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Old 07-13-2015, 09:14 AM   #21
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Anyone traveling from Galveston toward the MS gulf coast any time soon

I'll be coming the other way heading from Nola to Rockport Texas soon, so post up your notes if you can.

I think I will be single handing after Houma. Damn, just looked it up. It's like 402 miles on the ICW from Houma to Rockport. 😳

6 days at 70 miles per day at 7 knots? Can I average 70 miles and 7 knots on this stretch?

Are there any good inlets to get outside and cut the corner to Galveston after Houma? (if the weather is calm of course).
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Old 07-13-2015, 10:24 AM   #22
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We've gone in and out at the Calcasieu River, Sabine River is another one.
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:23 AM   #23
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At Intracoastal City you can hang to port at Freshwater Bayou...about 17mi to gulf...plenty of draft but one lock about a mile from the coast. Freshwater lock is an easy one and on an outgoing tide they usually have it open. You will have about a 125mi run to the Galveston channel. If you go out of Calcasieu Ship channel you are about 75mi away.
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Rardoin: If he "hang to port" at Intercoastal City he will be heading up the Vermillion River towards the Poagie Dock. The smell will drive him back to the ICW. He is traveling East on his first trip that way from Galveston/Kema, Tx. Don't get him turned around.
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Rardoin: If he "hang to port" at Intercoastal City he will be heading up the Vermillion River towards the Poagie Dock. The smell will drive him back to the ICW. He is traveling East on his first trip that way from Galveston/Kema, Tx. Don't get him turned around.
Roger that Ulysses....I should have clarified that I was responding to "the Dude". As you know...the DUDE abides!

Ditto on the Poagie docks...as a kid I hated the run from the Cameron ferry landing down past the Zapata Poagie dock on a west wind. I could taste it in my throat for another hour it seemed.
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Yes, we used to load out oil products a few miles up from that dock. The smell does have a way of staying with you awhile.
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I had a very memorable night up the Vermillion R., wish I could talk about it but the statue of limitations may not have expired yet.
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The Dude appreciates the info.
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Cardude01: there are plenty of places to get outside between Houma and Rockport. If you are single-handing it though and traveling at night the numerous rigs make it difficult to take a nap.
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I had a very memorable night up the Vermillion R., wish I could talk about it but the statue of limitations may not have expired yet.
The tattoo to tooth ratio on the women along the Vermilion between ICY and Abbeville is not very favorable. They can, however, clean fish, open oysters and likely have their own boat!
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Cardude01: there are plenty of places to get outside between Houma and Rockport. If you are single-handing it though and traveling at night the numerous rigs make it difficult to take a nap.

I wasn't really planning on traveling at night. Is it not worth it going outside with all the rigs?
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At Intracoastal City you can hang to port at Freshwater Bayou...about 17mi to gulf...plenty of draft but one lock about a mile from the coast. Freshwater lock is an easy one and on an outgoing tide they usually have it open. You will have about a 125mi run to the Galveston channel. If you go out of Calcasieu Ship channel you are about 75mi away.

I can't do that 125nm in the daylight at 7 knots. Don't want to go overnight by myself. Can't stay awake.

Is the Calcasieu ship channel a pretty straightforward inlet? 75nm sounds good.
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The rigs are no problem at night provided you have RADAR. However, I would not singlehand a run that long at night. I have run out 125+ miles for bluewater fishing tournaments and usually we ran at night to get on the grounds by morning. We always ran in 2 hour shifts as the constant scanning of the forward view>RADAR>Nav>gauges>forward view etc. gets fatiguing after a couple of hours.

On another note the Calcasieu ship channel has a controlling depth to 40ft and several areas to anchor off the old river oxbows. Very easy well marked/lighted channel. Could probably tie off overnight at the now defunct, and rather infamousPoagie docks on the west side about 1 mile up from the jetty.
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Rardoin: I won't say it did not involve women, but mainly a small single wide bar/poolroom located close to the river getting snatched off its cement blocks and yanked to the river's edge with a towline by a tow boat after a major altercation. They never found the towboat.
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Now that tale would be worthy of a thread hijack
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Cardude....the rigs pose no problems during day travel. I would not, however, set the autopilot and take a nap.
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Cardude....the rigs pose no problems during day travel. I would not, however, set the autopilot and take a nap.
Understood. Thanks.

So if the weather is good, is it a good idea to jump outside at Calcasieu to Galveston? Never been in this part of the ICW so don't know what I would be missing. I've driven through Orange and Beaumont however, and it's not super scenic.
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Orange, Beaumont, and Port Arthur are somewhat industrialized with supporting facilities, refineries, service vessels, etc...There is a U.S. Navy semi-ready fleet anchored up the Neches R. a mile or two, its pretty cool. The rest of the way west is mostly a canal through marsh. High Island with its bridge links Bolivar to the mainland. Bolivar changes pretty often based upon Hurricanes then you are in the Bay. So there is not a great deal to see. If you fish there is usually some lurking near the rigs if you go outside.
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I realize I'm hijacking this poor thread for my own benefit, but more questions keep coming up.

Should I rig up some fender boards for this of NOLA ICW trip? I keep reading about places to dock where fender boards are needed.

How do yall rig these up? PVC?

I even saw some pics of folks using them in the locks I think.


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Cardude, you will be West bound from N.O. and I use big fenders so never felt the need for fender boards although those look pretty effective (and cool). The only thing worth visiting in Beaumont is us
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