Several of you asked for an update on the trip, so here you are...
was being sailed from Tampa to NOLA because that was the closest DIY
yard that could haul the 23'7" beam. The trip was made under sail alone. Other than the complete lack of wind
for 5 days, the sail went well. The boat
handled well. I just shot a rhumb from Tampa Bay to the east side of the oil
fields. When I got to the oil
fields, I didn't have enough wind
to feel comfortable threading the needle, so I turned back out to the gulf and gave them a wide berth. As I approached the Rigolets, I tied the dink off the side and warmed up the motor
. I timed the current
, and God timed the wind and I was able to sail the length of the Rigolets. The Bridge Tender
was sleeping when I tried to call to get under the Hwy 11, and a storm blew in, so I just anchored between the I-10 and Hwy 11. I passed the bridge in the morning, sailed across lake P, and pulled the Cat the few hundred yards into the industrial canal
with the dink. It was less eventful that I was planning. "Hope for the best... but plan for the worst!" As it turns out, Seabrook Marine
isn't able to lift
because the slipway is only 22'4" at its widest point.
So... I'm chillin' on the dock
with a few boat drams and I'll look for another yard when I'm in the mood.
Thank you to all who gave me their safe wishes and my apologies to those that wanted to make the trip but didn't. And most of all, my apologies for my comments to the armchair sailor!