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Presentation for the 2013 Houston in the water Boat Show. A list of great cruising destinations in and around the Galveston Bay area which includes information on what you will find when you get there and what to do while you are there. Included GPS coordinates of each location.

Presentation for the 2013 Houston in the water Boat Show. A list of great cruising destinations in and around the Galveston Bay area which includes information on what you will find when you get there and what to do while you are there. Included GPS coordinates of each location.

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Cruising destinations ppt

  1. 1. Cruising Destinations Places to explore along the TX coast… Presented by Captain Evan Macaluso, Founder/CEO Sail Ventures USA SAILVENTURES.CO
  2. 2. So you have this new boat…  Where should you take it?  If you’re looking for a quick evening outing or a weekend long adventure, discover some of the great boating destinations in and around the Galveston Bay area.  From Double Bayou to Port Aransas and all points in between.
  3. 3. Whether you’re out for a day cruise or an overnight adventure, there’s a plethera of choices along the Texas Gulf Coast
  4. 4. Let’s explore a few of the considerations before choosing a destination…  Ease of navigation  Safe anchorage or mooring  Lots to do once you get there  Sight-seeing and photo ops  Fuel depots to gas up before returning  Dining and/or shopping close by  Nice amenities for a change of pace or scenery  Hook-ups for water and electricity  Showers and bathroom facilities  Reasonable fees  Etc, Etc, Etc…
  5. 5. Beginning closer to home, there’s… 1. Sundance Grill @ Waterford Harbor Marina – Kemah 2. Outriggers – Seabrook 3. Redfish Island Anchorage – Galveston Bay 4. Bubba’s Shrimp Palace, Top Water Grill – San Leon 5. Houston Yacht Club – Houston 6. Spoonbill RV Park – Smith Point 7. Harborwalk – Hitchcock 8. Pelican Island Anchorage 9. Galveston Yacht Basin, Harbor House, Offats Bayou, Boudreaux’s on the Bayou, Moody Gardens - Galveston 10. Stingaree Marina – Crystal Beach 11. Allen’s Landing on Buffalo Bayou – Houston
  6. 6. Sundance Grill @ Waterford Harbor Marina - Kemah  Vessel Docking Slips at Waterford Harbor Marina are available while dining at Sundance Grill II.  Enter into the Marina and notice that piers are numbered on the end pilings. Available slips for the Grill are:  Pier 14: Slips 3 (south side) & 4 (north side) near bulkhead  Pier 13: Slips 2 (north side) & 5 (south side)  Look for the Sundance Grill II signs!  Phone - 281.535.5350  Coordinates: 29.546916,- 95.038433
  7. 7. Outriggers - Seabrook  The food (downstairs) is typical bar fare, lots of fried food, so if you know that going in you won't be disappointed.  Lots of friendly people, live music sometimes.  Price range: $0 - $30  Cuisines: Seafood  Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating, Scenic view  Dining options: Late Night  Contact: (281) 474-3474  Coordinates: 29.549655,- 95.023525
  8. 8. Redfish Island Anchorage  Once a popular boater anchorage, Galveston Bay's Redfish Island has been submerged in recent years due to erosion and subsidence.  Redfish provides protection from wind and wave action from about NNW clockwise to SSW.  The A Frame Anchorage provides better shelter for winds South clockwise to West  Redfish Island and the A Frame Anchorage are short day sails (6 nm from CC 2) where you can anchor, and raft up with your friends. They are also good overnight anchorages.  Coordinates: 29.514119,-
  9. 9. Bubba’s Shrimp Palace – San Leon up tasty grub with  They serve fresh-off-the-boat shrimp brought in daily by Captain Bobby Weldon.  Arrive by land or sea, docking your boat in their marina. Relax with a front-row seat to the bay’s most beautiful sunsets.  All this in one perfect location.  Open every day for lunch and dinner. Come on out and join us on the beach in Sunny San Leon!  113 6th St., San Leon, TX 77539,  Phone: 281-339-1515  Coordinates: 29.496633,-
  10. 10. Top Water Grill – San Leon  At Topwater Grill there is always something going on whether it be family dining, poker runs with boats of thunder and horsepower that would shake the walls, to fishing tournaments with crawfish boils and a party through out the property.  Seafood restaurant and small marina at April Fool Point on Galveston Bay.  Phone: 281-339-1232  Coordinates: 29.470903,- 94.925957
  11. 11. Houston Yacht Club - Houston from other HYC allows guests clubs to use their facilities  Bar and food service, pool and waterfront facilities, boat slips, head & showers, laundry, Wi-Fi, fuel dock, pump-out station  If arriving by sea, must contact the Harbor Master at 281-471-1255 or VHF channel 68 to arrange for guest dockage.  3620 Miramar Drive Shoreacres, TX 77571  Coordinates: HYC Harbor Entrance LATITUDE: 29 37.28' N LONGITUDE: 94 59.87' W 
