South to Savannah

Today’s travel was from Beaufort, SC to Savannah, GA. We’re overnighting on the hook in Turner Creek, near Savannah, GA. Tides are working against us, especially with the section of the ICW we’re transiting. The section from South Carolina through Georgia has a slew of marginal depth areas that we can only run at high tide. We passed over some of them earlier today without bumping, but the experience is unsettling at best. High tide occurs in the early morning hours now, so the bulk of our cruising time is done on both sides of a low tide. Since the area we’re moving through is so skinny, we’re opting to travel outside through Georgia. Our weather window looks really favorable, so we’ll head out Tybee Roads Inlet tomorrow afternoon and arrive at Fernandina Beach at daybreak Thanksgiving Day, just in time for the cruisers’ Thanksgiving at St. Mary’s GA. We’ve heard stories about the event, so since our time frame is right, we’ll see if we can make it there! This will be our first overnight run, so we’re a bit on edge, but it will be better than trying to time all the shoal areas with the tides. We’ll see how it works! We’ve picked up some pointers from other cruisers, most of whom seem to think it’s preferable to fighting tides and shoals.

Tomorrow morning we’ll backtrack a bit and head up the Savannah River, we’ll spend the day in Savannah sightseeing from the municipal dock, then head down the river and out Tybee Roads Inlet sometime after 3PM. We’ll make a slow run to time our arrival at Fernandina Beach at sunrise. It will be about a 125 mile run and abot 15+ hours. It will be a new experience.

Tonight promises to be a very quiet night, the winds have laid, and Turner Creek is mirror-calm.  On to Savannah in the AM.

6 Responses to “South to Savannah”

  1. Bill and Vivian on 26 Nov 2008 at 6:50 PM #

    Steve and Barb
    We heard that you got to say hello Ed and Shirley on Tally Ho in passing. Hope you get to meet then one of these days. Your overnight adventure sounds like a good one. I’ll be checking soon to read all about it. We never heard of the Thanksgiving day boaters party at St Marys. We’re anxious to read all about it.

  2. Faye on 26 Nov 2008 at 10:42 PM #

    Dear Barb and Steve,

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day in St Mary’s. I’m eager to hear all about it.

    I love your blog. The descriptions are excellent as I can visually imagine your adventures as I read them.

    Did you find any good Brunswick Stew during your GA treks?


  3. Anonymous on 27 Nov 2008 at 11:17 AM #

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Barb, loving your blog!!
    You’re killing me, I’m following it religiously and checking on Google Earth to see all the places.
    3 years, 11 months, 5 days and counting!!!
    Your friends from Vancouver,
    Bruce and Ida.

  4. Kelly Reider on 27 Nov 2008 at 11:36 AM #

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Does the oven on your boat cook a turkey??? ha ha

  5. maerin on 27 Nov 2008 at 10:56 PM #

    Yes, it really does, although we didn’t do one this year!

  6. Lisa on 28 Nov 2008 at 12:42 AM #

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    I hope you had a safe journey, sounds very exciting!
    We had a house full today 17, Nelson was home from ,he proposed to Katy , She said yes , probably not till fall of 2010, I think , he did a very nice job of picking a ring for her it was touching to hear him talk about his experience, his joy in picking this for her and his planning of the moment to “pop the ?”
    He is a great kid!I am very thankful for the blessings of children!
    It sounds like you are finally having some decent weather !Charleston pictures were gorgeous.
    I am anxious to hear about your Thanksgiving feast.
    It is so great that you guys worked your plan and stuck to it!
    I hope Molly is better, and you have some smooth cruising now and mother nature shines on your travels a little more Kindly Miss you love Lisa