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12-15-2012 10:11 AM
Capt.aaron
Re: Texas to Isla Mujeres

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Originally Posted by FSMike View Post
Not to mention that the controlling air draft through the lake is 49'.
That would surley prevent him from going that route as well. I thought 56 sounded high. I've only gone through there with 36', and that was once,20 years ago.
12-15-2012 07:41 AM
FSMike
Re: Texas to Isla Mujeres

Not to mention that the controlling air draft through the lake is 49'.
12-14-2012 10:11 PM
Capt.aaron
Re: Texas to Isla Mujeres

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Originally Posted by sailawaylater View Post
Thanks Captain

Looks like the seas and the wind on the nose is no go. I like the the idea to head to the straights of florida and around that way from Isla. What do you think about heading from Isla to west coast of florida and jumping the ICW and cut across inland. My rig is 56' and should clear.

I'm not sure of gunkholing along the southern coast of Cuba, Hispanola, PR would be all that good. I would probably end up motoring all the way.
I would ( and have, but not in one go). just sail from Isla to Key West. Key west to Bimini. Bimini to Turks. Beat out 3 day's from Turks on a close reach motor sail. and head on down to St. John from there. No reason to cut through the lake IMO.
12-14-2012 09:23 PM
sailawaylater
Re: Texas to Isla Mujeres

Thanks Captain

Looks like the seas and the wind on the nose is no go. I like the the idea to head to the straights of florida and around that way from Isla. What do you think about heading from Isla to west coast of florida and jumping the ICW and cut across inland. My rig is 56' and should clear.

I'm not sure of gunkholing along the southern coast of Cuba, Hispanola, PR would be all that good. I would probably end up motoring all the way.
12-13-2012 06:58 PM
Capt.aaron
Re: Texas to Isla Mujeres

Heading East from Isla is next to impossable. It's up wind, due to the trades. You need to head up through The Straits of Fla, over to the Bahamas, and beat out to I-65, I usually get a little north of the Bahamas and try and catch some westerly's to take me out there, and then down the 65th meridian to St. John. It is possable to gunk hole up through the bay's of southern Cuba, cross the Windward Passage to Hispanola, beat up the north coast, cross the Mona passage and beat your way up the south coast of P.R. and then cross over to st. Thomas but I would'nt want to. I sailed from St. thomas to Belize non stop one time, 1500 miles of down wind trade sailing, 2 week's. I tried to imagine going the other way, with long 200 mile tacks you would probably have to cover 6 tousand miles of up wind, up sea sailing. It would beat the sh!t of you and your boat, each swell would set you back 1/5 the distance you just made. That's just my oppinion, someone else may have a different experience with that trip.
12-12-2012 11:06 PM
sailawaylater
Re: Texas to Isla Mujeres

Thinking about heading to Isla from Galveston in Mid Feb. Plan to spend a few days there and head east to ultimately arrive in USVI. Has anyone done this and is late Feb a good or worst time to head that way?
11-20-2012 04:41 PM
rchilders
Re: Texas to Isla Mujeres

Well, we bought the Choey Lee. Several people have cautioned me about pirates in the Gulf of Mexico. Does anyone know anything about this? We plan to leave just after the first of the year if anyone is interested in sailing another boat along with us.
11-16-2012 02:18 AM
Yucatancruiser
Re: Texas to Isla Mujeres

If you watch the weather close, a good time to sail will be on the second day after a cold front entera Texas, so you will have wind and a decent weather window for thext few days. Once in the Yucatan there are more good days than bad at that time of year, so is a godo time to sail.
11-15-2012 07:03 PM
rchilders
Re: Texas to Isla Mujeres

I am about to close on a Choey Lee 48 ft sailboat which is in Galveston and I want to sail it to Isla Mujeres. A good time would be just after Christmas. Anyone know what the weather is like that time of year?
02-19-2012 03:53 PM
ppiccolo1 Thanks Yucatan cruiser for reviving this! I'm debating next winter in the gulf. Either Mexico or Florida on an O'day or Cat 25. I'm definitely a fair weather sailor though.
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