Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Green Cove Springs, Florida
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On trips I have made from Texas/Louisiana to Yucatan for a winter, we would plan on leaving during a good norther, directly after any squall line passage. These decisions were made only after a trip to the weather bureau to discern if the front was strong enough to get ALL the way to Yucatan and beyond. This was primarily from November to February. A couple of days of heavy and constantly diminishing following seas, then, almost always, followed by a day or so of calm, then just enough east and southeast flow as we rounded Cantoy. March, April, and into early May are, historically (aside from being in a hurricane), the worst months of weather in the Northern Gulf for offshore activities, from Northern Gulf ports. Cold fronts seldom make it through, and you end up with day after day of strong south and southwest winds, and miserable sea conditions offshore. Many commercial fishermen, along with savvy oilfield management, in the Northern Gulf, also use this “leaving on a “norther” ploy. As far as scuba operations from a 6 kt. sailing vessel, anchored up on a reef a hundred miles at sea, umm, I’d have to think long and hard about that.