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|07-09-2007 10:31 PM|
Not to be a PITA, but I am trying to figure out how a single handing sailboat is supposed to tie off to a platform. Can you spell MOB? Also, even on Galveston Bay we have wind shifts of 180 deg, and that would mean you get to drift into the platform? Crew boats are there to support oilfield operations. Drilling and production operations happen 24/7, although there are some specific operations that are limited to daylight hours. The crew boats cost the oil co's a fortune, and you can bet when they get called into service in the middle of the night, anything tied to them is going to be set adrift.
I do a race from Galveston to Port Aransas - 150 miles down the coast, overnight - each year. The gulf is littered with operating platforms, mostly lit, but not all. Plus some very large gulf shrimpers pulling very long nets, that don't yield to anyone. If you get close, you can bet they will light up your sails with a monster spotlight - and there goes your night vision for the next couple of hours!
Hire a crew. Find someone who needs the ocean miles to keep his captain license valid. That is what most of the delivery captains do here as well. My cat come over from Ft Lauderdal to Galveston Bay last December, with a delivery captain and a crew needing the mileage, plus they made a stop in Tampa Bay to allow a front to pass through.
It's too darn easy to do something stupid like sail into a platform while you are asleep. Don't know what system you have on your boat that would RELIABLY warn you that was about to happen.
|06-27-2007 09:31 AM|
Originally Posted by danjarch
|06-26-2007 12:00 PM|
|danjarch||If memory serves, and you should check a chart. It's pretty shallow though there. We were supposed to go and be a prop in a movie, but the water depths were less then six feet for almost all the coastal areas. This made for very few stopping places. But I'm sure some one has cruised that way before.|
|06-26-2007 10:51 AM|
|06-25-2007 03:02 PM|
I recently made a short coastwise trip outside the Islands from Mobile to N.O. Off Dauphin, I noticed a *large*, completely unlit platform. The moon was my friend (no radar on board). There may be others out there too.
Assuming you come out from Miss. Sound thru one of the passes, you need to make about 100 miles to get past the continental shelf and all the platforms and workboats. You might stop over behind Ship or Horn Island, sleep a lot, then if you have a fair wind (big "if"), make as much distance as you can in daylight, so you have as little of these obstructions as possible to encounter at night.
Me, I'd take a crew. The Gulf's a busy place. Even after you're in deep water, there are still a LOT of ships and seagoing tug/barges going in your lane, or over to/from Tampa. Kinda dicey place to be sleeping with no one on watch. I wouldn't do it without a radar guard ring CPA alarm, and even then I'd be a nervous guy.
|06-25-2007 12:31 PM|
If you have to go it alone, One possibility is that you can hang off the smaller platforms with a long line. Better yet hang off a work boat that is doing the same. Steel platforms and fiberglass do not mix well at all. And if you do hang off keep your lights on. Your vhf radios on also.. ch 16 & 13. The platforms have their own working channel, but usually guard ch 16.
Would be better to hang off a work boat. Again have your boat lit up and the radios turned on. The work boat will give you a working ch to guard while you are resting.
Best of all have a crew. At least two and if you can swing three, that third one could be the cook. I generally starve before I eat my own cooking. Then I have to eat the stuff.
|06-22-2007 01:34 PM|
|sevennations||I just made that crossing in April, coming from the keys. I had one other crew member and wished I had waited for another to join us. From my experience during the trip, I would not go it alone. The longest we went without seeing another vesel was about 12 hours. There's alot of traffic even once you get away from the oilfields; cruise ships, tankers, and survey ships, etc. The one survey ship we encountered had a 6 mile "No-Go" zone around it and got pretty testy when any vessel even looked like they might come close. Also, we hit some currents that helped and hurt us more than I expected, so if you can get some info on their locations that would help. The trip took us five days (with engine troubles) in a 33 foot cutter. Good luck!|
|06-22-2007 01:11 PM|
jr, you might consider coast-hopping in 10-12 hour segments, or else contacting some sailing schools in Florida. Tell 'em the size vessel that you are bringing down, and that you need crew. Ask them if they would be interested in providing an opportunity for some of their students, or for using your boat (at no charge) to take a small training class on the trip.
There are always sailors and boats, the trick is to match 'em up for the voyage.
Maybe you'd get one instructor with two or three crew, providing their own food, and they'd get a "free boat", and it would work out for everyone.
|06-22-2007 01:02 PM|
Originally Posted by PBzeer
|06-22-2007 12:05 AM|
|camaraderie||Bad idea. Go coastal and anchor or get some crew.|
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