Texas Boating - Better than Ever

Bobby Byrd & John Cochrane
Texas Boating - Better than Ever
Here’s a view of the “Akela” — 74’ Halter sportfisherman. With “Florida-style” on-the-water boat shows coming to Texas we’ll be seeing rigs of many sizes and styles being displayed.

Texas has always been associated with all things big - and boating is definitely one of them. Now, it's getting bigger and better. With more registered anglers than any state other than Florida, Texas fishing and boating is big business. Bayside resort communities are being built along the coast at a rapid rate. Areas like Matagorda, Port O'Connor and Seadrift that used to be sleepy little coastal fishing towns are the stage for many new real estate developments catering to boating and fishing. One of these new developments, the Bay Club at Falcon Point Ranch, near Seadrift, really got our attention. This lodge is as first class as it gets. Situated on San Antonio Bay this multi-million dollar facility has it all, incredible bay fishing, hunting, skeet shooting, wildlife tours and just about anything else you can think of. Spacious rooms, designer swimming pool, lighted fishing pier and fine dining. Its rustic, elegantly appointed main lodge has a huge fire place, stylish lounging area and cozy bar. This is a luxury resort to meet the most demanding sportsman's needs. Adjacent home sites are being developed that will make this one of many premiere resort communities on the coast.

With a very long coastline, numerous big bays, shallow flats, offshore rocks and rigs, we have a lot to be thankful for as fishermen here in the Lone Star state. Boating has always been a big part of what we do. Whether fishing, cruising, skiing, sailing or going fast, Texans love their boats. Many of us grew up going to local boat shows to see the latest and greatest stuff, but they didn't compare to the larger Florida shows. That may soon change The notion that you have to go to Florida to get a deal or better selection when buying a boat is becoming a thing of the past. This year the first real Florida-stylein the water boat show debuted in April at the Corpus Christi Downtown Marina. Many major national and international boat manufacturers, dealers and exhibitors were on hand to see how the show would be received. The Texas International Boat Show was a huge success with over 40,000 attendees and many satisfied participants. You can bet these exhibitors will be back in full force next year with bigger displays and a larger selection of boats. Next year's show will be in late April.

Now, the same organizer, Peter Bryant, has planned another large show called the Southwest International Boat Show, to be held October 2-5, 2008, at the Kemah Boardwalk Marina on Clear Lake. It will be similar to the Corpus Christi show and being so close to the Houston area, the attendance could be mind-boggling. That gives Texans two truly big boat shows, one in the spring and one in the fall. This is sure to get the attention of major boat manufacturers and related marine exhibitors from around the world. Gulf coast boat owners will get to see what's current and up and coming in the boating world, without having to travel out of state. Please call us for any further details on the 2008 International Boat Shows here on the Texas Gulf coast.

During the fall to winter hunting season, boat owners and sellers find it an ideal time to make the move to a new/used larger boat, prior to the much anticipated fishing season. We experience a lot of interested boat owners moving up from the boat they have had 3 years or longer to a new boat that fits their needs. Many owners running large center consoles, that have enjoyed fantastic bluewater fishing off our coast, make the commitment to step up to twin diesels and the comfort of overnight trips in the Western Gulf of Mexico. If you're considering selling your boat and sizing up, we have a large variety of entry level outboard and twin diesel sportfishing boats on the market. Please give us a call or stop by and visit.

Byrd & Cochrane is an authorized broker for Fox Yacht Sales, the Texas dealer for Cabo and Riviera Yachts. Fox has an extensive inventory of brokerage boats and we will be glad to help you find a boat or sell yours. For more information call our office at 281-291-0656 or come by our Tops-N-Towers office on Nasa Road One in Seabrook.

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