March, 25th. We finally headed out after 24 days of being delayed from our original date of March 1st by weather and other things that popped up. When traveling by motor boat, rain and wind is not your friend! At 6:50 am we pulled out of our slip at Portofino and headed for our first stop at Taylor Outfall to anchor for the night.
Bye bye Clear Lake...
...Hello Galveston Bay
Low winds and wave action do not always coincide and like always we rocked and rolled all the way to Galveston. Teak and I were not happy! This is the only part of boating that I dislike. Once we entered the ICW we had to maneuver through TOW CITY BOLIVAR.
We were so used to rocking and rolling, so what’s a little more with all the prop-wash coming at us from both sides? Some tows pulled their throttles back for us but most were just idling so you just had to swerve your way through the churned up water. By 10:30 we were out of the mess and had smooth running until later in the afternoon when we caught up to six tows in a row. Some of the tows were double wide and some single and they were playing hopscotch with each other. The ICW is only so wide and sometimes when another tow was coming from the other direction it appeared like the tows just stopped or possibly ran aground. We were in the middle of a TOW JAM! Not a warm and fuzzy feeling when a tow in front of you stops, a tow is passing going the other direction and the tow you just passed behind you is coming up on you fast. Those big boys would make pick up sticks out of us!!!!!!