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Planning to sail down to Charleston for good - seeking advice

I'm coming down from north Jersey and So far my float plan consists of notes of possible anchorages. I'm looking for some must see points of interest from any who has made the trip down the coast, and maybe some local suggestions about finding a cheap(er) marina in Charleston.
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Re: Planning to sail down to Charleston for good - seeking advice

get [skipper bobs] it will give you an outline
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Re: Planning to sail down to Charleston for good - seeking advice

"Skipper Bobs" is a great resource, but Active Captain online will show many more marinas. I like to stay at the Charleston Maritime Center for a short transient stay downtown, but for full time a slip at the St Johns Yacht Harbor on the Stono River is nice, though there are many others on Active Captain that I'm not familiar with. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Re: Planning to sail down to Charleston for good - seeking advice

I like the maritime center but will only dock there if I can get on the pier that runs perpendicular to the shore. I used to work on a tall ship that's berthed their and I saw many boats damaged from the wake of comercial traffic. You get the reflection of waves from the shore that can create very large waves in the marina. It's not often here, but if you get NE winds it can get pretty rough. I'd go for the City Marina, Cooper River Marina is the cheapest but it's kind of in the middle of nowhere. There's an anchorage just off the City Marina docks that has good holding, just don't go under the bridge to anchor, it turns to clay, there are a few moorings on the other side. St Johns Yacht Harbor is a few miles from town so you'd need a car. I haven't been there since it was taken private. There is a Marina in Folly beach that is pretty neat, and with a bike you could go to the downtown area, however it can be tricky to get to. It's pretty cheap. There are a few more options but personally I'd anchor out or use the City Marina. The Maritime Center and Cooper River have a 30 day limit on transients, last time I checked. Have fun!!!!!!
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Re: Planning to sail down to Charleston for good - seeking advice

Thanks. I'm actually moving to Charleston, so I'm looking for a permanent home. I liked the sound of Dolphin Cove because I'm planning to live aboard and the other marinas I've looked at online haven't made their policies on that sort of thing abundantly clear. BUT I don't want to have to deal with the bridges every time I want to go out so at present I'm still shopping. would you happen to know of a marina in the area that doesn't sweat live-aboards? I don't necessarily need the ritz-carlton, just some boards to tie the boat to really.

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Re: Planning to sail down to Charleston for good - seeking advice

I know people who live aboard at the City Marina and the Ashley Marina downtown. I'm pretty sure you can also live aboard at Folly marina and the one on the Stono
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