  12. 12. Spoonbill RV Park – Smith Point is an RV Park which has Smith Point a long dock with power and water.  Its about 16 nm from Clear lake.  There is a nearby town with a Large Oyster boat fleet. Lots of bird watching opportunities.  $40 an night with electricity, $10 a night without.  Places to Visit: Wallisville Heritage Park & Nat’l Wildlife Refuge  Bird watching paradise!  Arcelia's Mexican Restaurant  Bulkhead tie-up for shallow-draft boats only  2 RVs for rent.  Phone: 409-355-2347  Coordinates: 29.546356,-94.780684
  13. 13. Harborwalk - Hitchcock  A master-planned gated community in Hitchcock, Texas, with a marina, pool and swim-up grill.  The Harborwalk Marina is located right next to Buoy Marker #59 on the Intracoastal Waterway at West Galveston Bay.  Bait store, ship store, dining  Phone: 409-935-3737  Coordinates entrance Marina: N29° 17' 21", W94° 57' 31
  14. 14. Pelican Island Anchorage  An area just west of Pelican Island near the bridge that connects Pelican Island to Galveston Island.  Just head for the Pelican Island Bridge. At Low tides this could be dicy for 6 foot draft boats.  From the anchorage, you have a 2 nm dinghy ride to Harbor House and the Strand Historical District.  Visit Texas Mariners Cruising Assn for waypoints and distances.  http://www.tmca.nu/index.php? option=com_content&view=arti cle&id=72%3Aharbor- house&catid=28%3Adestinatio ns&Itemid=50&showall=1
  15. 15. Galveston Yacht Basin  Boat slips with shore power, water, bathhouses, laundry, ice, fuel dock, marine store, bait, public boat ramps.  Closest Fuel Dock to the ICW  Beaches, Shopping, Hotels, Night life, Dinning, and the historical strand district are within a few miles of GYB.  409-762-9689 ext 201  Location: 29deg 19’05.34‖N -- 94deg 46’42.71‖W
  16. 16. Offats Bayou – Galveston  Offats Bayou is a manmade inlet on the west side of Galveston Island just off the ICW.  Inside the bayou, the best anchorage is on the south shore near the Galveston Boat Club.  Anchor carefully as the bayou has a grassy bottom, and even experienced cruisers sometimes find themselves unexpectedly adrift.  Location: 29-16'51'' N, 094- 51'28'' W -- Decimal Degrees: N29.2807929, W94.8576976.
  17. 17. Pelican Rest Marina, Offats Bayou – Galveston  Fuel and standard maintenance assistance, laundry, transportation, deliveries of provisions and Wi-Fi.  Dockside and approach depth: 18 Feet  Tide range: 3 Ft.  Loa max: 200 feet  Approach and docking: turn east at red nunn 30 - proceed east to red day marker 6 - proceed 500 yards using red day marker 8, 10, 14, 16, 18, 20 22, 24, 26 - you have now arrived at pelican rest marina entrance.  7819 Broadway Galveston, TX 77554 www.pelicanrestmarina.com Phone: (409) 744-2618 Contact for Informationand Reservations: info@pelicanrestmarina.com  Location: 29° 17’ 04.57‖ N94° 51’
  18. 18. Boudreaux’s on the Bayou, Offats Bayou - Galveston  One of the island's best-kept secrets is Boudreaux's On The Bayou. "After Hurricane Ike, we came back for the locals and the tourists who tell us they love to come here every year", said owner, Ray Caballero.  Boudreaux's has been in business for ten years as a steak and seafood restaurant with waterfront dining.  Closed for the winter. Still available for Private Parties. All the levels are available.  Dock and dine, then spend the night on the T-head.  6310 Heards Lane, Galveston, Texas 77551,  Please call 281-630-2703 for reservations.  Coordinates: 29.277861,-94.835375
  19. 19. Harbor House at Pier 21 - Galveston  Harbor House has a small marina that is very handy to events on the Strand in Downtown Galveston.  At last check they charged $1.75 a foot: power, water, and complimentary continental breakfast.  Also there is an Anchorage just beyond the Pelican Island bridge. It is two miles away and one can dinghy into Harbor House to visit you friends staying there and see the town.  Harbor house is 24 nm from Clear Lake  It is within close distance from the Texas Seaport, the Bishop’s Palace, the Galveston Island Railroad Museum, the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, and the 1894 Opera House.  Location: Pier 21,  Slips reserved for hotel guests, walk to restaurants, shopping, the Strand historical district, etc.,  Phone: 1-800-874-3721, 409-763-3321.  Coordinates: 29.309879,-94.793306
  20. 20. Moody Gardens – Galveston  For a full-service boat slip, make reservations at the Moody Gardens complex, also on the south shore.  The complex includes a hotel, restaurants and glass pyramids that house an aquarium, a rainforest and a discovery museum.  The complex also offers 3D, FX and Ridefilm theaters and an imported white sand beach.  A complimentary courtesy shuttle service runs between the hotel and marina.  Moody Gardens® is open 365 days a year.  HOURS OF OPERATION 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Moody Gardens One Hope Boulevard Galveston, Texas 77554 Phone: 1-800-582-4673 Coordinates: 29.277284,-94.850163
