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Jeffrey a 29-05-2021 09:46

Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
I am looking to findout if anyone is headed to key west from Galviston on or around 6/3/2021. Me and my wife are sailing down on our new boat with the kids. Being as we just purchased the boat we would feel more comfortable going with a buddy boat on the first crossing.

Fullbore 29-05-2021 14:27

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
Not going that way. But it’s kinda short notice. Hope you have decent sailing experience of this type of cruise and have good knowledge of your boat.

Do you plan on cutting across the gulf or staying close to shore?

How long do you expect the trip to take?

Hope you have a great trip!

Jeffrey a 29-05-2021 15:19

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
Cutting straight across. We are on a Tayana 52 too tall for the icw. And trying to avoid as many of the oil rigs as possible.

smj 29-05-2021 16:08

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
If your rig is less that 73’ you could do the ICW through Louisiana and all the way to Petit Bois in Mississippi. At that point it’s easy daysails offshore to Key West except from Carrabelle to Tarpon Springs.

Jeffrey a 29-05-2021 17:58

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
My mast is 67. Draft is 6 1/2 . im also going straight across to sail it and conserve a little fuel.

smj 29-05-2021 18:14

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
Sounds like a good reason, but why the buddy boat for a 700 mile crossing? Last thing I want to see are nav lights at night, and last thing I want to do is adjust my speeds to remain within contact of another vessel.

Jeffrey a 29-05-2021 18:28

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
Its a new to me boat. Stuff happens. Plus it just unfamiliar waters. We would like to buddy boat just to have a little extra security on the first trip. Make no mistake if i dont find a buddy boat by then im going anyway.

captstu 30-05-2021 09:17

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
There is cell coverage much of the time on petronet and many crew boats to help if necessary. You can route via Port Eads if necessary.

Jeffrey a 30-05-2021 10:28

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
How do you do that on a regular cell phone

KadeyKrogen38 30-05-2021 10:48

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
I hope you realize that the GOM represents some of the worst sailing conditions. From Galveston until past the Mississippi Delta has short steep seas coming from all directions almost never a swell. Lots of rigs, including those not lit, along with heavy oil field boat traffic and ships

You are also going against the prevailing SE breeze so you will be close hauled.

Crappy way to introduce your family to sailing offshore.

captmikem 30-05-2021 12:13

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by KadeyKrogen38 (Post 3417007)
I hope you realize that the GOM represents some of the worst sailing conditions. From Galveston until past the Mississippi Delta has short steep seas coming from all directions almost never a swell. Lots of rigs, including those not lit, along with heavy oil field boat traffic and ships

You are also going against the prevailing SE breeze so you will be close hauled.

Crappy way to introduce your family to sailing offshore.

Funny, I have sailed many miles on many oceans, and the half dozen or so crossings between Galveston and the Dry Tortugas or Key west were some of the easiest. I did see a number of rigs, all well lit and easy to see and avoid. Hardly any traffic and no bad sea conditions, couple of squalls but they were over quickly.

No unlit rigs... that appears to be a myth because none of the rig tender drivers I have spoken to and asked about say they do not know of any. Do you have personal experience with unlit rigs?

One thing I would do though, hold a bit more east for a day after leaving Galveston Bay and you will see fewer rigs.

Have a good trip, and consider stopping at the Tortugas for a day or so.

M

KadeyKrogen38 30-05-2021 12:51

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
Unlit rigs are a hazard. On the Harvest Moon race in October 2019 we encountered around ten. During the black early morning hours we almost plowed into one large rig. Learned my lesson, I run radar constantly when offshore at night. I have sailed, raced and cruised in the GOM a lot and have seldom seen swells, manly cross chop from short steep waves bouncing off the Texas and LA coasts coming from several directions at once.

I have crossed the Gulf many times from Florida to Galveston and these trips have been some of the worst. Manly between the MS Delta and Galveston. Before the delta from FL coming from FL is good and after the Delta coming from Galveston is good. It’s just more crap sailing than good sailing in the GOM.

n5ama 30-05-2021 13:22

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by KadeyKrogen38 (Post 3417007)
I hope you realize that the GOM represents some of the worst sailing conditions. From Galveston until past the Mississippi Delta has short steep seas coming from all directions almost never a swell. Lots of rigs, including those not lit, along with heavy oil field boat traffic and ships

You are also going against the prevailing SE breeze so you will be close hauled.

