Menteur Pass is pretty iffy with a 6' draft. I just bought a Bruce Roberts
44 in Gulfport and brought it home to New Orleans and I dismissed Chef Pass immediately. Rigolets is pretty easy especially if you have under 60' air draft. You mean your deck
to masthead height is 57' or your air draft is 57'?
Motoring up the river can be a huge PITA due as Greg mentioned, all the trees and stuff, not to mention the current
and scarcity of services available. Going downstream is sometimes practical, depending on your destination
, if SW Pass is a good jumping off point. (watch for unlit oilfield structures and bouys!!!!) Radar
highly recommended of course.
There can be very strong currents in the Rigolets too, but they are wind
driven and so waiting a day or two can give you a current
running in the desired direction. Meanwhile you can find services in Bay St Louis if you are waiting out a contrary current.
Ch 13 for the bridges. Or TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT TOOT. The highway 11 bridge and railroad bridge will open together and you only need to call one or the other. Sometimes there is a long wait here, if there is a train on the bridge or one expected soon. The I-10 Twin Span is shown on the chart with 73' clearance near the west end of the North Shore Channel. Looks like 66' clearance under the US90 (Fort Pike) bridge. I think my air draft is 61' but I asked for and received an opening anyway. Funny
, but Wikipedia says 72'. Guess which one I believe.
The latest NOAA chart 11371 and 11369 will work
okay. The only cruising guide I have is pre Katrina LOL. You might have a look in Coast Pilot Vol 5 chapter 7, too. A highly recommended FREE download, like the charts
There is usually transient berthing available at Orleans Marina but check ahead of time especially since you are 50' long. South Shore marina is a safer bet, though. It is the one next to Lakefront Airport