  21. 21. Stingaree Marina – Crystal Beach East Galveston Bay in Crystal Located on Beach.  If you are looking for a campsite located ―on the water‖ Stingaree RV Park offers 24 canal R/V sites. All available with electric (most 30amp / few 50 amp), water and sewer hook ups.  Dock your boat at your camp or wet a line all in the comfort of your own R/V space.  Call early for reservations – the spaces fill up fast for the summer months.  The Stingaree Marina is located @ 1297 N. Stingaree Rd and East Galveston Bay in Crystal Beach, Texas.  Stingaree Road at the Intracoastal Canal Crystal Beach, Texas  Call for bait and fuel availability as well as dockage availability for overnight stay  Phone: 409-684-9530  Coordinates: 29.481539,-94.605704
  22. 22. Allen’s Landing on Buffalo Bayou - Houston  Downtown Houston on Buffalo Bayou  Powerboats only. Annual cruises from Waterford YC & HYC – first home of the yacht club,  This trip required security clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard to navigate past the refineries and petro-chem plants.  Special permission required from Homeland Security to transit the inner stretch of the Houston Ship Channel.  Coordinates: 29.764105,-95.35838
  23. 23. And for the more adventuresome, there’s… 1. Double Bayou, Oak Island Lodge & Marina, Trinity Bay- Anahuac 2. Bridge Harbor Yacht Club, Freeport Municipal Marina, Surfside Marina – Freeport 3. Matagorda Club Airfield Anchorage, Army Hole, Matagorda Harbor Marina – Matagorda Peninsula 4. Serendipity Resort Marina – Palacios 5. The Sanctuary at Costa Grande – Port O’Conner 6. Rockport Marina at Cove Harbor, Island Moorings Marina, Key Allegro Marina – Rockport 7. Port Aransas Municipal Marina – Port Aransas 8. Corpus Christi Marina – Corpus Christi
  24. 24. Double Bayou - Anahuac  Slips have electrical hookups, but you’ll have to make a hefty deposit to hook up to water.  These destinations are overnight stays, about 22 nm from Clear lake home ports.  The channel is 6 to 8 ft deep depending on tide. Most groundings happen between Marker 15 and the island.  It's 3nm from Marker 16 to the Anchorage. Take the East Fork. It is your first right turn in the Bayou. There is good water in the bayou all the way .  Deepest water is on the outside of the bayou bends; cutting the corners can run you aground  To reserve a slip or room, call 409-252- 3474
  25. 25. Oak Island Lodge - Anahuac  Located on Trinity Bay, about 7 miles south of Anahuac, Come by boat or vehicle, just come and enjoy!  The sunsets and sunrise are spectacular.  Oak Island Lodge, Market, Motel, Hurricane Restaurant and Club, all on the waters of Trinity Bay.  Guided fishing trips, Guided hunting trips (Ducks and Alligators), corporate meetings, retreats, or weekend getaways. Our staff's priority is to make your visit a memorable stay.  Oak Island Lodge can sleep up to36 persons, has 2 lighted piers, 8 covered boatlifts, and an awesome view of the sun setting across the bay! Each room has a private bath. Lodging comes with 3 meals, snacks, drinks and use of the facility.  Phone: 409-252-4122, or send e-mail to: art4310@windstream.net  Coordinates: 29.655381,-94.690789
  26. 26. Bridge Harbor Yacht Club - Freeport  Bridge Harbor Yacht Club is a full service, premier docking facility.  Full service docking facility with convenience store, courtesy security service and private bathhouse.  300 Slip Full Service Marina • Fiberglass Dock boxes • Water, electricity — all slips • Power slings for smaller boats • Harborside Café with Swim-up Pool Bar • Fuel Dock with Valvtect Marine Fuel • Ship’s Store for convenience items • West Marine on site • Large swimming pool & swim-up bar • Banquet Facilities for up to 150  Phone: 979-233-2101  Coordinates: 28.962342,-95.290411
  27. 27. Freeport Municipal Marina – Freeport  4.5 miles from the Freeport jetties on the Old Brazos River.  Only protected harbor on the Gulf Coast.  Deep harbor, walk to restaurants, shopping, free trolley.  Transit slips are based on $1.50 per boat foot per night.  Bathrooms, showers and laundry  202 W 2nd St, Freeport, TX 77541  Phone: 979-373-0900  Coordinates: 28.951752,-
  28. 28. Surfside Marina - Surfside  Located on the Intracoastal Waterway near the Freeport Jetties in Surfside Beach, Texas – minutes from the open Gulf  Catering specifically to the sport fishing community in a resort-like setting  Offers showers and fully stocked ships store to storage lockers, multiple fish cleaning stations, boat trailer parking and complimentary dry storage wash down, Surfside is designed with today's experienced boat owner in mind.  Always competitive fuel prices.  On-site Service Department can handle all of your needs from Oil Changes, Electrical Issues and Fiberglass Repairs to Detailing, Generators and Outboard Engine Replacements or Rebuilds!  Jonathan Hardison, Service Manager can be contacted at (979) 230-9400  827 Gulf Road Surfside Beach, TX 77541  Latitude:28° 57.27' NLongitude:95° 17.64' WICW:N/A
  29. 29. Matagorda Club Airfield Anchorage – Matagorda Bay  A fairly protected area in Matagorda Bay.  This abandoned airfield is located on a narrow island on the Gulf of Mexico.  It was built in 1943 as an Army Airfield,  to support the surrounding 50,825 acre Matagorda Island Bombing Range,  which conducted air-to-air & air-to- ground gunnery training.  It was labeled "Matagorda Club" on the 1964 San Antonio Sectional Chart (courtesy of Bill Suffa).  It was depicted as a private airfield,  with a total of 5 runways (the longest was a 4,285' asphalt runway).  This is a great place for those who like to get away from it all.  Coordinates: 28.465673,-96.295252
