This area is truly marsh as there is nothing but grass everywhere and you can see boats coming and going over the top of the grass from far away regardless of which direction they are traveling.
We eventually entered Ossabaw Sound with a wide mouth open to the Atlantic. Before hitting the Atlantic here we headed north through Hell Gate. This had been the primary planning feature of todays travel. Hell Gate is known for its shoaling conditions so we wanted to make sure we got there with plenty of water. We never saw less than 12 feet as we traversed the narrow waterway so felt good about that. Elizabear had left the anchorage about a half hour after we did but they caught up to us here. They followed us through and we were both relieved after all of the negative verbiage we had been reading in the cruising guides. Once through Hell Gate we headed up Green Island Sound and into the Vernon River and on to our moorage for the night at Savannah Bend Marina.
We had determined not to go up the Savannah River to Savannah as we had been there before by car and it was quite a distance off of the AICW. This stretch of the Vernon River is in the outskirts of Savannah and has several marinas and boat yards. One in particular, Thunderbolt Marine, is geared up to handle very large yachts into the hundreds of feet length. They had several either in the water or on the hard and it was impressive to see some many of these mega yachts together in one place.
People at Savannah Bend were most helpful and we were able to get some copying and faxing done relative to our 2015 income tax. We also met a very nice guy who volunteered to take Vicki to the grocery store. Later Tom and Carol joined us for chart hour and then invited us to join them for chart hour aboard the boat they were living aboard in the marina.