A hurricane is a very predictable worst case scenario. With weeks of warnings that it may enter the Gulf it would be very imprudent to be any where near when it arrives.
Other storms however, while you may get a good advance notice of an impending cold front, (can stir up nasty coastal storms), the daily weather forecast
in summer, is "seas 2-3ft slight chance of thunderstorms".
That "slight" chance can be a clear day of quiet offshore fishing
, or a good pounding.
I have several times been "stranded" offshore, when a line of violent storms formed between me and the coast. In that case I had no choice, but to turn around and run before the storm into the deep Gulf until the storm dissipated, sometimes 20-50 miles further offshore.
I have also been pressed by low fuel
, and little time and had to make a run for it and punch through heavy weather on the nose. Nether was much fun.
Big cold fronts can push these storms all the way to Mexico
, now would not be a good time to go out onto the Gulf unless you are a glutten for punishment. Weather windows in winter , and early spring can be short, and not so sweet.
Carrying extra supplies, and fuel
is advisable in case the situation changes, and you spend more time than expected in the middle of the ocean.
Carrying at least a couple of backup storm survival systems, (drogue, lifeboat, sea anchor
,etc...), is also advisable. Practice deploying in moderate conditions, don't wait for an emergency
to see if they work.