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Odd question - Truck/Trailer delivered OBA to New Orleans

Old 04-21-2017, 09:55 AM
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Default Odd question - Truck/Trailer delivered OBA to New Orleans

Ok I am exploring the option of taking my boat from OBA to Venice LA on 6/1. Family and I are going to be down for vacation in OBA week before 6/1. Then on 6/1 they're headed home and I'm meeting up with my buddies in Venice for a week of fishing. Original/normal obvious plan was for me to trailer boat over on 6/1....new crazy idea is take boat over via water.

Here is where question comes up. Anyone got a lead on qualified driver/chase car for my truck ('12 GMC duramax/26' owens sons trailer) and chase car to take it over Thursday a.m. to New Orleans and hand off to my buddies who will then bring it down to Venice. I'm good with any suggestion. Decision will be price dependent. Also if weather/wave forecast sucks I will stick with original plan and trailer over myself.

While I haven't made this trip before I have run out of Baptiste Collette several times. Boat is a Calcutta 263 and I know it's capabilities and what I don't want to do with it re: weather conditions. I guess I'm looking for a little solo adventure in my otherwise boring middle age existence ....

Thoughts? Suggestions.

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Old 04-21-2017, 11:05 AM
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Other than burning 6x the fuel (2MPG vs 12MPG), taking 3x the time (25MPH vs 75MPH), and also paying for someone to deliver your truck and trailer, it sounds like it would be a great adventure on a nice day. You can stay in the ICW in AL and in the MS Sound in MS so the ride should be relatively dry and uneventful until you get to about Cat Island, where you would decide on cutting across the Chandeleur Sound to Baptiste Collette Bayou or trying to go through a canal on Lake Borgne to get to the river near NOLA. I don't know if you can still get to the MS River through Borgne though. I though the Corps closed off some of that access a few years back.

You can cut off a lot of distance (which equals fuel burn and time) if you run a straight shot from Perdido Pass to Baptiste Collette Bayou, but that would have to be in ideal conditions.
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Originally Posted by bamachem View Post
Other than burning 6x the fuel (2MPG vs 12MPG), taking 3x the time (25MPH vs 75MPH), and also paying for someone to deliver your truck and trailer, it sounds like it would be a great adventure on a nice day.
You can cut off a lot of distance (which equals fuel burn and time) if you run a straight shot from Perdido Pass to Baptiste Collette Bayou, but that would have to be in ideal conditions.
Nothing about this is predicated on financial logic...

I'm mostly interested in doing it on an ideal day. I know if I don't try to put this together June 1 will be silky flat calm. If it get a plan together it'll b 3-5' but it's worth effort just in case I have a driver and it's flat calm.

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More of an adventure too!
I like you plan, hope it works out.
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we have pop up thunderstorms in the summer on the coast...a lot, just an FYI
Old 04-21-2017, 12:21 PM
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The vehicle drive to Venice is a sure thing in getting your boat down the road to Venice.

Motoring you boat over will be an adventure for sure.
I ran from Pensacola to New Orleans. What a great time we had.

I would look at a transport company to take my truck and trailer over there verses hiring / finding a driver, who would then need to find a way back. Not impossible, but the transport company would be insured.
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Thx for thoughts. But a transport company would need flatbed to haul???

On weather. I understand. Boat is meticulously maintained with satellite weather. Radar. Epirb. AIS. Etc.

Anyone know local OBS transport driver with qualified chase vehicle?
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I am in the new Orleans area and frequently visit the OBA area. I am approx 20 miles southeast of new Orleans. I will have to check my work schedule with the exact dates, but I could possibly arrange something to pick up your truck and trailer, and deliver to Venice or meet your friends anywhere in metro new Orleans area. I have pulled trailers of various lengths from 12' to 40' all over the southeastern U.S. I can promise your truck and trailer will be taken care of. Please feel free to p.m. or call me for further info. Thanks.

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Old 04-21-2017, 07:09 PM
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We will be there the weekend before.

My son would drive it back following us for $60

He needs that college money for Tech

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why the chase vehicle? is it for transporting the driver back to OB?
I love the adventure part... sounds like a good time and an adventurous way to start a great fishing trip out of venice.. hopefully June 1 is the opener for federal snapper here in Destin but we don't know yet.
maybe I could pick up your trailer in OB, drive it to venice for you and fish a few days...hmmmmmm. just have to arrange a ride back to OB, take time off of work and convince my better half that I need to help a fellow 263 owner who is in a bind. :0
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This is why I love THT.

JLong - LMK work schedule. If we shoot for June 1 departure and weather turns south be glad to let you ride shotgun with me on way home.

H2OBug - I like the thought but want to have option to trailer over if weather is no beuno

Bill - Love the thought. Would definitely have room for couple days if it'll work.

This what it looks like when a plan starts to come together.

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After looking at my schedule, I work night shift the nights of 5/31 and 6/1. It is not a big deal at all for me to use a sick day or vacation day for the evening of 6/1. Please stay in touch and I will gladly help you for very minimal cost. I can schedule vacation day up to the week before. After all, I could make it a 2 day trip and use up the family's condo at Caribe for a night and come back the next day. The wife has a brand new escalade so the chase car aspect won't be a problem. She is itching for a road trip
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First world problems are fun. So much so, that jlong's solution to the problem seems as much fun as being the one with the problem. I would tow it for free if it included time at Caribe. OK, maybe more than one night at Caribe...but still.
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Well. An old friend of mine called who has a world of experience more with the sea than I do. He pointed out that while the trip is fun and boat is capable he urged me not to go alone. Thx Hoop. Capt. Hoop pointed out that to many little things can go wrong when you're alone Least of which being falling overboard while taking a pee. I think his advice is well placed. Now let's thicken the plot... anybody wanna ride with me . Still gotta get truck/trailer over but hey doing crazy stuff is fun.
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Originally Posted by mlanzotti View Post
Well. An old friend of mine called who has a world of experience more with the sea than I do. He pointed out that while the trip is fun and boat is capable he urged me not to go alone. Thx Hoop. Capt. Hoop pointed out that to many little things can go wrong when you're alone Least of which being falling overboard while taking a pee. I think his advice is well placed. Now let's thicken the plot... anybody wanna ride with me . Still gotta get truck/trailer over but hey doing crazy stuff is fun.
I'd be all I for that, but I'm actually coming back to Pensacola from Louisiana that evening. And for the record, it's faster by boat than by truck. Should be anyway, unless it's rough.
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Like we discussed on the phone, im jealous. Awesome idea, but Hoop is right--not a trip by yourself. If I could figure logistics out, I'd jump over there and ride with you or buddy boat.

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