Saturday, July 2, 2011

Rigolets Marina

At the gas dock in Biloxi when it opened topped off fuel on the water again by 7am.  Headed west north of Deerr island and south to the west bound intercostal waterway.

We were able to sail most of today wide open water way not much land.  Sailing today was not like lake sailing we set the sails and went for hours with out adjusting lines.  Not much to see in the open water passage other than a few interesting tugs.  Like the one below reminds me of the little engine that could we was working his tail off for a knot and half of speed.  Turns out it was a dredging machine we ended up seeing him later along the route.

We planned on staying at the Rigolets went through our first swing bridge to get to the marina.  Called ahead to make sure they could accommodate us draft, elec etc said they could.

Turns out this marina was shallow, but they had the nicest people that work there.  We were dragging mud getting into the slip at near high tide.  .  They were trying to figure out another spot for us since we were already in we opted to just stay.  Went to hook up electric only had 50 amp power by our slip.  We located a west marine after them helping us try other options Stan from the marina drove us to the west marine so we did not have to get a cab.  After getting everything set up we sat in the office for about 45 mins talking.  Did you know shrimp boat leave at 4:30 to 5 in the morning?  We got up expecting we would be stuck till noon waiting for the tide to go high enough.  We were floating and sticking 6 to 8 inches of keel in the mud, we fueled up and did a heck maneuver to get out of the slip.  We had 3 foot clearnace on left and a fishing boat tied 1 boat length behind us on starboard (prop walk direction).  We tied to port mid cleat pivited out of slip like we knew what we were doing.

Around 9am approached Rigolets swing  bridge, called on VHF 13 for opening & waited for another boat and barge to exit with us.  Heading back into intercoastal heady towards the lock at Mississippi river should be exciting.

The marina owner told us about this house, they are filming a GI Joe movie here next week.

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