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2001 ICW Leg 19-20 Thunderbolt thru Georgia to Jekyll MM684

Transiting the Sounds of Georgia and Anchoring in the Wahoo River


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

We are starting to transit the Sounds, Bays, and Rivers of Georgia where there are eight foot tides. Claiborne Young warns the boater very sternly to be sure that they have to be sure they have sufficient supplies and fuel to get through this section of the Georgia ICW. There are very few services. It's very flat land (little wind protection) with big tides and currents.

Monday 19 November 2001 - Leaving Palmer Johnson

I had a little trouble casting off. This time I got the line off the cleat in a timely manner, but they had insisted that we put the fenders out parallel to the dock instead of vertical, and one of them got caught on the pier backing out. Bob powered forward and we touched the motor trawler in front of us. We waited while the owner looked, but he couldn't find any mark where we had done it. So we left.

As we passed the Herb River where we anchored last year a blue ketch named WITCH DOCTOR came out and followed us down to Skidaway Narrows Bridge. A boat named STEELAWAY called us on the radio and asked about our furler. (All three of our sails furl - not only the jib which normally furls and the staysail, but also the main which furls behind the mast.)
Houses along the water -Isle of Hope

Houses along the water -Isle of Hope


We passed Isle of Hope where we had seen a friend at the marina last year, but there wasn't anyone we knew either at the anchorage or at the marina this year. We are getting into long stretches where we don't see anything but grasses with an occasional tree.
Typical landscape in Georgia sounds

Typical landscape in Georgia sounds


The gulls sit on the osprey nests or on the solar panels that run the lighted ATONs.
Shrimp boat

Shrimp boat


The power boat MEANDER passed us again (for about the 3rd day), and a very large power boat named CALYX with the man on the bridge talking on the cell phone and not paying any attention, and also the trawler tug KNOCK OFF that we saw up at Barefoot. SEA YA calls back to us and tells us that she sees otters playing around, but all I see are mud plumes in the water. The winds were light, and we put up the staysail. AMERICAN EAGLE, the small cruise ship passed us going north
AMERICAN EAGLE (a small cruise ship) in Georgia Sounds

AMERICAN EAGLE (a small cruise ship) in Georgia Sounds


and then SEA YA went into Cattlepen Creek to anchor.
Shrimp boat with nets

Shrimp boat with nets


We were followed by a catamaran that anchored in Moon River. Moon River is too shallow for us.

We were passed for a second time by a black power boat named BLACK something (Swan?) which tows the dinghy on a very long line - longer than our boat. So when he passes us, we can't cut in right behind him to avoid his wake or we will get caught in his dinghy tow rope.. Later, we mentioned him to Norm and Jan and Jan said that Norm had spoken to him about towing his dinghy that way. Others have also had a problem - he pays no attention. Very inconsiderate.

When we came to Hell Gate, we passed what appeared to be a cable laying barge with two tugs. They apparently also had a diver down.
Dredge

Dredge


We went on down to the Wahoo River (MM 630), and anchored up the river about 1.25 miles in 16+ feet of water after 47 miles. There is someone anchored way up the river just up by the trees, and TRUE LOVE (Bob talked to him in Beaufort SC) came in and anchored too. He's single handing.

Since we can't get all the way through from Thunderbolt / Savannah to Jekyll Island in one go we have to stop somewhere. After the first trip when we went to Kilkenny Creek Marina (Richmond Hill, GA) and then anchored north of Little St. Simon Island, we've always anchored in the Wahoo River. It has enough depth so that we are in no danger of going aground even at low tide, and it is wide enough so that if we swing, we won't end up on a bank.
Anchorage on the Wahoo

Anchorage on the Wahoo


You have to leave the ICW (being careful not to cut across the point where it is shallow) and go up the river - some people go all the way up to the island to anchor in the shelter of the bluff, but we don't usually do that.

Dolphins come in and play in the river and you can hear the shrimp clicking through the hull.

Tuesday, 20 November 2001

We pulled the anchor and were underway about 7:20. The boat way up the river proved to be WITCH DOCTOR - they came down and passed us. We passed a very large motor yacht and also a small cruise ship called NANTUCKET CLIPPER (with very smoky engines)
Nantucket Clipper cruise ship

Nantucket Clipper cruise ship


coming north. In Altamaha Sound, we saw a shrimp boat named STRUGGLER towing a barge.
STRUGGLER with barge

STRUGGLER with barge



As we came across the Brunswick River and turned down into the creek by Jekyll Island,
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we saw WITCH DOCTOR anchored in what appeared to be a very bad place - near a lot of riprap. Later, I saw a SeaTow boat darting around at random in the inlet. Still later, saw WITCH DOCTOR being towed west.

