Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Panama City Beach Fl
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Re: Port Arthur to New Orleans
Well, the ketch in the avatar is the boat I had, I've moved up to a HC 43, which is considerably faster, especially in 25 knot winds.
We left Galveston on Thursday at 7am, motorsailed ESE for ~150 miles, then turned ENE until we hit the Fairway turn into the South Pass, which was early Saturday morning, around 0300. You'd need to go bit more easterly until you could clear the Chandeleurs then head North. The water is very shallow to the West of the Chandeleurs so I'd want to be safe there. We made the bell buoy at the St Andrew's Bay channel at 1800 on Sunday and our berth at St. Andrew's marina at nearly exactly 1900, glad to be home. It's cold this time of year! I'd just bought the boat and was very happy with her performance in some moderately rough conditions, Winds 20-30k and seas up to 8 feet. And you probably know how short the period can be in the Gulf, even when the water depth is >1000ft.
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St. Andrew's Marina, Panama City Fl