Well unfortunately the davits we had did not workout the way we wanted, so
everything had to come down. No davits…no solar panels :(! The back of our
boat really wasn’t made to have davits, or at least not the way we want them. We
have not completely given up though, we still have the option of going completely custom if we can get some done within our budjet. We did get our new table top installed and it is gorgeous, came out exactly how we wanted. See Pics below!

TMCA Fish Fry 3-17-2012

We headed out about noon on Friday out to Double Bayou and Channel Marker 17.  It was pretty windy and not terribly sunny, but still a great day for a sail.  Some other TMCA friends of ours (S/v Cambria) caught up to us and we both pretty much stayed together for the whole trip over.

Headed out in the Bay

We put the head sail up and motor sailed until the ship channel and then we had to navigate around a dredging barge and pipe that was set up at the North boaters cut, but it wasn’t too bad…just had to scoot around it. We like to motor sail when we are in a hurry to get somewhere and we never use our main sail because it is a horrible set up and really hard to use, but that will change once I finish making our Stack Pack, I hope.

In the Bay

Once through the ship channel we put the head sail back up and continued motor sailing. Once you got closer to Double Bayou channel there were a bunch of crab pots and little boat type buoys everywhere. We later found out that they are surveying out there, for what, I don’t know. We made it through the channel without a problem and docked up to Channel Marker 17 (the bar/restaurant) and Cambria rafted up next to us.

Cambria in the Bay

Once we were settled we came out on our boat and chat with Al and Kay (s/v Cambria) and watched the other TMCA’ers come in and down to dock at Beason Park Marina(The marina just down from Channel Marker 17). Several boats ran a ground coming in the channel which is almost expected coming in Double Bayou since the channel constantly changes, is not marked well and is tricky to navigate. There were plenty of  fishing boats around to help everyone get off.

Later,  another person we knew from Portofino marina, Doug R., came in and Cory had to help tow him with the dinghy since his batteries had died.  He was grateful for the help and offered us drinks at the bar and dinner. We had to declined since we had bought some awesome filets at the meat market just to have for dinner that night and Cory was determined to have them. We cooked the filets on the grill and sat and ate on the back deck of the bar with Doug. We sat and hung out with Doug and another TMCA’er Tom. Then I wondered off and was talking with some locals in the bar, when I came out everyone was gone to their boats and Cory was in ours watching TV. I obviously had lost track of how long I had been in the bar chatting. We relaxed in the boat and went to bed at a somewhat decent time.

Saturday morning we woke up and all the TMCA’ers were at the bar decorating and setting things up for the fish fry. We hung out and chat with people on the deck and then a bunch said they wanted to go for a dinghy ride. We all gathered together and then ventured down the bayou in our dinghies.

TMCA boats docked at the marina

Gathering more dinghies

Tom and Debra..fellow Portofino crew

Some people we saw riding horses in the fields

We ate at about 3pm(I ate something else, don’t eat fish) and things continued on in the same way, everyone sitting around picnic tables having various weird and inappropriate conversations and drinking more and more. This went on for several hours till it started to thin out and a good amount of the group had gone back to their boats. We were hungry for dinner since we had lunch at such a weird time, so we went into the restaurant to have some dinner with some of our friends. The bar/restaurant was more crowded than they are used to so it took a while to get our food. We had our dinner and everyone kind of split up and went to their respective boats.

We were a little disappointed, since this was the first fish fry we had been able to go to and had been told it was a super kick ass party. It seemed very low key to us, but some of our friends that really like to party were not able to come this year. Don’t get me wrong we still had a fun time.

We left for home early in the morning and had an easy ride back, although it was quite windy and not very sunny.

All and all it was a fun and relaxing weekend and the first trip of the season! 🙂

Boat Parade 12/10/2011

This years boat parade was extra special because our good friends Troy and Deana (S/V Storyville) who have been gone cruising were in town and staying at Portofino to party with us. Also, our good friends Steve and Deb were here too.

We started the morning with the Portofino Harbour Yacht Club meeting and nomination of new officers for 2012. Cory is the Commodore and I am the secretary again this year. After the meeting we just waited for our friends to arrive. Once everyone got to the marina we hangout and caught up telling our various stories until it was time to go to the party.

We went up to the clubhouse and Troy and Deana got to see a lot of TMCA people that they haven’t seen in a long time and others that they had not met, but have been following their blog. They kinda felt like celebrities.

We all watched the parade of lighted boats go by and went back up to the clubhouse to sit in the couches and continue chatting and catching up. Steve and Deb stayed the night on our boat and Deana and Troy stayed on our friends Alan and Donna’s boat (S/V Sunshine), who were not down for the weekend. In the morning we all went to  Las Brisas for Buffet breakfast and our friends Rhonda and Phil (S/V Slowride) came with us, too. After breakfast we all went our separate ways. Deana and Troy went back to the other side of town to see family and Steve and Deb went back to Austin. We really enjoyed seeing everyone and are planning on all getting together again to have a big get together blowout for New Years Eve. That post will be soon to come.

