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  1. #11
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLAY!!! (my bday is on Good Friday)

    Congrats on the move, too!! lake Travis is beautiful, so is Canyon Lake!!

    We'll see you at Travis at least once this summer!!!

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    Registered blown formula's Avatar
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    Austin is awesome !!
    I lived there for 2 years back in the '70's ( am I dating myself?).
    That was prior to discovering the joys of owning a boat. We used to go tho the lake (there are 3 around the town) and watch boat races almost every weekend. It was great. That has been a few years ago, but the lakes are still there. I have no doubt they are crowded, since it's only a puddle in Texas compared to the real lakes in Oklahoma!! Just kidding. Austin is a great place to live.
    Best of luck to you.

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    First, Happy B-day! and second, welcome to Austin.

    I know you’ll like it here as much as the wife and I do. Austin has consistently been voted in the top places to live in America for the last 5 years (maybe more).

    A couple of other number ones and lesser known facts about Austin are:
    - Sometimes referred to as "Silicon Hills".
    - Live Music capitol of the world.
    - Allergy capitol of the world.
    - Flash-Flood capitol of the world.
    - And most recently, the Dot-Bomb capitol of the world.

    I do my boating on Lake Travis. It is a beautiful rock lined lake and the water is pretty clean and clear (most of the time).

    As mlitefan mentioned, the LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) recently implemented a maximum dba level restriction on the lake (92db - measured using the SAE standard J-2005 stationary test).

    Probably the trickiest thing about Lake Travis is it is a variable level lake. That’s important because you need to know, among other things, where "Sometimes Island" is (as in: sometime it’s there and sometimes it’s not).

    Let me know when you make it down here and I’d be happy to show you ‘round.


    Oh yeah, the traffic sucks, but they’re "workin’ on it".

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    Registered Clay Washington's Avatar
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    We found an apartment complex on FM 620 North (The Verandah) that allows boat parking. We towed our boat down there today. The movers come on Monday (April 1st) and will move the furniture. I will follow them on my Harley.

    I will probably buy a LCRA pass and launch at the dam.

    I will also check out the Lake Travis Powerboat Association.

    Does anyone know of a good Harley chapter in Austin?

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    Clay, Happy belated BD and welcome to Austin! I live in Lakeway a few miles south of the Dam just off FM 620. I belong to LTPA, ride a Harley, and boat with a bunch of guys from the Lake Travis area. I usually launch at the Dam because it is easy and has lots of parking but beware, it can get really busy on weekend afternoons. Several other decent lakes within a hour or so drive from here. There are a couple H.O.G. chapters here I can recommend. Drop me an E-Mail and we can meet sometime. I think we need an Austin OSO chapter now that we have so many locals on the board. Hope you like your new surroundings, most everybody here is from somewhere else and wouldn't leave now.

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    Registered Clay Washington's Avatar
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    Sheryl and I got on the water today around 5:00. It was 80 degrees and sunny with zero wind. We cruised Lake Travis for about 30 minutes. Then, we headed for Devil's Cove and dropped anchor. I played Fleetwood Mac on the stereo and drank a few Coor's Lights while Sheryl read her book and drank raspberry wine coolers.

    After an hour another boat (a Cobalt) came over and they rafted-up with us for a couple of minutes. By now it was close to 7:00, so we all headed over to Johnny Fins and ate dinner.

    At sunset we cruised back to the ramp and were loaded before dark. We were back home by 9:00.

    Just another perfect Monday in Austin, Texas!

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    Happy birthday

    make it a good one

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    Member #9 Charter Member hp500efi's Avatar
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    Clay, Happy B-Day

    Have a safe and fun move to TX.

    Nice pics BTW
    Member of the Liquid Jungle

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    Welcome to Lake T. There's always something going on and it sounds as though you've already found a couple of the better spots.

    Watch the water level as it descends during the summer. Sometimes Island isn't the only shallow spot. Stay on the bluff side of the lake and you'll do fine. The "beach" side is where it can get kinda sketchy.

    Be very careful at night, lots of idiots and ever changing lights on the shore make navigation challenging.

    Most importantly, keep an eye out for a 29 Fountain ex-raceboat with "Fountain" written in red white and blue down the side. that's Ray (Dredgeking), and he's as dangerous as they come.

    Anybody up for an OSO get together at Johnny Finns?


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