We departed Kilkenny Marina around 8AM Monday, tropical storm Colin had us in light rain and overcast skies the whole day. Getting back to the ICW from Kilkenny we took Bear River then went through a narrow cut called Florida Passage that took us onto the Ogeechee River. To get from here to the Vernon River you have to go through Hell Gate a shallow passage that takes you to Skidaway River and finally the Savannah River. The Hyatt has a good, long dock for boaters that want to stay for a while and enjoy this cool town. There are 3 other marinas on the main drag, and you have to call in advance to get reservations. We did this leg of the trip during high tide because Hell Gate is literally Hells Gate during low tide.
Right before sunset at Kilkenny Marina
Savannah is so rich in history. It was established in 1733 and was the first colonial and state capital of Georgia. You would probably need a week here to see everything. Trolley tours are a good way to see the city. they can let you off anywhere and the drivers are good at talking about the city. Dave from the UK was my favorite guide. There is a lot of commercial traffic on the Savannah river at night, it rocks the boat, so a good fender system is a must. Savannah is the second largest port in the US for export.
Pura Vida at dock
Model ships at the Maritime Museum and real ships, you can see two passing each other and how tight it is.
Streets were originally paved with ballast rocks from the ships coming into port. They have preserved this on river street.
Last, but definitely not least, I got to see my long time friend Kathleen Westbrook, her boyfriend Caleb, and precious Bailey. We all had a great meal together.