Well we made it. As we expected, it was freaking chilly but overall the weather cooperated with us. We where able to sail most of the way and where very happy the boat came with a propane
heater, those night watches in the low 40s and raining where fairly rough.
Our worst night was as we got into the NOLA offshore
area and started seeing rigs, of course the seas and winds kicked up for us. 25-30 knots and 8-10 ft seas. Fortunately, the boat handled it all really well. It was stressful for my wife and I but glad to have gotten the experience.
I'll be updating the blog in a few days we're on our way back to Austin at the moment. Overall, I'll just say I see why people choose to do the ICW
the gulf is just much nastier than the Atlantic. Those large'sh seas with a 3-4 second period really suck. Definitely drives home the point of choosing the right time of year for your crossings. If sure a trip like this could actually be fun.
Moral of the story is the boat is now home in the harbor walk marina and of course now that we're back the weather is great. We haven't seen the sun in 4-5 days offshore
, so that's a nice change.
Overall, glad to be home but I've got to say raindog has the right idea. I'd much rather be doing the trip in reverse.
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