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Captain Billy posted 02-19-2004 02:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for Captain Billy   Send Email to Captain Billy  
The first week of May we will be heading down from Charleston to Savannah. Has anyone spent any time tied up at the city dock in downtown Savannah? What hotels are in walking distance. Thanks
WhalerAce posted 02-20-2004 06:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     

A few years ago we took our 22 Outrage-WD to Savannah from Charleston. We tied up at the dock at the Hyatt. I make a big deal about the boat size because they had a minimum requirement of 25' to tie up at the dock (see, including the WhalerDrive, we made the 25'). I could kinda see why -- the flow of the river when the tide changes is phenomenal. A small boat, if not pointing the right way for the flow, could get swamped.

I thnk they also had a rather steep fee for mooring there - about $40, if I recall correctly.

But to answer your question, there are several hotels within walking distance of that dock, as well as all of the tourist area of downtown Savannah.

Hope this helps,


kingfish posted 02-20-2004 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Captain Billy-

Can't help you much about dockage at Savannah other than to tell you that the historic district is snuggled up pretty close to the waterfront, so is accessable from the docks.

Spent a couple of weeks with my Outrage 22 about 18 miles downriver at Tybee island, at the mouth of the Savannah River. Don't know what your itinerary is but there's a lot of great boating on the river, on the ICW and the various "creeks" between Savanah and Tybee. Great (I mean *really* great) laid back restaurant on Tybee called the Crab Shack; phenomenal seafood and low country boil, and is accessable by water, although you would need a very carefully detailed map and to be familiar with the tides. It is on a back water creek, but that is where I docked my boat while I was down there, and could get pretty directly to the Gulf below Tybee and to the river via the creek network once I learned the system.

Captain Billy posted 02-20-2004 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Captain Billy  Send Email to Captain Billy     
Thanks Ace and Kingfish,

We are going down with the Power Squadron, and will be spending 2 days in Savannah. Most of them will be staying in Bull River, but we want to be closer in to the city for the food and nightlife.

We will be on the Toy Too a 27’WA (little over 32’ w/bracket) so we will meet the minimum requirements. The Hyatt is $3.00 per foot per day. I called the city and they have a dock on the other side of the paddle wheelers (same side of the river) for a buck a foot. But they do not take reservations. She told me the dock was safe place to tie the boat.

According to Yahoo maps there is a Hampton Inn less than a block from the dock, so I guess we will try that.

If anybody else has any ideas I would love to hear them.

btw Kingfish, great website, mind if I put a link to it on mine?


lhg posted 02-20-2004 04:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Last time I went to Savannah, my Whaler got stolen, towed away from Hogan's Marina in Thunderbolt, and engines removed. Not going back. According to the cops, there's an outboard engine theft ring operating there. Keep an eye on her while there. We were staying at the Hyatt, too.
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 02-27-2004 11:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
I would not dock at the Savannah Riverfront since there is a mighty current flow, strong tide of 8' and it is about the trashiest water you'll ever see given all the commercial traffic. You'll have to sterilize your hull if you run up there.

You can check this site for more info.

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 02-27-2004 11:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    

VincentG posted 03-01-2004 08:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for VincentG  Send Email to VincentG     
Captain Billy,

There are plenty of hotels within walking distance - Hyatt, Radison and the Westin are the big ones. Many smaller ones and inns nearby as well. I would not want to dock anything under 40 feet for long because the current can be unreal and because of all the foot traffic coming by to see your boat. I would always want to have somebody on board to keep an eye on things.

I'd dock somewhere else (Isle of Hope Marina, Bull River Marina) and take a taxi downtown.

wayne baker posted 03-05-2004 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for wayne baker  Send Email to wayne baker     
There is one more dock on river street that has only been built in the last year or so it is a privately owned dock that I believe you can reserve by phone. The dock is gated with no trespassing signs at the top. they have water and power. I can get the number for you if you would like to call them. The worst thing I see about docking on the river is the wake put out by the commercial traffic. they do not consider this area no wake and small boats get tossed around Quite a bit on the docks.
lhg I believe your ring of thieves were caught several years ago operating out of near by Hardieville South Carolina.
Captain Billy posted 03-05-2004 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Captain Billy  Send Email to Captain Billy     
Wayne, That would be great! I will give them a call as soon as I get the number.
wayne baker posted 03-05-2004 04:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for wayne baker  Send Email to wayne baker     
Billy I do not know a name to look up in th ephone book but will get the number this weekend on way or another.
wayne baker posted 03-06-2004 02:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for wayne baker  Send Email to wayne baker     
I got the phone number off the sign at the parking lot on river street. It is owned by the same people who own the dock. The phone number is (912) 232-0600. My wife phoned the number to make share they could give you the information you need and the man informed her she would need to speak with "Big Management." He gave us this number (912) 232-4252 or (912)234-6604. The attendant also gave us the name Anthony S. Eicholz as a contact name in "Big Management"
Let know how if this is any help.
zotcha posted 03-06-2004 07:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Capt. Billy, Sunday, 3-7-04 would be a great day to contact the new convevtion center located directly across the river from River Street because the International Boat Show is winding down. I don't think there is lodging on Hutchinson Island, but it's a short taxi across the bridge. The show has some boats in the water advertised with finger piers that are only temporary. But it's worth a call. The bigger hotels on River Street should have information on the trade center and whether there is 24 hour security over there, etc.. Hope this may help. zot
Captain Billy posted 03-08-2004 04:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Captain Billy  Send Email to Captain Billy     
Thanks Zot and Wayne.
I called Big Management and spoke with Linda. They charge 2.50 a foot. If we use most of the space (125') they will let us have it for 1.50. I will talk to the group tonight. I feel better keeping the Toy Too there knowing they have a lockable
If yall have a chance, while we are there, I would like to meet up and buy ya a beer for the tip.
Thanks Billy

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