Crappy way to introduce your family to sailing offshore.


Amen to all of that!!

Crew boat availability for help is good in a emergency but that comes at a price of more traffic and the reason they are out there is because they are servicing rigs which are fixed structures (some not very visible). If the rigs are exploration rigs there might not be any good way to predict their location because they are there one month and 6 weeks later gone. :confused:

Jetx 31-05-2021 04:09

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
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Originally Posted by n5ama (Post 3417087)
If the rigs are exploration rigs there might not be any good way to predict their location because they are there one month and 6 weeks later gone. :confused:

While their locations may not be charted, any active drill rigs will be lit up like the Empire State Building, so not difficult to avoid.

Any abandoned / unlit oilfield structures are going to be in shallower water closer to shore, so stick to the fairway heading SE out of Galveston a bit longer before turning east, and you’re unlikely to encounter anything unlit. Watch your radar at night anyway as an extra precaution.

sailjumanji 31-05-2021 10:56

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People keep saying rigs. You will not find any unlit drilling rigs. They have people on them, and at least lit up for their safety. What we have found unlit is wellhead platforms no longer in use, typically only one wellhead. Awaiting removal but not functionung.

Have also come across larger platforms that were being installed but construction boat not there at the moment. One installation of three wellheads, and two other single wellheads nearby. Not lit and thatll scare the crap outta you at night. Coming from Grand Isle to Galveston in June 2016.

Other big hazard is gulf shrimpers. They have never answered our calls, they choose their own path, and they make sudden course changes. Have also had them shine a search light on us which wipes out your night vision. Usually in groups working a hot area.

Sailmonkey 31-05-2021 12:42

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sailjumanji (Post 3417618)
People keep saying rigs. You will not find any unlit drilling rigs. They have people on them, and at least lit up for their safety. What we have found unlit is wellhead platforms no longer in use, typically only one wellhead. Awaiting removal but not functionung.
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Ive given up correcting anyone worried about unlit “rigs”. Production platforms at end of life is most correct for these structures.

clongcor59 29-08-2022 08:05

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeffrey a (Post 3416409)
I am looking to findout if anyone is headed to key west from Galviston on or around 6/3/2021. Me and my wife are sailing down on our new boat with the kids. Being as we just purchased the boat we would feel more comfortable going with a buddy boat on the first crossing.



We are planning to leave Galveston this December for Florida. I was wondering how your trip over went? Any advice?

slowNlow 07-09-2022 20:48

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by clongcor59 (Post 3673329)
We are planning to leave Galveston this December for Florida. I was wondering how your trip over went? Any advice?

So are we. Maybe as early as nov. weve done it multiple times. Easy peasy if your in the right weather window. Radar will help you relax, def some obstructions of you don’t go south before east.

clongcor59 08-09-2022 09:03

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
Thanks for the info. We have several locals here at Pelican Rest who also advised heading South before East to avoid the heartburn of many platforms. I hope we can stay in touch to confer on the weather windows.

Rockinar 11-09-2022 22:06

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
Im about to go the reverse from Mobile to Galveston the the next 3 weeks or so. Ill report on my experience with the rigs and wellheads.

It seems the farther out you go, the bigger they get. If you're unsure, just stick to the edge of the safety fairway is my plan.

Ive been in the Gulf a few times on fishing excursions. Never seen one of these "unlit welll heads"

My bigger worry would be oil tankers and cold fronts that time of year.

clongcor59 12-09-2022 08:33

Re: Buddy boating from Galviston to key west
 
Thanks! I would love to hear your report.

Near the Safety Fairway is pretty far south and, from what I am told, avoids most all of the platforms and wellheads. I know from experience what the Texas coast is like and I hear the Louisiana coast has significantly more of them.

The ships are easier to see than the mess that exists as you travel closer to shore.

Our plan will be to follow a cold front East, after it passes through Galveston.


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