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I see alot of folks from up north, Cali and all around the world, but no one from N. Padre Island or Port Aransas, Rockport!! Where are all the sailing people! I see all the boats in all areas, but no posts! LOL.. C'mon now!
Lets get this thread going! ROLL CALL! Anyone out there??
 

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I don't post much here as I'm a newbie at sailing. I'm located over in Port O'Connor with my Starwind over in Port Lavaca. Do plan on sailing down to Rockport and Port A sometime this fall. Might even make it down to CC.

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Rockport

We are in Victoria but sail quite a bit from Rockport to Aransas Pass.
We don't see many sailboats out either.

We joined the Texas 200 in Rockport and sailed up to Magnolia Beach this year.

Never been south of Aransas Pass though.

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Crewing up!

I am looking to crew up sometime this year! Weekends right now! Soon I will take a sabbatical from work...lol;) I am single and trying to get to know people in the sailing community! One day soon I would love to try a "live aboard cruise" I don't think I am too hard to look at!!..........................Hook me up! :eek: :rolleyes:
 

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I know of a really nice clean Newport 30 that is for sale at the marina in Port Lavaca. There is also a Hunter 25 that you might pick up at a reasonable price. They do allow liveaboards. Our Starwind is not large enough to need a crew or to liveaboard. Yes I would also love to liveaboard.

At the present I don't know of anyone that needs a crew member or sailing partner.
 

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I do some sailing in your waters. As with mdbee above, I also sailed in the Texas 200 Raid back in June, sailing from Port Mansfield to Port Lavaca (in my 15 ft boat!). I'm also heading down on Thanksgiving Week to get my bareboat certification through the Corpus Christi Yachting Center. That will let me spend a week on the water and delay winter just a little bit longer.

The Texas Gulf Coast is a wonderful place to cruise and I'm okay with it not being too crowded. ;)

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Sail out of Clear Lake on Galveston Bay (Survived IKE!:D ). About the only time Iget down to Port A is for the Harvest Moon.
 

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Currently out of Lake Travis

Hi,

I just got a seidelmann 25 on lake travis. The plan though is to work on it over the spring and eventually set sail for the Caribbean sometime in the late spring/early summer.
Has anyone ever sailed out of the texas coast to the Caribbean Islands or Yucatan Peninsula? Where would you set off out of? I hear theres a lot of traffic out of Galveston...

Thanks!
 

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Has anyone ever sailed out of the texas coast to the Caribbean Islands or Yucatan Peninsula? Where would you set off out of? I hear theres a lot of traffic out of Galveston...
As I understand it, traffic isn't a huge issue; rather, it's the prevailing winds. Sailing from the Texas Gulf Coast to the Western Carib can be done, but you'll have wind and waves on the nose the whole way. Doesn't sound fast or fun. I think most people head east up the ICW or close offshore to Florida and then sail from there. During the sailing season (pre-Hurricane season, of course), you should have steady S/SE winds and good sailing right up the coast. If you sail offshore, you will need to keep a constant watch for unlit oil platforms and obstacles. From Florida, you can take short hops down the Eastern Carib or tackle the longer passages to Western ports.

Get a copy of Jimmy Cornell's Ocean Routes and study the wind patterns some. Keep us posted.
 

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I would not do close to shore. From what I understand you will get beat up until you get 100 miles or so. Then you hit deep water. Port A 50 miles to deep water, Port Lavaca 150 mile and Galveston 100 miles. If you do the ICW carry plenty of fuel. Fuel is hard to find past Galveston to N.O. Most of my dock mates have done the trip more than once. From N.O Gulfport area you can cut across the gulf to Key West.

Its a shame you are not down here so you can do as I do "Pick their brains"

Remember one thing the Gulf can be a nasty, nasty place at times.
 

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As I understand it, traffic isn't a huge issue; rather, it's the prevailing winds. Sailing from the Texas Gulf Coast to the Western Carib can be done, but you'll have wind and waves on the nose the whole way. Doesn't sound fast or fun. I think most people head east up the ICW or close offshore to Florida and then sail from there. During the sailing season (pre-Hurricane season, of course), you should have steady S/SE winds and good sailing right up the coast. If you sail offshore, you will need to keep a constant watch for unlit oil platforms and obstacles. From Florida, you can take short hops down the Eastern Carib or tackle the longer passages to Western ports.

Get a copy of Jimmy Cornell's Cruising Passages and study the wind patterns some. Keep us posted.
Hey Tetra - are you really upside down? Actually this is good info. We're starting to plan some coastal sailing for next summer - probably out of Galveston. Thanks.
 

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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.

I've been there several times, but have never looked at it from a sailor's perspective since we're still new to it.

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.
 

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Port A has a really nice marina out by the airport. For the life of me I can't remember the name. Rockport would be the best for haul out. House of Boats can handle a 41'.

Don't know much about CC. From the looks there is a nice marina there.

Me I would go for the Port A marina if they had a slip. Close to good eating,shopping for the ladies, and your place in Rockport.

A short hop out the marina and the jetties and your in the Gulf.

The next time we go over I can get more information for your if you like. We sail out of Port Lavaca. Not a fancy marina but a great bunch of dock mates. Shallow water so we have to motor quite a ways in the channel before we can do any real sailing. Winds are always in the wrong direction.
 

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Your choices in that area are probably the Corpus public marina, Island Moorings in Port A, the Port A public marina, Cover Harbor in Rockport or Key Allegro in Rockport/Fulton. When we cruise that area, we tend to hang out in Aransas Bay rather than CC Bay, so I like the marinas between Port A and Rockport.

Port A is the most convenient area--lots to eat, crossroads between bays and access to the Gulf. I'm not sure about food in the Island Moorings marina. Never been back in there. But, there are lots of places at the public marina; Virginias is our fav.

The CC public marina, IMHO, is pretty basic, but being in the big city does have some advantages. But, we tend to just head up the ship channel to Port A and Aransas Bay as soon as we can. Although, anchoring out around Shamrock Island is a nice place too.

I really like the Rockport area and it's easy to pick up the ICW there. I just think it's prettier and less crowded there. If I retire there, I'll probably buy something back in Key Allegro. There's a little spit of land seaward of Rockport called Paul's Mott. Nice secluded beach.
 

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Cool - thanks guys. I'll start looking into these options and get back to you with more questions I'm sure.

Now Tetra - your avatar...you upside down?
 
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