Dead calm this morning. We easily depart the face dock at Fernandina marina and head for St. Mary’s inlet; two miles away. This inlet is an easy one relatively; deep, well marked, wide, etc. I’m sure the Navy’s submarine base at Kings Bay has something to do with it. Weather looks good; little chance of rain, seas 3-4 feet every 6 seconds, winds 10-15. A beautiful day for a short offshore passage to Brunswick GA. The minute we exit the inlet some 5-6 miles out to sea and turn north we crossed into Georgia, passed north of St. Mary’s, and fulfilled our insurance obligations to be out of the hurricane zone. The ride is decent though somewhat lumpy and we set course for St. Simon inlet. We spend much of our time monitoring boat traffic and particularly shrimpers; they are out in force today. At least a dozen are out plowing the bottom scooping up shrimp. One has to pay careful attention to them as they can change course abruptly and they are dragging nets behind them. How far back is safe to cross? This keeps us entertained and we pass through the fleet without issue and finally arrive at the St. Simon inlet. We turn west and follow the markers another 5-6 miles with the seas subsiding as we enter and finally pass St. Simon lighthouse and turn south toward our destination Brunswick Landing Marina.

Brunswick Landing is a good hurricane hole; a long and deep channel yet is very protected. It was once used by the Navy to house ships during tropical storms and hurricanes. Although we arrive at high tide we are still surprised by the 30+ feet of water all the way into the marina. We are used to 8-10 feet. The marina has over 300 slips on 14 piers in this channel stretching for what seems like a mile. We tie up and get settled and check out the marina. We soon spot our friend”s Nordhavn 62 Tesla. We also visit with our friends on a Nordhavn 40 Kemo Sabe who have been a day or two ahead of us since we departed Cocoa Village Marina several days ago. We scope out the yacht club and facilities; not the caliber of Old Port Cove in Palm Beach but quite nice; the marina’s floating docks are always a plus….easier on and off the boat. As we’ve mentioned before, fixed docks can force us into some interesting gymnastics to get on and off the boat as the tide changes 4-6 feet while the dock stays put. We have a particular method of getting on the boat we’ve termed the Tivoli Tango….we are hoping nobody captures this act on a GoPro and posts on YouTube.

Brunswick is a quaint old Georgian town; broad tree-lined streets, cobblestone sidewalks, and charming architecture. Newcastle street has a series of small parks down its entire length with beautiful old oak trees, fountains, flowers and park benches to while away a lazy summer hour or two. But, like many of America’s small towns, it is suffering economically; many buildings are empty, shops closed, streets vacant. It is a shame to see such former splendor in decline.

Ours plans from here are a bit fluid. We have the entire summer to enjoy the east coast. We may rent a car and run back to Palm Beach to pick up our vehicle. We might possibly take a few days for a land trip. We have decided we will wait for good weather to run offshore overnight up to Charleston. The ICW in Georgia is notorious for shoaling so we would much prefer going offshore. Much less stress, deep water, and little traffic. In the meantime we will catch up with our snail mail here, do a bit of boat maintenance, explore nearby St. Simon and Jekyll islands, and relax.

2 thoughts on “Brunswick”

  1. Smart to go outside. GA nor SC are doing any dredging. It is wicked and skinny. Much better in NC with a few exceptions-so far. Just pulled into Morehead City Yacht Basin. Nice big slips, nice wide fairways. However shorter finger docks. I still haven’t backed into a slip. Wish I had here- might have worked nicely.
    Tugboat and Popeye aboard Keokuk

  2. Thanks for the update Keokuk, we will avoid SC too! We’ve been following your AIS track on At this rate you will be back in Michigan by July! Be safe!

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