Unfortunately few Gulf sailing options are in Louisiana. The low-lying marshy nature of most of coadtal Louisiana precludes many Gulf-fronting choices. Directly on the Gulf, about the only option is Grand Isle. Just about everywhere else will involve a transit of some distance. At Cypremort on West Cote Blanche Bay you still have a good three hours to the Gulf at 6 kts. and roughly the same from Danny Richardís at Intercoastal City going thru Vermillion Bay. Lake Charles is even further via Cameron. Yachts have berthed at Cameron, but itís taken numerous storm hits the last few years, and even if berths were in usable condition, marine
services are just about non-existent.
That leaves the best for last- the New Orleans/Pontchartdain area makes up for what the rest of the state lacks. Not for nothing is it the home of the Southern Yacht Club, the 2nd oldest club in the US. The lake alone is about 640 sq. mi., with yacht infrastructure on both southern and northern shores at Madisonville, Mandeville, Slidell, and several locations in New Orleans
proper. Egress to the Gulf can be thru the Mississippi
, tho not recommended because of really heavy traffic- and distance. Some offshore fishing
yachts berth at Venice, but thatís about 35 mi to the Gulf at Southwest Pass. The preferred exit though is through the Rigolets and Lake Borgne to Mississippi
Sound. The distance is no less, depending on where you depart, but it is as prime a cruising ground in the US as may be found, excepting the Keys and Coastal Maine
. (I know, plenty of room for disagreement there).
But you get the picture. Louisiana sailing is pretty much confined to the New Orleans
area, but itís pretty good there.