07/13/2011, Skull Creek Marina
From Jeckyll Island we have carefully wound our way through Georgia. We have travelled through the shallower sections at high or near high tide and we made it through without touching ground. The anchorages and for that matter the marinas can be quite buggy and repellant is a must. We stopped in Brunswick GA to have an alternator checked then anchored three nights before getting into Savannah.
We toured the city and checked out a museum and two historic homes. We checked out the shopping on River Street, which was primarily mostly T shirts and trinkets. We ate more ice cream than we should have due to the extreme heat. The moorage in Savannah is expensive and we found it very bumpy due to the constant ship and tug traffic on the river. There were no pump outs in Savannah and the marina had no facilities so we cut our visit short and left after two nights. We are in Skull Creek Marina tonight catching up on e-mail, laundry, etc.
07/06/2011, Jekyll Island
Our journey continued on from Jacksonville Beach and was going well untill we were in sight of our mooring buoy at Fernandina Beach. Coming around a sharp turn I didn't go close enough to the marks and ran hard aground. We were stuck real good. After much effort we were able to get the boat turned around and by backing up (about 1' initially) and goosing it forward we finally broke free. My confidence shaken we carried on to our mooring.
Our next stop was to be St. Mary's GA. We anchored in front of the town and spent 5 days resting and checking out Cumberland Island on a boat tour.
Now vowing to take it easy, we will be transiting some of the hardest sections of the ICW for the next several days on our way to Savannah GA. Starting here in Jekyll Island we will only be travelling at high tides.
06/29/2011, Jacksonville, FL
My first blog could be quite long but I'll make it brief. We purchase our Beneteau 351 in Punta Gorda and are heading for the Chesapeake for the summer. We hired a delivery captain to help us get the boat around the bottom of FL. and up to Holly Wood, FL. This proved to be a wise decision as we had several problems relating to a poorly maintained boat. Captain Charlie was invaluable in getting things sorted out.
We started out from Punta Gorda and took a mooring buoy at Naples,anchored at Cape Sable, Key Largo, Key Biscane, marina in Holly Wood, anchored at Boca Rotan, Hobie Sound, Wabasso Bridge, Cocao, New Symrna Beach,and St. Augustines. Tonight we are in Beach Marine in Jacksonville Beach enjoying our A/C.
Will try to post weekly providing more details of our adventure.