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Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

South Shore Harbor Marina has ten foot depth. My boat draft is 5.5 ft.... So no worries there for me.
And there are new beneaus here that don't have any problems either.
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Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

I talked with the Harbor Master when I was there and he said the depth at at Lake Pontchartrain Harbor Marina entrance is about 4 feet right now. He was meeting with the owner to propose some changes and dredging but for now I couldn't go through because I my boat has a 5'2" keel . . .
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Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

In that case, that leaves me out too if I get the H33 I am looking at with a 5.3" draft and wanted to go there. I guess the 37 ft Irwin that is there may have got in somehow but must be trapped now. Plus a while back there was a Coronado 36 there, not sure if that is still in there. I don't know what the draft is on those boats but I would think at least 5 ft. They need to dredge that.

@Boasun, I am really liking what I seen at South Shore Harbor the past week when I went there. Not too expensive and just much nicer then some of the other marinas I looked at in the past and sure seems big boat friendly! I never looked at all the facilities yet, how are they? I thought I read a year ago that they had plans to expand it with a convenient store and other things. Is that right?
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Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

South Shore is a really nice facility, and while I don't know the current draft, I raced on an Andrews 70, and a Santa Cruise 52 out of there for years. The same management also runs the Municiple Yacht Harbor, which doesn't have many slips, but they do come available. Draft there is 8+ foot. I have my Beneteau 381 there with no issues.

There is also the Orleans Marine that is still lacking power and water. But has 60'+ slips open permanently.

There is also the Bucktown Marine. I am not sure about draft but it is around 10'. And last I heard had 40'+ floating docks sitting empty.
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Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

Boasun - Thanks for the answers on Lake Pontchartrain Marinas - have you been to Orleans Marina and does it compare to South Shore? What's your preference, we move next week . . .
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Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

Joesplace. We have sailed Lake Pontchartrain, and the Gulf Coast, for the last 50 years with a
5' draft. The Mandeville area is the most active area on the Lake for sailing, but Slidell is nice also. Have you checked out Oak Harbor, and the Bayou Liberty Marinas? Both have slips and both are reasonable, and draft is not an issue. A friend sails a 5'6" draft out of Bayou Liberty and has for years. He also rode out "Katrina" there with no problems. Both of these facilities are on the north shore of the lake. Please PM me if you need more details or assistance.
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Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

Think about Lake Sabine on the Tx/La border. I believe the driving distance is about the same as Baton Rouge to New Orleans. The lake has an avg. depth of 6' and has easy access to the gulf. The yard allows you to work on your boat. We have a brand new marina with 300 floating slips. Marina charges $7 ft, club members pay $6 ft. If you want more info let me know.
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Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

Leocat66 - I PM'd you about Oak Harbor and Bayou Liberty Marinas . . .
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Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

Joe, just answered your PM. All the best and welcome to our area. Not CA but interesting if you enjoy cruising and you have the perfect boat for the area. Lake Pontchartrain was named by the local tribe back when, and means "Dangerous Waters", and lives up to its rep. as it has an average 12' debth, is 35 miles or so long and 24 miles wide. You will have quick and easy access to the Gulf Islands National Seashore and Western Fl. Hope to meet you in the near future.
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Re: Anyone sailing Lake Pontchartrain?

ponchartrain can get truly rowdy.
oak harbor is kinda open and exposed...pretty and closer the to rigolets and open gulf and barrier islands...
mississippi sound is cool sailing, and west fla is close enough for a couple-a weeks vacation cruise.
the gulf islands are good anchoring, for the most part, and sunsets there are gorgeous.
cali has none of the awesome cool cruising i found there in louisiana.
cali has mexico, rocky lee shores and ...cold water.
louisiana has ponchartrain and mississippi sound and gom.
looking forward to my return to louisiana and the gulf coast.
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