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Offline Phantom Jim

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Steamboat Pass and Espiritu Santo Bay
« on: January 04, 2017, 02:47:45 PM »
Does anyone have any experience with Steamboat Pass on the west side of Espiritu Santo Bay, Coastal Bend, Texas?  I was curious whether this was a viable pass to move from Espiritu Santo Bay to San Antonio Bay?  My draft is 4'6".
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Re: Steamboat Pass and Espiritu Santo Bay
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2017, 03:02:48 PM »
You might make it if you are very careful. But my boat draws 3'6" and I'd sure hesitate. Where are you trying to go?
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Re: Steamboat Pass and Espiritu Santo Bay
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2017, 07:46:09 PM »
A friend and I were discussing Panther Point in San Antonio Bay as a potential anchorage.  Steamboat Pass might be a transit between Espiritu Santo Bay and San Antonio Bay without the round-a-bout trek of going back into the ICW.

Curiosity as well.  Maybe steamboats passed through there before there was an ICW.
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Re: Steamboat Pass and Espiritu Santo Bay
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2017, 07:48:33 PM »
Yes- the pass further up is known as MailBoat channel Good chance you could do it. just go slowly
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Re: Steamboat Pass and Espiritu Santo Bay
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2017, 07:53:00 PM »
We may be down that way in April or May.  I will post if I get through there.  I did anchor at Panther Point in October 1983.  It was a serene anchorage in the mile autumn weather.

I have a keen interest in the lower Colorado River diversion channel.  That area looks like an African Queen type of adventure.
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Re: Steamboat Pass and Espiritu Santo Bay
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2017, 08:04:00 PM »
I thought that Mailboat Channel was in the NE corner of Espiritu Santo Bay?  I do not think that area would be amenable to my draft nor would it connect me into San Antonio Bay.

That whole area is God's finest cruising ground.  Great sunrises, better sunsets.  Fish, Crabs...what else do you need?
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Re: Steamboat Pass and Espiritu Santo Bay
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2017, 08:24:26 PM »
LOL
with the exception of maybe the west coast of Florida, and the Bahamas, we pretty much have it, yes

Used to weekend all over down there in my previous boat.m But it only drew 2 feet. Tehani's 3'6 has cut me out of some spots. But there are other.

And yes MailBoat is at the NE end. Close to Salura Bayou. Comes out roughly into Fisherman's Cut, there at the fish camp on the ICW
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