My aim is to get critiques and advice on my current
working "plan" for my first distance cruise
. I live in Corpus Christi, and next October/November we plan on heading to Bimini
and back with a possible few days in Cuba
(we really want to visit before they open Cuba
up to US tourists). Optimistically, I think we could make the entire trip with stops and without rushing anything in 5-6 months, or at least be back by May or June the following year. If finances work out his way, my friend will be buddy-boating with me which would make me feel far more secure. we'd likely have no more than a total of 5 people on 2 boats, or 2/3 on just my boat.
We'd like to visit some USA coastal towns along the way, but we can do that on the way back during late March (Spring Break) if we run straight across the first leg.
We may head
out from Port Aransas about 250m, then head
NE to get to either New Orleans
City Beach to avoid the mass groups of rigs. Then, south into the gulf another 150m, then E to Tampa. Then S with as much Easting as possible to get to the keys. 2 weeks in the keys, 3 in the Bahamas
, and then back West.
On the way back, we'll either run straight from the keys to Panama
City Beach to CC Texas
, or we'll sail to Tampa then try PCB then CC. Most of the way back i expect to be moving with the current
but at a close haul against a SE wind
My main questions are
about how dense and dangerous those oil
rigs are, how long it takes to run all the way across the gulf versus stopping at a couple of marinas
, and the overall viability of the plan. Any advice or questions are MUCH appreciated! Thanks!
Note: My vessel is a 1970 Morgan
M38 rebuilt in 1980-83 thats a proven blue water racer
. With the right sails
up I average 6-7kts 40 miles out in the gulf (farthest I've gone yet) with 4-7 foot rollers and 13-17kt wind