Chester's boat is the first cat on the transient dock
. We stayed in the next slip - also on transient dock
. At almost 19 ft wide, it was either there or on a T-head. Now I see there are a lot of catamarans there.
in and out of Piper channel takes some time, but that gives you an opportunity to put the sails
away, get everything ship-shape for dock arrival, and to have a beer
. Usually some dolphins
hanging out around the Piper channel jetties, and we have been know to take a load of people out just to see them there when otherwise the weather was crappy.
Our favorite sailing area is the Lydia Ann Channel, where the wind is almost always a beam reach from Corpus Christi channel to the Aransas Bay. Gotta watch Aransas Bay as there are some shallow areas if you get out of the channel too early. Corpus Christi Bay is also nice place to sail, but it is a pretty big bay, and can get choppy easily. Corpus Christi Channel is very wide and you can sail up and down it in very flat water
of course, when the weather is nice. Lots of good sailing, and the water
is pretty clear. No Bahamas
clear, but about as good as it gets in Texas
, in developed areas.
If you don't have a car, there is a bus that runs thru Port Aransas called the B Line. I think it costs $0.50 each time you board. There are some great places to eat in Port A, but some are pretty pricey. Worth the money
, but will have to limit if you are on a budget
. Closest West Marine
is in Corpus, south side. I think there is one place on the island to get boat parts
, but I never tried it. We were going thru very large scale updating of the Seawind
systems, and went to West Marine
for all of the B&G stuff (on triple points weekend), or Defender for the rest of the electronics. And we had a commercial
account at a wholesaler in Kemah
, for everything else. Not sure what you need for your Catalina 22.
Hope you enjoy it there. When the weather warms up, the island will start getting visitors, and the complexion changes. You will learn to deal with the traffic. Hint, most of the heavy drinkers are still in bed
until noon, so get all of your running around one before then in the peak summer months.