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Old 05-29-2012, 08:35 AM
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Default matagorda peninsula camp build, part 1/part 2/part 3/DONE!

this past weekend was stage 1 in building our camp out on the matagorda peninsula offshore of port o'connor, tx.



left early thursday morning from hammond towing my boat, a trailer load of building materials, and a 30' fema trailer. arrived palacios, tx thursday afternoon at my brother's house, loaded up the rest of the building materials and tools, and then drank way too much beer

left early friday morning for port o'connor, with the materials, camper, boat and the bronco, to meet the barge at 7am. my brother and cousin then drove back to palacios to get his airplane, and flew on ahead to the island to start scraping clear our site

barge dude finally showed up about 11am...
loaded up the bronco and the materials trailer and set off into the teeth of a 20mph wind, with me driving over the boat, also loaded down to the gills









arriving at the beach



the bronco couldnt pull the trailer off the barge, so we had to unload the materials trailer, stack the materials on the beach, pull off the trailer, reload the trailer, and then drag it to our spot...good times

after all that, then unloading my boat, and transporting that stuff to our site, and all the scraping, we were pretty much spent. flew everyone back to palacios and left the boat at the island. way too much beer consumed, again (this becomes an increasingly frequent obstacle to productivity)

day 2 we finally start getting the frame erected
we used 4x4 FRP for the columns and beams, with FRP channel and angle for the connections. main frame is 16x44, with a 10' extension on one end for the garage. way too windy to attempt barging over the fema trailer on saturday





back to palacios, beer, etc

day 3 we got rafters hung, wall girts installed, and sheeted the garage
again, 20mph sustained wind, no way to get the camper over
we actually got a little farther than what is shown in the last pic...still no roof but the bronco garage is sheeted in and the door hung



sunday night we drank all the beer in palacios...it was embarrassing but had to be done. monday morning was less than efficient

flew to the island, packed up tools, etc, brought the boat back to port o'connor, retrieved the utility trailer, moved the camper to a vacant lot, and transported everything back to palacios. left for home about 3pm, back in hammond at 10

so we'll get back at it in a few weeks
hopefully by then the wind will take a break, barge dude can get the camper over, we can get a roof on, plumb up our sewer and rain cistern, finish the porches, hang the screen, and get set up to enjoy it
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Is that an old airfield?
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pierce field
formerly matagorda air force base

http://www.airfields-freeman.com/TX/...Corpus_NE.html
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update 6/11...

barge dude and my brother got the fema trailer over to the island and under our frame over the weekend, without incident. barge dude even brought over a skid steer and scraped off the rest of our site for us

heading down next weekend to finish up (roof, porch framing & screen, cistern & sewer)
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Ya got it lookin' great...Is there power available? Solar? Gen.?
Keep us up to speed!
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for right now i have batteries for the lights and water pump
the fridge and stove are both propane
we will have to run a generator at night for the AC and to charge the batteries
looking in to solar systems that can run the AC
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looking in to solar systems that can run the AC
I bet that will cost a fortune.
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for right now i have batteries for the lights and water pump
the fridge and stove are both propane
we will have to run a generator at night for the AC and to charge the batteries
looking in to solar systems that can run the AC
My delta camp is almost completely solar now...Learned a lot about what to do AND what not to do...Have any question ? PM me
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Looks awesome. Question, how did you get permission to do all this. I mean, i would think some beuracrat had wet his whistle to allow you to set up shop like this on federal land.
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dryhydro check your pm

the land is privately owned...it reverted back to original family ownership after the base was decomissioned. it's now a undivided interest; you buy into it and have access to the whole 5500 acres, but no particular part of it is exclusively yours. you just set up camp where you want, while being mindful of everyone else. meanwhile, the only "rules" are those of common courtesy and freedom for all

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dryhydro check your pm

the land is privately owned...it reverted back to original family ownership after the base was decomissioned. it's now a undivided interest; you buy into it and have access to the whole 5500 acres, but no particular part of it is exclusively yours. you just set up camp where you want, while being mindful of everyone else. meanwhile, the only "rules" are those of common courtesy and freedom for all

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thats a sweet deal!!!! good luck with build bro!!!!
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back in town now from matagorda part 2

drove the boat once again loaded down with roof sheets and lumber/tools/etc down to palacios thu afternoon. my brother and i launched in palacios this time to avoid the 2hr drive to port o'connor (this would haunt us on sunday)...got to the harbor at the island about 8am, unloaded and got to the camp site as the rest of the crew arrived by plane. installed the high roof and sheets, anchored down the fema trailer, and made the water tank platform













saturday we all flew over (left the boat at the island) and installed the gutter, roof drain, water tank, wall sheets on the garage, air conditioner on the trailer, and laid out the front porch







we made some good decisions this weekend, probably several in fact. however, the decision to go blow off some steam at omar's pool hall in palacios saturday night was not one of them. as a result, productivity sunday was cumbersome at best. we did get the front porch framed, erected and sheeted however, which now gives us shade and a breeze just about all day





view towards the gulf...big fields of sunflowers
view towards the bay...prime wade fishing flats





all that's left is the sewer, bug screen and some minor flashing, etc
hard work is done!
hope to use it often this summer and fall and get a good feel for the hunting, fishing & debauchery available
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PS if anyone has thoughts/experience with a 55gal gray/black water septic system i am all ears. the unpaved area behind the camp is as follows in descending order:

-grass
-3' sand/shell
-4' water bearing sands
-hard pan clay below
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Man thats a little piece of heaven tight there.

Few questions,

Does it flood?

How did you come about obtaining it...lease, purchase?

How long of a boat ride is it to the nearest launch?

Looks like you guys are going to have a wonderful time out there telling tall tales and washing it down with blue pops!
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Oh you asked about a wastew water tank.

We dug a big hole in the ground, put some limestone in the hole, put the drum with some hole drilled around the top and set it on top the limestone, then filled the area between the dirt and hole with lime stone then covered it with dirt.
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the island is about 3-4 above sea level, with some 12- 16' dunes
it would only flood with a tropical storm surge
its a purchase of an undivided interest in the whole 5500 acres
port o'connor is about 4 miles away for ice, beer, bait, groceries, etc

thanks on the septic, that's what i thought but i've never done it
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I can only imagine the stories that place will create..........Ruark and Hemingway type stuff!!
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so you are saying to mother nature, take your best shot!. I hope you drill in some anchors or did you say that and I missed it. Having built a houseboat away from home, I can begin to appreciate what you are going thru but seez, we didn't need a barge thank god. About those hurricanes, if any of us were in our right minds we wouldn't do anything like camps in harms way, you have to be optimist and then you have to stoic if it happens. all in all it's sounds pretty cool.
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yeah its a crapshoot...that area hasn't been hit in a long time but it will happen at some point
the posts are anchored with 24" rebar thru a base plate thrubolted to the post
there's 4" of asphalt then a thick shell base layer
we also set auger anchors on either side of the main frame in two locations and ran straps up and over the frame to cinch the entire structure down

i figure that the structural frame will make it thru just about anything except a direct hit by tornado. we more than likely would lose the roof and probably the trailer but at least we would have a starting point to rebuild

nothing ventured, nothing gained
we only have about $6500 in the whole damn thing so i can live with that
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