Texas Gulf Coast, Anyone?

Discussion in 'Gulf Coast' started by LawyerMan, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. LawyerMan

    LawyerMan Member

    416
    Jul 12, 2012
    Texas Gulf Coast
    270 SLX w/ Sport Arch
    496 Mag DTS, Bravo III, Corsa
    Texas Gulf Coast, Anyone?
     
  2. All's Well

    All's Well Member GOLD Sponsor

    463
    Jan 14, 2010
    Houston
    '03 460DA
    6CTA's
    Used to be - went inland to Lake Travis now
     
  3. Jnobles

    Jnobles New Member

    6
    Dec 28, 2012
    Freeport, Tx
    1997 Sea Ray 370 EC
    3116 Cat's
    Just moved from galveston yacht basin to bridge harbor yacht club in freeport
     
  4. Hifirush

    Hifirush Member

    542
    Mar 21, 2014
    North Padre Island
    1998 330 DA, 7.4 MPI with V-Drives, raw water cooled, Westerbeke
    twin 7.4 MPI’s with V-Drives
    My wife and I are moving to San Antonio and moving our 330 from Texoma to the gulf, propably in the Corpus area. I’m curious to the responses of this thread too. She is moving this weekend to take a new job and I will be staying in the DFW area until my youngest son finishes High School this year then I’ll be joining her. So, we have a year to find a place to put the boat. We are going to purchase a home on the gulf somewhere, I’d like it to have a dock so I can just walk out back and hop in.

    Matt
     
  5. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX
    2005 420 Sundancer
    T-8.1S Horizons
    I'm subscribed. I very curious what the boating life is like on the coast. Always wanted to be on the ocean and the Texas coast would be the closest, most cost effective place to be. Where do you go? Can you drop anchor near a beach. I'd imagine you'd need to be on the ICW to do that or you'd be rocking and rolling in the surf.
     
  6. JeffreyC

    JeffreyC New Member

    14
    Jul 26, 2016
    Port O'Connor
    1979 26 ft Sea Ray with sedan ...maybe...we are buying it this week but need to ask everyone here wh
    350 merc
    Port O'Connor and port lavaca.... we have a boat slip in port lavaca...very cheap rent! 137 mth. Comes with use of club house facilities.
     
  7. catapultdude

    catapultdude New Member

    23
    Jul 8, 2008
    Houston, texas
    1998 330 Sundancer,
    7.4L V-Drives
    We live in South Houston and have our boat At South Shore Harbor Marina.Its a nice marina. Good luck on your move.
     
  8. Hifirush

    Hifirush Member

    542
    Mar 21, 2014
    North Padre Island
    1998 330 DA, 7.4 MPI with V-Drives, raw water cooled, Westerbeke
    twin 7.4 MPI’s with V-Drives
    I know this is an old thread, but thought I'd give an update. I now live on Padre Island, in the canals. My home is on a point so I have unrestricted views of sunsets and the ICW. We love it!

    As we looked for homes, my realtor's husband, who is a fishing guide down here, gave us advise, from his standpoint, of where to be on the canals. He asked about my boat and I told him. It drafts over 3 ft, twins, etc. he just couldn't understand why I would even have such a boat! "It's too big" he said, "I'll never use it", etc. I thanked him for his thoughts and told him not only was I NOT going get rid of her, but I needed a dock big enough to tie her up to. All this has come to pass.

    I boat every weekend. Sometimes it's just to cruise around the canals (all deep enough for my boat, BYW) sometimes to Rockport (a local destination for food, music, walking downtown, etc) via the ICW, sometimes out to the gulf.

    It is tricky out there in the ICW as well as the canals. I've learned to keep her in the middle. When encountering a barge that frequents the ICW, I radio to them and explain I'm gonna be a little close when we pass.

    I have found some skinny water in the ICW, usually close to where the markers are, but should not be. That uncomfortable sound you know you're turning sand.... even though my depth gauge says otherwise!

    To combat this, I'm ordering many local detailed charts. I am also looking at purchasing a new plotter sonar combo. Garmin and Simrad really have my eye right now. Granted, these will have limitations, due to water depth and speed, but it will show changes in the ICW that are not always on charts. Honestly though, it's a learning curve. Slow down, be careful and talk to barge pilots, they KNOW the ICW.