We turn down the East River and we can see the millionaire's "Clubhouse"
67362391739696-Clubhouse_fro..01_Georgia.jpgClubhouse - Disappearing behind trees

Clubhouse - Disappearing behind trees


as we pass the Jekyll Wharf Marina docks
Docks

Docks



After 50 miles, we tied up at the Jekyll Harbor Marina MM 684.3 and got fuel by about 3:45. Bob complains that none of the deck hands know how to put a line on a cleat. They just keep wrapping it around, as if that would do it. The docks are all floating face docks, and they put us on the fuel dock pointing north toward the bridge. Depending on the wind and current, it can be hard to get to. It is in the shadow of the fixed bridge. One of the things that seems to be pretty common along the ICW, and it is true of Jekyll Island also is that when the old draw bridges are removed, the shore ends of the bridges are left in place. This is not only cheaper (because they don't have to pay people to knock them down and haul the debris away), but gives fisherman a ready made 'fishing pier'
Looking under the new bridge toward Brunswick

Looking under the new bridge toward Brunswick


A little power boat with no name from MD (the owner said he was vacillating between naming it after his girl friend or his grandson, so was calling it ERIN D) that was in Thunderbolt across the dock from us is also here.
At the gas dock near the bridges

At the gas dock near the bridges


Jekyll Harbor Marina is $1.25/ft plus $4 for 30 amp. They let you have a courtesy car to go to market but the grocery story is pretty puny - almost no fresh veggies. They have an outside pay phone with a data port, but no 110 outlet, so since my laptop battery won't hold a charge I either have to use the dockmaster's phone (when his office is open) or run an extension cord, which gives the restaurant manager a heart attack because he's afraid that one of the old people will trip and sue him. I haven't had a chance to use the pool.
Dusk

Dusk


They have a nice little restaurant (Sea Jay's Waterfront Cafe) with good service and not too expensive. Inside there is a bar, and you can seat yourself where you can watch TV or not.
Inside Sea Jay's

Inside Sea Jay's


They have a signature buffet (all you can eat) dish called Low Country Boil which includes shrimp, corn, potatoes and sausage for $14.95@, but Bob feels like there's too little shrimp and I think there's too much sausage, so we don't get it.
SeaJay's menu

SeaJay's menu


Bob can't understand with all the shrimping going on how come shrimp is so expensive. Local shrimp was almost 9$/lb. Our bill was $39.66, but that included a big serving of Brunswick stew which we took back to the boat. I got it in case we had to eat on the boat at Thanksgiving.
SeeJay's Sunset Dinner specials

SeeJay's Sunset Dinner specials


My all time favorite is the Brunswick stew (there are three places in the US named Brunswick - Maine, Virginia and Georgia - and they all claim Brunswick stew - I have had Brunswick stew in NC which I assume is the Virginia kind. I like the Georgia kind). The following is the “official recipe” distributed by the Georgia visitors bureau.
Jekyll Island's version of Brunswick stew

Jekyll Island's version of Brunswick stew


Start with the following ingredients:
1 3-lb. chicken,
1 lb. lean pork,
1 lb. lean beef, and
3 medium onions, chopped.

Place meat in large, heavy pot. Season with salt, pepper. Add onions and cover with water. Cook slowly until meat falls from bones (several hours). Remove from heat and allow to cool. Tear meat into shreds and return to stock.

Add:
4 cans (16 oz.) tomatoes,
5 T. Worcestershire sauce,
1½ bottles (14 oz.) catsup,
1 T. Tabasco sauce,
2 bay leaves,
½ bottle (12 oz.) chili sauce,
½ t. dry mustard,
½ stick butter.

Cook 1 hour, occasionally stirring to prevent sticking.

Add:
3 T. vinegar,
2 cans (16 oz.) small limas or butter beans,
2 cans (16 oz.) cream-style corn,
1 can small English peas
(3 small diced Irish potatoes and box of frozen, sliced okra—optional).

Cook slowly until thick.

Serve in a bowl with barbecue or fried shrimp.

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