di dslidell to ft myers and was recommended if i were from galveston to icw
to ponchartrain then head
into mississsippi sound.at pascagoula head
out into gulf IFF your weather
window is good. if the tugs are tying up and hunkering down--seek protection as weather
will hit the fan
ask me how we learned that one hahaha
harbors in case of need.
says extreme front they mean over 80 kts winds get sheltered. when iit says severe front, that is 70 kts winds we sailed thru those and wished we hadnt. was a lot of busy all at once.
if you go thru mobile bay, donot vary one inch out of the marked channel as water
is very very skinny. lulus is a good place for a hb, in alabama
, annd the marina is a good hidey hole from weather. farther in the icw
will be found wolf bay and ingrahams lagoon--good anchoring
locations for storms. we found in biloxi that point cadet was a good storm hiding location.
that was before repairs
were complete post katrina. ha ha ah
we were caught between pascagoula and ft myers beach by an extreme front--we got to st josephs bay---is difficult to find th e clear channel--donot fall for this trick. we shipwrecked on the spoilsbank that comes out from engineers cut. the 4 ft seas made the lit buoys all but impossible to see.
sail between fronts or learn heavy weather sailing. use icw as needed for safe passages durinng the fronts which seem to be about every 4 days. watch for surprise potential events
arising in the fla area... can be fun . out at sea off ft myers beach with big boxy seas--is not ok.it is easy to enter ft myers beach area in weather. whew. btdt. the inland gicw between ueseppe island and ft myers beach is awesome. inside behind sanibel is a safe place from some storms, better off in marina
btw--when your chart shows a tower in middle of open water--donot disbelieve it--some even have lights......
pps--we did sail the crippled shipwrecked boat back to its dock
off lake ponchartrain without further incident, despite the unhung rudder
and cracked skin-- that just made stuff more interesting.......