We left Jekyll Harbor Marina at 7:30 AM to get thru some shallow spots before the tide falls too far. Getting off the dock with an wind holding us on and parallel parked tightly between two other boats was a challenge, but we made it with inches to spare. The concern over shallow water in Jekyll Creek was well founded, but we managed to plow through about a foot of mud in one spot and escaped. It was a nice quiet day and we made good time and dropped the hook in Big Tom Creek. After reviewing the weather forecast and looking at the state of tides and the shallow spots on the ICW for tomorrow we have decided to head off shore for the trip to Beaufort. It saves us a few miles and lots of worries. Offshore we just set the autopilot and keep a lookout for other boats, and there aren’t many. We should be in Beaufort, SC by dinner time.