Last Trade lock pictures provided by Ross and EJ Heard.
M/V Beachcomber coming up beside Last Trade for picture taking!
After traveling to Florida and back and having traveled this part of the Texas ICW many times, it saddens us to see that our ICW is not being maintained like other states. We are very surprised that the tow operators are not complaining. Texas has more tow traffic than any other state we have seen and our waterways should be maintained better. So much of the area is silting in and if you do not travel it constantly and without the tow operators advice, major damage could be done to your boat.
We seem to pass the same tow boats every time we take a trip. This tow boat (Martin Navigator) will always be in our memory because several years ago she had a very incompetant captain that I do not think is an operator any more. Every time we see this boat we laugh! and now the operator is knowledgeable, friendly and experienced!!!!!
As we entered the Matagorda Marina, Last Trade headed to the fuel dock before docking for the night. M/V Beachcomber waited and fueled up after us. Once we were all settled, the harbormaster informed us that we may be staying another night because the wind was supposed to be strong for our Matagorda Bay crossing tomorrow. No problem! We are not in a rush.....
The restaurant was open so we had a nice dinner before retiring for the evening.