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Old 21-01-2012, 12:39   #1
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Texas to the Keys

Well Iím off on another adventure; a friend of mine that I have been sailing with decided to sail from Galveston Texas to Key West. Iíve been helping to get the boat ready for shipping from Oregon to Texas (it just left) and I will be in Texas to get it ready around the 15 of Feb. We hope to leave there on the 19 to go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras; from there we will make our way around to the keys. Donít have any written in stone plans for stops yet but we are working it out now.
If anyone has any suggestions as to where would be a good place to stop and take in some local fun along the Gulf let me know.
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Mardi Gras is Feb 21. Hope you can make it. New Orleans is a tough spot to find a mooring as the municipal harbor is still not repaired. NOYC has 1 slip. PM me for more info on this.

We've done New Orleans to Key West several times and will be going again this Spring. We take our time and hit as many Gulf Coast stops as we can. Some of our favorites are Pass Christian, slips are $20 a night and a great bar and restaurant is on the waterfront, Shaggy's. Gulfport also has a new snazzy marina, a stop at Ship Island and visit to the fort is great. Anchoring behind Dauphine Island is lovely if the winds are right. Then the whole Orange Beach area at the Alabama-Florida border is great. FloraBama is fun but so is Bear Point Marina. And that just gets you a little ways...

You'll want to have oysters in Appalachicola and Stone Crabs at Moore's.
Don't forget to go to the Sponge Museum in Tarpor Springs.

Get some guidebooks and have a blast.
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Old 21-01-2012, 13:44   #3
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Hey there,

I have sailed from Destin Florida to Key West. I would suggest you just sail direct from Cape San Blas to Clearwater FL. There is really nothing much of interest coastwise until you get there. Once you get south of Clearwater, there are tons of cool anchorages on a coastwise cruise. When you get to 10.000 Islands you will be in the wildest coastal area extant in FL. Pretty cool. Then head across Florida Bay and make landfall near Marathon and bump down to Key West.
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Old 23-01-2012, 18:34   #4
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Welcome to te Texas group :-)
What kind of boat is it? What does she draw?
Does your friend have experience in the gulf?
Are you delivering the Boat to clear lake area or Galveston ?

We are up in clear lake, if you need help or local info just holler.

Cheers, have fun in the keys :-)

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PS - I'd head strait to the keys from NO, IMHO
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Old 23-01-2012, 19:00   #5
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How much water you draw?? you mite find it hard to find moorage in NOLA, but we have room behind our home in Montegut, (1hr and 15 min from the french qtr) but at this time of yr we only have 4 ft of water there ! there were some boat houses for 400 a mo plus power for rent a coulple of mos ago try google for moorage New Orleans .Have fun at marti Gras Bob and Connie
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It's a Beneteau 37, about 4'6 draft boat just left today for Kemah, we will be there around the 10th of Feb. Just look for the pasty white Northwestern pallor:
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I have sailed from Destin Florida to Key West. I would suggest you just sail direct from Cape San Blas to Clearwater FL. There is really nothing much of interest coastwise until you get there.
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If you make NO look us up. We're behind NOYC in the Municipal harbor. No water or electricity (hear that generator) but everyone is friendly, the drinks are cheap and there's nothing like Carnival time in New Orleans!

Oh, there's ALWAYS something fun to do wherever you go, even here to Clearwater.

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It's a Beneteau 37, about 4'6 draft boat just left today for Kemah, we will be there around the 10th of Feb. Just look for the pasty white Northwestern pallor:
We should be home by then, just pm me or my husband, Rain Dog is his sign in. We are at Waterford marina. Are you putting in at South Texas? There is a west marine right across the street from that marina :-). But if you need help getting around town and such for prvisioning just holler.
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Ditto, I'm on clear lake also. Let us know when you arrive.
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Old 27-01-2012, 17:12   #11
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That's a big "you bet I will be looking everyone up that I can" Sailing in the Gulf will be different than the Northwest or the sound so I/we will be open to all information we can get. My have to have a party...once I figure out what I did with everything...First must get the mast back on ...now get the boom out of the cabin...where are the bolts for the Bimini... *Sigh*

Maybe you all, er, ya'll should bring popcorn and beer to watch the action.
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Sailing in the Gulf will be different than the Northwest or the sound so I/we will be open to all information we can get.
The Gulf coast and Keys are wonderful cruising areas! In most places you can choose to cruise outside (on the Gulf) or inside (on the ICW or on one of the many excellent protected bays).

A few things that are different from the PNW: There is very little tide (usually just a couple feet) or current to deal with. Also, if you use paper charts keep in mind that they are in feet, not fathoms. Six to eight feet is considered deep water in most areas. The good news is that the bottom is generally mud, not rock, and a grounding is an inconvenience rather than an emergency.

Your mast height is probably over 50 feet so be aware of the 50 foot fixed bridges between Pensacola and Destin and the one just east of Panama City.

Have a great trip!
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Hey Gang: Just found this thread. We're bringing a 41 foot Kings Legend from St. Pete to Galveston next month and was looking for ideas on places to stop along the way. We're 53 feet at the mast so we'll be skipping along off shore a day or so at a time then ducking in for a night/ food/ sights etc..... anyone got any favorites?
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Welcome aboard :-) if y'all need anything when you make landfall just holler.
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Soooo, the boat is in Kemah, unfortunately it was damaged on the road, nothing devastating but will put our plans a bit more into March.
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