  30. 30. Army Hole – Matagorda Bay  Shallow channel from Port O’Connor.  ―The prospect of a shrimp burrito at Josie's is usually enough to persuade me to accompany my fisherman-husband to one of the last spots on earth where men truly reign supreme; Port O'Connor, Texas. Everyone sort-of turns into Hemingway while there, and even amongst the fishermen, this little town (population about 1200), has been something of a hidey-hole.‖  Good fishing, away from it all  A beautiful "green flash" sunset can be seen anchored out in Matagorda Bay  Side trip to the restored Matagorda Island Lighthouse – Nat’l Register of Historic Places  Head for the town of Matagorda where you will have to pass through a set of locks.  Location: 28.452N 96.388W
  31. 31. Matagorda Harbor Marina – Matagorda Peninsula  Matagorda Harbor is at Texas mile 440 on the Intracoastal Waterway, about one mile northeast of its intersection with the Colorado River.  Navigation up the Colorado River is covered by NOAA chart 11319, "Intracoastal Waterway-Cedar Lakes to Espiritu Santo Bay."  The port turning basin and port terminal are 15 miles upriver from the locks at the Intracoastal Waterway.  Limited bulkhead space for transients, electricity, water, restrooms , showers, fuel dock, restaurant, bait, ice, paved boat ramps.  Harbormaster: 979-863-2103  Latitude:28.6910998 Longitude:- 95.9599625
  32. 32. Serendipity Bay Resort Marina – Palacios  Rally Hall is capable of handling larger groups and Rec Hall is just the right size for smaller gatherings. Both have kitchen facilities, ask our friendly staff about availability and rates.  The So. TX Sailing Academy gives classes for young sailors at our facility - they have to pass a swimming test.  Transient slips, RV sites, restrooms and showers, swimming pool  Walk to restaurants and stores.  1001 Main Street Palacios, TX 77465 Toll Free: (800)556-0534 Phone: (361)972-5454  Coordinates: 28.698606,-
  33. 33. The Sanctuary at Costa Grande – Port O’Conner  A gated waterfront community with a marina.  Clubhouse with lagoon style pool, basketball court, walking trails, tennis courts, sandy beach, pocket parks for adults and children, boat and rv storage, marina and marina building, boat ramp and 3 types of slips  Call ahead to inquire about slip availability  Phone: 888-552-0785  Coordinates to channel entrance: 28.406104,- 96.488736
  34. 34. Rockport Marina at Cove Harbor - Rockport  Located on the ICW just south of Rockport  Average Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars  Gated transient slips offer water and electricity, 16 ft. depth access, restrooms and showers, climate controlled storage lockers with 24 hr. access  $1.50 / foot / night, includes water & electricity  Deepwater slips with water and electricity, restrooms, showers, detailers and technicians available.  121 Cove Harbor North, Rockport, TX 78382  Phone: 361-790-5438  Latitude27° 59' 23"Longitude-97° 4'
  35. 35. Key Allegro Marina - Rockport  Fuel dock, ship’s store, bar and restaurant, bath house, laundry facilities, 50 amp & 30 amp electrical service  Full service fuel dock, holding tank pump-out station, bath house with a/c & heat, restrooms with private showers  Laundry facilities & marina library, ship's store ,tackle & frozen bait internet & fax access, bar & on- site casual dining restaurant  160' Transient Dock  Monitor Channel 16 & 18  Phone: 361-729-8264  Coordinates: 28.042019,-97.031363
  36. 36. Island Moorings Marina – Port Aransas  Floating docks, ship's store, restaurant, swimming pool, bathhouse, Laundromat.  Full Service Amenities Pool, Restaurant, Laundry, Utiliti es, Fuel, Ship Store and more  Private boat ramp eliminates city's long wait times and your boat can stay in the water for days  To find Island Moorings by boat from Port Aransas, take the ship channel toward Corpus Christi to Marker # 7 where you will see the entrance signs to the Piper Channel.  Phone: 888-749-9030  GPS Waypoints: Latitude 27deg. 48' North Longitude 97deg. o5' West
  37. 37. Port Aransas Municipal Marina – Port Aransas  Offers short- and long- term slip rentals, public restrooms, four boat ramps, a fishing pier, ice and showers for boat slip users.  Dinghy or walk to restaurants, stores, souvenir shops.  Many local places to spend the night  Phone: 361-749-5429  Coordinates: 28.042019,- 97.031363
  38. 38. Corpus Christi Marina – Corpus Christi  Fuel dock, free sanitary pump out station, air conditioned showers, restrooms and laundry, four public boat ramps, wet slips, dry storage and board boat racks.  Four public boat ramps,  A reminder to all Boat Operators:  DO NOT sail inbound of the Harbor Bridge. Doing so may subject you to fines and / or arrest. Ensure you check with US Customs and Border Protection prior to sailing for a foreign port.  Street Address: 98 Coopers Alley, Corpus Christi, TX 78401  Phone: 361-883-6518, Fax: 361- 883-3121  Latitude 27 48' N Longitude 97 23' W,
  39. 39. Questions?
