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Old 11-13-2015, 09:06 AM   #21
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Well our hopes of making the dash across to Gulfport may well be dashed. 20 to 28 knot NE winds with 5 building to 10 ft, are probably a little much for this old man. Will probably stay right in Houma until Monday, cross the Mississippi on Tuesday and leave Wednesday or Thursday. I have been stuck in way worse places before
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Old 11-13-2015, 09:21 AM   #22
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Well our hopes of making the dash across to Gulfport may well be dashed. 20 to 28 knot NE winds with 5 building to 10 ft, are probably a little much for this old man. Will probably stay right in Houma until Monday, cross the Mississippi on Tuesday and leave Wednesday or Thursday. I have been stuck in way worse places before

Some of us are still stuck there!
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Old 11-13-2015, 10:38 AM   #23
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Haha, you figured it out!! Miss you guys but the place....not so much
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Well our hopes of making the dash across to Gulfport may well be dashed. 20 to 28 knot NE winds with 5 building to 10 ft, are probably a little much for this old man. Will probably stay right in Houma until Monday, cross the Mississippi on Tuesday and leave Wednesday or Thursday. I have been stuck in way worse places before
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Nice trip you're having. I'm jealous sitting here in Texas screwing up boat projects.

Are you going through the locks again? I swore to myself I wouldn't do that again-- I think that stretch was the most stress I had the entire trip. I did hit the Mississippi at flood stage so that made it worse I think.

Your post got me looking at outside route possibilities. From Houma to Gulfport looks like about 215nm total.
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If I split that up into three days during the summer that might work. Wonder if I could anchor inside Cat Island Pass to get started?
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Then from Cat Island Pass to this area and anchor. Looks like there is a good spot from active captain in the South Pass.
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Then make it to Gulfport (or Pascagoula probably) the next day?

Does that sound reasonable on a slow boat in the Summer?
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Old 11-13-2015, 11:21 AM   #25
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Hey CD. Yes we were planning on leaving Doug's 'Pleasure Island' (Cypremont Point) in Vermillion Bay and running outside. Mother nature however, had plans of her own. So here we sit in Houma, the only decision being which side of the Mississippi to sit. Your plan is good but will add a day. In summer, (weather permitting), I would travel outside all the way. Many things have changed the last few years which are not on the charts. Your can travel all along the inside now behind Grand Isle as it has been dredged and marked (compliments of the oil operators), is just one example. We had a 65-70 mile per day course planned from Vermillion on, anchoring in protected waters at night, all the way to Venice. From there to Ship Island being the longest leg. I will let Forklift and others comment on Cat Island etc as I have not done this yet. Not sure why you want to go around the Mississippi (unless I am reading it wrong). Tiger Pass/Baptiste Collette would be my choice.
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I was not aware of the Tiger Pass--Baptiste Collette shortcut. I like that better!

Also wasn't aware of being able to run inside Grand Isle.
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Well our hopes of making the dash across to Gulfport may well be dashed. 20 to 28 knot NE winds with 5 building to 10 ft, are probably a little much for this old man. Will probably stay right in Houma until Monday, cross the Mississippi on Tuesday and leave Wednesday or Thursday. I have been stuck in way worse places before
Looking at wind forecast for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday into Thursday fro the Miss. Sound you gonna have winds from 15-25 kts building to 30-35kts on Wednesday. Winds subside Thursday afternoon into Friday. Bunch of rain/thunderstorms from Tuesday to Wednesday. Cross river Sunday/Monday and hold up in Southshore or Seabrook until Thursday. Go enjoy N.O. for a coupla days!
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Thanks RC...called Seabrook and they are already full. Nobody leaving lol. Soooo Houma it is.
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Dimer2, no AIS? We like to lurk and see how other people do it. We also planned on a 11/1 departure but family issues killed that. Now looking at late Feb or early March. Last time we came back to Houston we went outside at Mobile Bay and headed straight to Galveston Bay. We tend to stay in Faiways so nighttime travel is no problem. Of course that was with a sailboat. Don't think we have the fuel to do that with our current boat, but having done the ICW twice already we would like to avoid it if possible. Going out at Houma looks a good way to go.
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Still sitting in Houma, waiting for this wind to die down. The little municipal marina maybe has room for one more boat!

You have to take your hat off to these guys. They bring these things through the bridge with maybe 8 - 10 foot to spare. You can see some damage from those still learning but most put a guy on the front just in case he needs to push them off Probably be sitting here until lunchtime Wednesday at least . I am ready for clear (and warm) waters.....
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That was a nice little marina but not really walkable to anything IIRC.

When I was there a barge actually hit one of those bridge pylons. 😳
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Cardude, we came prepared
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Nice. Now do you get that big Harley Davidson on and off the boat?

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Nice. Now do you get that big Harley Davidson on and off the boat?

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Good time to do a little maintenance-Tell Ray to clean my boat real good.lol You get the door working? Of coarse you probably have time to overhaul a motor, etc with the way the weather is going.
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Hi Doug, yep sliding door slides, shore water connection now actually gets water into the boat instead of all over it, rails all polished. Scrubbed all the shore power cords.... ready to move on lol. Steve has taken us shopping twice, Kartracer has visited several times, an old friend stopped by and took us out for dinner. Southern hospitality at it's finest!
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Update: The weather front blew through last night dumping several inches of rain. We have decided to wait one more day in Houma so as to arrive in Gulfport Saturday afternoon. Sunday will be a day of rest and then we will cross the sound Monday. Look forward to meeting more TF folk in Gulfport!
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I was really surprised how rough it was in the Mississippi Sound when I crossed it. I caught it in strong SE winds and had to beat into the waves for hours.

This was back before I knew I was supposed to wait on the weather. 😁
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Hi Doug, yep sliding door slides, shore water connection now actually gets water into the boat instead of all over it, rails all polished. Scrubbed all the shore power cords.... ready to move on lol. Steve has taken us shopping twice, Kartracer has visited several times, an old friend stopped by and took us out for dinner. Southern hospitality at it's finest!
LOLYou are going to gain weight on this voyage. If you have time stop into Pascagoula and check out the huge ship yard(Engels). Lots of Navy ships. Just a little out of the way. Worth the 2/3 hours to explore. Keep us up to date.
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