Originally Posted by Target9000
Every year my family
rents one of the beach houses at Perdido key/Orange beach. This year we'd like to take our boat
over there and visit but we've never sailed out that way.
Took a look at ActiveCaptain and a lot of the marinas
over there appear to be big sport fisher
aligned. Can anyone give us some suggestions that are closest to the beaches and can handle 5.5ft draft?
Also, I see the notes about the Perdido Beach Bridge shoaling. Says "warning for deep draft and sailboats". I seem to recall
watching some sail boats exit through there but was wondering if anyone with recent local knowledge can chime in.
We're trying to decide if we'll venture out into the gulf or not (weather permitting).
I'm replying as I was looking at this in detail last night, mostly to look at the accessiblity from the Gulf up to Bear Point Marina up on Perdido/Arnica Bay.
The fixed bridge over the Perdido Pass channel has four piles mid-channel which you'll need to look out for. If you follow the channel markers in and then make sure you keep to the right-hand channel to avoid going up into Terry Cover or Johnson Cove, then you'll find yourself in a channel of 9ft depth
On the way out: The whole Bayou St John shoals to around 7'8" if you follow the markers well. The bridge itself has a vertical clearance of 40.7ft and shoals to around 6'5".. Directly in the middle of the channel as seen coming through the bridge there's an area which shoals to 5'9" - which is why it's better to keep to the Gulfward side of the channel. Once under the bridge and through the piles i mentioned head
straight for the middle of the two channel markers "7" to startboard and "6" to port you'll pass through 8' of water
between the bridge and the markers - from there you can head
due south in 11'8" of water
to the final markers "1" and "2", making sure to keep away from the port side of the mouth as it shoals rapidly to 2'.
A good quality sensibly scaled chart (which is up to date) should tell you what you need to know.
Hope this helps,
P.S. I haven't been there myself yet, so take what I have to say with a pinch of salt!