I've been very busy with a major refit
on Cavalier over the past couple of years, so I haven't been a particularly active member
I'm looking for feedback from anybody who may have sailed the non-ICW route
from Galveston toward New Orleans
. I've only ever taken the ICW
, and the idea of doing it again isn't exciting me.
I'm specifically looking at sailing early September from Galveston to the Lower Atchafalaya River Inlet located 35nm east of Trinity Shoal in the southern section of Atchafalaya bay. The plan is to follow the channel up river to the ICW
just south of Morgen City and onward to Harvey Locks. We'd run dawn until dawn (24 hours) such that we'd arrive at the outer markers for the channel at dawn.
Clearly, the planned route
will take us south of Trinity Shoal and any other charted obstacles such as rigs etc. staying in 50ft+ water
at all times, and fair weather
would be part of the start-out conditions.
I have a good radar
onboard, and plan to run the route with 4 crew, 2 up at all times.
My concern relates to legacy obstructions, such as old wellheads. Logically, the wellhead casings which would have been capped near to sea-level should be very prevalent in the much shallower coastal waters nearer (and in) the swamps. I'd be surprised if the DoE and USCG would permit
structures (especially standpipes) to be removed without cutting back to at least 50' below sea level (or to seabed) once they've been decommissioned [as per OSPAR conventions]. Does anybody know if random standpipes out in the gulf is a real thing in 50ft+ water
depths? Evidently, the existing abandoned yet charted platforms and structures should light up well on radar