Texas Mariners Cruising Association

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Break out your best gumbo recipe and head to Bayland Marina
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Head to the pasture for a great Halloween party -complete with costumes

COMMODORE'S MESSAGE

2017 Charles Parette reduced

It’s September 2017, and we just got walloped by Hurricane Harvey.

I encourage each of you to remember what is important; take care of yourself, your home, and your family/friends.  Please keep those less fortunate with damaged, or flooded homes in your prayers.

Our street had water up to my waist most of the time.  We only had a little water intrusion into the house, and almost a foot in the garage.  After careful evaluation, our neighbors have determined that our Tiki bar survived the storm with only a little damage to the thatch roof.  Lot of houses on our street took in some water, and are now busy pulling out flooring, carpet….etc.  We even had water rescues in El Lago.  If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask, and if you’re ok, consider volunteering/helping out.

Our boat rode out the storm well, with lots of fenders out, and extra lines. After the water level dropped, the docks were covered with mud & debris and we’ve been giving them a pressure washer bath.  From a boating perspective, Harvey was about building confidence in your boat, dock, marina…etc.

Cruises were cancelled after a careful evaluation of the weather window, or debris in the water.  These are critical areas that many boaters miss.  We encourage everyone to go and use our boats, but we need to do it safely.

Boat chores: We had a belt making some noise on the starboard engine.  I checked the alternator, and its brace was broken, allowing the belt to be just a little out of alignment.  I took my spare brace, and the broken piece to Millers Welding, Dodie the owner suggested we weld some gussets on the spare part to stabilize it better.  I installed it with a new belt, and its working fine. 

We missed the August meeting, as we were in Kentucky to be in the line of totality for the Eclipse.  We spent a few days there with family, had big cookouts and a few beverages, then enjoyed the eclipse.

We enjoyed the dock parties, and other August events, and are looking forward to TMCA’s version of September summer fun.  Be sure and keep track of the activities on our web site, and sign up. 

You can keep track of TMCA events several ways, weekly email updates, monthly newsletter, or this website.   If you would like to join the TMCA Yahoo Group, go to https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/tmcamariners/info.

Another way to share stories, pictures, and videos is on our Facebook page.

Go to our Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/TMCAgroup, we broadcast our general meetings live in our Facebook group.  Our next general meeting is Friday, September 15th, 6pm at the Elks lodge in Kemah.

Remember, our goal is to provide a way for us to all go out and use our boats, learn from each other, and have a great time along the way.  I’m amazed at the fun and intelligent folks that we get to hang out with.  We have such a good time, and are learning new stuff every day.  Our organization and activities are all managed via volunteers.  We always need help, and volunteering is a great way to get involved, and meet new people.

I’d also like to remind you that while we are a boating club, you don’t have to own a boat to be a member, and you can drive to most of our events.  If you want to be around a bunch of like-minded boaters, who use their boats, come to some our events and meetings, I’m sure you’ll have a good time.

Let’s go boating, and we’ll see you on the water.

Charles Parette
2017 Commodore
m/v Andiamo

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