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Old 06-29-2020, 07:58 PM
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Default Visiting Hilton Head w/boat

Heading to Hilton Head for vacation in a few weeks with the boat.

Any sites to see or tips anyone can provide from prior experience?

Would like to travel to Savannah one day, maybe Charleston. Docks in Savannah public?

With C-19 most activities will be planned around the boat.

Thanks in advance.
Old 06-29-2020, 08:18 PM
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Just did this the other day. Kept the boat In a slip at south beach 144 for 3 days. Went to Savannah one day. Be careful the river is pretty crazy at times. We parked on the dock on river street and were in town about 5 hours. I’ve heard Sometimes they ticket tho. What kind of boat?
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21 Parker Deep V. Did you run outside to Savannah or inside? Plenty to see tooling around Hilton Head?
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We ran ICW. Took about 30 minutes. We were in a 21 foot as well. Around HHI, you can do dufaski one day, down town Bulffton, harbor town, salty dog, shelter cove. Tons of good areas. Where y’all staying?
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I take my 21 Keywest every year and keep it at Harbortown for the week.

Plenty to do. Other than fishing they’re plenty of dolphin to see in Sound and Broad Creek.

Do yourself a favor and make a day out of it going to Beaufort SC for lunch and kicking around. About an hour by boat depending on cruise speed. Great free public dock. Just watch the marine forecast as Port Royal Sound can get a little snotty. Was there Memorial Day week. Coming back to HHI it became 4’ at 6 seconds. Lot of fun (sarcasm). Great seafood restaurant in Port Royal near Beaufort with free dock as well.

Check which day Shelter Cove does the fireworks. Take the boat up broad creek that night and watch the show. It’s worth it.

Savannah waterfront and docking can get rough depending on barge traffic. Take double the amount of fenders if you want to avoid boat damage.

If you want to rough it one day you can go to Daufuski Island for lunch or drinks but it’s not my thing. Again good free dock there but current can be strong on certain tides.

If you’ve never boated in the area before I would sign up for a year of Navionics map on phone or boat system. It’s always treated me well and kept me off the oyster bed and sand bars. Some really shallow water at places you wouldn’t expect. I’d also sign up for towboatus or seatow. Both seem equally good. I’d pic whichever was best on my home waters.

Have fun.
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Couldn’t second the navionics recommendation enough. As said above also, tide swings are pretty big so keep an eye out.
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Originally Posted by samuelstarkey323 View Post
Couldn’t second the navionics recommendation enough. As said above also, tide swings are pretty big so keep an eye out.

Good point on the tides. Those 7’-8’ tide swings always blow my mind. The dock ramps get steep walking up at dead low tide with a cooler full or fish. Lol.

Wish someone could explain to me why they seem so much more extreme in HHI than other SC areas.
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I would be interested to know the same.
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From HHI you can reach Downtown Savannah and dock up, but like what was said above, bring double bumpers due to barge traffic. My opinion is that it is not worth it to go there to dock up. A bunch of the well known places were listed above. The tides look really good for a sandbar day and we will be out around May River then Skull Creek for supper. Feel free to PM me for a few easy to reach sand bars that are also close restaurants and bars.
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Thanks for all the recommendations. Wasnt planning on Beaufort but added it to the list. I have an Garmin 942 with the coastal mapping. Checking out May River now. Keep the recs coming.
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Originally Posted by Boat Junkie View Post
Good point on the tides. Those 7’-8’ tide swings always blow my mind. The dock ramps get steep walking up at dead low tide with a cooler full or fish. Lol.

Wish someone could explain to me why they seem so much more extreme in HHI than other SC areas.
It is called the LowCountry for a reason. A lot of water coming from inland via rivers and streams. We are also pretty far West on the East Coast. The incoming tide builds up against the outgoing rivers and streams. Our topography is also different than most areas. We have deep (50'+) in the sounds and then we have areas that are 10' or less a few miles off shore. If you're new to the area and you want to venture around, follow the crab pots. They are always in enough water to keep them covered at low tide. Also make sure your MFD has the newest update.

OP. I would stay out of the Savannah River. A lot of debris to hit in there. Daufuskie & Beaufort are great day trips. You can even rent golf carts and drive around on Daufuskie for the day. The public dock in Bluffton is closed and being rebuilt. Shelter Cover has cancelled their fireworks for the year. If you venture up Broad Creek keep in mind it is a no wake zone for the full length. There are about 12 restaurants you can visit by boat South of Port Royal Sound and as mentioned PRS can get boiling with the wrong wind and tide combination.

There are two sandbars in the May River. One is PG rated and is just up stream from the Alljoy Landing. The other is up past the Bluffton Oyster Company and is G rated. There is also a more R rated sandbar in Beaufort very close to Downtown.

Edit: Charleston is a bit of a ride. Depending on your cruise speed anywhere from 2 1/2 - 4+ hours. I did it this past weekend. Running 35-40 MPH we made it back on the ICW in 2 3/4 hours. The water was baby butt smooth. We only slowed for traffic and no wake zones.

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Originally Posted by Unevensteven View Post
It is called the LowCountry for a reason. A lot of water coming from inland via rivers and streams. We are also pretty far West on the East Coast. The incoming tide builds up against the outgoing rivers and streams. Our topography is also different than most areas. We had deep (50'+) in the sounds and then we have areas that are 10' or less a few miles off shore. If you're new to the area and you want to venture around, follow the crab pots. They are always in enough water to keep them covered at low tide. Also make sure your MFD has the newest update.

OP. I would stay out of the Savannah River. A lot of debris to hit in there. Daufuskie & Beaufort are great day trips. You can even rent golf carts and drive around on Daufuskie for the day. The public dock in Bluffton is closed and being rebuilt. Shelter Cover has cancelled their fireworks for the year. If you venture up Broad Creek keep in mind it is a no wake zone for the full length. There are about 12 restaurants you can visit by boat South of Port Royal Sound and as mentioned PRS can get boiling with the wrong wind and tide combination.

There are two sandbars in the May River. One is PG rated and is just up stream from the Alljoy Landing. The other is up past the Bluffton Oyster Company and is G rated. There is also a more R rated sandbar in Beaufort very close to Downtown.
+1 to everything above.

OP: Feel free to PM me once you get here if you’d like to do a THT meet and greet, if the weather is good I’ll likely be with other THT members at the Bluffton sandbar or Daufuskie, unless we are fishing.
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Wicked Game will hopefully be out next Sunday or majority during the week if you are on the water. Daufuskie is definitely on the list.

I have storage lined up for the trailer. Space reserved at Harbor Town for the boat. Any suggestions for boat ramp? Should I consider any other marinas for weekly slip? I know Harbor Town is probably most expensive but also don’t want to drive too far to the boat from Sea Pines.
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The other option would be south beach marina also inside sea pines but Harbortown is a much nicer facility. For boat ramp you can either put in at Pinckney island inbetween the two bridges on to Hilton head or on island there is the cross island bridge landing down by Palmetto Bay marina

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