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Has anyone ever sailed out of the texas coast to the Caribbean Islands or Yucatan Peninsula? Where would you set off out of? I hear theres a lot of traffic out of Galveston...
As I understand it, traffic isn't a huge issue; rather, it's the prevailing winds. Sailing from the Texas Gulf Coast to the Western Carib can be done, but you'll have wind and waves on the nose the whole way. Doesn't sound fast or fun. I think most people head east up the ICW or close offshore to Florida and then sail from there. During the sailing season (pre-Hurricane season, of course), you should have steady S/SE winds and good sailing right up the coast. If you sail offshore, you will need to keep a constant watch for unlit oil platforms and obstacles. From Florida, you can take short hops down the Eastern Carib or tackle the longer passages to Western ports.

Get a copy of Jimmy Cornell's Ocean Routes and study the wind patterns some. Keep us posted.

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I would not do close to shore. From what I understand you will get beat up until you get 100 miles or so. Then you hit deep water. Port A 50 miles to deep water, Port Lavaca 150 mile and Galveston 100 miles. If you do the ICW carry plenty of fuel. Fuel is hard to find past Galveston to N.O. Most of my dock mates have done the trip more than once. From N.O Gulfport area you can cut across the gulf to Key West.

Its a shame you are not down here so you can do as I do "Pick their brains"

Remember one thing the Gulf can be a nasty, nasty place at times.
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As I understand it, traffic isn't a huge issue; rather, it's the prevailing winds. Sailing from the Texas Gulf Coast to the Western Carib can be done, but you'll have wind and waves on the nose the whole way. Doesn't sound fast or fun. I think most people head east up the ICW or close offshore to Florida and then sail from there. During the sailing season (pre-Hurricane season, of course), you should have steady S/SE winds and good sailing right up the coast. If you sail offshore, you will need to keep a constant watch for unlit oil platforms and obstacles. From Florida, you can take short hops down the Eastern Carib or tackle the longer passages to Western ports.

Get a copy of Jimmy Cornell's Cruising Passages and study the wind patterns some. Keep us posted.
Hey Tetra - are you really upside down? Actually this is good info. We're starting to plan some coastal sailing for next summer - probably out of Galveston. Thanks.
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If you don't mind what would be the advantage to sailing out of Galveston instead of say CC?

1. Deeper bay
2. More people for social life.
3. Closer to home.
4. Better winds.

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Oops - my bad, Lost. I actually meant Corpus! We have some friends that have a house in Rockport and we're currently looking for a cruiser to keep in the area so we can all tagteam vacations/cruises. CC actually looked like the best area.

I've been there several times, but have never looked at it from a sailor's perspective since we're still new to it.

As for the 4 reasons you just mentioned - I'm sold! What are some of the better marinas in the area? We're looking at the 41' range (Irwin CC, etc.) and would like a place that's convenient for haul-out, etc.
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Port A has a really nice marina out by the airport. For the life of me I can't remember the name. Rockport would be the best for haul out. House of Boats can handle a 41'.

Don't know much about CC. From the looks there is a nice marina there.

Me I would go for the Port A marina if they had a slip. Close to good eating,shopping for the ladies, and your place in Rockport.

A short hop out the marina and the jetties and your in the Gulf.

The next time we go over I can get more information for your if you like. We sail out of Port Lavaca. Not a fancy marina but a great bunch of dock mates. Shallow water so we have to motor quite a ways in the channel before we can do any real sailing. Winds are always in the wrong direction.
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Your choices in that area are probably the Corpus public marina, Island Moorings in Port A, the Port A public marina, Cover Harbor in Rockport or Key Allegro in Rockport/Fulton. When we cruise that area, we tend to hang out in Aransas Bay rather than CC Bay, so I like the marinas between Port A and Rockport.

Port A is the most convenient area--lots to eat, crossroads between bays and access to the Gulf. I'm not sure about food in the Island Moorings marina. Never been back in there. But, there are lots of places at the public marina; Virginias is our fav.

The CC public marina, IMHO, is pretty basic, but being in the big city does have some advantages. But, we tend to just head up the ship channel to Port A and Aransas Bay as soon as we can. Although, anchoring out around Shamrock Island is a nice place too.

I really like the Rockport area and it's easy to pick up the ICW there. I just think it's prettier and less crowded there. If I retire there, I'll probably buy something back in Key Allegro. There's a little spit of land seaward of Rockport called Paul's Mott. Nice secluded beach.
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Cool - thanks guys. I'll start looking into these options and get back to you with more questions I'm sure.

Now Tetra - your avatar...you upside down?
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Now Tetra - your avatar...you upside down?
The keel points upward, right? That part always confuses me.
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Heh-heh. You sail like me. Sweet.
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