Upcoming events

    • 20 May 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Clear Lake Elks Lodge, 623 Hanson Rd, Kemah TX

    TMCA May Monthly Meeting -  May 20th


    Our May Monthly Meeting will be at the Clear Lake Elks Lodge, 623 Hanson Road, Kemah, Texas.  Socializing and dinner orders will begin at 6:00pm, and the business meeting begins at 7:00pm, with the presentation to follow.

    Our speaker this month will be Mike Joplin with Joplin Marine Solutions, LLC.  They specialize in Electronics!    

    Come early, enjoy dinner and visiting with members and guests.  Be sure to wear your name badge.  We hope to see you there!
    • 27 May 2022
    • 30 May 2022
    • Harborwalk Marina
    • 14
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    JOIN TMCA 
    Memorial Weekend in "Margaritaland" at Harborwalk Marina

     Friday - Monday, May 27-30


    Decorate your boat for Memorial Weekend in red, white and blue!  

    Got Coconut bras, Hula skirts, leis, flipflops and…pool floats?

    TMCA has 25 slips reserved at a discount rate of $75/nite. To reserve a slip, make your reservations on the TMCA website Calendar.  Pay for the slip when you get there at the Marina office. To come for the day by car the Harborwalk charge is $100 for up to 4 people. (One person also costs $100 so bring friends). Here is the Agenda:


        Friday

    • Arrive. Relax.
    • Join us in the pool.
    • 7 pm DINNER: Bring buns and wieners (sides welcomed too) to the pool area and we will roast hot dogs and hang out. Condiments, plates, napkins will be provided.

             Saturday

        •    BREAKFAST: on your own or, the Marina Store grill will cook breakfast
        • · Join us in the pool
        • ·  LUNCH: is on your own, and the Marina Store grill serves handmade     
        •              sandwiches
        • ·   7 pm DINNER: Poolside with the big BBQ pit. Bring your own meat and a side or dessert to share.                     BBQ fire, napkins, paper plates and forks etc provided.
        • Sunday:
        • ·    9 am BREAKFAST aboard M/V Calypso, bring a dish to share
        •     Get back in the pool.
        •     THERE WILL BE A LIVE BAND TODAY (who will be playing for tips)
        • ·     Cash bar will be open with a frozen Margarita machine!
        • ·     LUNCH: On your own and Marina store grill serves handmade sandwiches
        • ·     7 pm DINNER:  Potluck by the pool. Bring a dish to share. Plates and forks etc provided.

              Monday:

        • ·       BREAKFAST on your own or at the Marina store grill
        • ·       Departure- Bon Voyage!

          For info call or text Kelly 281-830-9747

          or Ken 713-539-5217



          • 27 May 2022
          • 30 May 2022
          • Oak Island / Double Bayou
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          TMCA Cruisers...


          Having now been a member of TMCA for 26 years I remember a time when someone scheduling a cruise for a weekend when another cruise was already scheduled was kind of a no-no! The theory was that there just were not enough interested and motivated cruisers to make two cruises work on a given weekend. But I am now going to try to prove that this is not still true!

          For Memorial Day weekend there is on the TMCA calendar right now a scheduled cruise to Harborwalk Marina, with 25 slips reserved in advance. I might possibly have signed up for this, but for s/v Silhouette it is at least a 6-hour trip to get to Harborwalk, and just that amount of traveling takes kind of a big chunk of time out of the weekend!

          So I am proposing an alternate destination for that same weekend for those who might possibly be interested…, much closer (16nm vs 28nm), and much less expensive ($25/night vs $75/night). No there is no pool and swim-up bar at Job Beason Marina on Double Bayou in Oak Island, but there are plenty of other low-key kinds of things to do where a list of pre-planned activities is not necessary! Amongst these are dinghy exploring up either the East Fork or the West Fork of the bayou, or out along the shoreline of the Galveston Bay, riding around the town on boat bikes, fishing, for those who are into that sort of thing, and enjoying happy hours and dinnertime at Channel Marker 17 (https://www.facebook.com/channelmarker17/?msclkid=5ebb57d4d14611ecbb5ca8f0ec54ba7a ) and/or Hurricane Titas ( https://www.facebook.com/resortbargrillstorehotel/ ) And of course there is the usual opportunity for happy hour gatherings under the pavilion right there at the marina.

