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Old 07-23-2017, 08:11 PM   #1
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Thinking about moving the boat from Folly Beach, SC to Georgetown SC...

We've had our 31 Mainship in folly since we bought it just over a month ago. We love Folly but the boating isn't great. It's great if you don't really want to take your boat out.

So we're thinking about Georgetown SC. It's about the same price ($10.50/ft). What do you guys think of the town?

We have a 3 yr old who loves the boat, beaches (sandbars) and Minions. We love food, live music, and beer.

Thoughts and experiences are welcome!
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:21 AM   #2
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I would say Harbor Walk Marina would be the best choice because it's right in town and within easy walking distance to downtown. If you have a car, that might not mean much.


Georgetown is just off the AICW so you can cruise north or south. You can also cruise the Pee Dee River and the Sampit River.


The Waccamaw River (north of Georgetown) Is a beautiful cruising river with lots of nice scenery and anchorages.


I have to wonder though, if you live in NC, why not keep the boat closer to home so it's more convenient to get to and use?
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:42 AM   #3
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I have to wonder though, if you live in NC, why not keep the boat closer to home so it's more convenient to get to and use?
Myrtle Beach is "the beach" for people in the Charlotte area.

Now, I love Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach but still the issue is the one you're finding that it's so far just to get to the ocean. However, I would not move to Georgetown. I'd move to Charleston. Actually more convenient to Charlotte. Has nice airports for you to fly into and to drive is Interstate highways all the way. And Charleston has far more good boating to experience if you want to do some outside coastal cruising. Also, great facilities there. One last advantage as fall and winter approach, a little further south and a little warmer.
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I would say Harbor Walk Marina would be the best choice because it's right in town and within easy walking distance to downtown. If you have a car, that might not mean much.


Georgetown is just off the AICW so you can cruise north or south. You can also cruise the Pee Dee River and the Sampit River.


The Waccamaw River (north of Georgetown) Is a beautiful cruising river with lots of nice scenery and anchorages.


I have to wonder though, if you live in NC, why not keep the boat closer to home so it's more convenient to get to and use?

Harbor walk is under construction and isn't taking anyone for longer than a day or two. Hazzard is nearby but has a waiting list 15 deep...we are number 15 on that list.

The only other option is Georgetown Landing. We have a slip waiting for us there.

Actually Charleston is still the shortest and most convienient to drive to from charlotte. But Georgetown is slightly further, maybe 15 minute longer drive, but hopefully way less traffic, so it should be about the same.

Georgetown seems like a pretty cool place to boat. Seems like a lot of different places to go.
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Myrtle Beach is "the beach" for people in the Charlotte area.

Now, I love Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach but still the issue is the one you're finding that it's so far just to get to the ocean. However, I would not move to Georgetown. I'd move to Charleston. Actually more convenient to Charlotte. Has nice airports for you to fly into and to drive is Interstate highways all the way. And Charleston has far more good boating to experience if you want to do some outside coastal cruising. Also, great facilities there. One last advantage as fall and winter approach, a little further south and a little warmer.
Well like I said, Folly really sucks if you want to do anything other than keep your boat in the slip. Screaming currents, sandbars and at low tide you can't get in or out. Plus if we want to go anywhere, there's nothing for 2 hrs.

We thought about moving it to a marina in Charleston, but they want nearly $700/month! Georgetown want $325. That's a huge difference.

We absolutely love Charleston but we are also looking forward to exploring new towns. Have you spent any time in Georgetown? What did you think of the town?

What I like about the location is it looks like a lot of options for boating. We could even go to Myrtle for a long weekend.
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Well like I said, Folly really sucks if you want to do anything other than keep your boat in the slip. Screaming currents, sandbars and at low tide you can't get in or out. Plus if we want to go anywhere, there's nothing for 2 hrs.

We thought about moving it to a marina in Charleston, but they want nearly $700/month! Georgetown want $325. That's a huge difference.

We absolutely love Charleston but we are also looking forward to exploring new towns. Have you spent any time in Georgetown? What did you think of the town?

What I like about the location is it looks like a lot of options for boating. We could even go to Myrtle for a long weekend.
Yes, we've spent time in Georgetown. There are actually some very interesting historic sites in the area to explore. The Harborwalk is nice. Just not what I would call a great boating location. Still you can visit Charleston from there. It's a reasonable day run south. And you can go to Myrtle Beach but then if that was the plan, I'd dock in Myrtle Beach. I'd say Georgetown is likable, Charleston is lovable. Charleston is also more convenient to you. Actually Georgetown is closer in distance, Charleston in time. Is there a good small plane airport in Georgetown for you to fly into?
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Folly is tough is you stated. Kept a boat in Charleston for 10 years, lots of options here, great location. Cruised the Georgetown area numerous times, good cruising options here as well. Your commute to the area you select may weight heavily on your choice. You can always change your mind and location down the road.
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Yes, we've spent time in Georgetown. There are actually some very interesting historic sites in the area to explore. The Harborwalk is nice. Just not what I would call a great boating location. Still you can visit Charleston from there. It's a reasonable day run south. And you can go to Myrtle Beach but then if that was the plan, I'd dock in Myrtle Beach. I'd say Georgetown is likable, Charleston is lovable. Charleston is also more convenient to you. Actually Georgetown is closer in distance, Charleston in time. Is there a good small plane airport in Georgetown for you to fly into?
There is. And it's less than a 10 minute ride into town. It's over 30 minutes from either Charleston Executive or the main CHS airport to folly right now.

I guess our problem is more with folly than Charleston. I just wish the Charleston marinas didn't charge so much for a slip. Let me look into that a little more.
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Folly is tough is you stated. Kept a boat in Charleston for 10 years, lots of options here, great location. Cruised the Georgetown area numerous times, good cruising options here as well. Your commute to the area you select may weight heavily on your choice. You can always change your mind and location down the road.
Very true. We really want to bounce around from place to place every couple of months.
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Yeah marinas near downtown Charleston are on a long waiting list and about $800/month. Way out of our price range for a slip.
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Marina prices are based on supply and demand. RiversEdge is $10.50 per foot for an annual lease but it's about ten miles up the Ashley River and your boat has to have 14' or less air draft. There are some people from upstate SC and nearby NC and it's Interstate all the way.


You might check with the Cooper River Marina on the Cooper River just above the Ravenel Bridge.


Charleston is a nice city to visit but not that great for boating. You can go north to Georgetown and beyond or you can go south to Beaufort and beyond. And it's pretty boring either way. From Georgetown you have four choices.
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We keep our 40' Island Gypsy at Cooper River Marina. It's the only affordable one in the immediate area.
If you can get into Harborwalk, go for it. It's very well protected.
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Charleston is a great place to cruise...just find a place suitable for you needs. It may not be in Charleston, but close.
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The waiting lists are really long for the affordable places. So maybe we'll explore Georgetown and Myrtle and when they get to us in Charleston, make a decision to come back.
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You may not be interested, but it took us 4 months to get a slip at Cooper River.
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Isle of Palms Marina's rates drop somewhat to about $12/ft Oct-March, if you book on a quarterly basis. It's a busy spot on weekends, but it's on the ICW with good access to Charleston Harbor, Shem Creek, the major rivers and a Class A inlet.
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