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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Aboard the Captain Kidd


Arrrhhh, we be pirates, or something like that

Yesterday, we got out on the water on Galveston Bay, on board the topsail schooner Captain Kidd. With blood-red sails and Jolly Roger flying, we cruised around for two hours.

The Kidd is based at the Kemah Boardwalk marina, an area that has gone seriously touristy in the past few years, with restaurants, gift shops, and other entertainment to part tourists from their money. One such entertainment is a gigantic speed boat called the Boardwalk Beast. It holds about 50 people and goes very fast, and it was just getting started on its trip when we passed.

The contrast between the Kidd and the Beast is striking. The Beast is big and loud, and it was playing rock music of the sort that gets played in sports stadiums. There was even a crew member in the bow of the boat getting the passengers fired up with a cheerleading sort of thing. Meanwhile, the Kidd was gently drifting by, sails partly up, with Jimmy Buffett on the sound system, with eight laid-back passengers and a laid-back captain and deckhand.

We got out into the bay, raised the rest of the sails, and cruised around for two hours. The Beast soon passed us and went roaring off. Those passengers got essentially the same tour we did, but it was over in 15 minutes or so. I would say that we got the better deal for our money.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Dan said...

I'd certainly agree. Besides, why would you use a power boat, or even an engine on a sailboat, when you can sail instead. Mind you, I don't think that auxilliary engines are a bad thing, but if you have the wind, why would anyone want to do anything other than sail?

Mon Jan 02, 05:47:00 AM MST  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

Some people have the idea that the only worthwhile way to get from one place to another is to get there as quickly as possible. I'm NOT one of those. I hate freeways; I prefer to take smaller roads that pass through and not over the countryside. Sailing is similar; one is more connected to the wind and the water instead of treating the distance as something to be overcome.

Mon Jan 02, 08:44:00 PM MST  
Blogger Pat said...

Well, the auxiliary is nice in a crowded marina or when storm clouds loom. Otherwise... set sail, splice the mainbrace, and rig hammocks!

Tue Jan 03, 04:12:00 PM MST  
Blogger Avery said...

I am considering "THE KIDD" for an adult birthday celebraton (4 - 6 people) would this be a good venue? Just curious.

Sun Jun 18, 11:47:00 AM MDT  

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