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Great Loop Segment: Georgia and the Carolinas

From Jacksonville to Norfolk you are cruising on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) and, through this segment, you will find inlets and sounds instead of the passes and bayous you saw along the Gulf Coast. Gold squares and triangles on buoys and day markers are used to mark the AICW.

You will also need to be aware of the tide changes. Tides change every 6 hours and 15 minutes in Georgia and South Carolina, resulting in two high tides and two low tides every 24 hours. These tides can result in a substantial 8’ change in water level, so caution should be taken while cruising and anchoring. It may be easiest to dock during slack tide.

Bridges on this segment of the loop can be reached on channel 9 except for North Carolina, which is on channel 13. It will be important that you know your boat’s air height. Fenders located on the bridges will have the bridge height printed on them – indicating the lowest part of the steel under the bridge.  Be sure you have information readily available on bridge heights and opening schedules so you can plan accordingly.

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Pet Anchorages Along the ICW
ICW Southbound Fall 2020
Long-term Marina (six months) Georgia
Savannah South Section Cruise Early September
Marina Near Savannah
SC Personal Tax Property
Hilton Head
Heading North from Brunswick, GA to Beaufort, SC
Places to Stay Between Brunswick and Myrtle Beach
Heading South from Ross Marine in Charleston
Marine Electrician in Charleston, SC
Recommended Charleston Area Marina Month Stay
Slips in Isle of Palms, SC Area
Surveyor Hull & Engine Needed in Charleston, SC
Hazard to Navigation South Carolina North Santee River
“Rock Pile” Off of Myrtle Beach
High Water Event Upper Waccamaw River SC
Southport Marinas (Cape Fear River, NC)
Spooner River Arts & Market Belhaven
Recommendations for Elizabeth City Free Dock
Dismal Swamp or Virginia Route (Cut)
Dismal Swamp or Not?
Dismal Swamp Canal
Pamlico Sound Insight
ICW from Beaufort, NC to Washington, DC
Provisions Beaufort, NC
Outer Banks Offshore Route
NC Outer Banks
Albermarle Sound Winter Storage
Cumberland Island a Nice Park to Explore
BTW Jekyll Island and Savannah
Good Place to Leave Boat Near Hilton Head, SC
Boat Storage Near Beaufort or Charleston
Looking for Boat Dockage Between Beaufort and Charleston
Hurricane Hole North of Charleston
Shallow Waters CM 40-35 near McClellanville
St. Andrews Sound
Marinas in the Myrtle Beach Area
Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach
Cruising from AICWW MM 354 to MM 196
First Timer Wrightsville Beach, NC to Norfolk
Southport Marina
Southport, NC
Southport. . .a Destination
North on the NC ICW Southport NC to Chesapeake VA
Marina Recommendation Beaufort, NC
Kitty Hawk and Pamplico Sound
Oriental and Ocracoke Island, NC
River Forest Marina Belhaven N.C. AGLCA Sponsor
Belhaven, NC
Dowry Creek Marina
Dismal Swamp Alternative
Dismal Swamp or ICW
Harbor Host on the Albemarle Sound
Crossing the Albemarle
Marina with Covered Slips NC/VA?
Veterinarian Care Norfolk VA
For Rendeavouzers, some notes on Norfolk
ICW Northbound Spring 2019, Stuart to Norfolk
Northbound of Mississippi--Cairo to Grafton
Route to Take out of Beaufort-Moorehead
Great Dismal Swamp
Bottom Painting in North Carolina
Fake No wake
Marineland Marina
Northern Migration around North Myrtle Beach
Very happy with a yard in Jacksonville
Brunswick to Savannah
Dismal Swamp
Atlantic SE NC Lockwood Folly 
Wrightsville/Wilmington slip rental
Current info on AICW Northbound through Georgia
Seeking Charleston Marina Recommendation 
GA, SC, NC recommendations
Summer Storage in the Carolinas?
Georgia Coast
The LANDINGS in Savannah
Wrightsville Beach Marina
Detroit Diesel mechanic - Charleston
Newbies cruising north on ICW
Treacherous water up the ICW
Dismal swamp south lock
Alligator River Marina on the Albemarle Loop
Anchorages near Savannah
Anyone going north from Charleston
Great Harbors in New Bern
River Dunes Marina in North Carolina
Visiting Kitty Hawk?
Albermarle Loop
Jekyll Island grounding
Marina recommendation in Hilton Head
Jacksonville to Norfolk route info
Ross marine Johns island SC
Inlets guidance
Alligator River Swing Bridge, NC
Review of Somer's Cove Marina in Crisfield, Md.
Crossing from Carrabelle to Tarpon then up to Jacksonville/Georgia anything to note from Irma?
Hell's Gate
AICW Navigation Info-Ramshorn through Watts Cut
AICW Navigation Info-New River Inlet
Boat Repair Yards Recommendations Near Snead's Point
Good Marina/Service Stop on Hilton Head Island, SC
Seeking Charleston Marin Recommendation
Safe Marina?
Gelcoat Restoration
Surveyor needed in Norfolk, VA
Favorite flavors and where to find them on the loop
Proposed No-Wake Zone in Southport, NC
ICW Charleston, SC and south-Highlights wanted


