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Old 10-05-2015, 05:28 PM   #1
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Leaving the Keys, Headed for Houston

After hanging around the Keys for almost four years now it is time for a break. We will leave Wednesday or Thursday. We plan on stopping in a few places like Dunedin, Destin, Ocean Springs MS, and probably a few others.
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Old 10-05-2015, 05:58 PM   #2
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You're going from hanging out in the Keys to living in Houston? Yikes!

I'm not poking fun because I'm sure you have a good reason, but I live around Houston and it's just not quite as picturesque as the Keys. 😁
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Where do you plan to stay while you're here?
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You're going from hanging out in the Keys to living in Houston? Yikes!

I'm not poking fun because I'm sure you have a good reason, but I live around Houston and it's just not quite as picturesque as the Keys. 😁
Yes, I know it is not as picturesque as the Keys. I have lived in San Antonio and McAllen for 3 years, but we have family and friends in Houston. We are ready to get out of a tourist environment for awhile (yes I know I was a tourist once). but I am tired of $5 bottles of beer and $12 hamburgers. It will definitely be different but it is not forever, just till March.

On the upside Houston has Whataburger. My favorite fast food in the whole world, and HEB tortillas, not to mention fantastic Mexican food.
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Where do you plan to stay while you're here?
Don't know yet. We would prefer a mooring or anchoring out but have not found any info on any sort of mooring field. We are looking at Blue Dolphin in Seabrook. They advertise a 45' slip for $250 a month. That is less than a mooring ball in Boot Key Harbor. Looking for any local knowledge.
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Yes, I know it is not as picturesque as the Keys. I have lived in San Antonio and McAllen for 3 years, but we have family and friends in Houston. We are ready to get out of a tourist environment for awhile (yes I know I was a tourist once). but I am tired of $5 bottles of beer and $12 hamburgers. It will definitely be different but it is not forever, just till March.



On the upside Houston has Whataburger. My favorite fast food in the whole world, and HEB tortillas, not to mention fantastic Mexican food.

I hear you. Hell I was on my boat in Key West for just a week and kind of got tired of it. But I was with the wife and kids. 😳
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Don't know yet. We would prefer a mooring or anchoring out but have not found any info on any sort of mooring field. We are looking at Blue Dolphin in Seabrook. They advertise a 45' slip for $250 a month. That is less than a mooring ball in Boot Key Harbor. Looking for any local knowledge.
I'm at Blue Dolphin. If you arent planning on staying on the boat the $250 slips are a good value. But with 146 right there the street noise is pretty loud and it's every day at rush hour and all day on holidays.
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I hear you. Hell I was on my boat in Key West for just a week and kind of got tired of it. But I was with the wife and kids. 😳

Don't get me wrong, I love the Keys and will be back, but we are ready for something different. Probably the first time it gets below 50 we will be asking ourselves "what were we thinking".
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Don't get me wrong, I love the Keys and will be back, but we are ready for something different. Probably the first time it gets below 50 we will be asking ourselves "what were we thinking".

Hey, that's why you live on a boat, so you can move around, right?

I envy your position. Let me know if I can help out in any way.
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Hey, that's why you live on a boat, so you can move around, right?

I envy your position. Let me know if I can help out in any way.
Yep, I love the trawler turtle life. You carry your home around on your back and move around at 6 knots.
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He already had the "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and now wants "Whataburger in Texas"! Cut him some slack, if he doesn't have a change of scenery, he won't have anything to compare it to. Thats why they call it cruising. Good luck R2GO. I bet he falls in love with a stop on the Gulf coast, and ends up staying for a minute.
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Next time I head back up the GCICW I'm gonna take my time and stay awhile. I passed up some cool looking spots in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida on the Gulf side that I wish I could have explored more.

Three more years and our last kid will be in college. Fingers crossed.
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Whatabuger!!!
Grew up (and out) with those! Loved 'em!
We used to have one around here, but I think it's closed too

The Keys are beautiful but obscenely expensive.
I look forward to the day that I can see them from the helm of my own boat though.

