We just returned to Texas
after two years of cruising to the Bahamas
, and up the East Coast
. New Orleans is not as bad as it appears. You are in for an adventure, and a lot of beautiful scenery.
I'm sure you will cruise
much faster than our 5 knots, but you do need to plan your stops carefully. You can't just pull over in the ICW, and you really don't want to run it at night.
Pick up a Waterway Guide (southern edition), and Skipper
Bob's, for planning purposes.
If you care to see where we chose for stops, here is our blog - day 5 | sailing away with R & B
Also, you will have a long Gulf crossing from either Apalachicola or Carrabelle to Tarpon Springs or Clearwater Beach (150-160 nm). We choose to anchor
out at Dog Island (Carrabelle) and leave from there. If you want to leave from Apalachicola, be careful with Governors Cut. Local knowledge is helpful there, so we skip it. Also, once across the Gulf, Clearwater Beach is an easy inlet. Tarpons Springs not as easy.
If you have any specific questions once you study up on your route
, feel free to ask for help.
Enjoy the Planning...and your adventure!