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Archive For: N. Gulf8 – Pas-Aux-Herons to the Rigolets

  • Thoughts on Cruising The Missisippi Sound

    I can only add a hearty, “Hear, Hear!”

    And don’t forget the sound, the Mississippi Sound. It’s shallow and can be treacherous. Trick is to get on it when it’s settled down after a front al passage and get back off it before another comes through. There are almost no all weather anchorages so it’s either hang out in marinas or get across it quickly.
    Regards,
    Larry and Teri

  • Pass Christian, MS Harbor Slated For Expansion

    Always glad to hear of marina expansion plans, particularly on a coastline that is still recovering from hurricane damage!

    Subject: Ms Gulf Coast Marinas
    Cruising News: Pass Christian Harbor has just recieved 25 million dollars for harbor expansion and there is also a proposed marina being built in Bay St. Louis, Ms.  So happy to see the coast coming back!
    Russell Traina

  • Biloxi, MS – Marina Facilities Update

    Wow, even after all this time, the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, as described below by Captain Reggie, is still very much with us.

    Services Update [Bioxoi, MS]
    Point Cadet.  They currently have no landline.  You must call cell 228-209-4807.  They sign you in out of the back seat of a car.  water and fuel available.  no electricity or services such as showers, laundry, etc.  rehab not started on office building.  $1.07/ft and plus tax, of course.
    Biloxi Yacht Club docks in ruins.  Al emphasis seems to be on completing new gorgeous clubhouse for now.  see their website.
    Small Craft Harbor not open at this time.  supposed to be by nov.  its building is also wrecked.  
    Reggie

    Additional info Biloxi
    No pump out available point cadet
    Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum has docks with transient slip availability.  228-435-6320, ask for Robin
    Also found a neat Vietnamese grocery store two blocks north of the Grand Hotel land Casino, and a ships supply company wholesale and retail a block west of the store. 
    Reggie

  • Biloxi Small Craft Harbor and Nearby Anchorages

    I'm sorry Captain Reggie did not realize that his edition of my "Cruising Guide to the Northern Gulf Coast" was written pre-Hurricane Katrina. Since that great storm, we have virtually let this book go out of print, and it will be at least another six months before we have an updated version in hand. It has been necessary to wait all this time to let the sitation on the Mississippi and Louisiana coastlines stabilize enough for any sort of accurate reporting.
    Note the web site Captain Reggie supplies below for checking on the latest news concerning the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor

    Yesterday we called the Biloxi Yacht Club number listed in our copy of your 4th edition Cruising Guide to the Northern Gulf, 228-435-5455
    and it has been disconnected.  Do they no longer exist?
    At 4 pm yesterday, a Sunday, nobody answered the phone at Biloxi Small Craft Sailing Harbor.
    We ended up anchoring just east of the shipping channel between the CSX bridge and the ruins of the old bridge, about half way in towards shore.  Good protection from the easterlies we've seen for a couple days, approximately 10 ft of water, semi-lit at night by lights from the new Highway 90 bridge.
    You are correct about a bumpy anchorage at Dauphine Island if the wind is easterly.  We anchored towards the island from bouy 25.  We set a 36 lb CQR and 100 feet of chain in about 11 ft.  Winds blew all noght, gusting to over 20 knots at times.  Short steep chop kept the boat rocking, but good holding, no dragging.
    Roberts Bayou off Perdido Bay was a great anchorage.  We anchored at the Y where the short arm of the bay which serves the public boat ramp meets the main bay.  Late lunch at Pirates cove included cold Yeunglings and hamburgers with country fries.  Tasty.
    Anchoring in the southeast corner of Big Lagoon out of Pensacola was fine on a light to no air night.  Plane are a little noisy until the navy shuts down for the night.
    Reggie
    CAL Cruising 36 "Submit"

    http://www.gulfcoastnews.com/GCNnewsRebuildofBlxSmallCraftHarbor092208htm.htm
     
    internet search gives this phone number for Biloxi Yacht Club
    (228) 374-6344
    Reggie Good

  • Gulfport Yacht Club Reopens

    So glad to hear that this fine club has reopened its dockage facilities following the terrible aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Sounds like the remainder of the city owned Gulfport Small Craft Harbor has, at least so far, not been so lucky.

    I am originally from Gulfport MS and was hoping to side trip there before crossing to FL. The Gulfport Yacht Club just opened a brand new facility last month and they used to have a good size transient dock. The club is located just to the west side of the channel as you enter. The rest of Gulfport yacht basin is waiting to be dredged and rebuilt. I did not know if your club had rescoprocity or not.
    John Haluska
    M/V Emery El
    Defever 49 RPH

  • Hopeful Cruising Notes – Cat Island (Mississippi Sound) to New Orleans

    It’s awfully good to hear from services are at last returning to this portion of the Northern Gulf coast, devastated almost three years ago by Hurricane Katrina!

    Subject: N.O. West End to Cat Island
    Cruising News: I recently returned from a round trip from New Orleans West End to Smuggler’s Cove at Cat Island.  I am happy to report that services are starting to return along the area, and we encountered prompt bridge openings at Highway 11 (Channel 13) and open RR bridges at Highway 11 (Channel 13) and the Rigolets RR (Channel 16).  Oak Harbor in Slidell (985-641-1044) has transient slips ($1.15/ft) with clean restrooms and showers.  There is fuel Monday through Saturday at Seabrook Marine on the Industrial Canal and every day (5 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Rigolets Marina on Geoghegan Canal across from Fort Pike.  The approach to Cat Island from the west is little changed since the storm, as far as I could tell.  Although the south eastern spit at Smuggler’s cove is now cut in half, the anchorage depth on the southern half was about 8-9 feet and off the mid-northern half was about 4-5 feet.   The beaches were also nice and the trout fishing great.
    Thanks for the great site.
    Tommy Diaz
    M/V TOPAZ
    Carver 3227

    It’s awfully good to hear from services are at last returning to this portion of the Northern Gulf coast, devastated almost three years ago by Hurricane Katrina!

    Subject: N.O. West End to Cat Island
    Cruising News: I recently returned from a round trip from New Orleans West End to Smuggler’s Cove at Cat Island.  I am happy to report that services are starting to return along the area, and we encountered prompt bridge openings at Highway 11 (Channel 13) and open RR bridges at Highway 11 (Channel 13) and the Rigolets RR (Channel 16).  Oak Harbor in Slidell (985-641-1044) has transient slips ($1.15/ft) with clean restrooms and showers.  There is fuel Monday through Saturday at Seabrook Marine on the Industrial Canal and every day (5 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Rigolets Marina on Geoghegan Canal across from Fort Pike.  The approach to Cat Island from the west is little changed since the storm, as far as I could tell.  Although the south eastern spit at Smuggler’s cove is now cut in half, the anchorage depth on the southern half was about 8-9 feet and off the mid-northern half was about 4-5 feet.   The beaches were also nice and the trout fishing great.
    Thanks for the great site.
    Tommy Diaz
    M/V TOPAZ
    Carver 3227

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