That's great stuff John. Keep it coming, dude!
Okay Steve, if you insist! Here's the last leg of the above ICW trip. This is the ships log, I didn't take the time to convert it to a narrative:
8:20 am Bump our way out of Port Mansfield and motor down the channel Turned south into Intra-coastal. Making way at 5.5 mi hr in light wind, overcast skies. Began at mile 630, heading for Port Isabel and Paloma’s new home.
9:10 am Mile 635. Winds light to calm. Motoring easily.
10:05 am Mile 640. Winds still light to calm. Overcast. Motoring easily.
10:40 am Brief radio conversation with an east bound sailor who slips his boat in our destination, Anchor Marina. His draft 3’ 8”, ours 4’ 6” +/-. He strongly suggests we hug the green all the way into the harbor and indicates that he bumps his way in. More to the point, he can enter Port Mansfield without incident. Crew member comments that this could become a monumental event.
10:50 am Passing Arroyo Colorado.
10:58 am Mile 645. Increased RPMs to speed up. Slight breeze on very tight beat seems to be helping us under furled sails. Speed up a bit.
11:45 am Mile 650. maintaining good headway. Lots of fishing shacks along the canal. Have had cities of these shacks along the whole way since Corpus.
12:32 pm Mile 655. Steady conditions.
01:30 pm Mile 660. Received more “local knowledge”. Latest one is Commodore of the Port Isabel Yacht club. Both contacts agreed that hugging green side is mandatory. Commodore says there are a couple of 4 to 5 ft draft boats at Anchor Marina. The Commodore did say that TowBoatUS is just 2 blocks away if we need them. Is that an omen?
2:30pm We turn off the ICW into the channel - monument status achieved quickly and easily. Less than 100 ft into the putative channel, on the proposed green side of the “channel” we became rather well enmeshed in the aggressive grasp of the local mud gods. That ain’t the half of it! We’ve been aground in mud before, but this is more like being in dry dock on stands! After a brief phone conversation, TowBoatUS is on the way.
03:00 We are towed down the channel by a an ex-offshore work boat, more likely to be muscling barges around rigs than towing pleasure boats. He needed all the power he had and his boat had twin 80 hp Cat diesels. Multiple bars were encountered as we bounced along the channel. At the entrance to the harbor, we rise at least 1 foot above water line as we ride over three different bars - quite a ride!
03:30 Paloma has landed! We powered her into a temporary slip under full throttle. The front of her keel is nestled gently into the bank until the proper slip comes open this week.. She is sure to be secure for the interim since we are at currently at high tide.
A good trip. Mild adventures were had along the way, but the voyage was completely successful. Third time was indeed the charm.
s/v Paloma, Bristol 29.9, #141
Slipped in Bahia Marina, easy access to Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Last edited by johnshasteen; 10-16-2009 at 10:04 AM.