As an avid boater and former captain, I enjoy cruising the waters in Savannah, Georgia. One of the new areas of development in downtown Savannah is the Eastern Wharf. I have had the opportunity to explore the wharf. The area is a good combination of green space, residential housing, dining, and shopping. Importantly, a public dock is positioned within steps of the Eastern Wharf. With that said, you can visit by boat. Here is what you need to know about visiting the Eastern Wharf Savannah by boat. 

Where Is The Eastern Wharf Located

As the name denotes, the Eastern Wharf is located on the east end of the City of Savannah. The new development offers a perfect mix of entertainment for people to enjoy year-round. 

The wharf is located on the farthest eastern end of the city along the banks of the Savannah River. As the city has grown, it has pushed eastward on the river, but it is just steps from historic River Street. 

Importantly, the wharf can be visited by car or by boat. 

How To Dock At The Eastern Wharf

Fortunately, it is easy to dock at the eastern wharf. In fact, the dock is just steps away from all of the entertainment. 

The Eastern Wharf dock is a floating dock positioned between the Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel and the Eastern Wharf. 

Understand The Currents

In the Savannah area, the difference between high and low tide and low and high tide is significant. For this reason, water moves at a rapid rate, which makes approaching and departing the dock challenging. This is especially the case if the dock is crowded. 

I highly recommend approaching the dock with the bow headed into the current. Driving into the current will allow you to better remain in control of the boat versus the current controlling the boat. Lastly, have the dock lines and fenders ready. You don’t want to be scrambling last minute to get set up. 

The River Is A Busy Shipping Channel

Savannah is one of the busiest ports in the United States. Every day ships head up and down the Savannah River as they dock and unload. 

With that said, you need to be aware of shipping traffic and how to maneuver appropriately. Not only will you encounter ships but also a significant number of tug boats that are assisting the ships in a multitude of ways. 

When you’re navigating the river around ships, you will need to keep a wide berth. Remember, ships are not highly maneuverable. With that said, stay out of the way. 

Furthermore, ships throw a large wake. Avoid running at high speeds over the wakes as you may cause passengers to fall down and become injured. 

The ships are exciting to watch from a distance. However, they are never meant to be approached in any way. 

Don’t Hog Up All The Space

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of dockage space at the Eastern Wharf dock. Considering the minimal amount of space, you need to be courteous to other boaters. 

On my most recent trip in January on an 80-degree day, the dock was completely empty. However, this is not the case in the late spring, summer, and early fall. 

Remember, when you’re docking, do not secure to the middle if you’re the only boat present. Instead, move to the very end of the dock on one side or the other. 

Take a quick glance at your positioning before walking to the Eastern Wharf. If you can slide the boat forward or aft to make more room, do so. Being courteous to other boaters is important. 

Your Time At The Dock Is Limited

It is important to know that you have a limited amount of time to dock at no charge. Savannah’s Eastern Wharf dock allows boaters to tie up for 3 hours at no charge.  Furthermore, it is available on a first-come, first serve basis. 

In the event that you intend to stay for more than three hours, call the dockmaster at 912-651-3634.  

For the most part, you will have no issue grabbing a bite to eat and strolling the city within the three-hour time limit. 

Take Advantage Of The Eastern Wharf Savannah Dock

I highly recommend taking a boat trip to the Eastern Wharf in Savannah. You will have plenty to explore in the city once you are dockside. Remember to stay clear of ships. Additionally, use caution when securing the vessel due to the strong tides.