Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 15-08-2013, 21:17   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: texas
Boat: cape dory 31
Posts: 2
Texas to carribean

We are outfitting a Cape Dory 31 in Corpus Christi and planing to start cruising in January. Is it a good plan to head south to the Yucatan and cross south of Cuba to the Caribbean?
__________________

__________________
waltoler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-08-2013, 23:06   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Montegut LA.
Boat: Now we need to get her to Louisiana !! she's ours
Posts: 3,421
Re: Texas to carribean

Sorta depends on where ya want to go !! but the passage past Cuba-Cancun is the best for Mexico, Belize, Jamaica, and justabout anywhere ya want to travel in the Caribe!! We use it from Louisiana when we got South to Isla M to ck in to mexico and start our trips to Panama and Columbia
__________________

__________________
Bob and Connie
bobconnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-08-2013, 08:18   #3
Registered User
 
xeon_tsd's Avatar

Join Date: May 2011
Location: "Out There" (mailing Austin TX)
Boat: Lafitte 44
Posts: 419
Re: Texas to carribean

where do you want to end up?

Why not run over to Key West and around?
__________________
hopefully I will keep this updated.... http://svchapaai.com
xeon_tsd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-08-2013, 08:27   #4
Registered User
 
Wrong's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,702
Re: Texas to carribean

Quote:
Originally Posted by waltoler View Post
We are outfitting a Cape Dory 31 in Corpus Christi and planing to start cruising in January. Is it a good plan to head south to the Yucatan and cross south of Cuba to the Caribbean?
Check your pilot charts for wind and current direction and strength. I've contemplated sailing to Panama from the Gulf Coast, and it will be to windward most of the way. Best to leave from Pensacola and use the ICW getting there. Better angle, at least as far as the west end of Cuba. The farther south you go, say about the same latitude of Grand Cayman, the wind backs (according to the Pilot Chart).

Hopefully youll get some more specific input from folks who've hung a left toward the Caribbean, maybe hugging islands along the way. I suspect there will be lots of motoring and having to pick your days with care.
__________________
Wrong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-08-2013, 09:01   #5
Senior Cruiser
 
Ocean Girl's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: In transit ( Texas to wherever the wind blows us)
Boat: Pacific Seacraft a Crealock 34
Posts: 4,115
Images: 2
Re: Texas to carribean

To get to eastern Caribbean we went the Florida route, cutting through okeechobee or going by way of the keys. To get to Guatemala and beyond we went the Yucatan way. If you choose this route ( Mexico) get as much easting as you can leaving Corpus. The lure to fall off a few degrees to make better time, or worse yet, trying to cut the butter around the tip of Yucatan, will bit you in the butt. if you dont get your easting and drop too far south you could hit the gulf stream and get stuck in the bay of Campeechee (is a drag, I know). Remember the gulf stream comes up through there and takes a nice hard right, screaming around the tip of the yucatan. You will hit the stream, just try to hit it as late as you can on your Isla M approach.
Many cruisers heading to Yucatan from Texas take a different approach by making two long tacks to get to the straits between Cuba and Mexico. One long tack towards Tampa, then another to the tip of Yucatan. I've never tried it, most cats who don't want to beat ( or cant) do this route. In many ways it can be faster.
Hope that made sense, still haven't had my morning tea!!
__________________
Mrs. Rain Dog~Ocean Girl
https://raindogps34.wordpress.com
Ocean Girl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
rib, texas

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




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:32.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.