The GA and SC Intercoastal Waterways have some unique problems. They have not continued dredging maintenance over the past few years and shoaling has caused many people to “bump the ground”. That is something we try to avoid at all cost. Also, tidal effect can vary as much as 8 ft from high to low tide. The low tide/shoaling combo can really ruin an otherwise great day on the water. So instead of jumping up in the mornings and cranking the engines through this area, we wait until we can cross the skinniest reported water about 2 hours before high tide. That way, if we happen to get “stuck” in that Georgia red mud, we have more water on its way to help us float off. Another solution is to run on the outside in the Atlantic Ocean. We will use both of these solutions at different times. It was a short 10 mile jump to St Simons Island today. We were joined by Bob & Deb on “Headquarters” at the Golden Isles Marina. The girls toured the island & shopped in the courtesy car while the boys cleaned & shined their boats. History lesson: Oglethorpe established GA 1st military outpost here at Ft Frederica 1736. This island’s oaks were milled to build “Old Ironsides” for the Revolutionary War. John Wesley founded the Methodist Church here in 1736. All this and it is a beautiful island.
We see another Birmingham, AL homeport boat on the dock. John & Claudia Porter are from Greystone in B’ham and they keep their boat here. So good to see people from home. Dinner with “Good News” & “Headquarters”. 6 AM departure time tomorrow to get up to the Savannah area. It’s going to be a long day on the water either way and we will make a decision early. Outside on the Atlantic or the ICW??????????? Stay tuned!!!