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.
is very important (especially inside route). Know the VTC and working channels and monitor
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.
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.
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