We had a wonderful family Labor Day Weekend at Offats Bayou in Galveston
on our boat. Although a straight motor all the way there due to light
air we were pleasantly surprised on Monday by a great 15-20 kt beam
reach from the time we hit the Ship Channel off the ICW till we made
the turn at Redfish. My wife, Liz, steered all the way and had the
old Catalina 320 up to about a steady 7 knots. After we turned downwind
to sail to the Kemah Bridge the wind had lightened some but the sail
was still very enjoyable. Everything was going well, to well in fact
as "Murphy" was about to get us.
Close to the Kemah Bridge I went to go and start the engine and
there was no power. So we sailed back out some while I trouble shot
the problem. Everything else on the boat was working and after installing
two 4D AGM's batteries I have about 400 amp hours so I knew the
batteries were good, but there was no power to the key switch or
the engine panel at all. Hmmmm, what to do? Call Sea Tow or Boat
US for a tow? Well not if I didn't have too. After all it was Labor
Day and I could hear them on the radio all the way from Galveston
talking about the tows they were hauling in from all the folks that
hadn't done any maintenance all year on their boats but were sure
going to go out that last holiday of the summer only to find out
that yes, the fuel does go bad and yes, you should change the water
pump impeller more than once every 5 years. Besides by the time
we waited for them maybe whatever Gremlin attacked the power might
go away. Of course it didn't.
After an hour of troubleshooting, and electrical is not my forte,
and much contemplating I told Liz, the wind is nearly North to Northeast.
I think we can sail in if the tide is not outgoing. To my surprise
she said OK. So off we went. She drove and I trimmed and the girls
seemed more content to capture love bugs than to worry about what
we were going to try. They already know their Dad is nuts anyway.
To me it was no big deal I was more worried about someone hitting
us because we may be moving so slow. We've done this before but
not on a holiday weekend and not in this much traffic.
|Beneteau 36.7 "Jaz"
|1980 Hans Christian
|I gave ideas to Liz of what
to expect and what we would do if this plan suddenly turned on us.
The air had really lightened down to 4-5 kts and as we got closer
to Landry's I was asking her for a SOG (GPS boat speed) reading about
every 30 seconds as I wanted to find out if the tide was stopping
us as the boat speed was barely approaching 2.5 kts. Some how by the
time we got to the actual boardwalk we had little traffic coming or
going and the channel nearly to ourselves. It appeared the tide was
slack. I would attribute some of that to the power of Liz's Prayers!
We made it under the Kemah Bridge and she asked for the next plan.
I said keep going the hardest part is over. The turn north in the
channel, where the Sundance Grill is, may be the toughest tack and
if we can't make it we'll turn around and sail back into Seabrook
That North Channel turned out to nearly do us in. We had all sorts
of boats coming and going and beam wise across the channel it was
tight. I about died when I saw the 50 Trimaran I sold two years
ago that has about a 32' beam turn down into the channel heading
out as we just didn't need that big of a boat to take up what little
width of the channel we had left. Even the Kemah Police Boat was
there and he followed us for a bit and I kept wondering if what
we were doing was illegal? At one time he was literally 5 feet off
our transom and I looked back at him and he kind off nodded and
backed off. I think he could tell by no water coming out the exhaust
that this was for real.
We luffed a few times in the channel due more to the high embankment
and the buildings that the shipyard has that blocked the wind but
we made it very slowly at a minimum of one knot of boat speed at
one point but we were still moving.
The turn into the lake and facing nearly west again we were off
wind so the speed picked up but the north channel entrance into
Lakewood Yacht Club was also going to be an unwind sail and it was.
Plus we had to clear the curved bulkhead (even further upwind than
the channel) of the marina entrance. At this point I knew we were
"home free". The worse thing that could happen was to
sail into the lake, toss out the anchor and call someone to come
give us a short tow into the marina. However we had done so well
up to this point there was no sense giving up now.
There were boats coming out the other side of the Lakewood channel
and boats coming in behind us so there was no option to tack. To
clear that bulkhead meant we were literally had to sail aiming at
it as fast as we could, 2 whole knots, and then at the last minute
turn into the wind and hope the momentum would carry us around it.
At this point I had my oldest daughter, Jordan, with a fender loose
in her hand ready to just drop it over the side if we were to hit
the bulkhead but the plan worked and we cleared it by 2' and the
turn more west gave us plenty of boat speed again so I dropped the
main because now we're in the marina channel which is basically
a one boat channel surrounded by docks (none of which are empty)
on one side and the breakwater bulkhead which protects Lakewood's
West Harbor from the wave action on Clear Lake. Luckily there was
no one coming out. We were only 1-2 turns from making our slip and
I knew the next turn was dead up wind but we did have a wide enough
fairway to be able tack once. So I told Liz, as soon as we clearing
the fairway to our right aim for that boat on the end with the red
canvas, of course the owners who I knew because I sold them the
boat, are on deck and are wondering why is this boat sailing essentially
in the marina. We came close enough that I could touch their dingy
on the transom and we tacked but just then we got headed by a bit
of a gust in the tack and the momentum of the boat had just died
and the only way to get her moving again was to literally turn around
which meant sailing back out. I now knew we couldn't make it to
our slip from here even though it was only 100' away but we had
to turn back down some to get some steerage, when Jordan said, "Put
it in that slip right there" and sure enough just in front
of us was a nice 50-60' slip that we drifted into just like we had
planned it all along.
