Houston

Hi everyone,

Godspeed and I are sailing over to Houston, from
Virginia in about a month. I’ll be spending the
winter there. Can anyone recommend a good marina
to stay at? Or even better, does anyone know of
a private residence that would like to have a
Bristol Channel Cutter docked up to their pier?
Or alternately, is there a local paper in addition
to the Houston Chronicle, which might be read by
people who own waterfront property there, in
which I could place an ad?

If you’d like, please reply directly to
mrgearha@yahoo.com .

Thanks so much,
Mark Gearhart
S/V Godspeed #108

Hello Mark,
That’s exciting that you are coming here. Kemah is
about the best place to keep your boat. We live aboard our BCC in
Kemah Harbor Marina. It is the closest to the Bay and has all floating
docks. I’m sure you know there are hoards of marinas in this area. If
nothing else you can make your first stop here in our marina and we
will be glad to show you around the others and you can decide for
yourself.
The “Mariners Log” is a local rag, that would be a good place to
place your add. Mabey the “Clear Lake Sun” as well. There are a few
protected canals off of Clear Lake that are lined with waterfront
houses and docks.
Thanks for the feedback on the Cherub. It was very encouraging.
Let us know if we can offer further assistance or information.

Best Regards,
Russ and Carol Burchfield
s/v Pelagic
BCC #93
Kemah, TX

<7oumvq$q8l-@egroups.com > wrote:
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Hi everyone,

Godspeed and I are sailing over to Houston, from
Virginia in about a month. I’ll be spending the
winter there. Can anyone recommend a good marina
to stay at? Or even better, does anyone know of
a private residence that would like to have a
Bristol Channel Cutter docked up to their pier?
Or alternately, is there a local paper in addition
to the Houston Chronicle, which might be read by
people who own waterfront property there, in
which I could place an ad?

If you’d like, please reply directly to
mrgearha@yahoo.com .

Thanks so much,
Mark Gearhart
S/V Godspeed #108

Mark, it has been a long time since I lived in Houston in 1972, but I
think there was a Houston Post. There are also a multitude of
neighborhood rags, so you might be able to find the local rag for the
waterfront neighborhoods which would probably tell you what you want to
know.
Have you thought about staying in Galveston? Its just about 40 minutes
from Houston on the Gulf Freeway and it is much nicer from a pollution
standpoint. (pollution in terms of people and smog)
What route are you taking and when are you going?
Would you be interested in having someone aboard (me) for crew?
I’ve always wanted to sail on a BCC.
Sidney Patin
Colorado Springs

Thanks everyone for the Houston advice. Thanks Russ and
Carol. Nice to see there will be at least one other friendly
BCC there besides mine, so I’m really looking forward to
checking into Kemah. I’ll see you in a couple months!

Sidney, thanks so much for the offer to crew with me, but
I think my girlfriend Maria will probably like to have me
all to herself. Well, let’s hope so. Oh Yes Sidney, my
route. Godspeed will be going straight down the coast,
taking the ICW to Beaufort NC, then going offshore with
stops in Charleston SC, Fernindina FL, and Ft. Pierce FL
at least. Then across the Ocechobee waterway to Ft. Meyers
FL. Then across the Gulf of Mexico to Houston. About 6
weeks I guess, possibly waiting out Hurricanes and also
being a general tourist at the cities. I’ve been as
far as Ft. Meyers FL before on Godspeed, so it promises
to be a very nice trip if I can miss the Hurricanes.

Mark Gearhart
S/V Godspeed

mrgearh-@yahoo.com wrote:
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Hi everyone,

Godspeed and I are sailing over to Houston, from
Virginia in about a month. I’ll be spending the
winter there. Can anyone recommend a good marina
to stay at? Or even better, does anyone know of
a private residence that would like to have a
Bristol Channel Cutter docked up to their pier?
Or alternately, is there a local paper in addition
to the Houston Chronicle, which might be read by
people who own waterfront property there, in
which I could place an ad?

If you’d like, please reply directly to
mrgearha@yahoo.com .

Thanks so much,
Mark Gearhart
S/V Godspeed #108

Hi Mark-

I am Jeremy’s wife, Nica. I just read your proposed itinerary to Houston
from the East Coast - my advice would be to skip as much of the east coast of
Florida as humanly possible Our experience when coming north from the
Bahamas was universally NEGATIVE (sorry to any Floridians) as we got very fed
up with “pay for this” and “cruisers, no trash here” and the general attitude
that cruisers were a bunch of bums and no good people. This even translated
into traffic on the ICW being less than courteous, which led to some almost
dangerous wake situations. Of course, seeing Marathon and the derelicts that
live there makes that attitude understandable, but nevertheless we found it
horrendous. The West coast of Florida, and the panhandle, is a different
story - maybe the people there are just more comfortable with what they have
and what other people have, and maybe they just don’t have the traffic that
the East coast does. The panhandle, especially around the FL/ALA border is a
treat.

