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Old 21-05-2008, 20:33   #1
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Cruising Advice for Georgia Coast?

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We are planning to set off from the Florida Keys late this year on a slow slog north and would like to spend some time cruising the coast of Georgia. Any advice on anchorages, shoreside destinations, experiences with the authorities (we read something about living aboard being illegal?), good marinas/fuel, etc. would be MOST appreciated. We skipped the entire state on our trip south from Boston and are excited to tuck away for some months this winter. We are cruising on a 33ft steel cutter, with 2 very young daughters- did the ICW from Boston to Marathon three years ago and are only now getting back to crusing life. This will be our new boat/new family shakedown. Thanks for your help!
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Old 22-05-2008, 03:51   #2
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Old 22-05-2008, 04:52   #3
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Having just passed through there a few weeks back, I say "good luck" to the authorities trying to find you!

There are more little creeks and nooks where you can camp out back in those waters than they could ever patrol without a satellite.

Just keep it moving and don't set up camp in some town for weeks at a time. There is enough there to explore for a nice long winter. It can get chilly (got heat?).

Being from Boston, you'll understand this:

The place is like Maine in a lot of ways, they just have their own confederate flag. Keep to yourself, don't make a spectacle, blend in, and you'll be able to stay the winter without incident.

You can anchor literally everywhere. Look at the chart. It's a twisting mass of creeks, nearly all deep enough to sneak into. Not so many marinas or organized places to deal with... more nature and lack of people in many great spots.

Someone had told me to skip it as well. I might have if I wasn't single handing on my ICW delivery. I'm glad I didn't miss it because it was one of the highlights of the trip.

I also recall complaining about the FL ICW on this board, saying how boring it was. Someone replied saying, "boring? wait until you get to Georgia!" Well, I guess we had different tastes. I loved Georgia and hated FL. Too many houses in FL. In parts of GA, you can't even see a building for days.


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Hello all-

We are planning to set off from the Florida Keys late this year on a slow slog north and would like to spend some time cruising the coast of Georgia. Any advice on anchorages, shoreside destinations, experiences with the authorities (we read something about living aboard being illegal?), good marinas/fuel, etc. would be MOST appreciated. We skipped the entire state on our trip south from Boston and are excited to tuck away for some months this winter. We are cruising on a 33ft steel cutter, with 2 very young daughters- did the ICW from Boston to Marathon three years ago and are only now getting back to crusing life. This will be our new boat/new family shakedown. Thanks for your help!
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I was told by one popular marina in Georgia (that will remain nameless) that they DO NOT allow live-a-boards because that is against Georgia Law. They went on to tell me that they DO however, allow extended transients. I'm not sure that Georgia's no live-a-board law has ever been enforced!
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The "Cruisers Net" at Cruisers' Net - Home has lots of good information too.

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Going in at St Marys Inlet (FL/GA border), you can up to Cumberland Island, a favorite stop of many. Staying inside, St Andrews Sound can be a bear to get across if wind and tide aren't right, and passing by Jekell Island past the bridge, be very careful to stay in the channel. Some really skinny water there. Golden Isle Marina at St Simons is a convienent stop, and they have a courtesy car, if you need to replenish.

I went back outside from there to the north end of Hilton Head Island. If you stay inside, you will be dealing with some very shallow areas. As mentioned above, Cruiser's Net will have good, up-to-date info along the way. Oh, and I found fuel to be rather expensive in GA.
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Anchor on the inside of Cumberland Island and dinghy into shore. It's an awesome place with wild horses and other creatures both on the interior and on the shoreline. Kids should love it.
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