Ronnie is right. This time of year I would go way outside the oil patch or go the ICW
. While you would run 24 hours a day offshore
, daylight is in short supply for the ICW route
. Close in offshore
there is heavy traffic, some unlighted structures and an occasional barge on a long string behind the tug. In the ICW the tows can be bumper to bumper in Louisiana.
All that said I have done both at night but always on a power boat
with the speed to pass the tow if necessary. On a sail boat, you can get half the way past and have to drop back because another one is coming to meet you.
I never hit anything off shore but once did pick up a black and yellow 2" hawser in one of the wheels. I continued on towards Port Eads on one engine
until I lost steering
. Then a nice supply boat towed me in whereupon I hired a couple of guys with Cajun scuba gear
to cut the line off the wheel
. Cajan scuba gear
is where you put a 5 gallon bucket over your head
and go under a boat with a hacksaw.