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post #11 of 16 Old 04-26-2010
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Originally Posted by Tuennerman View Post
I'm considering my options with respects to homes for a Catalina 445. Which would you recommend between Lake Ray Hubbard and Lake Lewisville, for a boat of that Draft and Size?
Why are you only considering those two anyway? I'm with the others on texoma. Seems like your concern should be focused on which marina on texoma.

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Wow! 445?? Did you buy it from Inland or GrandPappy? Welcome to teh family. Bought all mine at Inland. Good people and friends.

I spent a lot of time on Hubbard and some time on Lewisville. Lewisville will have more legth of sailing. Hubbard may be a nice lake on paper, but your actually sailing area between the bridges is small. That 445 will be scooting across that sailng area in no time. On the positive side of Hubbard, you can do a lot of night sailing. All the lights make it fun to go out at night. It is also a lot oess crowded - or was when we were there. THere are really only two decent places to anchor though, the east side and the north side in this little creek. Quite candidly, I think you will get really bored with both in no time unless you spend a lot of time at the dock or prefer just occassional use.

Texoma was mentioned. Quit candidly, not to diverge from your question, but that is where I would (and have) put my last two boats. The make the Valiants there and have good yards and lifts. You can get about anything work wise done there you want. Great sailing, lots and lots of places to anchor, and as you bought a 445, you should be able to get into some racing circuts. It is filled with people that have done a LOT of cruising and will be good resources for you - especially if you would consider further destinations in salt water one day. It is also a nice little get away from the race of the city.

I put my 380 there before going cruising, came back and put my 400 there (now in the gulf and doing same again), and my dad's Tayana 42 there. If you slip at Cedar Mills, you would probably be right beside him, though he is about to ship out and head down here too.

Other options we considered (not saying you should) is Kemah. It would be a lot more of a haul though (probably 4 hours I suspect). It was more appealing for us because we had to drive 2.5 hours each way from our house to Texoma. If you live in Dallas, you would be half of that. Dad lived in Firewheel (as did I for a period of time when we owned the 380), and it took just under one hour and 15 minutes to get to Cedar Mills.

Just some thoughts. Congrats on your purchase. All teh best.


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My vote, if you must put a boat that large on a lake, is Texoma. However, you would be much better off putting it somewhere down on the Texas coast. I realize the drive is longer, but you would get some real sailing.

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Foremost, thanks for the replies. The "end game" is to drop this C-445 in the Gulf and be gone. In the meantime, it's a "Floating Apartment" when I'm in the Dallas area, which is a weekly event. Texoma, while a better choice, is just too far of a hike from my Dallas Office.
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I sailed my Catalina 27 on Ray Hubbard and had to dig her out of the mud twice because the water level got too low to get out of the slip. Got stuck in the mud once getting out of the marina. Missed half a summer because of the low water so I tried to get out on the water every opportunity I could. I was truly hardcore. I sailed during highwinds, rain, ice, storms, drought, you name it I attempted.

The biggest I ever saw on the lake was a 45 foot party barge and a 40 foot sailboat. You couldn't get a sailboat under the bridges so the area was limited to a 2 mile by 4 mile area with 2 coves to anchor in for the night. I loved the open space of the lake. The pwc drivers and speedboaters usually stayed away from the sailboats. The lake even had a couple of places you could park your boat at and eat or watch a movie. The sailing community was really great too.

Ray Hubbard is monitored by the Dallas Police. They prohibit liveaboards. You could stay on the boat 4 or 5 nights (IIRC) but had to leave for a night and then you could come back and do it again. I never went to Lewisville Lake because of the rep it had.

Well, that's my 2 cents worth.

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