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.
Originally Posted by john landrum
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!