          The one other location to definitely visit in Oak Island is the Frascone Winery (http://www.frasconewinery.com/About.html ). You can go there just to purchase some of their wine, or if we possibly get enough people signed up, to go have a Bistro Dinner there (http://www.frasconewinery.com/Bistro.html ), again of course with the opportunity to buy some Oak Island wine!! (From Job Beason Marina it is an easy half-mile walk to the winery.) 



          Such a dinner, probably on Saturday night, would be the only weekend activity which I would be willing to organize, other than of course being the Cruise Leader and getting us all there, and also dealing with Chambers County regarding marina reservations (see below).

          Now there are various TMCA’ers who think that Double Bayou is either impossible, or too difficult to navigate successfully, anymore without running aground, but I submit that this is not necessarily true! The predicted tide levels for that weekend are quite favorable for entering and leaving Double Bayou at various times (re: chart below), and although s/v Silhouette draws only 4ft, boats with drafts up to almost 6ft can make it in there, all with some careful navigating, and utilizing waypoints that can be accessed in my “Double Bayou Navigation” pdf file found by clicking here.  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eq62ut8uxjfi3gi/AAAGaTDyQt_krjBDGbvZ71Iwa/Destinations%2C%20routes%20and%20anchorages?dl=0&preview=Double+Bayou+Navigation+(Pasture+version).pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1 (For those who have never made this trip, this file also contains many photos of Double Bayou and Oak Island scenery that you will get to see.)



          I made 4 trips to Double Bayou in 2020, and two in 2021, and I can attest that, due to many commercial vessels coming and going in that channel all the time, conditions are better there than they have been for a quite some time! Don’t let Double Bayou navigation scare you!!! It has been one of TMCA’s most favorite destinations for many years, and there is no reason that it cannot still be!

          Registration for this cruise (for as many nights as you wish) will be on the TMCA website, and whereas in the past TMCA has collected the slip fees for Job Beason Marina when you registered, and then forwarded those fees to Chambers County, this time they will not do that and instead you will be responsible for submitting your own fees (only $25/night, and payment can be made on their website). But also there is a Boater (release of liability) Agreement that they now require, and once you register for the cruise I will contact you with the specific details on how to do this.

          So it seems to me that this is a great destination for us to have an Alternate Memorial Day Cruise to, and so if you don’t wish to travel all the way to Harborwalk, please consider joining me in the lovely little waterfront town of Oak Island! Start your holiday cruise planning now, and then get signed up for this event when registration opens on the website very soon. And if you have questions please give me a call at 713-598-6454.

           

          Philip Kropf, Cruise Leader

          s/v Silhouette

          pkropf@flash.net



          • 3 Jun 2022
          • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
          • Jim and Doris Lee home in San Leon

          Hurricane Stay Away! Dock Party Friday, June 3 6-9 pm

          Hosted by Jim and Doris Lee at their dockside home, 1115 Sunset Avenue in San Leon.

          Pot Luck. Jim will have a grill ready!

          Bring your own chairs, ice chest and a dish to share


          • 17 Jun 2022
          • 6:00 PM
          • Clear Lake Elks Lodge, 623 Hanson Rd, Kemah TX

          TMCA June Monthly Meeting -  June 17th


          Our June Monthly Meeting will be at the Clear Lake Elks Lodge, 623 Hanson Road, Kemah, Texas.  Socializing and dinner orders will begin at 6:00pm, and the business meeting begins at 7:00pm, with the presentation to follow.

          Our speaker this month to be determined and will be announced soon.  Speaker  

          Come early, enjoy dinner and visiting with members and guests.  Be sure to wear your name badge.  We hope to see you there!
          • 18 Jun 2022

          Save the date - Additional information to follow 


          • 22 Jun 2022
          • 26 Jun 2022
          • Clear Lake and Galveston Bay

          TexasOutlawChallenge.com

          • 24 Jun 2022
          • 26 Jun 2022
          • Bayland
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          Cruise to Bayland Marina ...