  40. 40. Don’t have a boat to make these trips?  Sail Ventures USA is a local fractional yachting club owned & operated by Captain Evan Macaluso, not a franchise  35+ years sailing experience here in Clear Lake/Bay area (learned to walk at SSC!)  Offices conveniently located in the prestigious Watergate Yachting Center.  ASA certified sailing lessons available for you, your family, and guests  And if you’re interested in boat ownership, strategic alliances with Sea Lake Yachts and Little Yacht Sales to help you purchase a new 30-45’ Beneteau or Catalina
  41. 41. SAIL VENTURES USA Luxury yachting at a fraction of the cost… Visit us on Facebook or at www.sailventures.co We’d love to teach you to sail or take you SAILVENTURES.CO sailing…

Editor's Notes

  • Nestled among the sailboat masts and trees in lovely Waterford Harbor Marina, accessible by car or boat, sits Sundance Grill II. Upon entry, one feels a sense of class and comfort. The decks overlooking the water are perfect for a relaxed lunch or a romantic sunset dinner. Whether it's seafood, salad, pasta, or just a burger, our menu's large variety is sure to have something that tickles your fancy. They’re also well-known for our Champagne Brunch from 10am-3pm on Sundays. Just want to have a drink and kick back? No problem- come sit at the bar and enjoy a cold one. 
  • Have been coming for several years. Wonderful fish tacos. Excellent blackened shrimp platter with choice of sides, but the sweet potato fries are the best. Tremendous view of the boat traffic in and out of the marina provides me with all the boating I need. Service is rushed, but efficient. The place is bustling with business
  • Redfish Island was a popular boating destination in Galveston Bay for generations. In fact, an 1851 map of Galveston Bay on display at the Texas Seaport Museum in Galveston shows a group of islands named the “Redfish Islands” in the same general vicinity as the newly restored island. Originally, Redfish was a mile long outcropping of oyster shell reef in the middle of Galveston Bay. There was an abundance of vegetation on the island. It was mostly scrub brush, but it also had some cedar trees and other tough and hardy underbrush. It was a nesting place for many waterfowl including the very colorful roseate spoonbill.From a boater’s perspective, it was a marvelous destination for a weekend sail. It was safe to get to from the west side of the Bay as there was no need to cross the Houston Ship Channel. Once you arrived, the island shielded boats from the wakes of ships passing nearby in the channel. There was also full protection from the prevailing southeast winds. In short, it was a premiere boating destination on Galveston Bay. On a typical summer weekend hundreds of boats anchored in the protected waters and enjoyed the beauty and peace of this natural treasure.Unfortunately, during the late 1980's, the island was washed away due to a combination of ship wakes from traffic in the Ship Channel, storms, and subsidence. The resulting island became a hazardous reef a located a few feet below the surface.Due to the strong voice of the Galveston Bay boating community, the Port of Houston, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Beneficial Use Group, began reconstruction of the island in 2002. The restoration involved loading 140 barge loads of stone to the middle of the Bay, placing more than 206,000 tons of limestone in the Bay to create the island, and then covering the edge of the formation with 3,000 tons of shell and shell hash. Rocks laid on the island range in size from several ounces to as much as 1,600 lbs each.The entire process took just three months and was completed in November 2002. Birds found the island during the construction phase of the project and enjoy a permanent spot on the north end of the island. The island’s new 1.4-acre bird habitat attracts barren-ground nesters such as the least tern, black skimmer, gull-billed terns, forster’s tern, sandwich tern, and royal tern. A 1,000-foot rock dike on the opposing end of the island provides approximately 40 acres of safe anchoring for boaters. Small “cereal” stone placed along the outside perimeter of the island provides oyster habitat.Even though the final product is about a third of the original length of the island, there is about a mile of anchorage area. Boaters should make a sincere effort to familiarize themselves with the restored island. Approach and depart from the north and west. Avoid the area to the south. Any passage in this direction surely will cause an encounter with the shoals of the former island as well as the shallows known as Todd’s Dump.In September 2005, Hurricane Rita damaged the northern shore of Redfish Island but thanks to the Port of Houston and a hurricane supplemental funding grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the island was repaired. When, in 2008 the island again received minor damage – this time from Hurricane Ike – repairs were funded by the Hurricane Ike Supplemental and ARRA (American Recovery Reinvestment Act). Hurricane repairs were completed in March 2010.
  • A Galveston Bay favorite where locals and visitors go to enjoy delicious Gulf Coast seafood, fabulous water views and live entertainment. The ultimate in casual waterfront dining, eat under our covered porch with your feet in the sand or come indoors to catch the big game.
  • Welcome to Topwater Grill where fresh is the standard. They pride themselves in preparing an excellent culinary experience with the quality you would expect from fine dining while at the same time providing a laid back atmosphere to enjoy the best that the Gulf Coast has to offer.
  • Casual attire is acceptable, but shirt and shoes must be worn at all times. The clubhouse is open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, offering bar and food service for lunch and dinner on those days; also has guest rooms available.After tying up at the guest dock, please visit the Harbor Office promptly with your boat registration and insurance documentation as well as yacht club membership card to complete the registration process. Visiting yachts must display their yacht club burgee at all times. 
