A couple of things:
Make sure you have fuel
before leaving Freeport
, going east. I've heard that the marina is back open on the gulf side at Freeport
- but that you might not want to spend the night there - at $2 a foot. You likely will have difficulty finding fuel
from Freeport all the way to and including Galveston. Clear Lake
We have lots of friends in Clear Lake
, and they indicate that all is fine on the ICW
, and in Clear Lake.
You DO need to note: If you take the ICW
from Port O'Connor east towards Galveston, THE OLD SOUTH CHANNEL ACROSS MATAGORDA BAY IS CLOSED. Many charts
have only this channel, not the new one. Many chartplotters also don't have the new channel. When leaving Port O'Connor, when you hit the ship channel, take a left. That will take you north-northwest where you can pick up the new ICW channel. This chart shows only the NEW channel (and part of the old one):
From Corpus Christi, suggested night stops are:
Ingleside Cove (if you only have a 1/2 a day the first day)
Port Aransas (City Marina)
on the Gulf side of the Lydia Ann Channel between Port A and Rockport
Rockport (Key Allegro is a good choice)
Port O'Connor (St. Christophers, but unless you are small, you won't have power). There's a new marina, but I don't think it's up and running yet.
Are you going all the way to Clear Lake? It's possible to make the run all the way from CC to Clear Lake in 2 VERY long days. But I wouldn't recommend it.
You can make the run from Port Aransas, outside, in about a day or a day and a half, to Galveston, as long as the wind
isn't out of the north. Leave Port Aransas at daylight, and you should arrive in Galveston in 24 hours +/- depending upon your speed. Whatever you do, don't go as the crow flies, you'll end up on the beach!
I'd also recommend picking up a copy of the Texas
Cruising Guide. We have one on our boat in CC that you may borrow - but you HAVE to promise to get it back to us. When are you planning on leaving? Also, feel free to call - take my phone
number with you in case of questions or trouble: