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TC posted 02-06-2007 05:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for TC   Send Email to TC  

I have been pursuing my other obsession lately ( old Land Cruisers ) and haven't been around for a while, but it is spring break plannig time again! Last year I took the family and the Montauk to Sanibel Island, FL and has a great time thanks in part to pointers from you guys. This year we want to try one or both of the above cities combining siteseeing with whaler fun time. Any body know of small marinas with motels or cottages near Charleston or Savannah? Web surfing has not turned up anything yet. In Sanibel, we stayed at a cool little marina cottage where we could see our boat in the slip. It was perfect for our vacation. Thanks in advance.

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 02-06-2007 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Beaufort, SC will be a better choice than Savannah, stay at the public marina, downtown marina, hotel across the street, site of Whaler get-togethers, small town has a lot of ambiance.I rate this 4 stars!
Scott Grey posted 02-06-2007 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
Do you remenber the name of the place you stayed on Sanibel Island? Ft. Myers is about 4 yours [?] from my house and I have an aunt in Ft. Myers we visit, it would be nice to have a place to stay with the boat. She's only 15 minutes from Sanibel.
kingfish posted 02-06-2007 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
We stayed at a condo (plenty of them) on Tybee Island at the mouth of the Savannah River, 18 miles downstream from Savannah. Slipped the boat at the Crab Shack Restaurant and marina on Tybee, on one of the creeks that go to the river one way and to the Gulf the other way. Maybe 2 or 3 miles from the condo to the boat, but it worked out pretty well. It was about a 50 mile run by boat to Beaufort; phenominal boating all over the place!


zotcha posted 02-06-2007 08:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
TC, I am located between both, the mainland to Hilton Head Island. Plenty of water around and perfect for a Whaler. Search jimh posts from last year or the year before for photo documentation. Slightly expensive bed and breakfasts in Beaufort. Slightly expensive hotels anywhere around area.

My suggestion would be Hunting Island State Park, just north of Beaufort. Oceanfront but if legal, so shallow you can launch and retrieve from beach with 4X4. They have really cool rentable cottages by the week, also camping at north end of park. SC State Parks. E-mail me for anything I can do to help. zot.

jimh posted 02-06-2007 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Please use TRIPS & RENDEZVOUS for trip planning. There you will find my report on my visit to the area you are interested in, as well as a link to many photographs.

A little organization keeps the website from turning into a total mess.

Here is a link to follow:

bms1939 posted 02-06-2007 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for bms1939  Send Email to bms1939     
The Charleston area is a great place to visit with a small boat. There are lots of condos on the inercoastal waterway, an internet search should turn up plenty of places to stay. The sight seeing in the Charleston Harbor area is unbelievable,there are beautiful homes, beaches,and a ton of small creeks to explore. Check out Fort Sumpter, a civil war fort, and the old aircraft carrier museum. A ride up the Cooper River to the Sante Cooper lakes would be unforgetable. At the end of the river there is a lock that lifts you into Lake Moultrie, you can then go through a canal into Lake Marion. These two lakes are huge, you almost think your in the ocean when your on them. Good luck with your trips!
stickman posted 02-06-2007 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for stickman  Send Email to stickman     
Let me know if you settle on Chalreston and I'll give you more specifics. What was your desired daily rate? How many people?
stickman posted 02-06-2007 10:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for stickman  Send Email to stickman     
Yes I meant Charleston, like above reply meant Fort Sumter.
TC posted 02-06-2007 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for TC  Send Email to TC     
Scott- The place was called Castaway's Marina and cottages on the North end of Sanibel.
Mumbo Jumbo posted 02-06-2007 11:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mumbo Jumbo  Send Email to Mumbo Jumbo     
Charleston has been called the Athens of the New World. A beautiful, historic city that has much to offer. If I were you, I would consider lodging in Beaufort, boating in the Beaufort area, and day trips to Charleston to see its many charms. Port Royal Landing Marina in Beaufort is a nice operation and usually has a few slips available. Lots of good public ramps available in the Beaufort area for launching as well. Savannah is a poor third choice, period.
jimh posted 02-07-2007 01:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Moved all of this great advice about trips to Charleston, Savannah, and Ft. Myers to TRIPS & RENDEZVOUS discussion.
jimh posted 02-07-2007 08:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
One caution about boating around Beaufort, South Carolina: there is a large tide range.
zotcha posted 02-07-2007 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Yes. 6.5 to 9 feet every six hours. Had to get out and walk 15 over a sandbar in 6" of water yesterday. Amazing thing is we were sight fishing for Reds. Can't do that many months a year here! zot.
TC posted 02-14-2007 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for TC  Send Email to TC     
Thanks guys- I booked a cottage on Edisto Island right on the ocean. I'm really looking forward to it and will snap some whaler pictures.
runpasthefence posted 02-14-2007 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for runpasthefence  Send Email to runpasthefence     
If you'd like, I'd be happy to show you around the Charleston area waterways. There's a lot to see and do in the area via Whaler. I live on James Island, email me at if you'd like some advice or a guide.


TC posted 02-15-2007 12:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for TC  Send Email to TC     
Thanks, Mick,I'll email you.

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