  • TMCA Smith Point Cruisers: Below is the route that s/v Silhouette uses to get to Spoonbill RV Park at Smith Point. I am reasonably sure that the GPS coordinates shown below are correct, but the usual TMCA caveat of course applies: "...to be used with your own judgment as a captain, and at your own risk."The route is described and some notes are provided for several of the waypoints. By utilizing the "Larry's Cut" route, I avoid the shoaling in the marked channel south of Bird Island. The portion of the route between waypoints SP-L1 and SP-L3 is still shallow, and I always traverse this area at idle speed!Between SP-L3 and SMPT there is usually somewhat more water, but it is still an unforgiving channel, with a hard shell bottom on the green side. Don’t go there!!! There is shoaling on the red side also, but the bottom there is typically more muddy. I slightly favor the reds, but still proceed at a slow speed. Wind, and especially cross-currents, can quickly push you out of the channel on this leg, so do keep looking at the markers behind you as back-ranges. Once past SMPT the channel deepens and should cause no trouble.So here is the route:CLC02       N 29d  33.166'    W 94d  59.508'    Marker #2 start pointSBC-8        N 29d  32.409'    W 94d  55.092'    South Boater Cut #8SBC-1        N 29d  32.615'    W 94d  53.233'    South Boater Cut #1VIETVIL      N 29d  32.880'    W 94d  51.125'    a point north and clear of all the wellhead junk, etc.SP-L1         N 29d  32.625'    W 94d  48.820'    a point NW of Bird Island along the 1 fathom lineSP-L2         N 29d  32.750'    W 94d  48.065'    north end of "Larry's Cut"SP-L3         N 29d  32.565'    W 94d  47.830'    south end of "Larry's Cut" (inside the Trinity channel)SMPT         N 29d  32.825'    W 94d  47.440'    green marker (see below)SMPT-BL   N 29d  32.845'    W 94d  47.265'    in the Trinity channel opposite the boat launchSMPT-SB   N 29d  32.790’    W 94d  46.815'    Spoonbill RV ParkSP-L1 is an arbitrary point at the 1 fathom line on the chart, where it changes from white to blue. I use this point to aim for as it seems to be the closest to the start of "Larry's Cut".SP-L2 thru SP-L3 is the route thru the cut. You are actually only in the "cut" for a brief period as you cross thru the (mostly shell) "spoil bank" on the north side of the channel. I just made it a nice long leg so that you can make sure you are lined up, etc.SP-L3 should put you more-or-less in the center of the Trinity Channel, and you should be able to see some red & green channel markers to that effect. But beware of poles that may have their dayboards knocked off so that you do not know what color they are. It can get real confusing real fast in that situation! So at SP-L3 you will make a +/- 90 degree turn to port, putting you on an approximately NE heading up the Trinity channel.SMPT is near the green marker (not sure of the marker number) that you should see up ahead of you as the channel enters the land area. It is near also near the man-made Geotube island that has been created on the north side of the channel. Again, be especially careful of possible strong cross-currents that may tend to drift you out of the channel.\\ SMPT-SB is the location of Spoonbill RV Park.
  • ne of the finest marina’s in the country, the Harborwalk™ Marina features state-of-the-art amenities in a fabulous bay front setting. As a true convenience, members will enjoy our concierge service for boating supplies, Galveston area information, reservations and more. Marina slips are available for a month-to-month or 12 month lease program. Transient boaters can acquire temporary memberships and experience Harborwalk™ Yacht Club’s restaurant and lounge.Features:Wide, highly stable aluminum truss floating docks with hardwood deckingSlip sizes from the mid-30’s up to 125’ yachts at the end of the dock’s T-headsBroadband internet, electricity and potable water at docksMarine grade diesel & gasoline available at our fuel docksFloating bathroom, shower, changing and laundry facilitiesHarborwalk’s concierge serviceHighly sophisticated live bait well system600 yards from the Intracoastal WaterwayThe full-service Marina offers fuel, inshore/offshore bait, ice and cleaning facilities. ATTRACTIONSHarborwalk is in a prime location, with Moody Gardens and the newly built Schlitterbahn water park just minutes away. Galveston's rich history and background offers an endless list of things to see.ARTS ENTERTAINMENTThe Grand 1984 Opera House is a hot spot for all the best plays, shows, music, and comedy acts. Galveston's live theatre scene is rich with great talent, great shows, and great entertainment. Houston also has a seemingly endless list of venues, offering some of the best music and theatre available anywhere.MUSEUMS GALLERIESGalveston’s rich culture includes the Galveston Arts Center, Galveston Gallery, and Art League Gallery . Houston's Museum of Natural Science,Holocaust Museum, Fine Arts Museum, and Contemporary Arts Museum ensure that any art buff living at Harborwalk would never get bored.SHOPPINGWith The Strand, Mall of the Mainland, Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Sam's Club all minutes away, you can find what you need when you need it at Harborwalk. Baybrook Mall and The Galleria are also just a short drive away. And now, with the newly opened Harborwalk Ships Store, you'll never be without!OUTDOOR RECREATIONFishing, boating, jet skiing, ballooning, surfing, bird-watching, even auto-racing are just a few of the outdoor activities available to the residents of Harborwalk.