But the BIG attraction on the west coast of Florida, if you can swing it at
all, is the Dry Tortugas. These islands, a National Park, are 90 miles west
of Key West - I know you said you were going to go the Okechobee, but it
would be well worth your time going offshore from there and hitting Fort
Jefferson for as long as you can swing it! There are 5 islands (I think I’m
remembering it right), one of which is a bird sanctuary, one of which is a
loggerhead nesting ground, and one of which has the Fort on it . . . Fort
Jefferson was built as a part of the National Defense stsyem of the US back
before the Civil War (at least it was started before). Massive amounts of
brick were shipped down from Jacksonville and San Francisco (!!!) and they
were almost finished with construction when they realized that they weren’t
building on coral/rock but on sand and the whole thing was sinking . . . to
add insult to injury, the island turned out to be a wonderful breeding ground
for mnosquitoes and malaria was a major problem! The North used it as a
military prison during the war - the most famous prisoner was Dr. Samuel
Mudd, who set the leg of John Wilkes Booth after he shot Lincoln . . .

There are no facilities on the island - you have to bring in all you
need/want and take out all your trash when you go. The only way to get to
the island, besides private boat, is by seaplane from the mainland (and there
is no camping, so you have the place to yourself at night). There is great
snorkeling, wreck exploration, and just chilling out! No fees are assessed
to anchor or to visit the fort. The rangers who are stationed there are
WONDERFUL and friendly - when we came through the second time, we met a
couple (rangers) who owned a Hess daysailer and we had them out to dinner on
board Calypso.

The anchorage is not that well-protected, but if the weather cooperates, I
would not miss a trip there. We’ve been twice and if we are ever in the
general area again, I know we would return.

As far as Houston goes, Kemah is definitely the place to hang out - we lived
there for a year (on board Calypso) before we went cruising. The sailing is
not the best, but the people in that little town are wonderful - make sure
you have a burger at South Shore Beer Garden! And there used to be more BCCs
than just one - Zephyr and Caylin come to mind, as well as a couple of
Falmouths. A pretty good concentration in the early 1990s, especially
considering how many total BCCs and Falmouths there are in the world!

Yours,

Nica Waters,
Calypso, BCC #6

Mark,
You might want to check the bridge height on the Atlantic side of the
Ocechobee waterway. I was thinking about going that way on my way
north, but I have been advised that a bridge on the Atlantic side is only
50 feet high.
Also, unless you cross the Gulf of Mexico using the route South of the
Dry Tortuous you are going to run into hundreds of oilrigs. You will still
run
in to some but the farther North you go in the Gulf the denser the number of
rigs. At night all you can see is lights from rigs, support boats and
tankers
all around you. It is not difficult to transit if you have radar. You will
find everything
from a single large pipe with a light on it to huge multistory rigs.
Good luck on you trip.

Steve Osborne
sosborne@Iserv.net
Crystal Swan II #91

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Sent: Monday, August 16, 1999 3:10 PM
Subject: [bcc] Re: Houston

Thanks everyone for the Houston advice. Thanks Russ and
Carol. Nice to see there will be at least one other friendly
BCC there besides mine, so I’m really looking forward to
checking into Kemah. I’ll see you in a couple months!

Sidney, thanks so much for the offer to crew with me, but
I think my girlfriend Maria will probably like to have me
all to herself. Well, let’s hope so. Oh Yes Sidney, my
route. Godspeed will be going straight down the coast,
taking the ICW to Beaufort NC, then going offshore with
stops in Charleston SC, Fernindina FL, and Ft. Pierce FL
at least. Then across the Ocechobee waterway to Ft. Meyers
FL. Then across the Gulf of Mexico to Houston. About 6
weeks I guess, possibly waiting out Hurricanes and also
being a general tourist at the cities. I’ve been as
far as Ft. Meyers FL before on Godspeed, so it promises
to be a very nice trip if I can miss the Hurricanes.

Mark Gearhart
S/V Godspeed

mrgearh-@yahoo.com wrote:
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Hi everyone,

Godspeed and I are sailing over to Houston, from
Virginia in about a month. I’ll be spending the
winter there. Can anyone recommend a good marina
to stay at? Or even better, does anyone know of
a private residence that would like to have a
Bristol Channel Cutter docked up to their pier?
Or alternately, is there a local paper in addition
to the Houston Chronicle, which might be read by
people who own waterfront property there, in
which I could place an ad?

If you’d like, please reply directly to
mrgearha@yahoo.com .

Thanks so much,
Mark Gearhart
S/V Godspeed #108


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Mark,

How long ago was it that you went through the Ocechobee waterway.
As I noted in my previous note I have been advised that there is a low
bridge on the Atlantic side and that my bcc will not fit under it.
What was your experience?

Steve Osborne
sosborne@Iser.net

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Sent: Monday, August 16, 1999 3:10 PM
Subject: [bcc] Re: Houston

Thanks everyone for the Houston advice. Thanks Russ and
Carol. Nice to see there will be at least one other friendly
BCC there besides mine, so I’m really looking forward to
checking into Kemah. I’ll see you in a couple months!