Needless to say it's a Labor Day my family will soon not forget
and after we were comfortably tied up and the A/C running Liz and
I looked at each other and laughed knowing that even though maybe
it was not the best thing to do, it worked and even our girls knew
we all had accomplished this by working together. Isn't life grand?!
For those of you who want to read about our July BVI Adventure
BOAT SHOW TIME-
Don't forget our fall
boat show is Sept 28th thru Oct 1 and we'll have a full set
of new boats for you to inspect. Including the new Beneteau First
10R that has turned heads from the day she arrived in the yard.
For those of you waiting for the racing packages we're putting together
on this boat it's nearly done and will be in the mail.
Also I have a new Dark Green Beneteau
423 that just arrived. She has just about every option including
an electric furling winch and a bow thruster. She's a beauty that's
for sure with nothing like her on the Texas coast.
In addition we'll also have the new Catalina
309, which is the first one in the area. This boat is the replacement
for the Catalina 30 and it's a wonderful well thought out replacement
for a boat that over 6000 were made. With the boat show specials
in effect, a fully loaded up new 309 with A/C and a furling rig
is around $110K.
Of course all the boats will have factory-sponsored boat show specials
and I've got most of those details now so if you want to talk about
striking a deal on something before the crowds, let's talk now.
Lead times on some of these boats are already into the spring of
Right after our show is the Annapolis Show. Oct 5-9 and I will
be there the 5-6th so if you're coming up to see some boats let
me know and I will be glad to meet you and show you them personally.
I understand Catalina may have a new 32 coming out and Beneteau's
new 46, 49 and the new First 50 will be there. I already have a
new 49 two-cabin layout on order for a December delivery and we'll
have a 46 on order for early in 07. I do have some secret photos
of each if you're interested email me back.
Also don't forget that the Lakewood Harvest
Moon Regatta this year is the same dates as the Annapolis Show
so I'm afraid to say that I probably will not be coming down this
year since I get back the day after the race starts. Sea Lake is
still a proud sponsor of the race and I'm sure some of the Sea Lake
Crew will be down there.
If your boat key chains are getting worn out and you need some
new ones I just had some nice ones made. If you're in need of one
stop by my office and pick one up.
C&C 40' (37+) Just arrived to the dock. Commonly called
a 37 Plus this boat is really a 40'. She was called a 37 PLUS to
distinguish her from the R model which was a full race boat and
had no interior. To the contrary, this boat is cruise equipped with
A/C, gen-set and updated sails and electronics and has also had
a lot of constant upgrading including an awlgripped hull since 2003.
Accurately priced at $129,995.
Morgan 46. Center cockpit ketch. Just arrived to the dock. The
same owner these past 16 years has spent a ton of money on this
boat making her very very nice. She no where near shows her age.
For Example: Her hull is awlgripped dark blue, she has an in mast
furling with a brand new mainsail. These heavy built center cockpits
were always popular but it's getting harder and harder to find a
nice one. Asking is $138,900
BARELY MADE THE NEWSLETTER--Ericson 33, Ron Holland design
and a one owner boat since new. TONS of money spent keeping her
nice. Details pending $40K asking.
REDUCED IN PRICE
1987 Vagabond 42 - SOLD SOLD SOLD IN
Beneteau 36.7-Jaz has the optional shoal draft and all new Quantum
sails and Tack Tick wireless electronics. Jaz has also had a recent
full waxing of the hull and deck. Reduced to $124,900
Pacific Seacraft 44 - FOR THOSE WHO WANTED TO SEE THIS BOAT,
She has JUST ARRIVED ON THE DOCK. We have a 4 month old survey showing
the market value at around $475K. This boat has already been reduced
AGAIN TO $399K and her owner is very anxious to move here ASAP.
Moody 42 Center Cockpit -Great one owner boat sold new by me.
Every option. A very recent and complete Survey just done shows
her market value at $325K. Now reduced to $285K! Just try to find
a quality late model center cockpit that has a bow thruster, gen-set,
a/c, radar and in mast furling as well as recently added custom
davits and a new awlgripped hull for this price. I can't believe
no one has moved on this boat yet!
1985 Endeavour 38 Center Cockpit. A rare one. Few made but a
popular boat especially if you're wanting that aft owners cabin
and a 2 head arrangement in a boat under 40'. That's a tough boat
to find. This boat should move fast now that she's REDUCED TO $79995.
Hunter 31 A nice wheel diesel boat with Marine A/C a recent
bottom job and all new canvas for $25K now REDUCED TO $22,500.
Pearson 34. A boat ahead of it's time. Centerline queen berth
forward and a head with a separate shower. Gloss varnished exterior
and constantly waxed. REDUCED TO $69,995
Albin 28 Tournament Express, Single diesel with Bow Thruster,
up dated electronics, A/C and Gen-set and covered shed sling kept.
REDUCED TO $114500.
1990 High Tech Wide Body Motor Yacht. Incredible 3 stateroom 3
head layout with a full walk in engine room. Wonderful, clean condition.
Trawler speeds with economical diesels. REDUCED TO $285K.
2001/1999 Catalina 36 I have two. BOTH JUST REDUCED THIS MONTH!
Both have the same layout and standard main as well as A/C. The
01 is here in clear lake and also has a Radar/plotter and is asking
$119,900. The 99 is Lake Grapevine (Dallas) and is asking $104,995.
I sold both to the current owners and both are nice
2000 Catalina 470- I have two. One, C'est Tout, is located here
close by. The other, Lotta Quarters, is in Port Aransas. C'est Tout
was just lowered $10K to 279,900. Both boats are now the same asking.
Replacement on either boat is near $400K and they both have low
Irwin Citation 31-DEALER TRADE IN OTHER TRADES CONSIDERED. Updated
yanmar diesel, wheel steering, marine a/c. A lot of boat for a reduced
price of $28900
Starwind 27- Same as the Endeavour 33, been here all it's life
and I sold her to the current owner in 2001. She has a BRAND NEW
Marine A/C. AND the owner spent about $2K having the engine and
fuel system gone thru so its ready! Also has furling, wheel steering
and a diesel. A great way to get into sailing for $17500 asking.
IN FACT TRY 15K AND YOU MIGHT OWN HER!
Nautor Swan 61. This is the boat I sailed through Panama Canal
3 years ago and from St. Thomas to Bermuda last year. She is still
lying in Westbrook Ct but will be coming south at the end of Oct
to probably the Bahamas and South Florida area. Her asking is $730K
and the there has probably been over $200K spent on her just in
the last year. Only a handful of these were made and her replacement
would now be in excess of $2M. Valiant is one of the few Swans that
has a real cruising interior. Plenty of room for a large family
and could comfortable take you around the world.
Islander Freeport 36-Original Owner! Should arrive to my dock
by the end of this month. $65K
Hans 38 MK II I sold this boat to the current owner about 10
years ago and he has done nothing but maintain the boat and upgrade
it. These traditional full keel classic designs are getting harder
and harder to find that are in decent shape and this would be in
the top 10 of anyone looking for this particular boat because of
what the owner has done to her-constant maintenance and upgrading
that is all documented including a new Yanmar diesel just last year.
Do not let the "age" of the boat fool you. This boat is
sure to holds it value or perhaps go up some as the replacement
cost on this type of boat exceeds $350K. The asking is currently
a reasonable $129K
Endeavour 33-Same owner these past 10 years and always a Galveston
Bay Boat. Has A/C and has been properly maintained. A nice quality
boat for $43,500 that should not last long in this market. NOW ON
DINGY FOR SALE
2000 10' caribe RIB w/ bimini, ladder, tiller extension, weaver
mounting system used to mount the dink on a power boat transom,
& a 2001 15 HP 2 cycle Yamaha.
Asking $3200 which seems reasonable as clean as it looks and appears
to have been stored inside on the trailer. Boat is in Austin
Contact: Owner direct Jack Ford 512-799-6621. Mention it came from
USED 50AMP SHORE POWER CORD
50amp 125Vt (that is one dog leg on the plug going out) 50' shore
power cord. Get a spare for your boat or stop dragging yours on
the boat to store it to go to Galveston or some other marina. Buy
this one and have a spare. This cord is NOT new but is not UV weathered
and was stored indoors. A bit dirty on the yellow but both plug
ends are like new. New at West marine around $4-500. $125 firm for
this one. At my office. First one to email back to email@example.com
that you want it gets it and then send me a check.
As a note most all of the above listings I know really well because
I sold them to the current and or even the previous owner.
Some of the brokers in my office just listed some Nice Boats, Here
are my impressions:
Catalina 42 Just listed and only $129,995. This is the first
year of the varnished interior and two cabin arrangement. I was
impressed with her condition on my first inspection and she should
not last long.
Belliure 40. No I guarantee you you've never heard of this boat
but if you've seen it around here you'd remember it. A very High
Quality Spain Yard built this boat (www.belliure.com) and it's as
graceful below decks as above. Very Classic looking with a wonderful
interior. Here on the bay all her life and untold amounts of money
spent maintaining her. Asking is $179K and my guess is the replacement
would be $500K
J/109 If you're looking for this one design style this has got
to be the nicest in the area. Asking $239K
Cape Fear 38 Here again A High Performace Race Boat with little
to no interior but with a 48 rating it does fly. Asking is 209K
Beneteau 331's Multiple year models boats just listed but we have
a 2000 Trade in with in mast furling and a/c that will be 89K asking
and OTHER TRADES CONSIDERED
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