  • There are three ways to the Pelican Island anchorage shown on the Google Map.The shortest way, 5.7 nm, is to head west on the ICW to marker 13 and then take a left across the bay to the anchorage. A deep water marked passage, 9.2 nm,  involves going west to "Y" where the ICW Loop meets the ICW. Then Head back along the ICW Loop to marker 2.The third way is follows the ICW Loop south to Galveston and past Harbor House. The Pelican Island Anchorage is about 2 nm from Harbor House.This route is 6.4 nm and you will need to pass through the draw bridge just before you get to the anchorage.
  • For over 40 years GYB has been the center of boating on the Gulf coast. Conveniently positioned within the heart of Galveston Island! located just minutes from the Gulf of Mexico right off the Galveston Ship Channel at a location which simply no other marina can offer.
  • The entrance channel is well marked, but you may want to follow a fellow boater in the first time because one bend is deceptive to the eye.
  • Pelican Rest has a secure entrance, on-site security and ample parking for the marina and guests. Pelican Rest clients can also take full advantage of VIP Vessel Concierge Service Located in one of the most spectacular location on the Texas Gulf Coast, Galveston Island’s Offatts Bayou, which has deep water and light wave action. The marina, located on the north side of Offatts Bayou, a long-standing natural yachting hub for Galveston, is the newest and one of the most upscale in Texas. Land and water based shuttles will be available to ferry guests to Galveston hot spots, hotels, and golf courses and Scholes International Airport at Galveston for private aircraft. Pelican Rest Marina is the only deep water marina in the State of Texas. We offer slips 22' wide to accommodate vessels to 85'. We offer 27' wide slips to accommodate vessels to 100'. We have 50' wide slips to accommodate vessels to 165' inside the marina with a draft of 22'. Our Side Ties have a 22' draft and can accommodate vessels to 200'. We have electrical service from 30A to 200A also to include 460V 3 Phase. We have mooring balls avaiable. Pump out available.
  • CLOSED FOR THE WINTER. Still available for Private Parties. All the levels are available. Please call 281-630-2703 for reservations. One of the island's best-kept secrets is Boudreaux's On The Bayou. Boudreaux's has been in business for ten years as a steak and seafood restaurant with waterfront dining."After Hurricane Ike, we came back for the locals and the tourists who tell us they love to come here every year", said owner, Ray Caballero. The expanded menu consists of steak, seafood, burgers, gumbo and crawfish etouffee. "There's not much "Cajun" going on with a name like "Boudreaux's," but, we do offer a special cajun seasoning in some of our dishes," said Debra Monford of marketing.Boudreaux's serves a delicious lunch special Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For the weekend, you can catch seafood specials Friday night and steak specials Saturday night after 5 p.m.Stop by after work for a relaxing happy hour Thur-Fri from 4pm -7pm. Sit outside on the deck and watch the beautiful sunsets. Boudreaux's On The Bayou is boater friendly too. Some of the customers come by boat to "dock and dine." The T-head of the marina is available for the bigger boats to dock over night after they have had dinner and enjoyed the music.
  • Located in a highly accessible area that is near from several of Galveston’s major destinations, the Harbor House offers cool comforts for its guests.
  • And if that wasn’t enough you’re only a stone’s throw from the Stingaree Restaurant and Marina and the DownUnder Bar & Grill. Live music and great seafood!
  • Allen’s Landing is the spot where in 1836 that August C. and John K. Allen stepped ashore and claimed Houston as their own. The confluence of Buffalo and White Oak bayous became Houston’s first port and a thriving commercial hub. At Allen’s Landing, the historical birthplace of Houston, White Oak Bayou meets Buffalo Bayou. From Allen’s Landing east, Buffalo Bayou becomes much wider and deeper. The Bayou flows through the East End of Houston to the Turning Basin and the Ship Channel.
  • Double Bayou is a two-forked, narrow but deep estuary that winds through pastureland rich with animal and birdlife. It’s located on the northeast shore of Trinity Bay, which is part of the Galveston Bay system. Marker 17 Restaurant can provide power hookups for as many as 7 boats.  The annual Fish Fry is held at Marker 17 Restaurant. The Docks can handle about 7 to 10 Boats. There is a New marina (Fall 2009) at Beason Park a few hundred yards away. It has a 19 boat capacity.
  • North of Galveston, across the Trinity Bay from Kemah, is a new resort of sorts.Oak Island thriving after Ike with hotel, restaurant and marketOak Island, between the east and west forks of the Double Bayou eight miles south of Anahuac in central Chambers County, was named for an island of oak trees near the bayou's mouth. In 1880 Joshua Harmon moved a cotton gin across the bay to the site of what is now Job Beason Park, but the community was founded in 1951 by real-estate developers Charles Troy and R. L. Hall on what was then the site of a fishing camp. In 1966 the community had 147 residents and a seasonal population of 500 to 600 tourists. The inhabitants included workers on nearby offshore drilling rigs and persons engaged in fishing, oystering, and boat manufacturing. A municipal water system was installed in 1966. Oak Island was still listed as a community in 1990. By 2000 the population was 255.These days folks usually stay at the Oak Island Marina for Easter Weekend and explore the bayou in outboards and dinghies. From the marina, you can walk to a motel, a restaurant, a playground and grocery store.
