but not much going on.

Coming into the Savannah area there is more development with a lot of nice homes along the ICW. We even passed a small marina with very nice floating docks that was private.  It did not show up on the charts, guide books or in active captain.

We originally were going to stay at the same marina that we stayed at last year but they said they were full when we called. We called Thunderbolt Marina right next door and they were also full. We tried calling the marina across the ICW, Hinkley’s but no one answered the phone. Isle of Hope Marina had room for us.  We are located on the ICW of their main dock and it was a little rocky during the day in spite of the fact that this is a no wake zone. Everything seemed to calm down after the sun went down.

Isle of Hope is a nice area with some older homes along the water and there is a waterfront road that Candy and I have used for her walks. We are not to far from town and the marina has a couple of courtesy cars available.  We went to dinner last night at a restaurant called Saltwater Grille.  It was excellent. Lenore had a Salmon BLT sandwich, modified to Shrimp BLT.

Right now we planned on staying 2 nights but there is some heavy weather moving thru the south and we may be here until Friday.

Golden Isle Marina, St. Simon Island, GA to Kilkenny Marina, Richmond Hill, Georgia — April 26, 2014

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We were making a pretty good day of it with probably 7 to 8 hours on the water.  You never know how the tides will effect the speed of the boat.  Sometimes we get down to 6 mph if we are against the tide and we have had as much as 12 mph with the tides.

Doug and Judy (Moonstruck2) left at 6:20 today so they could make it all the way to Isle of Hope Marina about 90 miles north in the Savannah area.  We were headed to Kilkenny Marina which was about 67 miles north. The day was sunny but the winds were a little gusty which made a couple of the inlets we passed choppy.

There was a lot of traffic on the ICW today and all sizes and type of craft.  It is Saturday and a lot of the locals are out enjoying the weather.  90% of the cruising boats are moving north, no real surprise this time of the year. Most of the Loopers are going to the Spring Rendezvous in Norfolk, May 5th to May 8th and they are already thru this section and well north.  We are still about 750 mile south of Norfolk.

No real problems with water depths today.  I think the worst is behind us. The biggest item is when passing a slower boat and picking the right spot to do the pass.  Not all areas of the ICW have a wide channel so sometimes you just wait. One of the larger boats came up behind today and they ended up waiting for a couple of miles before they passed.

The Kilkenny Marina is a couple of miles off the ICW which helps on the boat wakes. It is like a small fishing camp..  They have wood floater docks that rock a little side to side as you walk on them.  The trees are real old oaks with lots of Spanish moss hanging from the trees. The Marina is located in Richmond Hill Georgia.

Richmond Hill has a historical connection to Henry Ford. Ford used the town, formerly known as Ways Station, as a winter home and philanthropic social experiment, building the complex known as the Ford Farms along the Ogeechee River in the 1930s. After just one visit he chose this area as his winter home. Ford’s dwelling was built on the site of Richmond Plantation, which was burned by General Sherman’s army at the conclusion of the “March to the Sea“. Ford’s holdings eventually totaled 85,000 acres of agricultural and timber lands, most of which is now owned by the State of Georgia or ITT Rayonier, a timber company. Ford was also responsible for the construction of 250 buildings, including a kindergarten, which now houses the museum of the Richmond Hill Historical Society, and a chapel which now houses St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Both are located on Georgia S.R. 144, also known as Ford Avenue within the Richmond Hill city limits. When it was suggested that the town be renamed “Ford”, Mr. Ford declined, and instead Ways Station was renamed “Richmond Hill” after the site of Ford’s home on the banks of the Ogeechee River.

This little bit of history was in one of the cruising guides I was reading.  We are only spending 1 night here and John and Deni are leaving early tomorrow so they can make it to Beaufort, SC. That is about 80 miles from Kilkenny.

 

Fernandina Beach Municipal Harbor, Fernandina Beach, FL to Golden Isle Marina, St. Simon Island, GA — April 25, 2014

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The day was kind of misty with cool temps in the mid 60’s but the winds were light.  We had planned on going to Golden Isle Marina with Deni and John (Blarney Castle).  Well we ended up with 4 boats as we were joined by Doug & Judy (Moonstruck2) and Ray & Patty (Oh… Kay).They were going to be traveling north and at about our speed so we had a larger flotilla.

The skies did mostly clear as we got underway. The water was not to choppy but the wind was out of the east and coming off the ocean so we felt it a little more at the inlets.  After we passed the St Mary’s River inlet there is a naval base up the river a couple of miles along the ICW and it is home to some submarines.  We did get a few photos of the submarine pen with a sub in it.  It is not easy to identify but it is there. The ever present Homeland Security boat was out in front of the base.

This was not a real long day but we started at the wrong time.  We arrived at the Jekyll Island  River and the tide was low tide.  Water was pretty shallow and some of the channel markers were out of the water in the mud that is covered during high tide.  This section was probably 2 miles long. Everybody made it thru but several boats touched bottom.

The Golden Isle Marina is located in the Brunswick Georgia area and is a pretty nice marina. We had a good cocktail hour with everybody from the 4 boats and then we went to dinner at the Coastal Kitchen restaurant at the marina and had great food and a lot of laughs.  I think a good time was had by all.

We are only staying hear one night as John & Deni are trying to get to Beaufort SC to head home and Ray and Patty are headed to Savannah and from there they will head home for a month to Colorado.

Kilkenney to Bahia Blue (Savannah) — April 16, 2013

We had Lady K-K as a buddy Boat again today. We started the day a little later than planned after we had some discussion on water depths at an ICW area called Hells Gate.  We ended up calling Sea Tow and asked for the local knowledge at Hells Gate and he told us to stay in the center of the manmade channel and we would be ok.

