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Old 08-28-2015, 12:37 AM   #61
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8 or 9 covered piers depending on how you want to count #8. It wraps around the corner.
My only point and interest were the covered AND floating piers. And as we have hashed out, there are only 2 of those at Seabrokk Shipyard and one at Lakewood Yacht Club.
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Old 08-28-2015, 08:35 AM   #62
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Well Monday turned into Wednesday but we are finally back in the water. BM Boatworks did an awesome job and were reasonably priced. Now all I need is to get the life raft serviced/repacked and the EPRIB serviced and we are ready for Florida/Bahamas in November.

When you go to back to Florida, what's your plan for getting there? Are you going through Nola again?

I don't have the fuel, crew, or the right boat to go straight across like No Mast did, but that sounded interesting. If I can get some paravanes installed I feel like I could cut the corner and miss all that Nola mess.
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Old 08-28-2015, 08:56 AM   #63
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No sir, I plan on doing the Port Arthur, Vermillion Bay, Venice, Gulfport route this time. I hope to avoid the TX/LA portion of the ICW in future. From Gulfport on, the ICW is pretty enjoyable.
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:02 AM   #64
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Seabrook/Kemah Happy Hour

I agree. After Gulfport coming south is when it got crowded/ugly. BTW, I stayed in the Gulfport muni marina on the way down and it was pretty nice I thought.

I don't know if I can make those outside legs you are talking about with my slow speed but I will check them out.

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Looks like maybe 14 hours from Sabine pass to Vermillion Bay at 7 knots. Maybe 13 if I bump it to 7.5. That's probably doable in the summer.
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:09 AM   #65
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My only point and interest were the covered AND floating piers. And as we have hashed out, there are only 2 of those at Seabrokk Shipyard and one at Lakewood Yacht Club.

*Well, harumph*


I was just correcting the number of piers at blue dolphin. No one hit the right number, including myself. So for the sake of future reads...
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Old 08-28-2015, 07:19 PM   #66
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No sir, I plan on doing the Port Arthur, Vermillion Bay, Venice, Gulfport route this time. I hope to avoid the TX/LA portion of the ICW in future. From Gulfport on, the ICW is pretty enjoyable.

Could you start a new thread for that portion of the journey? We have taken the ICW several runs from Kemah to points east, but never on the outside.


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Old 08-28-2015, 07:36 PM   #67
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Way to go Blue! Gotta hate the delays though. Me and the Mrs will be back on the boat tomorrow! YAY! Probably gonna take it out Sunday for some fishin, relaxin, etc.
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Steve, I will definitely start a new thread for the trip. Kevin, I hope to see you this weekend. Other peoples coffee always seems to taste better
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LOL, yup, you're welcome anytime, I'll let you know when we're there and the coffee is on.
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I have to say the water in clear lake is the spookiest water I have been in, in a long time. I got under the boat for 4 hours today to clean the hull. The mullet popping up into view all the time was okay after a while but man the dark shadowy things that cruised by occasionally, man my hair would bristle. LOL

You literally cant see the prop or the rudder, they are shadows.
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I have to say the water in clear lake is the spookiest water I have been in, in a long time. I got under the boat for 4 hours today to clean the hull. The mullet popping up into view all the time was okay after a while but man the dark shadowy things that cruised by occasionally, man my hair would bristle. LOL

You literally cant see the prop or the rudder, they are shadows.

In my book, the spotting of any big dark shadowy things cruising on the edge of visibility signifies rum-o'clock. I doffs me hat to you, sir, for finishing the job.
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Big dark shadowy things skeer me! Anyway, back on the boat tonight, goin out for a little fishin (maybe even some catchin!) tomorrow, Sunday am.
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Likely big sheepshead. They'll nibble on you. They have some teeth!!
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I suspect they were the tarpon that hang out, the little fish would all of a sudden be gone and then the submarine would cruise by. There's one sheepshead that eats off the pilings here and he's got to be 2' long. Biggest one I have ever seen. I would truly hate being bitten by it.

In the water area over by the uncovered docks, tarpon were crashing the water about every 2 or 3 seconds last week after the big rains flooded the area. I guess the rains brought the little fish in to eat new stuff and the tarpons to eat them. It was pretty cool watching it.
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Sheephead are about the best tasting fish in the Gulf. Not real easy to clean but well worth the trouble, they make great ceviche too
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Once when we spent the night at Oak Harbour in Slidell- my buddy and I had caught a couple of big sheephead that I cleaned after we had passed the Hwy 11 Bridge on the way home. I was standing on the swimdeck of PL2 as my buddy Phil ran the helm. Cooked them up with butter in foil as we cruised across Lake Ponchatrain on that sorry assed Magma grill (just kidding ) of mine!
Ate them right off the foil. I remember Patricia discussing how my "presentation" was sub par...


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Well, we tried to catch some today...got a few nibbles on Mullet, even caught a blue crab.....but nuttin to bring home. Did FINALLY manage to get a pic or two of "In Disguise" NOT tied to a pier. So, all in all a successful and fun day of boatin!
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Nice pics Kev. Sorry about the fishing.... Saw you coming in around 6:30. I was delivering a sailboat to Seabrook marina. I waved but I guess you wasn't expecting to see me driving a sailboat as you totally ignored me
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Damn Blue! Was busy AVOIDING sailboats and little runabouts...surely didn't expect to see you drivin one....next time maybe!
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