Originally Posted by GordMay
Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, bo12au.
I'd consider the GoM and Caribbean to be semi-protected coastal waters, not offshore "blue-water" .
I would agree with you about the Gulf of Mexico
If you look at a chart, you'll see that much of it is pretty darned shallow. It doesn't take much of a storm to turn the Gulf into VERY rough waters. And since it's sheltered on three sides, they don't always dissipate all that quickly.
IMO a boat that can't handle high seas shouldn't be out in the Gulf unless the skipper
and crew are pretty experienced,and that includes sailing down the west coast
to the Keys. You can really get tossed around. You'll survive, but there may be stretches of time when you would have preferred to die.
The Gulf can get extremely rough, and the storms that cause it in the summer can come up really fast. You'll have a couple of days' warning (at least) if it's a front from the north causing the turbulence but that turbulence can, and sometimes does, move all the way down to the Keys.