We went back to the ICW and there was quite a bit of traffic moving South on the ICW, both power and sail boats.  Some of the sail boats had their jib sails up but were still motoring along.

This was not a long day as we only had 32 miles to cover to reach the marina in the Savannah area.  We spent a total of 4 hours on the water and it was really pleasant with sun and some wind.  No fog today.

The marshy areas started to disappear as we got closer to Savannah and there were some nice homes along the shore along with many marinas.  It does appear that the boaters respect the no wake at the marina area pretty well.

We are in the Bahia Blue Marina in Thunderbolt Georgia on the East side of Savannah. Lenore talked to Katie the other evening and Austin is on a deployment so we will meet with Katie and her 2 little boys,  Evan and Lucas.

We are going to stay here for 3 nights to try and let our mail catch up with us.  I am trying to find out from the Fernandina Marina if the mail was forwarded from them to Bahia Blue yet.  Boy I hope so.  We have had only one other mail snafu and that was the Chicago post office did not deliver the mail to the marina because the marina was not on there routes yet even though it had been open for 4 months and the marina staff had visited the post office three times.

We had dinner at a local icon place, Tubbys last night.  We dined with Larry and Sherry from Lady K-K and Ed and Sue from the Allergretta.  Ed and Sue are from Boston and are on their way home.  They are reformed sail boaters who just purchase a very nice Sabre Yacht in Florida.  The food was good and the company was excellent..

Golden Isle Marina to Kilkenney Marina — April 15, 2013

I did not post this last night because the internet service was slooooow, at best.

It rained most of the day Sunday so it was a good day to watch the Masters Golf Tournament. Fortunately the rain breaks came at the same time as Candy’s walk times. I slept thru it but Lenore said there was quite a wind around 11:00 Sunday night. Later on the radio we heard that wind gusts were clocked at the marina at 63 mph.

The trip was a good one that we started with a buddy boat, the Lady K-K with Larry and Sherry. THe fog from the dock did not look bad with visibility about 1 mile. Once out on the water we had visibility down to about 1/4 mile but after about 6 miles of crawling along using the radar and chart plotter the visibility increased to about 2 miles and then just got better from there.

We had a couple of boats that started out but decided to return to the marina because there was no guarantee when the fog would improve. One of them was a trawler that appeared right in front of us and was going way to fast for the conditions. I stopped and he did a hard starboard (right for the non-nauticals) turn and a collision was avoided. The other guy that returned to the dock was a unique story in that they had read about the Loop and decided to do it even though they had never boated before in there lives. This was their 11th day on the water in a rented boat and he was a little stressed out to say the least. We did see them outside Savannah today so they made another 100 miles without losing it.

This part of the ICW in Georgia is probably 80% wide open marsh area with some scattered National Parks and some areas of really nice homes. We were crossing one sound yesterday and I commented that in some respects it looked like areas in the Georgian Bay north of Parry Sound.

We took somewhat of a chance with the Kilkenney Marina for the night because there is only 2 marinas located centrally between St Simons Island and Savannah. It is 2 miles off the ICW on Kilkenney Creek and had a lay along dock probably about 400′ long. I thought it had a rustic charm and Lenore just thought it was rustic. It was a nice peaceful night with no trains or road traffic.

We had a longer than usual day making better than 68 miles and not getting into Kilkenney Marina until 4:00.  Candy is a real trouper and had no issues going that long.  The walk to the grass area was short so that made it nice for her and it was more of a village setting with grass all over the place.

I took a few pictures of the marina and the large oaks with Spanish Moss hanging from the branches and the trees were huge, 4′ and 5′ in trunk diameter..  This is typical Georgia.

Fernandina Beach, Florida to St. Simon Island, Georgia — April 13, 2013

The day started fairly cloudy and cool.  We had not received our mail but they said the marina was full for Saturday night so we could not stay another night but they would forward our mail.

As we moved up the ICW the sky cleared and it was a nice day on the water.  Traffic on the ICW was pretty much one way, headed North.  We travelled with a boat registered out of Houston, Texas but the couple now lives in Minnesota.  We first met them in Green Turtle Bay Marina in Grand RIvers Kentucky in October.  The Boat is the Lady KK and its crew is Larry and Sherry along with their poodle Peaches.  It was nice to have company on the water and the radio.

A couple of sections of the ICW were fairly open as we crossed inlets to the Atlantic.  There was a lot of wind in these areas so there was some chop but not a big issue.  We crossed into Georgia just north of the 1st inlet and I guess that is a milestone.  We had been in Florida since the Panhandle on December 7th, a little over 4 months.

We motored up the ICW to the St Simon Island area and are at the Golden Isle Marina.  They do have a courtesy car available.  That is the 1st courtesy car we have seen since Alabama.  It is only available for 1 hour at a time but that is better than having to take a cab or walk.

The marina is very nice and has probably 50% sailboats (in water boats) because it is very near an inlet to the Atlantic.  They have a restaurant and lots of dry storage which is almost all center console outboards.  The only drawback at this time is limited grass available for Candy and a real long walk to get to the grass.

The restaurant at the marina was good last night and we had dinner with Larry and Sherry.  We almost did not eat there because they would not take a reservation after 5:30 because it was prom night.  We had a difficult time getting a cab so Larry was able to talk his way in, especially when we saw how many empty tables they had at 7:00.  Everybody ordered a different fish entre and they were good.

We did see one Coast Guard boat on the ICW today.  It was one of the large hard bottom inflatables with a small cabin.  Not long after we arrived at Golden Isle 2 US Army boats came in.  They were similar to the Coast Guard boat except they were inboards and a lot noisier.