to lake pontchartrain, use icw
ponchartrain thru rigolets--must use radio
to get csx rigolets to open...then missisippi sound and barrier islands across to mobile alabama
...go thru mobile bay to icw--is all icw--marked in gps
and charts--to lulus,$$$$, which is before ocean springs... we stopped in ingrahams bayou, we stopped in wolf bay--both are excellent anchorages for waiting out storms...our gps
told of submerged piles exiting wolf bay toward pirates cove and then pensacola
, but we didnt encounter em or know their depth
.. pirats cov spozed to have est hamburgers in life..not as pricey as lulus..
there is a nice new fuel
station in there,now..and a marina wa s created as well....(2010)
lulus is a good place for lunch...cheeseburger in paradice...fuel stop and a dock
fro a day usable for reprovisioning...sister to jimmy buffet
ingrahams and wolf are after lulus....pirate cove, another popular place we didnt attend is on the way to pensacola -- i was advised i was not smart for having missed it--
pensacola was nice--we anchored in great harbor? just before the cut to gulf and south to more icw...as we were too tall )over 50 ft height ) we couldnt do icw--if you are not too tall for bridges, go for it--is gorgeous...
destin was a pita--strong current
in a very iffy shoaling entrance--very trendytouristy
apalachiacola is not to be mised with your size boat
. good provisioning--hve a bicycle.
port st joe--marin was winter rates 1 usd per foot ... good provisioning
, free use of bicycles for shpping, good food
, excellent thrift shop, and much more--dont miss this --lulus here is for ie cream and cake to absolutely kill for...awesomest bestest i ever tasted, ice cream and cake , including my family
there are many places to see and sail and explore in the icw as well as the gulf sailing on the outside--storm hiding holes and other interesting stuff..beautiful area.
bring skeeter kill and repellent..gallons of it..ditto black flies stuff---the beauty of those places is offset a tad by the insect population and its desire for fresh blood....
is good. have a fla license
. they are for real. the catch was yummy each time, and good variety from small tuna relations to dorado to sierra/spanish mackerel...king mackerel--conch....more...
we went from slidell louisiana to fort jefferson and back a few times...beautiful no matter how or where you go or route
remember-if you see tugs and tows wharfed or still-- go drop anchor
in the absolutely closest and safest place you can find. do not again move until they do...they know when it will be bad, yes BAD weather.