I've been anchored in Georgetown
, SC for a few days now.
The anchorage is full of sailboats. There's little room between the boats, maybe 40'. half the boats are moored and half are anchored with varying scopes from 2:1 to 4:1. Large sections of the anchorage are very shallow, leaving maybe 2' of water
at low tide. It's very protected! The water
is always dead calm. In fact, too protected, cause there's almost no breeze that gets here, so my wind-generator is rarely even moving, and the 90 degree temperatures are very hot.
No biting horseflies so far. A few flies, but, I only recently took out the trash, so, it's reasonable.
does offer a free dinghi dock
, w/ many trashcans nearby! The Icehouse store will fill up your LPG bottles at about $15. It's a mile walk to the Icehouse. They also sell tons of fishing
supplies & live mud-minnows, but those aren't cheap
This anchorage is in the Sampit river which is loaded with fish
, not that I'd want to eat them. The paper mill, being so nearby, makes the air stink about 1/8th of the time. Research
found that this mill releases much more stuff into the water than all the other mills in the US, & there's a steel
mill next to the anchorage as well. The Sampit's water is brackish & brown. I wouldn't even consider washing
my clothes in it. The laundrymat is a good 2.5 mile hike & half of it is along a busy road. The Piggly Wiggley is along that route
too, about 1.3 miles away. They offer some great hot food
, but no dining area to sit down & eat it, so, you'll be walking a good while w/ a hot meal before you can rest your feet & eat it.
Georgetown has many museums & I highly recommend the Gullah museum, but keep in mind they do accept donations, but are worth it.
There's live music
every other week, right across from the anchorage & it's a great selection, songs
of love, James Taylor, & the female singer reaches those touching, moving notes just right. Be sure to complement them & tip.
The liveaboards here are friendly. Many use paddles. There's a kiddy boat class near the anchorage too, so you get to see these cute toddlers trying to sail, throwing balls at each other while sailing & ramming into each other. It's a ball.
I've caught a few fish
here, easily. The place is teaming w/ fish, probably because no one wants to catch or eat them. The ones I caught looked gross. The catfish's barbels (whiskers) were only 1/2 inch long. I threw all the fish I caught back. I don't plan on being anchored here long, cause I prefer to eat my catch. I cannot afford not too.
I probably shouldn't comment on the noise
level, cause most other boaters will probably not get nearly as much as I do. Lets face it, I need some earplugs, however, there is a lot of major construction work being done at the paper mill right accross the anchorage. There's a huge pile of rubbage that probably is loaded w/ asbestos, and on weekdays there's always a bunch of big machines moving that rubbish around. So, yes, noise
, honks, & God knows what is in the air from that. It seems like a really nice town. There are many African Americans in Georgetown & a good many of the males like to lift
weights & are huge. I feel quite safe here. I'm pretty huge too though. The laundromat cost me about $5.00 for a load washed & dried, and the clothes came out sparkling clean. So much cleaner than hand-washing.
I hope you found my review helpful. I think Georgetown is well worth checking out, but, I wouldn't want to live here unless absolutely neccissary, simply cause of the air, water, & fish issues. I woundn't even want to collect rainwater here, so, it's a good place to dump the garbage, load up on LPG, do laundry
, get groceries & take off to a cleaner place.