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Old 02-15-2009
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Oops - my bad, Lost. I actually meant Corpus! We have some friends that have a house in Rockport and we're currently looking for a cruiser to keep in the area so we can all tagteam vacations/cruises. CC actually looked like the best area.
As for the 4 reasons you just mentioned - I'm sold! What are some of the better marinas in the area? We're looking at the 41' range (Irwin CC, etc.) and would like a place that's convenient for haul-out, etc.
SmackD, I know this is an old post - but, I 've never paged down the list of topics this far - but, then I've only been on SailNet since 2002 - a relative newbie ;-)
However, the absolute best marina in the Corpus area is Bahia Marina in Ingleside on the Bay - just off the ship channel by the Naval Station. Easy access to the bay and about 45 minutes or so from the Gulf. Bahia Marina & Docks Store - Ingleside, TX- Home Page
You can also join the Naval club, almost next door, and have breakfast for $3.
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Thanks, Johnshasteen for the tip on coastal marina.
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Hi
I sailed out of Cove harbour stayed in Port Aransas end October
I am coming over 29th Dec to take my Ketch across to Florida east coast with a few mates, so if you see a black hull on the horizon thats me

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Hello Wookie! I will be in town that day and will look for youre boat!
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Well Paul you are headed out the 29th of Dec. I hope you can find a weather window this time of year.

Bring some, no a lot of, warm cloths. Be ready to handle what is fix in to come at you. You will get hammered this time of year. The weather man, and it doesn't matter which one you look at, aint going to be correct.

I just got off the phone with a friend that made it over to Pensacola last night. The first words out of his mouth was "Don't go after Nov 1st you will get hammered". He is going to whole up there for a few days waiting on a better window to finish. He was also in 1000' of water and getting beat up. This was in a 41' Tartan.

Within the last two weeks there has been 2 rescues by the CG of sailors off Matagorda Bay. One I can't find any info on but was towed in by the CG sails ripped to pieces. A friend saw it coming in the big jetties here at Port O'Connor. The other made big time news.

I know you didn't ask for my advice but if you have to go do the ICW to Mississippi Sound.

I'll PM you my phone# if you are coming thru on the ICW. Give me a call I'll wave as you pass.

Fair winds and following seas.
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Hey David, Bob's in Pensacola? There must be a story there...

We bought our boat in Baytown, at the Bayland Marina. The boat was one of two that survived IKE at that marina. We moved her to Clear Lake Shores, near Kemah. Our original plan was to move it to CC or Port A, but fell in love with the Clear Lake area. It is probably the best place to have work done on a boat in the state. We're heading to the Bahamas ASAP, but that will be awhile unfortunately.
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Yep, I was talking about Bob. We talked for about an hour. Quite a story. Hopefully he will tell it. A couple of things he did say was he'll never do it again and the other is you had better have radar. A lot of rigs have no lights and you can't see them at night.

Once out there you are stuck. Its to far to run for cover.
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I have been down to Port A. Seems like a lot of the local boats are used to grow barnacles (sp?) and other sea creatures. I looked at one nice looking yellow boat that would have fed a family of 4 for a month off the bottom.
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The rigs are what bother me. I've heard it was bad, and of course when the northers blow, they blow like stink for a long time. Days sometimes. I've been out fishing off Port A when it was 8-10', and it's a bumpy ride on a boat twice the size of mine.

I'd probably want to head to the Bahamas as soon as hurricane season ends, but that's when the cold fronts come through. So getting to Florida is the tricky part for me...go via the ICW, or across the Gulf? It does seem like there is little info for us Texas guys. I'd love to hear from some people with experience.

I may be crewing on a boat in the Regata De Amigos in June. I will learn alot about sailing the Gulf if this happens. 610 miles worth of experience...each way. I'll be crewing on the return trip, so 1200+ miles total. Maybe then, I can offer advice firsthand? For now, I don't really have a clue.
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Paloma has been on the Regata de Amigos twice, once trip to Isla Mujeres and several times from Galaveston to Brownsville and lots of other time and miles in the Gulf and the rigs have never been a problem, you can see them even when there is no moon. Twice over the years we've been caught in Force 10 storms - but never during or after the hurricane seasaon - one in March '08 and one in June back.in the 90's - the March storm was a Norther the June storm was out of the west, where cometh all bad weather.
Normally the Gulf is a delight to sail in the winter - the prevailing winds are predictably S to SE, typically from 10-15 knots and seas a comfortable 5 to 7 feet.
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