We left the marina around 11:00am on Thursday, May 12th. Our friends and dock
mates Donna and Alan (s/v Sunshine) came to crew with us. We had decided to go
to Galveston for the night and then down the rest of the way to Freeport. We
really weren’t able to do any sailing so we just motored and hung out and talked
down to Galveston Yacht Basin, where we had a slip for the night. We got into
GYB and was put in a slip next to a derelict boat some guy was working on that
had a spreader broken off and hanging by some rigging swinging in the breeze. We
were able to hangout and relax just a little bit till we were forced down below
for a storm blowing through. It was supper windy and rainy for a bit, but not
too long. Thank god, because we could not stand hearing that spreader banging
against our neighbors mast for much longer.
Once everything stopped, we started to cook dinner. Cory had bought some really great fillets at the meat market and we put them on the grill with some fresh green beans and potatoes. It was a delicious dinner. We hung out for a while after dinner, but not too late because we were getting up early to go offshore the rest of the way to Freeport.
We woke up and were out of the slip at 7:30 am on Friday and on our
way to Freeport. The sailing offshore was beautiful, but the ride was a little
ruff. Nothing like Harvest Moon, though. I was a bit nauseous and so was Donna
so we both wore these shock watches they had for sea sickness. The watches
helped, but nobody could really go down below for any length of time without
feeling really sick. It made for a long trip plus the fact that we had to go far
offshore. We tried to do some fishing off the back of the boat, but all we were
catching was seaweed. By the time we made it into the City of Freeport Marina
it was Probably about 6pm.
|Coming in to City of Freeport
|Ready to dock at
We got docked up
and cleaned up as fast as possible so we could go eat dinner. We had purchased
wrist bands to have the dinner there that night and we didn’t want to miss out.
Dinner was very good and we were so hungry it wouldn’t have matter if it wasn’t.
The whole marina was filled with boats for this TMCA event. There were
broker boats to look at on the docks and Marine Max boats in the parking lot.
There was a big stage set up with various bands playing at different times.
There was a big building with tables for vendors set up, it was just about
closing though and we didn’t get to see them that night. We went into the
building just as it was about to close to get some ice and the lady we were
supposed to get it from wasn’t there. Bob Bitchen from Latitudes and Attitudes
magazine walked by and asked who we were looking for and helped us get someone
to get us ice. The rest of the night we just walked around and kinda hung out in
our cockpit, we were all really tired. Long Day!
Saturday we all woke up and had a nice breakfast on the boat. We got cleaned up and headed out to check things out. I had paid for an ad in the program and I made a bunch of TRS Canvas Creation t-shirts, so we were all wearing my matching company t-shirts. We
wondered around and went in the building to check out what vendors were there
and what they had to sell. Cory bought some Peek-a-boo shades for our hatches
and bought a dinghy ladder from the Lats & Atts store. Cory also bought me a
t-shirt and I bought myself a beautiful bracelet (an early birthday present to
myself). He also bought some weird rubbery tape called Rescue tape…kinda cool
and useful on the boat. We also had our picture taken with Bob Bitchin.
|Cory, Me, and Bob
Our friends Rick and Steph (m/v Phat Bottom Girl) were also there and they hung out with us on and off all day. We all went to the Lions Club Trailer to grab a burger or hotdog for lunch and some amazing cake the little old lady had made. The Coast guard did an in water resque demonstration in there helicopter right off the end of our dock. They then
landed back on the parking lot and opened everything up so everyone could climb in the helicopter and check things out. It was pretty cool to see soo up close.
|Opened for people to check
That evening we decided to go out to eat and we had the trolley service take us over to On The River Restaurant (like the only real restaurant in Freeport). Just about everyone’s food was awful and I was very disappointed. I had to use the restroom right before the trolley was supposed to come and when I came back outside everyone was gone, but i didn’t fall for it….they were hiding behind the building around the corner.
We got back to the marina and the Lats & Atts people were doing the raffle for
the prizes and calling out the winners. We didn’t buy any tickets so we weren’t
really interested in that, but then the party began. The main band was playing
and everyone was sitting, listening and hanging out or dancing.
We didn’t stay up too late because we had to leave early in the morning to head back
home.We woke up early and headed out back home down the ICW to the ship
channel. It was a pretty uneventful ride back other than the fact that there was
a continuous line of boats headed back towards Kemah and various other
|Old abandoned cruise ship alone
|House boat on land alone the
It was a great weekend and a great TMCA event. We are looking forward to next year which promises to be bigger and even better.
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!
We have several projects that have just about finished and are
getting us much closer to our goal of cruising. We have a new windshield, as
well as a new beautiful table top with compass rose inlay, that should be
finished and installed any day now. We have dinghy davits installed and should
be all reinforced and ready to go this weekend. Solar panels are ordered and on
their way. All new LED lights put in the interior to save battery and power
usage. The dream of cruising is starting to get more and more visible. (Pics to
This past weekend we decided to get a slip and stay at Moody Gardens docks with our TMCA friends for the weekend. We left about 11:30am on Friday to head out, the winds were pretty bad about 15 to 25 knots and on our nose almost the whole way there. We were fighting the waves and current the whole way there so it took us much longer than normal. We managed to get there about 4:30pm and docked up in the slip next to our friends Fern and Roz (S/V Alter Ego). We got to hang out for just a bit than we had to get ready
to go. TMCA had set up for a shuttle from Moody Gardens to the strand in
Galveston so everyone could eat at the Strand. I got to use the Moody hotel
facilities to get ready, which was nice for a change. We took the shuttle when I
got back and ate dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf, with Fern and Roz. We had a
wonderful table with a view of the Elissa, a tall ship that is docked behind the
|Cory and I in front of the
Dinner was great, we had a lot of food, and went back to relax and hangout on the docks. Saturday morning there was a breakfast potluck with tons of food. We had Bloody Mary’s and sat and chat, then everyone went back to there boats to relax for a bit and get ready to go to the pool. The Pool at Moody Gardens is really nice has a bridge that goes over
it, little fountains, waterfalls and a swim up bar. We had some drinks and hung
out at the pool, then ordered lunch which they brought right to our seats for us.
