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Old 15-02-2009, 20:32   #1
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Gulf Coast Cruising Query

My wife and I plan a trip this spring leaving New Orleans and cruising mostly along the Mississippi and Alabama coasts, and perhaps as far east as Pensacola. Our boat is a Pearson 365. We have mostly sailed in Lake Pontchartrain in the past, so this will be new territory. Does anybody have any suggestions regarding great marinas, anchorages, etc.? Any places to avoid?

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Old 16-02-2009, 07:36   #2
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If you need a place to stay you can anchor off Dauphin Island or contact the Pelican Pub for dockage. Up in Mobile Bay we have several nice full service marinas. You can contact Turners Marina, Dog River Marina and The Mariner. On the Eastern Shore you will find The Grand Hotel at Point Clear. The ICW is fairly easy to navigate and you will want to stop at Pirates Cove for a cheese burger. I think that is where Jimmy Buffett came up with the Chesse Burger in Paridise song.

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Mike, I don't know the draft of your boat but there are quite a few spots along the north side of some of the barrier Islands that we have been into in our 4' draft trawler in light or South winds. Ship Island, Horn Island, Ft Mckree just west of Pensacola Pass. We also enjoyed Ingram Bayou and Roberts Bayou. I have seen sizeable sailboats in Little Sabine Bay but much of it is shoal you will need to know the way in.
I have met several Sailors from the Pensacola area along the way maybe you can contact a Sailing club there for some "local knowledge" There is lots of beautiful white sand and blue water over there, much of it shallow so bring some good charts!
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Old 17-02-2009, 19:37   #4
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Unfortunately, with Katrina recovery continuing, there is very little in the way of public marinas in Mississippi. The barrier islands are a beautiful place to visit and anchor along the way. Biloxi's Point Cadet and Small Craft Harbor may have dockage available soon, as repairs are underway to both marinas.
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