Thanksgiving Bummer

Well this Thanksgiving as with every year we had planned to go on the TMCA French Picnic cruise to Double Bayou. It is one of our most favorite cruises of the year. Unfortunately, this year it was cancelled right before we were about to leave the dock due to a norther that was supposed to come through. Cory and I were on our own, just the two of us for Thanksgiving. We actually ended up getting alot of things done on the boat in those few days, you know, all the little things like putting water in your batteries, that you never take the time to do. I pulled together a small Thanksgiving dinner in the clubhouse while we watched the Cowboys play ball.

Then we hungout with some new friends of ours Katie and Dean Calkins (s/v Our Way Too) and had desserts and watched The Pirates of the Caribbean. We ended up having a nice low key and fun Thanksgiving.

The actual French Picnic was still scheduled to go on at a members house in the area, so we went to that on Saturday. I made the same winning dish that I made the year before last and won again, second place this year. French Onion Tartlets..yum, yum! They actually had a dessert category this year and Cory said if I had brought my Cake Balls too, I would have won that also. We had a lot of fun and a very relaxing weekend, but we really missed being at Double Bayou and are looking forward to next year.

TMCA Chili Cruise

This posting is coming a little late since this event was November 11, 2011, but better late than never I guess. There really isn’t too much to say about this cruise. We went to double bayou and stayed at the marina there. We did see a pod of dolphins come right up to the boat on the way there and I actually was able to get a decent picture.


We got there and hung out and drank as usual and Saturday there was a Chili cookoff, which was lots of fun. I didn’t win, but I like my chili no matter what and there were lots of other delicious chili’s to try. We had a fun and pretty relaxing weekend.


Halloween-Double Bayou 10/29/2011

We were originally supposed to leave Friday afternoon, but after that cold front came through Thursday night there was barely any water and it would have been hard to get into Double Bayou. We decided we would leave early Saturday morning as long as the water had come up.

Cory got up and checked the status of the water early and everything was ok, so we were on our way. We headed on our way with a bunch of our fellow TMCA’ers from Portofino  coming shortly behind us. The weather was beautiful and just enough wind for us to put out the head sail and do a little motor sailing.

Captain Cory

Cory's daughter Abby

Ship coming through the Ship Channel

Sail up

This was Bo’s first time out and about in the boat and needless to say he was a bit freaked out. He will have to get used to it since he’ll be going cruising with us eventually.

Bo peaking

Bo freaked out in the bathroom

We made it through the channel at Double Bayou and down the Bayou to tie up without any issues. Everyone slowly came in behind us and we ended up with a really good group there.

All the boats tied up down the Bayou

Everyone settled in and then the cruise leaders, Rhonda and Phil (s/v Slowride) began to decorate for the shared dinner and contest that would be later.

The prize table for the costume contest

Old bones we found last year and decorations

More decorations

Even more decorations

The mosquitos were awful so we were very glad that Phil and Cory had brought mosquito foggers and kept fogging periodically while we were there.

The evening came and we all got together to have some drinks before dinner. Then it was time for everyone to get there dishes for dinner and get into their costumes. Rhonda appointed me, Cory, and Abby as the costume judges, and Abby had a lot of fun announcing all the winners and giving them their prizes.

Rhonda and Phil - Devil and Pirate

TMCA'ers in costume

John and Peggy - 1st Prize Winners Popeye and Olive Oil

Everyone had a fun night, hanging out, drinking and being silly. In the morning we were up for another shared meal, breakfast, and it was delicious. We hung out for a few hours after, then headed out back to Kemah. The bay was beautiful, but no wind so we had to motor the whole way. The weekend was a lot of fun ,but way too short.

John and Peggy's cute Tug

Slowride coming out the channel behind us

Boats trying to sail in the bay, but not getting very far




PHYC 2nd Annual Cardboard Boat Race- August 7th, 2011-VIDEOS

The PHYC (Portofino Harbour Yacht Club) had it’s second annual cardboard boat
race on August 7th, 2011. Cory’s daughter Abby actually got to participate this
year and she ended up winning the race for her category. Here is a short video
of her winning lap.

There was also a muti-man crew of two adults that made a boat and one of the
adults made an additional boat to race in alone. There was then a final lap with
all three boats in the water against each other. Here is the footage for the
rest of the runs.

Once the official race was over some of the members of the yacht club decided to
do a little dinghy paddle race.

It was very hot, but we had a super fun weekend!