Gulf Coast Cruising ???'s

Gulf Coast Cruising ???'s

Post by Bill Slate » Tue, 05 Nov 1996 04:00:00


Hello

I am interested in cruising the Gulf Coast from Mississippi to SW Florida
this spring/summer.  Can anyone provide me with information re:  weather
time requirements etc (and any other useful info)?

Thanks and Fair Winds
Bill Slater - Celebration- C27
Kerr Lake, OK

 
 
 

Gulf Coast Cruising ???'s

Post by Bob McMilla » Wed, 06 Nov 1996 04:00:00

Hi Bill

You will love it down here in the spring and summer.  It does tend to get a bit hot
though.  Do a serch for Claiborne Young's home page.  He has written a great
cruizing guide for this area.  You can also get it from marine book store's like
Armchair Sailor etc.

I sail and motor the area from the Fl. Keys to New Orleans and have found great
people, good anchorages, and great food.  The fishing not bad either.  The
intercoastal waterway runs all along the Gulf Coast till Apalachicola where it ends.
You are then left with the open gulf until about Tarpon Springs.  Thats about a 36
hour jaunt across the big bend of Florida.  

If you have some specific questions, I'll do my best.  Just give me an E-mail.

Bob McMillan

M/V Vulcan

 
 
 

Gulf Coast Cruising ???'s

Post by Daniel Hale » Wed, 06 Nov 1996 04:00:00

Bill,

I've been sailing the upper Gulf Coast area for a number of years and
find the spring and fall to be the best months for comfortable
temperatures and moderate winds.  The summer is HOT, the usual
temperature being 95 deg during the day and 75 deg at night, and the
winds are normally pretty light during the summer.  Being sub tropical
you can expect on-shore winds in the morning and off-shore winds during
the afternoon with the doldrums for a couple of hours in between.

The other thing that you have to be aware of is shallow water resulting
in steep,choppy water when the afternoon storms skip by.  The barrier
islands: Cat Island, Ship Island, Horn Island etc provide for some
shelter and are great stopover points that can be very private.  There
are a number of marinas scattered about and places like Gulfport,
Mississippi have city marinas at reasonable overnight fees.

But, most of all!!!....The food is great.

What area do you normally sail in?

By the way, I have sailed at least once in every month of the year,
although I've never been able to do every month in one year.

Happy sailing and hope to see you sometime along the coast.

Dan and Debbie,
S/V BeauDan

 
 
 

Gulf Coast Cruising ???'s

Post by Claiborne S. Youn » Wed, 06 Nov 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Hello

> I am interested in cruising the Gulf Coast from Mississippi to SW Florida
> this spring/summer.  Can anyone provide me with information re:  weather
> time requirements etc (and any other useful info)?

> Thanks and Fair Winds
> Bill Slater - Celebration- C27
> Kerr Lake, OK

Hi Bill:

        I see several others have already chimed in with recommendations for my
"Cruising Guide to the Northern Gulf Coast."  We do cover your new
cruising grounds in depth, and, as we do not accept advertising, so we
can call them like we see them.  In response to our fellow cruiser's
comments, I would be very intersted to know what "dirtbag" marinas I was
"gentle" with.

        We do try to cover all marinas objectively, and also spend a great deal
of time and verbiage on anchorages and interesting gunkholes.  Please
feel encouraged to give me a call at 800-803-0809 or check out our web
page at http://watermark.wilmington.net.  Hope we can be of more help.
Good luck and good cruising!!!

                                        Claiborne Young