There's no way I'd recommend doing what was noted above... You can run stop signs and never get hit, too.
With that said, one technique is to sail the edges of the "safety fairways". These are the shipping
lanes, and they are free of wells, etc. However, what they are NOT free of... is ships! The edges are a reasonable compromise, with the understanding that ships will not move for you.
From Galveston to Freeport should be an easy daytime trip. Leave Galveston in the morning. Pick a weather
window with the prevailing southeasterly winds, typical of most of the year. Don't venture out in a Norther. Look for a forecast
with seas of 4 feet or less.