Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 07-06-2011, 12:02   #1
Registered User

Join Date: May 2011
Location: Milton Florida
Boat: AMF Paceship PY26
Posts: 5
Gulf of Mexico

Anyone cruising the Gulf?
__________________

__________________
Domknotty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 14:01   #2
Registered User
 
Unicorn Dreams's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Clear Lake Marine Services - Seabrook, Texas
Boat: Gulfstar, Mark II Ketch, 43'
Posts: 2,359
Re: Gulf of Mexico

We were.
Now ried to the dock refitting the boat for extended cruising
__________________

__________________
Formerly Santana
The winds blow true,The skies stay blue,
Everyday is a good day for SAILING!!!!
Unicorn Dreams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 14:51   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: San Diego
Boat: 30' CATALINA C30
Posts: 9
Re: Gulf of Mexico

I would look into it, I am just concerned about the safety in the area regarding weather and other matters. There doesn't seem to be a lot of respond here as too many people in the area. I would like to get any advice you could give me about the Gulf of Mexico.
__________________
sailfin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 15:02   #4
Registered User
 
sailin459's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Florida
Boat: C&C Landfall 35
Posts: 5
Coming into thunderstorm season..afternoons, some very strong with numerous lightening strikes generally and of course hurricane season...best to stay close to the coast
__________________
sailin459 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 17:27   #5
Senior Cruiser
 
osirissail's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: A real life Zombie from FL
Boat: Gulfstar 53 - Osiris
Posts: 5,226
Images: 2
Re: Gulf of Mexico

Two problems with the "Gulf of Mexico" cruising - first it is all coastal cruising - no islands but an unbelievable amount of Gas/Oil rigs that are major hazards.
- - Second, other than the US coastline from Florida to Texas and Mexico from the border to the Yucatan - there is not much variety in any of the places.
- - On the other hand the Caribbean Basin stretches from Cuba to Antigua and south to Trinidad, Venezuela and west to Panama and then north to Mexico. That is a serious available amount of new and different experiences.
__________________
osirissail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 17:32   #6
Registered User
 
captainKJ's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: 3rd wave passed the sea wall
Boat: private yacht always moving
Posts: 1,388
Re: Gulf of Mexico

osirissail gave GOOD advice on the GOM,,,do not forget all the fishing vessels that think it is there gulf and you are trespassing, I worked oil and gas supply for 2 1/2 years there,,,,look out for the unmarked well heads,, do not travel at night without a radar finely tuned,,,,,in ruff weather they are VERY hard to see in the daytime,,,,,they should be marked but lots of them are not,,keep a good lookout at all times
__________________
captainKJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 18:20   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: New Orleans, LA
Boat: 1993 Lagoon 37 TPI
Posts: 106
Re: Gulf of Mexico

All is not bad in the Gulf. I havn't cruised it all, but there are some very beautiful places along the coast and inland waters of Alabama and the Florida panhandle, and then there are the barrier islands off Mississippi and Alabama. The inland bays of Alabama and Florida are great. And when you have done that, you can get into Lake Pontchartrain and spend some time hanging out in New Orleans.
__________________
Mike Sibley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 18:26   #8
Senior Cruiser
 
Cheechako's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Skagit City, WA
Posts: 11,954
Re: Gulf of Mexico

what Osiissail said!
__________________
Cheechako is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 18:43   #9
Mooderator
 
capngeo's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Key West & Sarasota
Boat: Cal 28 "Happy Days"
Posts: 3,689
Images: 12
Send a message via Yahoo to capngeo Send a message via Skype™ to capngeo
Re: Gulf of Mexico

Pirates! Look out for the Pirates!

ETA: sorry wrong gulf!
__________________
Any fool with a big enough checkbook can BUY a boat; it takes a SPECIAL type of fool to build his own! -Capngeo
capngeo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 19:16   #10
Registered User
 
WarmWaters's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: FL Gulf Coast
Boat: 1979 O'Day
Posts: 26
Re: Gulf of Mexico

Quote:
Originally Posted by Domknotty View Post
Anyone cruising the Gulf?
Domknotty,

I JUST finally started my sailing career and am taking courses in Pcola. Please let me know what you end up doing for my edification
__________________
WarmWaters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 21:32   #11
Senior Cruiser
 
bstreep's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: San Antonio, TX/Port Aransas, TX
Boat: 1990 Macintosh 47, "Merlin"
Posts: 2,111
Re: Gulf of Mexico

OK, let's be serious. As a "cruising destination", it's really hard to compare our Gulf Coast with the Caribbean. HOWEVER, if you LIVE in the area, and it's your weekend cruising ground, it ain't all that bad. There are lots of very nice areas, if you are a birder - or just interested - it's just plain outstanding. If you fish, it's great. If you are looking for coral reefs and pretty water... well. This isn't it.

As for rigs/platforms/pipes, etc. Yes, they are there. Yes, they are often unmarked. HOWEVER, there are ways to avoid them. Every October, Lakewood Yacht Club puts on the Harvest Moon Regatta - and the trip is right thru oil platform territory. 200-250 boats, at night. I don't recall hearing of an incident with a fixed platform. MANY other stories of mother nature affecting participants.

That said, if you are offshore at night, radar OR the safety zone is a darn good idea.
__________________
Bill Streep
San Antonio/Port Aransas, TX
bstreep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2011, 20:08   #12
Registered User
 
WarmWaters's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: FL Gulf Coast
Boat: 1979 O'Day
Posts: 26
Re: Gulf of Mexico

True that. I've flown over some of the thicker areas of rigs and it immediately reminds me of a minefield.

Thankfully we do have beautiful beaches...and if you can find a secluded area away from the tourists, it's still serene.

I do a fair amount of sharking (before the hate messages, we tag and release them for NOAA :P ), and one of my favorite parts is being on the beach at night... with no one else besides us for miles Add a stogie and a FEW beers (don't want to lose a hand!), and it's hard to go wrong even it's a slow night with the fishies.

Like you said though, it might not come close to the carib, but it could be a lot worse.

-WW
__________________
WarmWaters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2011, 12:44   #13
Registered User
 
Lars_L's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: South of Copenhagen but in Sweden
Boat: H 30
Posts: 46
Re: Gulf of Mexico

I am planning to sail from Mobile, Alabama to Cancun, Mexico for when times come, go through the Panama Canal. Is there any alternative to go straight over the gulf?
__________________
Lars_L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2011, 14:26   #14
Senior Cruiser
 
osirissail's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: A real life Zombie from FL
Boat: Gulfstar 53 - Osiris
Posts: 5,226
Images: 2
Re: Gulf of Mexico

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lars_L View Post
I am planning to sail from Mobile, Alabama to Cancun, Mexico for when times come, go through the Panama Canal. Is there any alternative to go straight over the gulf?
Yes, follow the coastline (or ICW) to Brownsville Texas then down the Mexican coastline around the Yucatan until you get to Cancun. One neat place to stop is Progresso Mexico which is the port area for the city of Merida and all the surrounding Mayan pyramid sites.
- - You can, of course, take shortcuts outside when the weather allows it. If not then run the ICW.
__________________
osirissail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 12:00   #15
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: New Orleans, LA
Boat: 1993 Lagoon 37 TPI
Posts: 106
Re: Gulf of Mexico

If you plan to sail from Mobile to Cancun, going around Texas is the very very very long way. Some go directly across the gulf to Isla Mujeres, an island off the north-east corner of the Yucatan. If you take this route, be sure to check out the location of the loop current before starting, unless you want to buck a 3 kt current in the wrong direction. Another alternative is to sail down the west coast of Florida to Key West, then the Dry Tortugas, then over to Isla Mujeres.
Good luck.
__________________

__________________
Mike Sibley is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
gulf of mexico, Mexico

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Eastern Gulf of Mexico jpswoope Atlantic & the Caribbean 5 12-11-2010 12:39
Sailing from NC to Gulf of Mexico vinceandalexis General Sailing Forum 4 02-11-2010 21:33
Weather Forecast Gulf of Mexico Ted Navigation 4 23-10-2010 08:02
For Sale: Charts - Gulf of Mexico Evan Classifieds Archive 1 30-12-2009 08:39
Counter clockwise around Gulf Of Mexico from AL to TX otgadventures Other 6 07-03-2007 17:16


Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

RV & Travel Trailer Communities

Our RV & Travel Trailer sites encompasses virtually all types of Recreational Vehicles, from brand-specific to general RV communities.

» More about our RV Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 18:37.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.