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Old 02-08-2010
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My earlier response sounded snippy - was not intended to be. I was in a hurry. Sorry.

Our boat is at Blue Dolphin in Kemah. Good facilities, good pricing, and just on the north side of the big Kemah bridge which can save you 20 minutes alone during peak traffic times since you will be headed north anyway. There are a number of live aboards there and a friendly marina community, too. We live way up north just 10 minutes from the airport; our commute is south to the boat on the weekends.

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Hope this is not too far off-topic, but what do you folks in the Houston area marinas do when there is a hurricane warning.
Is it possible to move the boats up higher towards Channelview or similar areas.
If one were concerned about that what is a safer marina in terms of distance from ocean?
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A floating dock marina in clearlake area is safer than up in the channel. The tidal surge is worse up in channel view. All the bay water was surging north and bottle necked up the channel. that is why Bayland marina was destroyed. They expirienced a higher tidal surge than We did in Kemah.

I dont think you could get a sailboat to the north side of Interstate 10 due to bridge height.

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Welcome to Houston...The land of the Road Warriors. Its a vast, sprawling place, and its normal to make across town drives of 40 miles or more for the most mundane reasons. Some folks commute daily 50 miles or more one way.

If you live in Houston, you just have to learn to accept ~20,000 miles plus a year on your car.

I live on the north side of the lake by the JSC (Johnson Space Center), and have occasion to make the trek to IAH several times a month. I plan on an hour -except at peak traffic times which I may extend to 2 hrs- with the best daytime route up 45 to 610 east to 59. Not sure how long ago the poster above who suggested Beltway 8 east has taken that route, but with he neighborhoods that have sprouted along that road (which is not limited access north of I-10) its a slow slog these days (tried to my dismay not so long ago).

Ironically, the construction on I-45 around Nasa Rd One is what eats up time trying to get north from the south side of the lake.

Would agree with the above that the Lake is best hurricane wise...but really that is also only at a floating pier. With Baytown gone, only other place north of there is the HYC.

When trying to find a slip last August, I found slim pickin's. Watergate had a waiting list (they have since built more, but I would not trust that new "improved" seawall they are putting up). I don't like the traffic and all the busy congestion at the Boardwalk. Seabrook had one hard under the bridge (and I remember the debris field in that spot from Ike). Waterford (priciest) had one -which I picked as I need the best protection since I may not be able to take care of the boat up until the last minute as a hurricane approaches. I will say too, the facilities are as nice as I've ever seen at any marina, so you are getting something for the price premium. The northside of the lake was a no go as its too shallow, and nobody there has floating piers anyway. At the time I was looking South Shore and Marina del Sol didn't have slips either. I didn't check Portofino (preferred Waterford anyway) but it would be worth a try as well.

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Thanks to all!...keep more info coming

I got a chance to drive around and look at some of the Marina's. I like the Kemah Boardwalk area-but didn't get chance to walk around the docks. I also now know where Blue Dolphin Marina is and want to check out that one again.

I did the "8" around town from IAH and back. It took about :45 minutes and it seemed like an hour going back. Traffic was not like in Miami where I-95 is a parking lot. Still it is something I will consider.

Again-please keep the info coming..I am soaking it all in like a sponge
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I made some calls and waiting for answers.

I am having my Cruiser shipped from Florida so I will need a full service Marina that can handle a lift to get my boat off the trailer! Any recommendations?

I also want to dry store my 2nd boat, a 38' Go Fast....I want my toys all in one place.
Keep the suggestions coming!

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Endeavor Marina is very nice for go fast boats, but pricey I am told.
The Seabrook Shipyard, Clear Lake Marine Center and I believe Watergate ? have the big lifts.
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Waterford is about to have a slip available! We're leaving there for Florida. It's a very well protected marina. Nice people if you're referring to the boaters. The marina itself needs to learn a little something about customer service.

We went through IKE with no problems. The water depth in the marina is a problem, especially with a north wind.

It IS a nice facility, as good as I've seen. Can't say much for the folks that work there -- pity...

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Anyone have a comment on Seabrook Marina and Shipyard? I am planning on a visit next week, I guess they have slips with lifts but are all booked--that would have been to perfect for my 2nd boat.

I think I am going to pass on Kemah Boardwalk- but will stop to take a look anyway, I need to look at Dolphin as well....the only thing with them is the people on the phone at the marina office seem a little "aloof"

Thanks again for all the suggestions--snippy or not. I am trying to get alll the info and input I can before I make my decision--"google" can only give you so much info sometimes you need the first hand account.

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I am in the Seabrook Marina. My $.02 compared to other marinas in the area:

Good: 5 minute motor the Bay compared to 20-30 minutes for many other marinas
Good: Friendly staff and fairly active social scene
Good: Bathrooms are clean and always well heated/air-conditioned

Bad: Facilities and grounds not as nice as some other marinas (e.g. Waterford)
Bad: Wi-Fi only works about 1/2 the time (from what I hear it is flaky at all the marinas)
Bad: You only have a dock on one side of your boat (most Marians are that way, but a few you have docks on both sides so you can tie-between)
Bad: Really close to the bridge, so a lot of road noise.

The main thing that keeps me here is the proximity to the Bay. I would not want to motor 40 minutes round trip every time I wanted to sail. For me that is worth putting up with the road noise. If I sailed less often, I would prefer one of the quieter marinas further up the lake, such as Waterford.
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