I am just about where you want to be in 3 years. We've had our home on the market for quite awhile, and hope to close at the end of this month. My wife and I bought our boat 3 years, 4 months ago.
We live in San Antonio, you in Austin. Our boat is at Watergate.
We drive to Kemah every other weekend, putting 1000 miles each month going to and from the marina. Figure gas, slip fees
, and insurance
, we'd be way ahead if we had waited until now to buy our boat. We have enjoyed the time spent aboard of course, and enjoyed sailing on the bay. I'm just saying that you might want to think this through carefully.
If you just want to get out on the water
, you might consider something suitable for Lake Travis? You wouldn't have the travel time, and would get a lot more sailing in. If you are working full time, you'd be surprised how little work that you will get done on your boat if you spend 8 hours of your weekend driving. It makes for a long monday too.
A six foot+ draft may not be ideal for our area, but I wouldn't say that would be a deal-breaker. Plenty of really big boats down there.
I will add that Watergate has some nice new floating docks available. They did a lot of dredging when they put those in. We've been there since buying
our boat, and the marina has really done a great job since Ike. The staff is very friendly. No complaints at all from me.
If you prefer sailing offshore
, you might consider finding a slip in Galveston, rather than the Clear Lake
area. It is definitely a long trip to the jetties from Kemah. Just a thought...
Best wishes figuring things out.