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Old 14-04-2017, 10:03   #1
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Any advice for Kemah/Galveston area?

I've been dreaming of it for years, and I'm finally starting to actually work towards getting rid of the house and moving onto a sailboat. After doing a bit of reading, it looks like Texas is going to be the best bang for my buck as far as slip fees go (and I have to be at a dock, weekdays, 9-5 until I can figure out a different income situation); I'm thinking Kemah looks like a pretty decent place to spend a year or two.

The only thing I'm really concerned about right now is what the sailing opportunities are for that area. Where do people go when they go sailing, or is it just out into the ocean and back? I really wanted to shoot for the south FL area because of the 'quick' back and forth from the Bahamas, but I don't know enough about the gulf to know what might be there worth doing.

Next weekend I'm taking a trip down to Kemah for to treat with the 'natives' and get a feel for the place; my buddy and I are staying on a boat in Legend Point Marina. Can anyone recommend good marinas in the area that are worth trying to see while I'm down there? Any to avoid? Anything else in general? I'm all ears.

edit: Also, advice on other areas besides Texas that I should look into is welcome.
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I've been dreaming of it for years, and I'm finally starting to actually work towards getting rid of the house and moving onto a sailboat. After doing a bit of reading, it looks like Texas is going to be the best bang for my buck as far as slip fees go (and I have to be at a dock, weekdays, 9-5 until I can figure out a different income situation); I'm thinking Kemah looks like a pretty decent place to spend a year or two.

The only thing I'm really concerned about right now is what the sailing opportunities are for that area. Where do people go when they go sailing, or is it just out into the ocean and back? I really wanted to shoot for the south FL area because of the 'quick' back and forth from the Bahamas, but I don't know enough about the gulf to know what might be there worth doing.

Next weekend I'm taking a trip down to Kemah for to treat with the 'natives' and get a feel for the place; my buddy and I are staying on a boat in Legend Point Marina. Can anyone recommend good marinas in the area that are worth trying to see while I'm down there? Any to avoid? Anything else in general? I'm all ears.

edit: Also, advice on other areas besides Texas that I should look into is welcome.
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Re: Any advice for Kemah/Galveston area?

I'm actually moving into Legend Point this week. The area is great. Legend Point is best price when compared with what it offers and West Marine is directly across he street. Watergate is super pricey and Starship is no longer sailboat friendly as far as slips are concerned.
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Re: Any advice for Kemah/Galveston area?

Was in Waterford Harbor Marina for years. Good place. Your sailing venue is Galveston bay.
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The Home Port on my transom is Kemah, Texas. Currently in Brunswick, Georgia. Not much to offer in Texas but a muddy, shallow, Galveston Bay. Too many oil rigs for offshore sailing (to me). Floriduh is ok.....better than Texas, but has drawbacks too, depending on where you are in that state. Georgia offers some nicer options, with reasonable hurricane protection if you choose the right marina. Take a look. You can sail the east coast without worries of hitting an oil rig. Near enough to the Bahamas or the Chesapeake. Go north or south. Your choice. My 2 cents from a Texan.

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