Sidney, thanks so much for the offer to crew with me, but
I think my girlfriend Maria will probably like to have me
all to herself. Well, let’s hope so. Oh Yes Sidney, my
route. Godspeed will be going straight down the coast,
taking the ICW to Beaufort NC, then going offshore with
stops in Charleston SC, Fernindina FL, and Ft. Pierce FL
at least. Then across the Ocechobee waterway to Ft. Meyers
FL. Then across the Gulf of Mexico to Houston. About 6
weeks I guess, possibly waiting out Hurricanes and also
being a general tourist at the cities. I’ve been as
far as Ft. Meyers FL before on Godspeed, so it promises
to be a very nice trip if I can miss the Hurricanes.

Mark Gearhart
S/V Godspeed

mrgearh-@yahoo.com wrote:
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Hi everyone,

Godspeed and I are sailing over to Houston, from
Virginia in about a month. I’ll be spending the
winter there. Can anyone recommend a good marina
to stay at? Or even better, does anyone know of
a private residence that would like to have a
Bristol Channel Cutter docked up to their pier?
Or alternately, is there a local paper in addition
to the Houston Chronicle, which might be read by
people who own waterfront property there, in
which I could place an ad?

If you’d like, please reply directly to
mrgearha@yahoo.com .

Thanks so much,
Mark Gearhart
S/V Godspeed #108


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Mark;
The Atlantic bridge being referred to is the Port Mayaca railroad
bridge. The height varies slightly depending on the water level in the
waterway. The controling height is 49’ which should be no problem
unless you have altered your rig. Also, Russ Lincoln at Indiantown
Marina has a service that will heel a boat over and get a few extra
feet. The Okeechobee Waterway trip is most enjoyable and offers a wide
variety of scenery. You have 5 locks between Stuart and Ft. Myers. You
would want to allow at least 2 days for the trip. Fair winds and calm
seas.
John Gear
THISTLE #67

teecie-@msn.com wrote:
Mark,

We transitted the Okeechobee Waterway from Ft. Pierce, FL where we
purchased “Annie” (hull #50) enroute to Dauphin Island, AL three years
ago in March. We found the Okeechobee Waterway to be a pleasure. Our
anxiety about the locks proved to be groundless. We met a lot of
wonderful boaters, and the lock-tenders step you right through it. We
had no problem, but some trepidation, passing under the Port Mayaca
railroad lift bridge. We think we’re about 48’ including a VHF
antenna. We cleared the bridge with a couple of feet to spare. The
preceding lock attendant can inform you of the bridge height before you
go through. The city dock at Stuart is a great place to tie up - and
there’s no charge.

We took the rumb line from Ft. Myers to Mobile and in March, it was
quite rough. But, “Annie”, being a true BCC, delivered us safely with
only the death of an autopilot (of course) and the loss of a starboard
life line. Offshore, between Ft. Myers and Mobile, the oil rigs are no
problem at all. But, closer to shore, keep a sharp eye.

Although we’re currently living aboard in New York Harbor, we still
have a house with two deep-water slips available for traveling BCC’s on
Dauphin Island, 3 miles off the mainland of Alabama in the Gulf of
Mexico. Just e-mail us of your approximate arrival time so that we can
notify our “benevolent property guardians”.

Just one more comment…the “Red-Neck Riveria” (Northwestern Gulf
Coast)is a wonderful, friendly place to cruise with forgiving sandy
bottoms for a 4’10" draft. If you can get to shore, have a drink at
the FloraBama Saloon or have a “Cheeseburger in Paradise” at Pirate’s
Cove on Roberts Bayou on the Gulf ICW, both near the Florida/Alabama
border.

Have a great trip. We did.

Teecie & Robert Cozad

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Thanks everyone for the Houston advice. Thanks Russ and
Carol. Nice to see there will be at least one other friendly
BCC there besides mine, so I’m really looking forward to
checking into Kemah. I’ll see you in a couple months!

Sidney, thanks so much for the offer to crew with me, but
I think my girlfriend Maria will probably like to have me
all to herself. Well, let’s hope so. Oh Yes Sidney, my
route. Godspeed will be going straight down the coast,
taking the ICW to Beaufort NC, then going offshore with
stops in Charleston SC, Fernindina FL, and Ft. Pierce FL
at least. Then across the Ocechobee waterway to Ft. Meyers
FL. Then across the Gulf of Mexico to Houston. About 6
weeks I guess, possibly waiting out Hurricanes and also
being a general tourist at the cities. I’ve been as
far as Ft. Meyers FL before on Godspeed, so it promises
to be a very nice trip if I can miss the Hurricanes.

Mark Gearhart
S/V Godspeed

mrgearh-@yahoo.com wrote:
original article:http://www.egroups.com/group/bcc/?start 6

Hi everyone,

Godspeed and I are sailing over to Houston, from
Virginia in about a month. I’ll be spending the
winter there. Can anyone recommend a good marina
to stay at? Or even better, does anyone know of
a private residence that would like to have a
Bristol Channel Cutter docked up to their pier?
Or alternately, is there a local paper in addition
to the Houston Chronicle, which might be read by
people who own waterfront property there, in
which I could place an ad?

If you’d like, please reply directly to
mrgearha@yahoo.com .

Thanks so much,
Mark Gearhart
S/V Godspeed #108