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Old 11-02-2013, 09:39   #16
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We really like the marina but may move over to Corpus for an easier land commute ( my husband works in Austin)
How is the commute to Austin from the coastline? I tend to work with IT startups, which Austin has a pretty decent share of, and had always figured it was just too far inland to commute to from a marina.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:46   #17
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Its 4 hours to the coast except for Port Lavaca, which is about three. But I drive slow.

I live in Austin, My Aunt lives in Texas City on Galveston Bay, which is exactly 200 miles.

There's a Toll road going in from Austin to San Antonio top speed is 80 mph, which might shorten the commute somewhat.

Lake Travis is 10 miles from downtown, but getting shallower as the drought continues
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:25   #18
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How is the commute to Austin from the coastline? I tend to work with IT startups, which Austin has a pretty decent share of, and had always figured it was just too far inland to commute to from a marina.
Yes, it's about 3 1/2 hours. We are splitting our time between boat and Austin until Brian can work from boat full time, he takes three day weekends. We take sabbaticals every 15-20 months so the drive is tough but temporary. I highly recommend Austin, for being landlocked it's a great place to live. Lake Travis is great sailing, winds shifty so good for keeping you on your toes. NO one, and I mean no one, sails at night so you pretty much have the lake to yourself. if you decide Austin just PM my husband( Rain Dog) he is a computer programmer rock star, could give you some recommendation if you like( proud wife but still true ), there is a lot of hiring going on in the IT here.
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:07   #19
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Re: TX Gulf Coast Marinas

My hazy memory from childhood is that Tampico was a somewhat industrial sort of place. Veracruz seemed more interesting and is the destination of occasional sailing rallies, although I don't know that Lakewood does the Regatta de Amigos still.

There is another forum that had a brief thread about it a while back in 2011...

Tampico, Mexico - SailNet Community

A couple of examples:
"Well I just got back from Tampico so I guess I'll make the report myself! Although Tampico is a modern and efficient cargo port, I saw no facilities for sailing vessels and any anchorage in the river which bisects the city will be on poor ground and vulnerable to thievery.

Having said that, I found the people to be warm, friendly, and helpful as is typical in Mexico. The area immediately adjacent to the city docks is a pretty rough (as is usual) but the city in general is much cleaner than, say, Naples or Marsellies"

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"Although the people are nice, the place is a pit with no real facilities for private little sailboats. Why not go on to Tuxpan, a lovely place with great people then on to Veracruz, also a nice place with better facilities. Who told you to go to Tampico??? My least favorite place to go in Mexico. YUK."

Also a thread here on CF
Cruising Mexico's East Coast

with Gord May's Noonsite linky:
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Big Water,

What was the result of your search?
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Old 07-11-2015, 18:24   #21
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Years ago the Vera Cruz Race participants would stop in Tuxpan for a second banquet before the trip back to Texas. Back then the town catered to Mexican tourists. Tuxpan now has high rise condos!!! It could be a cruising destination still under the radar. Anyone been there lately?
(Bonus Question: Anyone know what part Tuxpan played in the Cuban revolution?)
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My wife and I are 4/5 years from retirement and actively sail our Catalina 250 in Nebraska. Next month we plan a weekend scouting trip to check out the Texas gulf sailing scene- no sailing on this trip, just look around and get ideas.
Would appreciate advice on where the fly to and where to look.
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Fly in to Houston. Visit kemah and clear lake then take a trip to port lavaca, port O'Connor, Rockport and corpus Christi.

For living aboard, i like port Aransas, but there are more facilities in kemah and clear lake.
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Fly in to Houston. Visit kemah and clear lake then take a trip to port lavaca, port O'Connor, Rockport and corpus Christi.

For living aboard, i like port Aransas, but there are more facilities in kemah and clear lake.
Port Aransas is probably out if you want to live aboard. Island Moorings marina changed ownership a little over a year ago, and gave tenants notice that liveaboard privileges would cease at the end of their respective lease. Plus the hurricane destroyed almost all of the docks, and boats have been requested to move as they clean up and rebuild. The bathrooms have been demolished.

Port Aransas Municipal marina also had lots of damage. City is hoping to repair/replace docks, and maybe even by summer. They also limit liveaboard numbers, and don't really have enough bathroom facilities, etc., anyway. And I don't remember if they have a pumpout station. Island Moorings had one, but not sure if still operational.

Most of the Island Moorings liveaboard tenants moved to the muni marina in Corpus. I haven't heard reports from any of them. I don't think the Corpus muni marina sustained any damage from Harvey. That said, complaints I have heard about Corpus marina is basically regarding the location. Its right on the downtown waterway. Some restuarants and bars nearby, but no grocery stores. And weekends can get crowded parking by tourists and people just coming down to the waterfront.

Not sure how Rockport marinas fared, but given the city got hammered, I suspect docks are in bad shape.
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Fly in to Houston. Visit kemah and clear lake then take a trip to port lavaca, port O'Connor, Rockport and corpus Christi.

For living aboard, i like port Aransas, but there are more facilities in kemah and clear lake.
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Corpus Christi Municipal Marina had zero damage. We’ve been there two years. Secure docks, regular security patrols, new section, R, S & T is really nice but the baths/laundry are still old.
The Bay is fairly wide open, the wind is constant. Takes 4 -5hrs to get from the Gulf to the Marina but that depends on wind and boat size.
Port Aransas got nailed pretty hard and a lot of their boats are here now waiting for repairs or for the docks to get re-built.
Haven’t been to Houston / Kemah yet but we’re going in a few months.
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