          (with a morning viewing of some of the Texas Outlaw Challenge “mariners”)
          (and with an always-fun afternoon “Goose Creek Dinghy Excursion”)
          (and with an evening dinner at O’Neal’s Sportsbar & Grill)

          June 24-26, 2022

          This cruise, to watch some of the Texas Outlaw Challenge mariners arrive at Bayland on Saturday morning as one of the stops on their “Gunslinger Poker Run” event (re: https://texasoutlawchallenge.com/), there to pick up their poker card, perhaps fuel up their thirsty gas-guzzling beasts, and then to grab a brewski or two and lunch at O’Neal’s, was first run way back in 2012 (when O’Neal’s didn’t even exist!). And an album full of photos from that fun cruise can be seen on my Flickr site by clicking here. Take a look please! Since there is no swimming pool at Bayland, like there is at Harborwalk (another one of the stops), the boats don’t linger at Bayland for very long, but it is great fun to watch while it lasts!

          The “Goose Creek Dinghy Excursion” part of the day was a cruise feature which I “invented” all the way back in 2001 (hard to believe that it has been twenty + years!!!) when there just wasn’t much to do there at Bayland on hot summer afternoons!) I led that fun event every year for the next several years and there was always great participation. The most recent time that it has been done was at a Bayland “Sangria and Sunset” Cinco de Mayo Cruise in 2017 (click here for the photo album), and then before that during a 2015 Bayland “Ice Cream Cruise” (click here). And so it certainly is time to do it again in celebration of twenty + years!!! So bring those dinghies and we will spend a couple of hours in the afternoon cruising up this close-by waterway that bisects the city of Baytown.

          O’Neal’s Sportsbar & Grill (click here) opened in June 2018 and right after it opened we did have a nice cruise to Bayland and this new venue. The food is good, the beer is cold, and the view of passing ships in the HSC, and especially of the Fred Hartman Bridge cannot be beat, especially at sunset! It had been a very long time since Bayland Marina had a venue onsite such as O’Neal’s, where one could go for dinner, and/or just some cold beers at the bar out under the palapa, and I am looking forward to it!

          TMCA has a very long history of cruising to Bayland, and that is ever since it first opened in the mid-90s! It is a fine weekend destination due to its relatively short (10.5nm) distance from Clear Lake, and with its great docks, plenty of electric plug-ins, clean restrooms, and ship’s store, it is well worth cruising to! The long-awaited dredging of the entrance channel has recently taken place and looking at the tide predictions for the weekend (re: graph below) no one should have any access problems. If you can’t make the trip on Friday just come on Saturday, but the go-fast boats generally come in around mid-to-late morning, and so if you want to see them you need to arrive early!!

          My “Navigation to Bayland Marina” destinations file, which includes waypoints and other important information is available by clicking here. Slip fees at Bayland are $1.50/ft per night, payable at the ship’s store.

          Registration for this cruise will soon get underway on the TMCA website and I am hoping for a nice turnout for a fun cruise to Bayland Marina!

          Philip Kropf

          s/v Silhouette

          713-598-6454

          pkropf@flash.net



          • 24 Jun 2022
          • 26 Jun 2022
          • Harborwalk Marina

          Save the date - Additional information to follow 


          • 1 Jul 2022
          • 4 Jul 2022

          Save the date - Additional information to follow 


          • 1 Jul 2022
          • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
          • Seabrook Marina

          Hosted by Carol and Russ Burchfield

          Pot Luck

          Bring your own chairs, ice chest and a dish to share

          • 15 Jul 2022
          • 6:00 PM
          • Clear Lake Elks Lodge, 623 Hanson Rd, Kemah TX

          TMCA July Monthly Meeting -  July 15th


          Our July Monthly Meeting will be at the Clear Lake Elks Lodge, 623 Hanson Road, Kemah, Texas.  Socializing and dinner orders will begin at 6:00pm, and the business meeting begins at 7:00pm, with the presentation to follow.

          Our speaker this month to be determined and will be announced soon.  Speaker  

          Come early, enjoy dinner and visiting with members and guests.  Be sure to wear your name badge.  We hope to see you there!
          • 23 Jul 2022
          • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
          • Lake Village