Advice on “things not to miss”

Advice on things not to miss

Your Favorite Marinas or Stops Along the Loop

Savannah-Where to Stay

Haul out between St. Augstine and VA?

Winter Storage Savannah, GA

Cruising Days from Savannah to Charleston

Outside options to the ICW

Marinas close to airports

Brunswick ga to savannah ga

Marina on the ICW between Brunswick and Savannah

Georgia Savannah to Jekyll Island or Fernandino Beach

From St Augustine North

GA summer boat in marina

Golf Along the Loop

Marina Recommendation for Service/Storage between…

Best Restaurants on the Loop

Looking for a boatyard in north or Carolina

Advice requested

Recommendations for getting repairs done in Charleston

AAA on the Great Loop

Surveyor in/near Beaufort, NC

New member planning a trip from Jacksonville to Annapolis

Dog-friendly establishments on the loop

Bug warning

Stuart to Norfolk

Stuart to Norfolk, part deux

In water storage mid South Carolina

Canaveral Locks

Virginia ICW

Berth/marina near Charleston

dockage in Charlestown, sc

My trip to Charleston…

Surveyor in Charleston, SC?

Electrician needed in Charleston

St. John’s Harbor Charleston

Charleston, SC Marina Recommendation

Deisel Mechanic in Charleston

May Slip in Charleston

Boat Storage Near Charleston SC

Repairs in Charleston, S.C.

Annual slip in Charleston, SC area?

Boat storage from Charleston to Wilmington

Thunderstorm in Charleston! Here for one more day

Recommendations for getting repairs done in Charleston

Electrical work – Myrtle Beach

Marina below the frost line

Holding Tank Slude

Myrtle Beach Mooring

Recommendations for engine maintenance assistance

Marine Surveyor in the Carolinas

SC boat personal property tax

Be sure to plan a stop in southport, nc

Boat service in southport, nbc

Outside passage past boca grande bridge closure

Advice requested

Engine Survey

Anchorages between oriental and bellhaven

Looking for a boat salvage business

Boatyards and/or contractors around new bern NC

Alligator river bridge closures

How far south to avoid winterizing

Dismal Swamp Canal or Virginia Cut

Pamlico Sound – Albemarle Sound Detour on ICW

Virginia ICW

Albermarle Sound

Norfolk VA

Inland Routing

Boat yard in Norfolk

Norfolk Southern RR Bridge Closure in Norfolk

Covered Storage

Marina Around Norfolk

Mechanic – Norfolk or Annapolis Area??


Waterside Marina Norfolk

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Captains' Notes
Captains' Notes

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Great Loop Link Articles
Great Loop Link Articles

Links below are for entire newsletter issues.  Once you open the link for an article, go to the indicated page number to read that article.

Advocacy Update, pg. 18
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway: Jacksonville to New Bern, Pg. 4

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway: New Bern to Norfolk, Pg. 16

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Sample Itinerary
Sample Itinerary

All Loopers have their own cruising style and preferences on miles to travel per day, cruising speed, number of nights per week in a marina, etc. This Georgia and the Carolinas Itinerary, based on a preferred distance of 50 miles per day, was developed to give you an idea of the types of places and things you will see during your Great Loop adventure.

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