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09-08-2014 04:46 PM
Cap-Couillon
Re: Charleston to Savannah- inside or outside?

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You're heading south. If you're going further than GA skip Savannah and go Charleston to St. Mary's River (Cumberland Island, Fernandina Beach).
I will second that... I will be stopping in Savannah headed south, but only because I have friends and business there. 8 miles upriver to the city docks, anchorages are few with pluff mud bottoms and heavy tidal currents. Remember the 8' tides if you anchor at high tide. Can lead to embarrassment at low tide.

If you are headed further south, you certainly (in my opinion) want to go outside to St Mary's inlet. Slowvannah to Fernandina Beach is an easy run on the outside, and the inside is a bear around the Mud River.

Charleston to Savannah outside is around 75 miles (C-bouy to C-bouy) but not many good entrances in between so pick your weather. Generally an easy run, but time you arrival for day light as Tybee Roads entrance can be confusing at night. Good marker chain, but lots of zigs and zags, and submerged breakwalls on the north side of the inner channel around Tybee Island.

Personally, I am hoping the weather will allow me to pop outside from the Cape Fear river and run all the way to Savannah. Lots of bailouts (Little River, Georgetown, Charleston) and it avoids several problem stretches on the ditch and the dearth of anchorages from the "rock pile" to the Waccamaw river. Just personal choice for moi.
09-08-2014 02:12 PM
bvander66
Re: Charleston to Savannah- inside or outside?

Lots of skinny spots along ICW in Ga, but big tides so just watch the tide tables.
We have done it numerous times with 6' draft. So many great places to anchor.
If visiting Savannah, then continue south cross the river and stop around Isle of Hope (Thunderbolt or Isle of Hope Marinas) take bus or cab into Savannah.
Savannah water front is nice from shore but docking along the wall is very bumpy (freighter terminal west of town) and run up river can be super slow, especially if tide is unfavorable.
01-02-2014 09:32 PM
ltgoshen
Re: Charleston to Savannah- inside or outside?

Thanks for the information. I draw 5'
01-02-2014 02:10 PM
CapnChuck
Re: Charleston to Savannah- inside or outside?

CD28. Info on your boat such as draft, is a little thin. Georgia has some very shallow spots along the ICW route that will need to be transited mid to high tide depending on your draft. Of course you won't have those issues offshore. I would suggest looking at the Cruisers Net website for details. Having said that, we would not miss traveling through Georgia. The waterway is peaceful and beautiful. There are many, many anchorages to stop for the night or wait for the tides. You decide. Chuck
01-02-2014 01:48 PM
ltgoshen
Re: Charleston to Savannah- inside or outside?

Can I make that in 1 day?
01-02-2014 12:16 PM
Vasco
Re: Charleston to Savannah- inside or outside?

You're heading south. If you're going further than GA skip Savannah and go Charleston to St. Mary's River (Cumberland Island, Fernandina Beach). Much easier than cutting back in to Savannah. Unless you really want to go all the way up the river and visit the old Savannah waterfront you wont miss much.
01-02-2014 09:46 AM
ltgoshen
Re: Charleston to Savannah- inside or outside?

I live in Beaufort SC, and have been working on my experience near-shore. I want to make 4 or 5 trips this year. I may do Race week the week of the 11th April in Charleston. I would like to do both the ICW and the near shore route. What happens to the current between the the inlet to the Broad river / St, Helena and Charleston Inlet? I have experience with the extreme flow coming and going at Port Royal. I'm just not experienced between the cuts and don't know what to expect between. I use the flow to help in my navigation, "leave with the tide- return with the tide" It is almost always a southerly wind blowing will I have to beat the whole way back or do I just motor the whole way?
Sorry for so many questions.
Thanks for your help.
LT,
05-30-2012 07:16 PM
adams3287
Re: Charleston to Savannah- inside or outside?

I made the offshore trek last year in a 32 Islander from Canaveral, FL to Charleston then outside again to Beaufort, NC. You're biggest consideration is the weather window, we were becalmed for about half of our journey to Charleston but it was still nice, spotted dolphins all the way! If you have the equipment, experience and the weather is with you, the outside is always fun (in my book), but I will note that some of the prettiest scenery I had to take in was through the ICW in Carolina.
05-16-2012 10:54 PM
souljour2000
Re: Charleston to Savannah- inside or outside?

Damn..beezer..is that a typo or do you really have over 14,000 posts in 10 years...?..Sorry...I don't think I or anyone could improve on your appraisal of the trip from Charleston to Savannah...
05-16-2012 10:26 PM
PBzeer
Re: Charleston to Savannah- inside or outside?

Mostly depends on if you want to sail or motor.

There's several ways to make the trip. And I should note, I've never gone into Savannah, I always go to the north end of Hilton Head Island.

3 days on the ICW. Anchor at Tom's Point, then Beaufort, then Savannah.

A long day, with a dawn start to the north end of Hilton Head (10 -11 hours at 5.5 knots) I'd rather put in my long day at the beginning. From Skull Creek (where I anchor) you can motor around the back side of Hilton Head down to Tybee Roads. You could also go to the South End and grab a marina, time permitting.

Leave Charleston late afternoon and overnight to Savannah.
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