Thursday, February 25, 2021

Island Shuttle Boat Tours Promo Video #2 "We Go There!"

 Rates and Rides:

The boat is available for tours and charters at $100 per hour for up to 4 people. For extra passengers up to 6, add $25 per person per hour. We can accommodate larger groups on Bull River Cruises Island Express and Island Explorer.

Savannah-Daufuskie Round Trip, Daylight Hours, Savannah Boathouse Marina to County Dock: $50 per person up to 6 passengers with a minimum charge of $200.00. We drop off and pick up on your schedule. For a trip to and from Freeport, which is further north on the Intracoastal Waterway, add $10 per person.

Golf cart rentals are available and are the easiest way to get around on Daufuskie Island. We partner with Daufuskie Carts (they deliver!) and Discover Daufuskie. For a good time call Ron at 843 997-0062. Click here for more info...

For lodging on Daufuskie call Deborah Smith with Daufuskie Island Rental Group at 404 414-1282. Click here for more info...

For ground transportation to and from lodging on Daufuskie call Stewart Yarborough with Daufuskie Transit. Click here for more info

For ground transportation in Savannah, (to or from the airport, lodging, restaurants, beaches) with full concierge services call Chris Keihm with Tybee Beach Bus Company at 912 209-6300. Click here for more info...

Night returns (only) from Daufuskie County Dock: $100 per person with a minimum charge of $300. Service to Savannah Boathouse Marina. Night trips on the water involve significant risk of striking an object in the water, and henceforth require slow-running. This takes extra time and involves extra expense. If the size of your party requires a second run to retrieve luggage/coolers/etc, we will perform that trip the next day in daylight.

Savannah Area On-Water Tours include...

2-hour loop tour (with no backtracking) including sights and history of Turner's Creek, Turner's Rock, Modena, Dutch Island, Thunderbolt, Causton's Bluff, Bonaventure Cemetery, Oatland Island, and Saint Augustine Creek: $200 for up to four people. Additional $50 for additional passengers up to 6. Tours for larger groups are available.

2-hour trip through Savannah history including the story of slavery in Savannah. Travel through the world-famous "Freedom Creek" near the Isle of Hope and see Wormsloe from the water.  Hear the story of Young's Marina, the only African-American owned marina in our area, and how it relates to the tragedy at Ebeneezer Creek and William T. Sherman's Special Field Order number 15. We also discuss the role that Savannah's waterways played during prohibition. This trip must be scheduled to coincide with high tide.

3-hour big-loop tour of Turner's Creek, Wilmington River, Wassaw Sound, Tybee Cut (dependent on the tide), and the Bull River. See the original path of the "Inland Passage" and hear the story of how the Army Corps of Engineers was forced to move it towards Wassaw Island for a steamboat line. $300 for up to 4 passengers. Additional passengers up to 6: $75 per person. Tours for larger groups are available.

 3-hour Waterside Port tour. See the ships and facilities that make Savannah's port world-class. Learn about the history of our port. $300 for up to 4 passengers. For additional passengers up to 6, add $75 per passenger.

4-hour circumnavigation of Skidaway Island via Turner's Creek, Wilmington River, New Cut, Oddingsells Creek, Wassaw Sound, and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. (Restroom break at Delegal Creek marina on the south end of Skidaway Island) See the sights and hear the stories of the Inland Passage, Skidaway Island, Wilmington Island, Skidaway Narrows, PinPoint, Isle of Hope, Modena, and Turner's Rock. This trip is dependent on passing through New Cut at high tide and must be scheduled to coincide.  $400 for up to 4 passengers. Additional passengers up to 6, add $100 per passenger.

Baggage/cargo capacity limited depending on the number and size of passengers. In cooler months or inclement weather, appropriate clothing is recommended. (It's cooler on the water than it is on land.)

Children 12 and under must wear a Type 2 or Type 3 life preserver at all times while aboard. Life preservers are available for wear by all passengers.

10% discount for active or veteran military, law-enforcement, fire service, and EMS. Any group that includes a dog receives a 5% discount.

90-minute sunset tour for only $150 for up to four passengers. For Extra passengers up to 6, add $35 per person. 

Cash, Venmo, and Square payments accepted.

Monday, February 1, 2021


 In the 90s, I  wrote an article for the Nightstalker's in-house newsletter (IP Inbound) entitled "Demo Fever."  and after it was published a fellow 3rd Herder said to me "I can't believe you wrote that about yourself!" 

I told on myself because I realized that if I was thinking and doing these things others might be as well, and perhaps my shared experience might help someone avoid making my mistake. The theme of that article, discussing what happens to your heart, head, and hands when you are doing a flight demonstration, came up again when I revised Demo Fever for Vertical 911 Magazine. That was a story about one of my first flights as a Chinook Pilot-in-Command at Fort Bragg. I almost made history. 

All of us understand that we need to learn how to operate a machine, but more of us should understand that we need to learn how to operate people too--most especially ourselves.

The need for honest self-assessment and personal performance-review never leaves us. I am a boat captain now, and the same hard truths that thumped me over the head as a pilot continue to thump me over the head today. Just yesterday I was doing a mid-winter run on my 6-pack boat to charge batteries, circulate fluids, and wash off the bottom. It was windy and cold and I went about a mile from our dock and said to myself, "screw this." I turned around. I was idling under the Highway 80 bridge when the boat thumped under my feet. It sounded like I was running aground over hard stuff. 

My brain said to me, "you are in deep water, you can't be running aground!" WTH and WTF?

Being startled, I failed to perform a basic common-sense immediate-action step. PUT ENGINE(S) IN NEUTRAL and PRESS THE UP-TRIM SWITCH! The thumping feeling and sound moved toward the stern and then the idling engine jerked and jumped. A 6 foot-long 2 by 6-inch board rolled out from under the motor and rolled over in my wake. The nails that had once fastened it to someone's dock were sticking out of the ends. My next thought was, "thank God I didn't hit that at speed!"

I stopped the engine and trimmed it all the way up out of the water to check the prop for damage. All good.

So, after-action-review. Yesterday was the aftermath of a very high tide with high winds. Those conditions put more debris in the water, and the "wrack," (floating piles of marsh-grass debris) was everywhere. A tide that flushes out the wrack will flush out other debris too, so take care and expect this. Note to self: If your boat is hitting something underwater as you make way through it,  take immediate action to try and prevent damage to the lower unit and propeller. 

To train for this: Next time you are standing at your helm at the dock, pretend that you are driving the boat and say to yourself, "we are hitting something!" Practice putting your hand on the throttle and your thumb on the trim switch. Do this a few times to develop muscle memory and set the pattern in your brain. 

There are lots of things hanging out just beneath the surface, 
like manatees...

The opposite of being startled is anticipation. I vote that we anticipate trouble and hope that it never finds us.

The Pie of Knowledge

 With the exception of a few years early on, my entire adult working life has been focused on moving people and cargo from one place to anot...