    The first time I went offshore, it was exhilarating! I was leaving out a narrow cut called Packery Channel. I'd taken my SeaDoos out there before, so it wasn't completely foreign to me, but it's different in my 330. I had a couple more "oops" and really got a lot of water come over the bow, but she powered through beautifully and now she and I are regulars out there.

    Once you clear the breakers, it's easy peasy. But you have to respect the sea and what the conditions are. Windy days with 4-5's are no place for me. My boat will do it, but it is pounding and not any fun, so what's the point? Not to this newbie!

    All said, I love our life here on the island. My home is more than I ever dreamed of. Its great walking out back and my boat is tied up right there! I can work on it, clean and polish whenever I feel like it, not when I only can.

    It takes some getting used to but if you want to run a larger boat in Texas, this is pretty hard to beat!

    And yes, we are looking to get a small flats boat, but that's another subject altogether!


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  9. wrvond

    wrvond Member SILVER Sponsor

    213
    Aug 27, 2016
    West Virginia
    1995 Sundancer 270
    7.4 liter Mercruiser w/Bravo II
    Congratulations! Many years ago I lived in Ingleside and Aransas Pass. I didn't own a boat at the time but did navigate a mine countermeasures ship around quite a bit.
    You are in an enviable position for sure!
     
  10. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    We are in Houston with a 460. We have padre island in our summer plans, would love to get more info! Congrats on the place it sounds PERFECT


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  11. Hifirush

    Hifirush Member

    542
    Mar 21, 2014
    North Padre Island
    1998 330 DA, 7.4 MPI with V-Drives, raw water cooled, Westerbeke
    twin 7.4 MPI’s with V-Drives
    Wrv thanks! My wife and I are very happy here. Love to hear some "old war" stories about tolling around one of Uncle Samuels toys!

    Notherdecision, give me s couple days and I'll get more info to you. I'm on North Padre, almost to Mustang Island, there are places to go to, but not a ton here in the Latina Madre, north. Of course if you are headed to South Padre, there are many places! Let me get back with you


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  12. All's Well

    All's Well Member GOLD Sponsor

    463
    Jan 14, 2010
    Houston
    '03 460DA
    6CTA's
    Sounds like a great move....enjoy
     
  13. Arickosmo

    Arickosmo Member SILVER Sponsor

    247
    Apr 10, 2012
    Middle Coast
    2003 400DB
    Mercruiser 8.1L
    I'm planning a sales trip to Texas in the coming year. Corpus, Galv., Houston, then the lakes up to Texoma. Where do boaters like us buy stuff for their boats in these coastal towns? In Charleston, SC they all went to West Marine and I am not quite ready to be a West Marine vendor. (have to go to Cali and do the presentation. That's not something I want to do.)
    So, do most of the bigger marinas have a store on site down there or is it just a bunch of docks mostly?

    So far I've not found too many marine stores down there other than West.
     
  14. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX
    2005 420 Sundancer
    T-8.1S Horizons
    I'm on Texoma. Most of the bigger marinas has small ship stores. Mostly knick-knacks like t-shirts, hats, a few minor boat supplies, etc. Cedar Creek probably has the deepest selection.

    What are you trying to sell?
     
  15. Arickosmo

    Arickosmo Member SILVER Sponsor

    247
    Apr 10, 2012
    Middle Coast
    2003 400DB
    Mercruiser 8.1L
    My little snap fastener covers. I enjoy and value face to face sales more than online and phone so I'm traveling to start the business. Certainly not worth it financially but a lot more fun. SnapCapn.com

    (I'm a sponsor so it's legal for me to pimp myself)
     
  16. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    We have Blackburns ship store in Clear Lake and some local dealers like YES Yacht Equipment Services. Other then that it's West Marine.

    Josh
     
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  17. mjoplin

    mjoplin Member

    115
    Oct 10, 2016
    Houston, TX
    2005 Sundancer 280
    Twin 4.3 Mercruiser
    Blackburn's in League City is great. Good supply of hardware, paint, sealant, etc. No engine parts there. I like dealing with them and it is close (we are in Waterford Harbor).
     

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