The locks are at the Brazos and the Colorado. You talk to the lock keeper on VHF
and also coordinate with the tows at the same time. We have done this trip a few times. I love going offshore
because it can be quicker but the ICW
is no big deal.
For the offshore
option I recommend going on the ICW
and spending the night there. Jump offshore from there and you can do one long leg to Matagorda bay. At Matagorda Bay and anchor
there overnight. Next day is another long day to Port Aransas. From there it's a short hop to Rockport. You can also do it all at once but keep in mind that there is significant oil
and gas infrastructure offshore and we always see fishing
activity as well so nighttime has risks.
The ICW is a different experience and takes a bit longer if you (wisely) decide not to cruise
at night. Your schedule will be determined by what anchorages
you can get to before sundown (and your endurance). Our runs on the inside usually look like this: Kemah
, Matagorda City, Port O'Connor, Rockport. Commercial
traffic is the big thing here. Communicate with every barge you are crossing with. You will also need to communicate win the the Brazos River Flood Gates, the Colorado River Locks and the New Caney Swing Bridge.
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