Originally Posted by robert.hamic
Great tips and thank you very much. Has anyone had experience driving offshore in the gulf around Texas
or Louisiana? I thought I would want to skip out on the ICW for as much time as possible to make good time. My boat has a deep hull
and plenty of power. I don't have any experience running a boat in that area of the gulf. Thanks!
I work as a mate on a 300' supply vessel in the Gulf. Texas you can hop out in the Gulf but unless you plan on going all the way to FL, I would hop back in when you got near Cameron area or Sabine. Texas has a fraction of the platforms LA has.
There is a lot of commercial
traffic but it's the smaller vessels you end to watch for. Crew boats tend to have inexperienced guys sitting at the helm
and the commercial fishing
fleets are incorrigible. Fishers don't change course, ever. Unless it's after you alter yours and then they're back in your way.
If you stay in the ICW through LA, you will see some nice Marsh and swamp land. We have a large population of bald eagles in the south central parts
of LA. You're highly likely to see gators along the way. When you make it to NOLA, do stop in and enjoy the food
, and chances are there will be SOME kind of festival going on.
After the river you can hop into the Gulf as there isn't many platforms on MS or AL coasts. The shallow water platforms will be lit up with blinking white lights on the corners. The deeper water drilling rigs/ships and production platforms will be lit up like small towns, you can't miss them. I'm attaching a picture of the drilling rig were supplying right now. (also note the ripples out here, so calm and nice)
If you pm me I can give you a good forecast
and seas for the entire Gulf. Information is taken from the larger installations weathermen.
Originally Posted by AnchorageGuy
Robert, You just need to watch weather of course, and the many oil
rigs if you travel at night. Also stay clear of the supply boats runing out to the rigs. The don't stop, slow down or change course for any reason. Chuck
I take offense to that! Wink
But seriously it's not us you have to worry about. Though if I see a sailboat, which I unfortunately haven't yet, I wouldn't alter my course significantly. I would probably give you a mile cpa.
As to the weather, in the summer time you have to worry about lack of wind
than too much. Only have to watch for tropical storms which can be seen in advance. I'll send a picture tomorrow of the weather out here 180 m south of Port Fourchon.
Originally Posted by belizesailor
+1. Lots of hazards in that area of the Gulf. Don't get anywhere close to a rig underway at night. There can be all kinds of gear
in the water...like supply boat moorings the size of a car which are normally not lit.
I think they have been moving away from those mooring
balls, but don't take that as fact. I just don't see them often. I have seen one before, unlit of course. But they aren't small, that's correct. I don't travel in the near coastal areas much.
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