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No, you do not motor through mud to get out of shallow areas. We rarely even put the outboard on unless the wind dies or if there is so much traffic in the channel that we feel it is rude to go tacking back and forth. It confuses the power boaters.
On Galveston Bay, most people sail out of Kemah, or several marinas around Clear Lake. There is a deep channel between Clear Lake and Galveston Bay. All the marinas have deep channels servicing them also. (It is true that some of theses marinas get too shallow to leave when there is a strong north wind. There are probably only 3-5 days/year this happens. I sail out of Seabrook Shipyard and it has never happened to us.)
Galveston Bay is around 600 square miles of water, most of which is 9 to 13 feet deep or so. It is really divided into 4 bays----Galveston Bay, Trinity Bay, East Bay, and West Bay. 90% of all sailing is in Galveston bay which is about 12 miles long and 6 miles wide. Trinity Bay is much larger and just as deep, but you need to cross the Houston ship channel in one of three channels if your draft is over 5 feet or so or if the north wind has pushed the water out of the bay. Only the ship channel and spoil banks separate Galveston from Trinity Bay.
Clear Lake is deep enough that 60-80 sailboats race in the lake every Wednesday evening when we have enough day light.
Tiki Island is in West Bay. West bay is very shallow, so you would have to stay in narrow, marked channels to get there. You would need to motor these channels. It is around 30 miles from Clear Lake to Tiki Island, so you would rarely visit your aunt by boat. I do see a few sailboats behind houses on Tiki, but I am not sure where they do their sailing.