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Ballast stone cruise

Board String of Pearls for a cruise thru the St. Simons Sound and learn about the rich history steeped in The Golden Isles.  You may run into some locals on this trip.  Mainly the bottlenose dolphin, brown pelican, and woodstorcks.  

private charters

What better way to commemorate a special occasion or host a party than aboard the classic 71 ft. yacht, String of Pearls.  We would love to host your wedding weekend celebration, corporate event. or private party.

sunset WIne cruise

Start your evening with a leisurely harbor cruise aboard String of Pearls through the St. Simons Sound.  Enjoy sipping on complimentary drinks aboard the classic 71 ft. yacht.

Brooke Roberts Photography

Brooke Roberts Photography

Mid summer Full Moon Cruise

Come aboard to experience the absolutely fabulous Mid-Summer experience of watching the July Full Moon Rise over Historic Fort Frederica to the east while seeing the Sun set over the Mainland to the west.

We will depart Morningstar’s Golden Isles Marina and enjoy Sommelier Bob Smith’s special hand picked selection of wines from across the globe while experiencing Chef Mary Beth’s perfectly matched food pairings. The journey up the Intracoastal Waterway along the Mackay River will be filled with all kinds of wildlife as we head north into the evening.

Making the Turn into the Frederica River we will see several examples of the fabulous architecture that Saint Simons is famous for as we make our way to our rendezvous with the moonrise over Historic Fort Frederica. We will then continue downstream under the stars to return to the dock, possibly even seeing an early offering from the Perseid Meteor Shower. Be sure to join us for this certain to be fabulous occasion!!!

Cost is $135.00 per person. Time: 6:30 - 10:00

Brooke Roberts Photograhy

Brooke Roberts Photograhy

Cancellation Policy:  Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 24 hours notice of cancellation for public charters and 2 weeks notice for private charters. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price

Brunch Cruise

Come spend your morning with us enjoying mimosas, coffee and a light brunch all while experiencing life on a classic yacht.  Be sure to keep your eye out for our regulars like Bottlenose Dolphins, the American Brown Pelican, and Woodstorks just to name a few.  The brunch cruise departs from Morningstar Marina and is offered select Sundays at $75 per person..  Reservations are required.  Please click the 'book now' button for times and availabilty.     

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Sunset Cruise

End your evening by taking in the spectacular sunsets the Golden Isles are known for while enjoying complimentary beer and wine aboard String of Pearls.  With views of the Sidney Lanier Bridge you are sure to have an experience of  the picturesque scenery you won't soon forget.  Cruises depart from Morningstar Marina.    Reservations are required.  Please click the 'book now' button for cruise times and availability.     

 

*times are adjusted to daylight savings time

Brooke Roberts Photography

Brooke Roberts Photography

Cancellation Policy:  Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 24 hours notice of cancellation for public charters and 2 weeks notice for private charters. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price

Pricing

 

Sunset Wine Cruise: $95.00 per person

Brunch Cruise: $95.00 per person

Ballast Stone Cruise: $115.00 for adults (ages 15+)           $45 for children (ages 14 and under)

Please note that all cruises are tentative due to weather.  Guests will be notified if a change occurs.  Maximum of 30 guests.

 

Private Charters:  Begin at $1500.  Click the 'book private charter' button on the home page for more information.  Maximum of 30 guests.

 

                         THE CREW

 
Captain Brian Quin

Captain Brian quin

In 1985, Capt. Brian began a 33-year-long restoration project -- the last in a long line of boats for Captain, who started with a mahogany kayak in his father's basement in 1957, the same year the yacht was launched.  After retiring from a career in television news and commercial voiceovers, Capt. Brian chartered String of Pearls throughout New England and 21 years later, the Georgia coast.

Annie Harper

Annie harper

Annie was born in Wilmington NC, and has lived in the other coastal cities of Charleston and New Orleans. At home on the water, she has a background of sailing, racing, paddle boarding and working as first mate on String of Pearls. As a pilot with Civil Air Patrol, she also enjoys patrolling our coastal waters and taking part in search and rescue missions.

Captain Bobby Stubbs

captain bobby stubbs

Captain Bobby grew up on Sapelo Island and got his feet wet driving barges up and down the ICW, sometimes taking them as far as North Carolina. Later as a commercial shrimper, he spent days and sometimes weeks at sea. If he’s not captaining String of Pearls, he is piloting the tug boats that bring the gigantic car and container ships that come in and out of the Port of Brunswick.  Known as 'Bucket Bob' to local paddle boarders, he can be found anywhere on our local waters or hang gliding in Florida and the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.
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History

String of Pearls ca. 1960

String of Pearls ca. 1960

Designed by Geerd Hendel STRING OF PEARLS was built in 1957 in Camden, Maine by Malcolm Brewer, the preeminent wooden boat builder of his time.  Named PEARL NECKLACE, the 71 ft. yacht was a gift to the wife of the original owner who had requested a simple strand of pearls for her birthday.  The owner drove PT boats in World War II so the yacht was equipped with four engines, built for speed, and he often raced his friend and neighbor Jack Kennedy's sport fisherman on Cape Cod Bay.  The original owner sold his investment company to Warren Buffett and it later became Berkshire Hathaway.

Built of mahogany and teak STRING OF PEARLS is 71 feet long,16 feet wide and weighs 40 tons, yet she can achieve 27 miles and hour.  She is Coast Guard certified to carry 40 guests and subjected to routine safety inspections.

Capt. Brian Quin bought the boat in 1985, restored it in Newport, Rhode Island and chartered throughout New England for 21 years.  Numerous celebrities such as Bruce Springsteen, Brad Pitt, Pierce Brosnan, Harrison Ford, many statesman and a couple of princesses have enjoyed the boat over the years.

In 2004 a five star resort on the Georgia coast invited the boat to an exclusive charter arrangement.  14 years later she moved to Morningstar Marina and charters all the inland waters around St. Simons Island and the beautiful Golden Isles.

 

contact us

String of Pearls, the Golden Isles' only yacht charter, is located at Morningstar Marina in St. Simons Island, Georgia.  Along with scheduled weekend sunset wine cruises and historical cruises, the classic 71 ft. yacht is available for private boat charters.  Contact us now for your wedding weekend events, corporate group outings, or a large group of your closest friends.  

 
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Morningstar Marina

206 Marina Dr.
St. Simons Island, GA 3152

706-255-0975