That's what I assumed, but you never know....so thought I would confirm.
Great cruising ground in your area. Mississippi
Sound, Mobile Bay, Pensacola
Bay... You can do short hops all the way into the panhandle of FL.
Last time I passed that way, quite a few years ago now, I did relatively short runs (starting in Texas) all the way to Pensacola
. You can work your way a bit further east if you want before jumping off for Western FL, but the run from Pensacola to the West Coast
of FL is not bad...especially if you wait for weather
and get the wind
a bit northerly.
You could also run direct for the Dry Tortugas
or Key West
, but then you would miss the West coast
of FL -- which I highly recommend cruising (although I have not lived there since all the flap about anchoring
restrictions). This area is also a great cruising ground...all the way from Tarpon Springs down to the Keys.
For more detail from there see if you can find a copy of "Gentleman's Guide to Passages South" by Bruce Van Sant. I think it is out of print, buy maybe you can find a used one. This is the definitive guide to "painlessly" working your way down the islands of the Eastern Carib.