After we had enough sun we went back to the boat to do our own thing for
awhile and relax. We took a little nap then, I got some appetizers ready for our
dinner potluck. We had appetizers and drinks and we got to take a tour of a
beautiful huge motor boat that was gorgeous. Then we had dinner, drank, and hung
out as usual for the rest of the night.Sun morning we got up pretty early
and had breakfast and went to help people get out of their slips to leave, the
wind was still crazy. After helping out several people, it was our turn and we
took off on our way home. We were surfing the waves the whole way home, with the
wind right behind us. We made it back to our home slip in record time. It was a
really fun and relaxing weekend!
Well we finally got the boat out of the slip, after a long rest. We took our
first trip of Spring 2011. Wasn’t really a “trip”, we just went and anchored out
at Baycliff, but we still had some fun. We took off with our friends Rick and
Steph (m/v Phat Bottom Girl), fellow Portofino residents. Left about 4:30
Saturday evening and got over pretty quick. There were boats all over the bay
enjoying the nice spring weather.
|Phat Bottom Girl behind us in
the Kemah Channel
Once we anchored we screwed around in the dinghy and went over to chat with Rick and Steph a bit. We all decided to get together and grill on our boat at 7. Cory and I went back to Menestheus and hung out, and I got some stuff ready for dinner. They came over at 7 and Steph’s son Nathan immediately went down in the salon to watch TV, while the grown ups sat and talked in the cockpit. I probably should have checked the propane for
the grill, because it went out in the middle of cooking. The meal took longer
than I expected to cook, but turned out great anyway. According to Cory I nailed
the potatoes. We sat and chat for a while after dinner, then Rick, Steph, and
Nathan went back to their boat for the night.
|Captain Cory at the
The winds picked up a lot over night and the boat was being very noisy, that kept me awake all night. Something we decided to check into when we got home. We got up pretty early in the morning, Cory vacuumed out the anchor locker and cleaned up the seals on some portals. I had breakfast, and Rick and Steph had decided to head back home, so we did too. It was a fun little over night stay and great to finally get the boat out of the
I sit here in Kemah, reading my friends blogs that have left and are living
their cruising dream, and I think to myself…grrrr…why isn’ t that us? Why
haven’t we left yet? When I first started dating Cory he told me about his plans
to go cruising and said he was expecting to leave in about a year….well that
was about two years ago. Now he says, in about another year or two. Damn it!!
Are we ever gonna leave! Well..it really isn’t Cory’s fault, there are just so
many things to think about, and to do, once you really get down to starting to
prepare to leave. We have tackled countless projects to get us closer to
leaving, but unfortunately there are still countless more. Seams like the
minute you finish your list of must haves or to dos, then you come up with just
one more thing. So as the warmer weather starts, we continue to think about the
next big project that gets us closer to cruising. Looks like it’s probably going
to be dinghy davits.
The warmer weather makes me happy because at least we
can have some more local adventure’s in the sun as we prepare for our biggest
adventure. We miss our friends terribly and wish we could have shared in the
adventure with them….this spring and summer won’t be the same without them.
There are lots of fun things on our calendar this year though, so we will make
the best of all that Galveston Bay has to offer. All the while, further
preparing the boat, for that big dream. My goal this season is to keep up with
pics and blog post everywhere we go, and every upgrade we make, so everyone can
share in the fun.
“The days pass happily with me wherever my ship
– Joshua Slocum
I just finished re-varnishing our cabin sole and what a job that was. I have a
new respect for people who do it for a living now. I never realized what an art
form it is. It is extremely vital that you have the right tools and varnish for
the job to come out well and not take twenty coats. I ended up going through
two whole cans of varnish, by the time I figured out the right stuff I needed
and I can’t remember the number of coats. Now I know what to use and next time I
need to do any varnishing I know what to do. Here is what I
Supplies you need:
Deft brand varnish (in desired
-This stuff lays really well and doesn’t have
to be diluted.
Plastic cup to pour varnish in
Filter to pour varnish
through (usually given to you when you check out)
Stir sticks (usually given
to you when you check out)
400grit sand paper
What to do:
-First use sand paper to sand the piece well, but
don’t sand too hard.
-Then use tack cloth to get all dust off, changing to
clean side as you need to
-Now open the can of varnish and stir with stir
stick slowly as to not create bubbles and pour small amount (enough to do
section your working on) through filter in to plastic cup
varnish with foam brush, being careful to smooth out all bubbles as you go,
before it starts drying.
-Lightly sand and tack between each coat.
applying coats until you reach the desired finish.
-If you do it correctly
and your floors aren’t in too bad shape, it should only take about three
Maybe this will help everyone have an easier time than I did.