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Diana Hooyman 02-04-2016 13:45

Traveling ICW From Kemah,TX to Lake Pontchartrain, LA.
 
My Husband and I are looking for experienced crew or skipper to navigate the ICW from Kemah TX. to Lake Pontchartrain, LA. We have a 2007 Hunter 38 sailboat. Would like to get going late April or early May. We have raced in the Harvest Moon a few times and traveled the ICW from Rockport TX. to Kemah, but have never taken the ditch east of Galveston Bay.

Captandrew 02-04-2016 15:29

Re: Traveling ICW From Kemah,TX to Lake Pontchartrain, LA.
 
Are you sure? Personally I find it easier and safer in the Gulf though it does involve overnight passage and oil rigs.

Having said that I could be available depending on dates.
PM me for more information.

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belizesailor 02-04-2016 20:24

Re: Traveling ICW From Kemah,TX to Lake Pontchartrain, LA.
 
Cant crew for you, but have done this trip on both inside (ICW) and outside route. A few things to be aware of/suggestions: both inside and outside have risks for a small boat, be cautious and keep good watch. Lots of commercial traffic on both. LOTS of rigs etc outside...sometimes they are lit. :eek: Good VHF at helm is very important (especially inside route). Know the VTC and working channels and monitor them. RADAR, AIS both very good to have (RADAR esp if outside). Several very interesting intersections: Morgan City (potentially lots of commercial traffic), transitting the Miss River and associated locks (lots of traffic and strong currents), narrow horizontal clearance at bridge in Houma (great stop, but not a great place to meet a big tow). ...

I think there is a thread here already discussing this route...give that a search.

Small boat facilities are few and far between on the inside route, but just enough to make day runs (do NOT run inside at night, but carry a good spotlight or two just in case...brighter is not better).

If outside, learn what a siesmic research vessel is and how they are lit...that could save your life.

Get a copy of the Waterway Guide for most current info.

quetzal 04-04-2016 05:10

Re: Traveling ICW From Kemah,TX to Lake Pontchartrain, LA.
 
I am a Commerical Tug Captain and have made the trip over 200 times. Would be willing to assist you.
Ed

Pirate1221 04-04-2016 10:25

Re: Traveling ICW From Kemah,TX to Lake Pontchartrain, LA.
 
I've made numerous boat deliveries along that route. Would be glad to help. Just shoot me a message.

PappysSailing 04-04-2016 11:06

Re: Traveling ICW From Kemah,TX to Lake Pontchartrain, LA.
 
Hello. I sent you a Private Message. Cheers, Pappy

Diana Hooyman 04-04-2016 13:04

Re: Traveling ICW From Kemah,TX to Lake Pontchartrain, LA.
 
Thanks so much for your response PappysSailing!
I appreciate your offer and it sounds like you would be a great asset. But we have made arrangements with another gentleman to assist us.
I am new to this Forum and am trying to figure out how to remove this request!
THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL WHO REPLIED!

Diana Hooyman 04-04-2016 13:11

Re: Traveling ICW From Kemah,TX to Lake Pontchartrain, LA.
 
Thanks so much to all who replied with offers to assist us. We have found someone we feel will be well suited for the task and that the timing works out out with.
I appreciate all the responses and and helpful advise we have gotten from this group. So happy to be a new member of this forum!

gkunkle999 04-04-2016 16:50

Re: Traveling ICW From Kemah,TX to Lake Pontchartrain, LA.
 
I am planning to leave Kemah the end of the month heading east on past New Orleans, down the FL coast.
Have a Hunter 42 passage in the Kemah Marina. May want to buddy boat as far as you are going.

Let me know if interested

robmo 06-04-2016 18:14

Re: Traveling ICW From Kemah,TX to Lake Pontchartrain, LA.
 
Fot a competent delivery capt'n contact catamaranman@gmail.com. He's local in Kemah.


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