Hi all. We are contemplating a trip to Galveston from the Panama
City area. A few years ago, we did this trip from Galveston to Tampa Bay. We did the ICW
, then did offshore
hops from there.
On our return, we would prefer not to do the ICW
through Louisiana and Texas
. We are well aware of the oil
rig issue, and our plan would be to stick to the shipping
lanes. This would be in late April or early May and in a well found sailboat.
Our possible routes would be:
at Horn Island, then head
SW through the Chandeleur and Breton Sounds, make our way through the Baptiste Collette pass then down the Mississippi
to Venice (if we leave early early am, we should be able to do the main part of this in daylight). I believe this would require staying at a marina in Venice.
Then leave Venice down the Misssissippi to Head
of Passes, then take the SW past to the safety
fairways and on to Galveston via fairways.
2. Leave Mobil Bay and take safety
fairways to Galveston.
Has anyone out there done either of these routes that would care to comment on them? Any info on the Chandeleur and Breton Sounds as far as adequate depths (we draw 5' 6" and have go aground phobia). The best we can tell, the Baptiste Collette is well travelled with adequate depth
??? What about the SW Pass?
Although it greatly increases the stress factor, we are used to heavy shipping