4 Spots to Drop Anchor: How to Boat Along the Coastal South
Truly, the best way to see the southeast coast is by boat. One of the best segments is from Savannah north to Beaufort, S.C. Discover the many treasures along the way as you meander through rivers, sounds and creeks. We've scouted out the four places you simply must experience to understand all this area has to offer.
1. Daufuskie Island
Getting an early start from one of Savannah’s many public boat ramps assures a leisurely ride. The first stop along the journey is the untamed, island of Daufuskie. This unique island, stretching about five miles long, is the southernmost sea island of South Carolina and is only accessible by boat.
2. Hilton Head Island
Just a quick trip from Daufuskie is the word-renowned Hilton Head Island. Known as one of the best golfing destinations in the country, this island boasts numerous marinas for travelers coming by boat. Shelter Cove, Broad Creek, and Harbour Town Marinas all offer those coming ashore a variety of restaurants, shops and shore excursions.
3. Sandbar Stop
Need to cool off? If the tide is right, anchor up to a sandbar along one of the many creeks.
After a day of island hopping, Beaufort is the perfect end to a perfect day. Located about an hour by boat from Hilton Head Island, Beaufort is the oldest and one of the most beautiful cities in South Carolina. Enjoying Beaufort is as easy as mooring at the Downtown Marina. Reserve a slip and find several hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants and shops all within walking distance from the marina.
Is Your Vessel Coast Guard Ready?
The fine men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard patrol our waterways in an effort to keep us safe and avoid any potential hazards. Be prepared if the Coast Guard stops and inspects your vessel.
Some of the requirements include:
1. Display of the vessel's registration numbers
2. Registration documentation
3. A life jacket of appropriate size for every person aboard
4. Visual distress signals (lantern, mirrors, flares)
5. Fire extinguisher
6. Ventilation system
7. Backfire flame control
8. Sound producing device (horn, whistle, bell)
9. Navigation lights
10. Trash/pollution placards (for vessels over 26 feet)
Best Be Prepared!
It's vital that a reliable GPS navigational system be on board before the adventure begins... It can keep a vessel on course and avoid those pesky sandbars at low ride.
But, if you do break down or run up on a sandbar, help is only a phone call away!