Hmmm... When you say Miramar, are you talking about inside Choctawhatchee Bay? At 53' air draft
, you won't be able to get under the bridges at Fort Walton or Destin, meaning you will have to go outside from Pensacola
City, then double back inside on the ICW
. Also, the storms last year damaged a lot of marinas
on the Gulf coast
, and I'm not really sure of their current
from NOLA would be: Leisurely start, spend the night at Oak Harbor in Slidell. The Highway 11 bridge is undergoing lengthy repairs
, and one side of the span will be up, the other down. The Norfolk Southern railroad bridge next to it has gone to remote
control - listen for a closing announcement when a train is coming on channel 16 or 13.
Next day, Gulfport if staying at a marina or anchor
off Ship Island. Be prepared for aggravation at the CSX Rigolets railroad bridge. Then anchor
off Dauphin Island. We have had decidedly mixed experiences anchoring
off the barrier islands, but at Dauphin at least you don't have much choice.
From there a long day to either Lulu's or The Wharf (expensive), or anchor in Wolf Bay. I think Barbers and Pirates Cove are gone, not sure about Bear Point. Watch the weather
crossing Mobile Bay! Note that it is possible to go straight across from the Dauphin Island Bridge to ICW
marker 147, bypassing the dogleg.
From there, probably anchor at the east end of Big Lagoon
, just before Pensacola
Inlet. Next day, outside to Destin and anchor inside Destin Harbor. Best to watch local traffic going into the inlet, the channel markers appear to be only a suggestion. Watch your depth
finder, and go to within 50 yards of the bridge before turning into the harbor. I'm not aware of any places to tie up inside the harbor.
If you really are going into Choctawhatchee Bay, then outside to Panama
City next, where there might be a marina to the left as you enter the inlet, or a pretty nice anchorage to the right. I don't think the Panama City marinas
are up yet. From there, the ICW back into Choctawhatchee Bay, something we've never done.
You should be able to get fuel
at Oak Harbor, Gulfport, Lulu's or The Wharf, Destin, and maybe Panama City. Groceries and supplies are another matter entirely, might involve a cab ride.