For the past year I have been spending weekdays in the Corpus Christi area. We are building an offshore oil production platform there, and will float it out into the Gulf of Mexico later this year.
I purchased the boat in December, and it was already docked in Port Aransas.
During the week I am able to visit my boat, but most weekends I return to Kemah to be with my family. On occasion they are down here and we use the boat then. We will be taking the boat back to Kemah sometime next month, so we can use it on weekends. My house is a 6 minute walk from the marina in Kemah.
As far as doing the M&R work on the boat, she was seriously in need of it when I bought her. Mechanical repairs
are complete, and with new sails and rigging
, she's ready to go. Lots of cosmetic work remains, but I intend to sail her as much as I can on weekends this summer.
A few years ago I was living in Spanish Fort, Alabama, and kept my Newport 33 in Biloxi, MS (a sad story -- the boat was lost in Hurricane Katrina). The ride to the marina was about 75 minutes, and I found myself making lots of excuses for not going to the boat. I think I would have the same situation if I lived in the northwest part of Houston and kept a boat in Kemah. I don't think I would use it much. If I were living in Austin, I would probably want to sail out of Corpus Christi, but the infrastructure for yachts doesn't begin to compare to what's available in the Clear Lake area.
S/V "Southern Cross"