  • Guests at the Yacht Club are encouraged to make themselves at home, to relax, and enjoy the many amenities. The non-fisherman in your party will have no problem finding activities including a day at the beach, lunch at the Harborside Café or an afternoon by the pool. You will find what you need to make the day relaxing and enjoyable.
  • SURFSIDE MARINA is a state of the art large center console dry stack and sport fish yacht basin marina on the Intracoastal Waterway near the Freeport Jetties in Surfside Beach, Texas. Located minutes away from the open Gulf and catering specifically to the sport fishing community in a resort-like setting, Surfside Marina is the undisputed Texas leader in high-end, coastal boat storage and an unmatched Texas Gulf Coast fishing destination. So much more than a marina, Surfside offers amenities more in line with a full service resort. From sparkling clean showers and fully stocked ships store to storage lockers, multiple fish cleaning stations, boat trailer parking and complimentary dry storage wash down, Surfside is designed with today's experienced boat owner in mind.
  • Located on the Intracoastal Waterway at Texas mile 440, near bay and offshore fishing locations.By water, 34 statute miles from Port O’Connor, 45 statute miles from Freeport, 9 statute miles from the Gulf of Mexico (Colorado River jetties), 17 statute miles from the Port of Bay City, Texas’ best hurricane hole!
  • Located mid-way between Bay City and Port Lavaca on Tres Palacios Bay; Boating, fishing, and bird watching are favorite pastimes. The Colorado, Caney and Tres Palacios rivers provide the necessary fresh water to Matagorda Bay, making it one of the greatest sport fishing locations on the Gulf Coast. The areas bountiful natural habitat is home to hundreds of wildlife species and has gained the reputation as being one of the real "hot spots" for birders.
  • A spectacular new waterfront community located on the Texas Gulf Coast! Located on the unspoiled eastern coast of Texas, approximately 125 miles from Houston and approximately 160 miles from San Antonio and Austin, nestled in nature, is a wildlife sanctuary with a lush array of diverse plants and animals - on land and in water. Nowhere else in Texas will you find this rich and rare living experience. Welcome to The Sanctuary at Costa Grande, a resort community offering spectacular waterview and waterfront homesites. No other address in Texas is wrapped in such a panorama of wildlife refuge, all within minutes of charming towns and major metropolitan centers. At home, in Port O'Connor, you'll sense the origins of a quaint fishing village, just outside nationally renowned birding, fishing and shelling destinations, and home of the state's only natural deep water pass.The Port O'Connor area is home to 10 bays, 8 noted birding sites, 17 places to pier and wade fish, a beautiful Lighthouse and Magnolia Beaches.Approximately 46 miles from The Sanctuary, you can experience the bustling appeal of Victoria, where history was written and the legendary Texas ranching industry began. It has advanced over centuries, into a spectacular center of professional, medical and retail prosperity and is now a premier venue for dining, shopping and markets.
  • 2008 Texas Marina of the Year2008 Texas Clean Marina of the YearQuimby's Cruising Guide - Five Star RatingGreat AmenitiesNew State of the Art Fuel SystemValvTect Diesel and Gasoline
  • Quick Access to the Gulf, safest harbor and walking distance to the city trolley and airportA world-class marina with state-of-the-art concrete floating dock system, ship's store, restaurant, yacht sales office, swimming pool, bath house and  Laundromat. Located across the bay from Corpus Christi on Port Aransas Mustang Island, only minutes from deep water fishing. Stock up with fuel, beer, wine, ice, bait, tackle and more at our ship store! We are on the Port Aransas Shuttle route that operates daily, providing transportation.
  • Port Aransas is the only established town on Mustang Island and inhabits 8 miles of the 18 mile long barrier island. Mustang Island is located north of Padre Island, the longest barrier island in the world and south of San Jose Island, renowned for its shelling. Running parallel to the mainland, barrier islands protect the coast from the full force of powerful storm waves. Surrounding waters include the Corpus Christi Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, the Lydia Ann Ship Channel and the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Scattered about are several small islands that contribute to our reputation for great fishing, shelling, birding and nature adventures. Charter a boat for a deep sea fishing adventure Dance to live music and enjoy nightly entertainment Enter one of our many fishing tournaments Explore Port A by bike or cruise around on a beach buggie Fish the surf, the piers or the jetties Have a local eatery cook your catch Learn to build a sandcastle Kayak to the 1857 Lydia Ann LighthouseMeet a dolphinPlan a picnic on the beach Play a round of waterside golf Purchase an original work of art at one of our coastal galleries Relax on the beach and soak up some sun Search for seashells and island treasures Shop our eclectic boutiques and shops for island treasures Soar by sky or sea, try parasailing or kite surfingStake out your campsite on our 18 miles of uncrowded beach Stroll the beach at sunset or sunrise Surf, sail or jet ski in the Gulf of Mexico Take a ride on our free ferry Test the winds and fly a kite Treat your taste buds with our coastal cuisine Get a front row seat at a live show or music in the park
  • Dry storage and board boat racks, adjacent to Corpus Christi Yacht ClubMarina Market Days, First Saturday each month,Lawrence Street T-HeadMiradores... the Spanish name for the gazebo-like structures along the Corpus Christi Bayfront.  Each of the eight Miradores commemorates the city's history.The Miradores provide a beautiful setting and can be reserved for weddings, special events, small ceremonies and photo opportunities.
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