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  • Hi!

    I have recently purchased and restored a 1970(ish) Hobie 16. I’m in Austin TX and would love to get it to open water aka the gulf - ideally looking near Corpus/Port Aransas or thereabouts.

    Since my experience is limited with open water sailing (my wife) thought i should ask somebody before i just pulled up to the beach and dragged the boat in the water. But I haven’t run into anyone who has sailed open water yet. My experience is this: The couple of days i’ve had a Hobie 16 in the surf were in Daytona Beach and Costa Rica, both relatively calm days with winds 15 mph or less. Pretty sure the oodles of Hobie Wave sailing i’ve done in Playa del Carmen probably shouldn’t count for much - as they shut down the sailing when winds start getting reasonable. Either way i grew up sailing on a mountain lake in the Sierra’s and have been sailing the H16 around Austin lakes for 3 years now..

    Can anyone give some advice on sailing open water on the coast near Corpus Christi?

    Jon H.
    Austin TX
    Hobie 16
  • Look up Texas city dike yacht club (TCDYC). You need to learn how to launch through the surf. And what emergency equipment to carry (like marine radio). Do a search on this site for surf launching. I know I have seen the topic in then past.
  • Hate to say it but corpus is not really cat friendly. However houston is at the texas city dike. Best cat venue on the entire gulf coast

    Captain Chris Holley
    Fulshear, TX
    '87 Prindle 19 "¡Hijole!"
    '74 sunfish "1fish"
  • And they're doing a fantastic event this weekend - "Redfish Reach"; Le mans start off the beach, a reach to Redfish Island, round it and back. Weather looks something fantastic for Saturday; 15 mph, out of the east and clocking south-east a little, making it something between a beam reach to a broad reach there and a closer-reach coming back. Should be fun and not so much the scorcher of days past. Sunday is a "Conundrum" race set....

    Oh, and the people forecast is even better: there's a 100% chance of meeting some friendly guys and girls with a smattering of help and good advice. Very welcoming and friendly, I've found.

    Chuck C.
    H21SE 408

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