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Old 31-01-2012, 15:24   #16
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Re: Texas to the Keys

From Galv eastward, there's not much until you get near where Bob and Connie are, or you can stop at Grand Isle (Pirate's Cove Marina, ask for Andy Galliano). If you don't want to sail round the Mississippi River crowsfoot, you'll have to go inland/ICW/channels. I think most folks do that.

You come out of the lake there into the Mississippi Sound. Anchor off the sea islands if you like. Smuggler's Cove (Cat Island) is the only anchorage that's protected in north winds. Anchoring on south side of islands gets you Gulf fetch unless there's just no wind, and north side will get rough if there is wind from east, west or north.

There's harbor at Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, Biloxi. You can anchor in the Casino Row channel behind the casinos at Biloxi, just stay out of the marked channel. Water's fairly thin in general in the central Gulf, btw

Continuing eastward, if you stay in the ICW, you can pop in at Dauphin Island, or go in thru the Mobile Ship Channel and go to DI, or go further in to Mobile Bay and check out the Dog River. If you want to keep on keepin' on in the ICW after Mobile Bay, you'll have nice places at LuLu's (Buffett's sister's place on the ICW), continue in the ICW and there's a real nice anchorage at Ingram Bayou, or go round the corner to Pirate's Cove.

If you don't go ICW, you can stay offshore and go in the Perdido Pass channel bridge at 54', or go in to Pickens Pass (Pensacola) and either go left/west in the ICW channel and on the hook behind Fort McRee spoil island, or go northward to Chico Bayou, or eastward toward Pensacola. The bridge at P'cola is 65', but if you continue east on ICW, the bridge at Navarre is 50', and so is the bridge at Ft Walton.

If you don't go in at P'cola, the next stop will be Destin Pass. The Destin bridge leading to Choctawhatchee Bay is I believe also 50', but Destin Harbor entrance is south of the bridge, just on your right before the bridge.

After Destin, there's Panama City, Port St. Joe, and the Apalachicola area, which is rather nice but I've not sailed too much there, but there are anchorages thereabouts.

Most folks around here jump off either from P'cola, Destin, or maybe Panama City area and cut the corner, head to Tampa or further southeastward.

I've been using the ActiveCaptain site for info and have found it to be pretty good stuff, btw.

If either of y'all find yourselves in the Miz'sippi area, please PM and I'll be glad to help or just hang out ;-)
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Old 31-01-2012, 15:47   #17
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Re: Texas to the Keys

I am thinking that my wife and I might do this trip only from Naples, south florida to New Orleans then back to south Florida after celebrations are over. Anyone wanting to tag along are welcome. Also check out activecaptain for information as to current anchorages and marrinas.
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Old 31-01-2012, 17:35   #18
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every single anchorage reported in the waterway guide online chart viewer has water depths included. important in gulf waters
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Old 31-01-2012, 18:51   #19
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Some photos of the damage, fixable but DANG!!
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Here's another link to it:

What a long, strange trip it’s been … | Sailing Pearl
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Neecer, so sorry for the trouble. Hope repairs go well.
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Welcome home Neecer.
We're still on a mooring ball at Key West. We did find help. Young man out of Orlando. Found him here on CF. Waiting on a weather window. Hired a weather guy. Chris Parker.
Saturday we're going to help move Pearl to Miami then bus back. I think Pearl is heading for the Bahamas. We think well be sailing West by Wednesday.
Say high to the boy friend and keep in touch.

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Re: Texas to the Keys

Great info in this thread. Glad I found it because I am planning virtually the same trip... but will have to wait until a slip opens up in the Keys (NAS Boca Chica). Long waiting list and it may be a year or two, but in the meantime I am at Clear Lake in TX.
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Keep in touch, if you need a hand for a weekend sail out of Clear lake let me know.
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