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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

I KNOW many of them are unlit...like this bad boy ready to sink or dismast you in a heartbeat...



...completely dark at night. We sailed past several of these in our last off-shore run:

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You don't want to screw around in the middle of these things - especially if you don't have radar.
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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

Captains, good advise, I will hug the coast, or within 25 miles from shore.

Brian, I will more or less follow your suggestion but in a reverse order. We have enough provision and water. Unless we need diesel, otherwise, we won't stop. It will be three of us, so the night watch will not be a problems. Full moon is on Feb 25, we should be ok at night.

BTW, we have no SSB, EPIRB, or Sat. Phone. I tried to rent one, but no luck to get it on Sunday. I will just rely on my SPOT II and VHF. I think we should be OK. If something happen, the dingy should be able to keep us afloat for at least 12 hours. This should give the CG enough time to find us after the storm passes. Hey, there is no reason to have the best of the best in our nation to risk their lives to save our sorry asses.

Need to get some zzzz, have to get up @ 3 am and catch a flight at 5:15 am
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Go get 'em Dawg. Have a good trip and bring back some stories dude.
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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

You might consider a PLB. You then had something for other trips as well.
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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

Why are some of these rigs unlit? Is there no reg that requires that they be lighted? Seems it would be fairly easy to do with low power solar charged systems with LEDs. Are there no regs that require that they be lighted since they are hazards to navigation? Are they inactive unmanned rigs that have been abandoned and have no "owner?" With all the $$$ that our Fed "employees" spend on outlandish crap seems that we should give this a higher priority.
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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

Considering the time you have to "know" the boat, and what the weather can be like in the Gulf, I'd suggest a sort of mixed route.

Key West to the east end of the canal below Lake Pontchartrain.

Canal through New Orleans and cross the Mississippi to the ICW going west. With crew, you can follow a barge through the night. (It's wide and deep)

Take the Calciseiu River south to the Gulf, then to Galveston.
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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

They are giving 20-25 knots off La coast this wk.Taking a boat you have known for a wk. off shore IMHO is like marrying someone you you met 15 min ago,might be ok?For the grammar police ? intentional.Do not know your air draft however destin bridge is aprox.50 ft & icw bridge is 48.Also 50 something between Panama city & east bay.If you go through NOLA go downriver to the algeris (sp?) locks.I use Battiste collette & tiger pass instead of NOLA.Have a safe trip.marc
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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

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They are giving 20-25 knots off La coast this wk.Taking a boat you have known for a wk. off shore IMHO is like marrying someone you you met 15 min ago,might be ok?For the grammar police ? intentional.Do not know your air draft however destin bridge is aprox.50 ft & icw bridge is 48.Also 50 something between Panama city & east bay.If you go through NOLA go downriver to the algeris (sp?) locks.I use Battiste collette & tiger pass instead of NOLA.Have a safe trip.marc
The wind will die down by the time we get to the northern coast of the gulf. But thanks for the route suggestion, and employ as called for.
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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

Damn, they should have rules to prohibite flights departing earlier than 6 am. I stopped by WAwa to get a cup of cOffee, the girl said good nite. LOL.
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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

rockDawg - good luck on your journey. Looking forward to hearing how it all went for you.

cruisingdad - thanks for the itinerary. I've jotted it down and we'll use it to start planning our trip.
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