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Old 04-05-2011, 09:54   #1
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Savannah, GA . . . Worth it ?

We are working our way north and considering the run in to Savannah, GA...local knowledge?...city dock? etc. TIA
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Re: Savannah, GA...worth it?

Don't know about boating but the old town is very pretty. It has a bit of that old south New Orleans, French Quarter feel complete with the huge old oak trees with spanish moss, very Gone With the Wind. It's a good place to hang out for a while but is brutally hot and muggy in the summer like the rest of the SE. Does your boat have AC? Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil was filmed there. BOB
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Re: Savannah, GA...worth it?

it is worth it but there is no city dock. the closest marinas are thunderbolt or isle of hope .. both nice places with anchorages too. the city itself is best done on foot. you can cover it all in a day. i lived there in 2005 and enjoyed my time there very much. also hope to go back in the near future.
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I think so. If you go up the Savannah River to the waterfront, there's a city dock where you can dock for 3hrs for free or overnight for $1.50/ft with water & electric. It's first come first serve. The only caveat is if they have one of the little cruise ships coming in, you won't be allowed to stay overnight. This was the case when I stopped there recently. Call (912) 651-3634 to find out in advance. If it's available then you're right there on the historic waterfront and can walk around historic Savannah. I've enjoyed it when I've stayed there in the past. You will want to time your arrival with the tide as the current can be quite strong. Enjoy!
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Re: Savannah, GA . . . Worth it ?

Open a free account on ActiveCaptain and you will find good information and user reviews of riverside facilities in Savannah.

FWIW...
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Re: Savannah, GA . . . Worth it ?

While you are there, you have to have lunch at Mrs. Wilks Boarding House. We Had the oppertunity once and we still compare most meals out to Mrs Wilks.
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Re: Savannah, GA . . . Worth it ?

Savannah is a beautiful, historic city. Take one of the architectural walking tours. Magnificent! Isle of Hope is a very nice facility, in a neighborhood with very nice, easy walks. They have loaner cars that make getting into town for shopping or dining quite convenient.

Warning: if the temps and humidity are right, the no-see-ums are a force to be reckoned with. If you have bug screens, put them up before they hit. They won't give you any chance once they're out.

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Re: Savannah, GA . . . Worth it ?

If you haven't passed Savannah yet let me know. I lived there for over 25 years. Now on my boat in the BVI. My sister lives downtown Savannah and would be glad to meet you and give you current information. Tides are 6 to 8 feet and very strong currents. I lived in Thunderbolt and docked on the river. DON'T underestimate the No-Seeums and gnats.
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Re: Savannah, GA...worth it?

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it is worth it but there is no city dock. the closest marinas are thunderbolt or isle of hope ......
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I think so. If you go up the Savannah River to the waterfront, there's a city dock where you can dock for 3hrs for free or overnight for $1.50/ft with water & electric. It's first come first serve. The only caveat is if they have one of the little cruise ships coming in, you won't be allowed to stay overnight. This was the case when I stopped there recently. Call (912) 651-3634 to find out in advance. If it's available then you're right there on the historic waterfront and can walk around historic Savannah. I've enjoyed it when I've stayed there in the past. You will want to time your arrival with the tide as the current can be quite strong. Enjoy!
We came in on a Friday afternoon of a 3 day weekend, and were able to stay Saturday... had a GREAT time. It is amazing that even with the large ship traffic the wakes were significant, but not terrible.

FWIW,

We were told by more then one person they never see sailboats come up the river... it was not a long way out of the way, but well worth it. IMHO. The river boat was there when we were, but there was PLENTY of room.



Faith at the city dock, Savannah GA. (couple more pictures here).
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Re: Savannah, GA . . . Worth it ?

Stopped at isle of hope last week. The no see ums where bad, but the horse flies where worst and largest I have ever seen. Great stop though!
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Stopped at isle of hope last week. The no see ums where bad, but the horse flies where worst and largest I have ever seen. Great stop though!
This may have ben addressed elsewhere but in Maryland on Smith Island, famous for the no-seeums and huge green flies, the watermen use Avon "Skin so soft" and it keeps them off.

ps: However, 4 guys coated in Avon Skin So Soft in a cabin on a hot night can be a bit much. No wonder the flies stay away.
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Re: Savannah, GA . . . Worth it ?

Ha, Yes skin so soft is highly recommended in savannah and it should be available at just about every gorcery store there too. I lived there for over 25 years and learned to sail there on the back river behind Tybee Is. The sand gnats are bad april/may but then die back a little. Of course then the Mosquito swarms come out in june / july ;-).
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