We stayed over on Hutchinson Island, across the bridge from River Street. If you cross the next bridge, you go into South Carolina and arrive in the Hilton Head area.
I have always preferred Charleston over Savannah, but I fell in love with Savannah on this trip and I left a lot of things to do when I go back!
I asked my friend on the boat about Michael, who is married to Paula Deen and was often seen piloting a tug boat in the harbor. He said he hasn't seen him out there in the last year, so I guess he has retired.