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03-27-2013 09:22 AM
OfftheGrid
Re: Icw

Thanks Guys
I'm from Texas and didn't know about the Ghost Town on Madagorda. Just goes to show you what fellow sailors can teach each other. I learn something new every time i get on sailnet.

Thanks All
OfftheGrid
03-23-2013 02:21 AM
sunnyside
Re: Icw

Definitely would agree on Army Hole on Matagorda Island, truly hidden gems with some amazing historical secrets hiding about (the docking area is pretty deep since the ferry in 2003 used to dock there & there may be a billards table somewhere on the island). But I really cannot wait to go back and check out the old ghost town site of Saluria on the far east side of Matagorda Island, on Noaa maps, it is deep enough but not sure when the depths were taken. Must enter from the Matagorda Ship Channel, south of the GIWW and follow the NOAA map for depths.
03-22-2013 07:39 PM
Watermelon
Re: Icw

I've done the SPI to Port O'Conner stretch a few times. Given that I don't know the draft of your boat, the only thing that comes to mind that would be safe in that area for most drafts would be Army Hole. you can tie up to the docks there. It's a relatively nice, quiet area. Or, if the waves and winds aren't horrible, you could drop anchor in Espirtu Santos bay. Offatts Bayou by Galveston can be a nice place to drop hook and stay out of the way of the ferry and barges.
03-22-2013 11:12 AM
sunnyside
Re: Icw

Great OfftheGrid, traveling the ICW is fun - best to get at least a AIS receiver to help communicate with oncoming barges because it gives their name and call sign to see how to pass. Just stay well away from their prop wash especially around any bend (north of Sargent) since it knocks up a lot of dirt that can block your water intake on your engine-killing the engine. We know from previous experience.
03-20-2013 10:06 PM
OfftheGrid
Re: Icw

Thanks Sunnyside all the info that i can get makes the Admiral feel safer. I am going to check out the site that you told me about. It sounds like it is loaded with great info.

OfftheGrid
03-20-2013 02:59 AM
sunnyside
Re: Icw

If you go to tmca.nu there is a destination wiki site on the top left that I created using all the best information out there and my own personal data. Use that as an additional guide. Buffy and Jay book is great and we used it sailing to Army Hole on Matagorda Island where we meet them when he was writing his next edition.

I created a booklet of Cruising Destinations on the Gulf Coast called a Quickie as a pdf for your digital tablets and soon a waterproof booklet. I was so frustrated with the big textbooks of cruising info. So I created a quick reference guide for uptodate anchorages, restaurants, marina, weather, and cruising aids for each Gulf Coast state.
03-12-2013 09:10 AM
OfftheGrid
Re: Icw

Thanks RTB this is the Info that my wife and I are looking for. We can't wait to cast of the lines and be on our way.

OfftheGrid
03-11-2013 10:33 AM
RTB
Re: Icw

We are on a mooring ball here in Boot Key Harbor, waiting to cross to the Bahamas. We left Kemah, Texas on November 15. We travelled the ICW from Galveston to Pensacola. You will get used to the barge traffic quickly, and it's no big deal, really.

You can check our blog, and go back to the beginning post. On the map, it shows every stop that we made. I used Active Captain to plan our trip, as well as some advice from a friend from Texas, who was about 2 weeks ahead of us. Where is the Light Switch? | sailing away with R & B

All but one travel day after Pensacola was offshore, coastal cruising. Our airdraft is 50', and bridges determined that we go outside. We were able to do the ditch from Port St. Joe to Apalachacola, a nice short day travelling on a beautiful stretch.

If you want to get farther south, you'll have an overnight crossing from Apalachacola (or Carrabelle) to Tarpon Springs, or Clearwater Beach. It's going to be at least 145 nm, depending where you leave from, and your chosen destination.

Once in Clearwater, you can resume ICW travel to Ft. Meyer's Beach. From there, it's outside again, except a short trip inside from Marco Island to Ten Thousand Islands if you are shallow draft (4').

Go for it! It's a great trip with much to see.

Ralph
03-11-2013 08:31 AM
OfftheGrid
Re: Icw

Thanks I'm sure this will be a great help.

OfftheGrid
03-10-2013 09:19 PM
ellenwhite2
Icw

Oh and another plus for ICW passage in TX and LA especially: AIS! AIS!! AIS!! If you don't have it, seriously consider getting it!
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