Ask for Skipper Bob’s Marina Report:
Gulf Coast Marina Report
NOTE: In the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina and Rita the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) is generally open. However, damage to marinas
has made it difficult or impossible to obtain slip space or fuel
in some areas.
In general, marinas east of Mobile Bay on the Gulf Coast
as far east as Panama
City are little changed from before Katrina or Rita. However, fuel
is in short supply and some marinas are rationing how much can be purchased at one time. This shortage should disappear in a few weeks.
Marinas west of Mobile Bay to the other side of New Orleans
and many of those on Mobile Bay have been badly damaged, have no fuel, and/or no electricity or phone service
. Some were totally destroyed. After Rita and Katrina more than 30 bridges west of Mobile Bay are damaged, inoperable or closed to navigation
. Many of these bridges are not directly on the GIWW, but will affect any effort to navigate outside the main channel. There are numerous reports of sunken objects, including boats. Extreme caution is advised for any vessel traffic moving west of Mobile Bay on the GIWW.
To obtain a copy of a current marina report for this area, E-mail SkipperBob@att.net
and ask to be put on the “Katrina Marina Report”. We will send you the current
copy as an attachment in Word and updated copies when they become available until they are discontinued about January 1, 2006.
On the report, the marinas are listed by mile marker as shown in the books
Cruising From Chicago to Mobile and Cruising the Gulf Coast
. “Follow-up” shows the date we have been asked to again contact the marina to see if there have been changes. (October 13, 2005)