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Trailer sailing in New Orleans

Anybody got any experience sailing something small enough to be trailer-able out of New Orleans?

I'm trying to decide whether or not to bring my 16' day sailor down from Oklahoma when I move there.

Being used to sailing (without a trolling motor) on small man-made lakes, Pontchartrain looks pretty intimidating. (and im definitely not a huge fan of the crocodile/snakes warning sign at the Bonnabel ramp, or the cones blocking off half of the seabrook ramp)
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Re: Trailer sailing in New Orleans

I don't think you would be fortunate enough to see an American Salt Water Crocodile that far north. Pretty well have to head to the Everglades to sail with Crocodiles. Probably Alligators in New Orleans, which actually scare me a bit more.

Either way, if you are in a boat...

Aside from that I don't know much about small boat sailing around New Orleans except that I think it would be great to give it a try.
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Re: Trailer sailing in New Orleans

Pontchartrain is a pretty good size body of water. Aside from the various wildlife that can get you (alligators and water moccasins and the likes) the weather down there can change on you in a heart beat and get real nasty, real fast. You are definitely better off with some sort of engine, even if it is an electric trolling motor c-clamped to your stern to get you off the lake if the weather turns on you. I didn't live in NO, but 10 years boating in East LA (eastern part of lower Alabama) has given me plenty of scares.
Just a thought if you wanted to keep your current boat.
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