I can tell you what we just did because we were in the same spot a few days ago. We draw 6'. I've been through the ICW in Georgia
and South Carolina and prefer to not go through that again. It is much nicer to stay in nice anchorages
waiting for good weather
. Then jump offshore and have a nice day in the ocean.
So far we've done:
1. Cumberland Island (great anchorage and fun place) to Saint Simons Sound:
This is a short, easy run - 40 miles or so. We anchored off Lanier Island. The town of Brunswick is about 5 miles further on the river.
2. St Simons Sound - Port Royal Sound:
This is a monster day for us - 95 miles (our general speed is 7.5 kts). This time of year there's a lot of daylight and you can leave before sunrise, especially from St. Simons Sound. We anchored off Hilton Head
for an easy departure the next morning. The traditional anchorage around there is on Skull Creek.
3. Hilton Head
to Charleston, SC:
This is where we are now - currently at the Charleston Maritime Center (excellent place - walking distance to everything in Charleston and reasonably priced). This is an 80 mile day and really wasn't bad at all.
We've been waiting for the weather
to settle a bit and are probably leaving Wednesday or Thursday. From here we're making an overnight jump to Beaufort
, NC. That'll hop over all the rest of the difficult ICW areas. From Beaufort
, NC, we stay inside through the Chesapeake.