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Old 06-06-2015, 04:57 AM   #1
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Off We GO!

My experienced Captain and his wife (Brother-in-law and Sister) arrived in Fulton yesterday, sooooooooooooooooo we took the boat out, got some go juice and did some dock "touch and goes" probably about 3 hours worth. This morning we sit down, do the final planning of the route and it's off we go heading NE from Fulton Tx up the GICW towards Houston...I be EXCITED ! Probably run about 8 hrs today since we can't leave until after we've turned in the rental car about 0900...I'll keep you all posted and my still and video cameras are primed, charged, and ready so you'll be getting LOTS of pics!
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Old 06-06-2015, 06:47 AM   #2
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Looking forward to the pics. Have a safe and enjoyable trip!
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Old 06-06-2015, 07:27 AM   #3
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Cool. Want to see the pics.
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Im excited for you. Wonderful to enjoy the first outing with family.
We expect lots of pictures!
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Hey Kev, FINALLY!! You have some great weather for it also. Have a great trip and see ya in Kemah.
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Good luck! Have fun and learn a lot.
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Bon voyage! Get ready to be on the super highway to learning!
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Old 06-06-2015, 11:54 PM   #8
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Got a kinda late start...10:30, cruised approx. 65 miles, finished with engines 2130 hours. Tied to mooring buoy on the south side of the channel just west of Oyster Lake..Approx. mile marker 465. Great weather, good day...fair amount of tugs and LOTS of speedy runabouts near the little towns...all in all, a pretty good day!
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Old 06-08-2015, 12:40 AM   #9
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Departed mooring buoy at 0730.....nice day, GREAT weather. For you guys that haven't been on this part of the route, not a lot a scenery, but, it makes up for it in challenges....2 flood-gates at the Colorado river, which are a little fun in between a couple of fully loaded tugs! Then, up through Freeport which is a MAJOR staging area for tugs/tows all trying to tie up to mooring buoys while dodging the plethora of little speedy boats...LOTS of fun (really, it was) and we made through it all none the worse for wear. After that, we bumped it up a little and made the Galveston Yacht basin about 8pm and tied up to a transient dock, ate some dinner, and now going to bed. Real good day today, 13 hrs, right at 20 miles....Should be home in Kemah tomorrow about noon...I'll download and post the pics in my final post on this cruise tomorrow. So far it's been a great learning experience, the boats running GREAT, and we're all having a wonderful time!
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Sounds like you are doing great! Winds are forecasted at SW 5-10 so the bay should be calm for your trip in. Will be coming to Kemah later this week and will hopefully get to see your baby!
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Well, we made it

We left Galveston Yacht Harbor on an again perfect day....Left about 0600...wandered across the bay with NO WIND....and had a very pleasant cruise. We did bump it up a little and made it to South Shore Marina (WE'RE HOME!) at 0930.....here's a couple of pics, and I'm sure you can figure out what they are.
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Old 06-09-2015, 11:37 AM   #12
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Great write up and photos! Looks like it was a fun trip. Funny how we all want to go and take a trip where the other guys are!
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Old 06-09-2015, 09:04 PM   #13
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Thanks! And yeah, it was a good work-up trip for my "new to me" boat...Loved every minute of it. In Disguise performed flawlessly! Now we're planning a couple of overnighters in Galveston Bay to do some fishin, relaxin, and just plain enjoying our boat!
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:06 PM   #14
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That's what it's all about! We are heading up north to visit our lonely boat. Moving it over to bellingham this weekend. Just hangin while the admiral takes a course.
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:12 AM   #15
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Good Deal, Gbonas! My USCG son was stationed in Bellingham for a bit...Nice area up there, but it do get it's share of "liquid sunshine" lol.
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Old 06-12-2015, 05:14 AM   #16
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Well now. Once we made it up here, we had a slip leased at South Shore Harbor Marina. When we'd made the arrangements a month or so ago, they allowed liveaboards...now they don't so we've moved over to the Watergate Yachting Center marina...A little more expensive but a LOT nicer..People here have made us feel more than welcome. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say "HOWDY"...or if you prefer, "AHOY THERE".
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So it only took you 24 hours to get run off by South Shore and this is the marina that allows Baker to stay! When you run out of marinas in the greater Houston area, you can always come back to Beaumont and rough it with us. Will try get down for a visit next week but will call you first.
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Old 06-12-2015, 07:52 AM   #18
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LOL! Yep....I still have a few I can go thru here....then there's Baytown, Port Arthur, and THEN I may have to rough it, lol! Looking forward to your visit. Jennie's and my prayers are with your Mom, hope it all works out.
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We tried South Shore for a week after buying Compromise. Some guy trying to board our boat in the middle of the night and the ongoing all night parties decided it for us, not our kind of place. Ended up in Waterford, again.


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We tried South Shore for a week after buying Compromise. Some guy trying to board our boat in the middle of the night and the ongoing all night parties decided it for us, not our kind of place. Ended up in Waterford, again.


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Yeah, that was starting when we left. This morning, we called them and told them we had left and were not coming back.....THEN they said that they could give us a live aboard slip...Told them it was too late. Watergate is a much nicer marina and they actually welcomed us and are glad we're here. Totally different attitude and well worth the slight increase in price. Of course, the South Shore Manager in charge of refunding our money (we paid a month lease + a month deposit and were only there 3 days) is gone for the weekend. Imagine that!
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