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Welcome to Gult Coast Sailing. This group covers sailing grounds and sailors from the SW coast of Florida to the East coast of Mexico.

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destinations east of Galveston?

Started by sam. Last reply by Sherry Dec 17, 2011. 6 Replies

Sailing on the Gulf Coast of Florida

Started by Robin. Last reply by Sherry Oct 29, 2011. 27 Replies

oil spill and our boats.....

Started by zeehag Jun 28, 2010. 0 Replies

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Comment by zeehag on June 6, 2011 at 12:44pm
looks like the year of storms is starting early-- goood luck with this number one tropical depression forming off caymans---had heard  that this yr was gonna be  a big one for storms in gulf... i hope the  alleged experts are  somewhat wrong... be safe and  have fun!!!!
Comment by Barry on January 5, 2011 at 12:12pm
Hi, all, new to this group, Just recently moved my boat to Mobile Bay, That will be area of sailing for the next few years, Cheers
Comment by Claude on November 2, 2010 at 9:21pm
Thanks, Jay.. I'd not seen that notice. Not planning on going there anytime soon .. was around Morgan City/Buras a couple of weeks ago playing in powerboats..
Comment by Jay on November 2, 2010 at 7:02pm
Gulf Coast ICWW at MM 58.9 West of Harvey Lock....New Orleans
Comment by Claude on November 2, 2010 at 4:54pm
Where is that on what waterway, Jay?
Comment by Jay on November 2, 2010 at 4:04pm
On November 20-21, 2010, the waterway will be completely closed to navigation for removal of the center lift span, after which it will reopen until November 30, 2010. Beginning on November 30, 2010, the waterway will again be completely closed to navigation for 4-consecutive hours, to allow set up and removal of the Houma tower (north side). During the following two weeks, barges will be positioned on the north side of the channel, reducing the available horizontal clearance, between the channelward-most barge and the Colley side (south side) fender to approximately 103 feet. At the end of the two-week period the waterway will again be completely closed to navigation for 2-hours to allow for removal of the tower footing. Mariners should contact the attendant tug on VFH-FM Channel 13 or 16 prior to arrival at the bridge for information regarding available horizontal clearance and passing instructions. At time of publication of this notice, the name of the attendant tug had not been determined. Further information in this regard will be published as it becomes available.

Following removal of the Houma tower (north side), all equipment will be relocated to the south side of the waterway for removal of the Colley tower. Details with closure dates and times, pertaining to this phase of the dismantling operation will be published as information becomes available. Mariners are urged to exercise extreme caution when transiting through the construction site and pass at slowest safe speed to minimize wake.
Comment by Gary B on July 30, 2010 at 7:04pm
AnneP, from what I've heard seen and read the last day or two is very heartening - at least one article was titled "Where's the Oil?" It's still too early to know for sure, but those little microbeasties seem to be munching at a very high rate.

I used to work offshore in the Gulf (in the mid-1970s), and never saw an oil slick. With all the zillions of gallons that are now known to be flowing through the natural seeps, I would have thought there would be a lot of oil back then.

Every place has it advantages and disadvantages - the Gulf has oil and hurricanes, California has earthquakes and wildfires, the midwest has tornadoes, the Northwest has drizzle and forest fires, (and a tsunami every 300-400 years, that is now overdue...), etc. We just pays our money and takes our choice. :D
Comment by Gene Kohrman on July 30, 2010 at 5:47pm
PANACHE is currently residing in Ocean Springs with CallieKat and meself. Seems the oil is west of the Mississippi river. Louisiana has been hit hard with this ordeal and the world seems to finally realize the fishing industry as well as tourism and accessory industries have been hit as well. I totally blame the news media for the loss tourism in the Gulf coast states of the deep south. The news media have hurt these industries needlessly and definitely uncalled for. They want to sell sensationalism, exploiting and fabricating known facts. Ever wonder why we do not believe the news media of the good ol' USA.
Comment by Gina Nadas on July 9, 2010 at 5:20pm
hey everyone! we've got a pearson 365 ketch and sail out of lake pontchartrain, new orleans. really p-o'd about the oil spill. wrote about the MS marinas on our blog: http://sailgulfcoast.blogspot.com/2010/07/gulf-sailing-post-bp-oil-...
but things a bit more intense now and no can go out into the gulf for now. just watching weather and politics with heavy heart. waiting for day we can sail off again.
Comment by Gary B on July 6, 2010 at 6:09pm
One small ray of hope for many places - the Mexican oil spill in the 1970s was bad, but over time the oil was consumed by leetle bugs. The high temperatures in sand and water greatly help. (chemical reactions typically double in speed for every 10 degrees C). From what I've read, the impact of the Mexican spill was gone within about 10 years. But that is still a long time in human terms.

Another factor that many folks are not aware of - as I've read, there are thousands of natural oil seeps on the bottom of the Gulf, that have been emitting about 20 million gallons of oil per year for centuries or millennia. This much oil must be considered part of the natural ecosystem, which has been dealing with it since long before humans. So the Gulf does have natural processes that deal with that much oil transparently.
 

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