Geechee Girl Experience

Ravenel BridgeGeechee Girl Tours offers privately chartered day and evening water excursions. The itinerary of every tour is tailored towards your interests; you’re the captain, we’re the guides. USCG Licensed Captain Jay Keeney has years of water experience as well as local Charleston knowledge. You can relax and enjoy yourself as we guide you along the Battery, up the Wando River or out into the ocean all while supplying you with facts and historical knowledge. Every tour is a custom order; the experience can be as interactive or as quiet and private as you choose. For frequently asked questions about our tours please see our FAQ’s page.

Yachts

Our motor yacht, Geechee Girl, is a twenty one foot African River Queen style boat that is ideal for sightseeing in comfort. Her design provides stability and is optimum for exploring shallow and narrow areas. This enables us to bring you closer to spectacular Low-country wildlife, the Battery, Fort Sumter, and all other sights – much closer than any other commercial tour in the Charleston Harbor.

Wine and cheese

Our sail boat is a 1988 30ft Catalina MKII. This vessel can also carry groups of up to 6 people and have ample cockpit and deck space for you to move around. Seating below includes a saloon (dining area) and a head (toilet). Sailing charters serve as an excellent introduction of the sailing lifestyle while delivering the exceptional tour experience found aboard the Mental Heeling.

Meet the Captains

 

Captain/Owner Jay Keeney

 

Captain Jay Keeney has always enjoyed being on the water.  As a child, he imagined living aboard a sailboat and exploring the seas decades before he ever set foot on a sailboat.  In college, he bought a kayak (prior to ever kayaking) knowing he would enjoy it as it brought together two of his passions; boating and the outdoors.  Captain Jay now holds an Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV 6-PACK) license with the United States Coast Guard.

Captain Gabriel Turner

I’ll never forget my father pushing me into my first wave on that giant 12′ Styrofoam boat sized surfboard. I couldn’t even hold my nose yet, or swim that great but on that board, I was the king of the world. That day on the ocean will always be a part of me and spearheaded my aggressive passion for the water and all things Ocean. I purchased my first vessel at age 8 from ‘Toys R Us’. It was this boat that would teach me the dangers of sinking. Life flew by, time for big kid school, I chose College of Charleston, not at all for the Biology program I completed, but for the ability to fish and dive offshore on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. I formed outstanding friendships at the College here and quickly learned I wasn’t the only one “studying the ocean.” My best friend dive and surf buddy at the time, Conor Smith, invited me on a pivotal adventure that would change my life forever and deepen my passions. He said, “Gabriel, what are you doing this summer? “Lets sail to the Bahamas and live in the islands.” Everyday we would spearfish for our meals and top it with rice from our 50lb bag. Conor taught me everything. We would go on to make the sail from Charleston to both the Bahamas and the Florida Keys several more times and on our last trip we wound up responding to a Mayday Call from another sailing vessel that was sinking and had wrecked onto the jagged reef. By Conor’s side we rescued the crew and their rig. The adventures we would encounter there were endless. It was like one never ending dream. The goal that makes me happiest in life is to take people on exciting adventures. This is why I am STOKED to be your Captain on Geechee Girl Charters. I get to keep that dream alive.     

Captain Bob Seymour

Captain Bob has been exploring the waters in and around Charleston SC since he was a young lad in the 1960’s as a power boater.  Inspired by sailing, Bob became “Captain Bob” in 2006, obtaining a USCG Master Captain License with Sailing and Towing endorsements.  He also holds an American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certificate.  Captain Bob invites you to come aboard and experience the serenity of being on the water, taking the wheel, trim the sails, or just sit back and relax and enjoy the tour in the Charleston Harbor.

Captain Jennifer McQuilken

Captain Jennifer McQuilken had her sea legs before her land legs. She grew up sailing, fishing, and swimming in Long Island Sound wither her family and got her recreational boating license before even having a driver’s license. A walk along the beach, even in the dead of winter, was always full of wonder. She had no fear of picking up sea creatures and smelly things that washed up along the beach. She spent her summer teaching swimming lessons in Niantic Bay and volunteering at Mystic Aquarium.

The cold drove her south, where she went to school at Florida Tech, studying marine biology and earning a degree in communications. She jokes that after college she ended up in the Washington, D.C. area by mistake, but quickly hit her stride. She managed client relations for one of the top advertising agencies in the DC area and was the brand and marketing manager for McGruff the Crime Dog. Never one to give up the wind, she found the nearest ocean and traveled up and down the east coast on weekends racing Hobie Cats.

Missing living in a land of salt water and afternoon sea breeze, she moved to Charleston in 2007. Alternating time between her communications consulting and working as a tour guide, she founded Charleston Coastal Charters. One of her boats, Horizon Seeker, was the first boat to be featured as a vacation rental on Airbnb. She sailed with friends, fished the creeks and reefs, and volunteered with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. She now has her near coastal operator of uninspected passenger vessels (OUPV) captain’s license and now splits her time between the boats and her marketing career.

Jen loves sharing the history and ecological wonders that make the Lowcountry the special place that it is. Whether it is chatting about the local dolphins, explain how a pelican catches it fish, or pointing out some of the world class architecture, you are sure to enjoy your time on the boat with her.

When she is not on Geechee Girl or Mental Heeling, just follow the winds and tides and you’ll find her somewhere in the marshes of Charleston, often kayaking, paddle boarding, or fishing. Even with all she has on her plate, Jen still finds time to volunteer at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge saving baby sea turtles.