Sounds like you've had a great time.
If you stop in Dunedin, shoot me a line and I'll buy dinner for you guys.
We have some great places in the area.

Safe travels.

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Don't know yet. We would prefer a mooring or anchoring out but have not found any info on any sort of mooring field. We are looking at Blue Dolphin in Seabrook. They advertise a 45' slip for $250 a month. That is less than a mooring ball in Boot Key Harbor. Looking for any local knowledge.
When you get here let us know. Would love to share stories over some great Tex-Mex.
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Whatabuger!!!
Grew up (and out) with those! Loved 'em!
We used to have one around here, but I think it's closed too

The Keys are beautiful but obscenely expensive.
I look forward to the day that I can see them from the helm of my own boat though.

Sounds like you've had a great time.
If you stop in Dunedin, shoot me a line and I'll buy dinner for you guys.
We have some great places in the area.

Safe travels.

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Thanks Off Duty, we will definitely be stopping in Dunedin, it was our second favorite stop on the way down to the Keys. Surpassed only by Ocean Springs MS. It took us about 8 months to get to the Keys from Indiana because we liked to stop at as many places as we could. The trip to TX will be different, but we will be stopping at a few places for a week or so. It will take us a minimum of 5 weeks maybe 7.

I will give you a shout when we get there. It should be this weekend if the weather forecast is right.
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When you get here let us know. Would love to share stories over some great Tex-Mex.
Look forward to it. Are there nice places to anchor around the area?
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I'm at Blue Dolphin. If you arent planning on staying on the boat the $250 slips are a good value. But with 146 right there the street noise is pretty loud and it's every day at rush hour and all day on holidays.

Thanks, are there better options close to that area? We want to stay close to the Clear Lake area.

PS I just sent you an email with the watermaker spreadsheet.
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[QUOTE=Sailor of Fortune;376618]He already had the "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and now wants "Whataburger in Texas"! Cut him some slack, if he doesn't have a change of scenery, he won't have anything to compare it to. Thats why they call it cruising. Good luck R2GO. I bet he falls in love with a stop on the Gulf coast, and ends up staying for a minute.[/QUOTE]


Looks to me that they have cruised through this area already. Maybe on a quick pass through on their way to the Keys. I'm with you, I can spend the rest of my cruising days between Gulfshores and Panama City. Not as high priced as the Keys but just picturesque.
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Thanks, are there better options close to that area? We want to stay close to the Clear Lake area.
We are at Lakewood Yacht Club, which is adjacent to Blue Dolphin. There is some traffic noise, but not really noticeable, at least for us.

Seabrook Marina is good, although it is very close to 146, so more traffic noise.

Lakewood, Blue Dolphin and Seabrook are the only marinas of any size on the north side of Clear Lake.

There are several good marinas on the south side of the lake. Try Watergate Marina, South Shore Harbor, Casa del Sol. One key in picking a marina is distance from the Kemah Bridge. It can take a while to get from the west end of Clear Lake to Galveston Bay. Portofino Harbor is the closest.

Anchorages are few. Some boats anchor in Clear Lake, but it's pretty shallow, especially with a strong north wind at low tide. Don't underestimate the effect on water depth of north winds, which are common in the winter. Red Fish Island in Galveston Bay is good for short stays unless the wind is from the northwest. Also, there is decent anchoring on the north side of San Leon peninsula.

By far the best anchorage in the area is Offats Bayou in Galveston, but that's a ways from Clear Lake. We often spend several days there. Deep water (20'), protected and lots to do.
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Thanks Off Duty, we will definitely be stopping in Dunedin, it was our second favorite stop on the way down to the Keys. Surpassed only by Ocean Springs MS. It took us about 8 months to get to the Keys from Indiana because we liked to stop at as many places as we could. The trip to TX will be different, but we will be stopping at a few places for a week or so. It will take us a minimum of 5 weeks maybe 7.

I will give you a shout when we get there. It should be this weekend if the weather forecast is right.
I'll pm you my contact info.

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