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Old 03-20-2013
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Re: Headed North...

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Originally Posted by T37SOLARE View Post
Did you go inside through GA or outside? If you went inside, I want the details.
I took a full-keeled draft of 5' thru most of Georgia a couple of weeks ago... It was blowing a near-gale out of the west, producing the most extreme blow-out tides/lowest water I'd ever seen in Georgia before, yet I still ran thru 2 low tides with little problem...

Left Harbour Town on Hilton Head about 0400, at dead low water... Their basin has silted in quite badly, the floating docks opposite the fuel docks/lighthouse were high and dry, and I barely made it out...

No problems until the entrance to Fields Cut approaching the Savannah River crossing, where I bumped once... Hell Gate seemed like it might have been dicey at dead low with my draft, but still passable...

By late afternoon, approaching Altamaha Sound, I was at dead low water again... I had already encountered two tugs/barges aground near Creighton Narrows, but still found plenty of water to pass... I figured there was no way I was gonna make it thru the Little Mud River (probably the single worst spot in recent years) at such low water, but I did (leaving a bit of a furrow in the bottom, no doubt) No further problem down to Golden Isles Marina, where I arrived at around 2030, then running outside the following day... I'd brought 6' thru the known trouble spot in Jekyll Sound last spring at close to low water, however, so it's certainly do-able...

Really no problems at all, so in my experience I'd suggest that the difficulties of transiting the ICW through Georgia at the present time have been overstated to a considerable degree...
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