This sleek Com-Pac 27 yacht is a vessel made for a boating family
The story of Jason Tieman’s life and relationship with his father, Leon, could be told through sailing stories — summers winding along the Intracoastal Waterway to Port O’Connor and weekends out on Galveston Bay.
Although their time on the water stretches back decades and includes many boats, the tale in recent years is epitomized in Capella, a Com-Pac 27 yacht, Jason Tieman said.
“My dad and I have shared it since 2008,” Jason said, proudly. “He’ll sail it during the week, and I’ll have it on the weekends.”
Named after the third-brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere and a navigational star, the boat is quite a sight to behold, especially when the 81-year-old Tieman is captaining it across Galveston Bay on weekdays, Jason said.
“I’ll usually stick to Galveston Bay, making a big triangle,” Jason said. “But a lot of times, my dad will cut across the channel and go over to Trinity Bay.”
Compared to Galveston Bay, Trinity Bay is both larger and less populated, which leaves the elder Tieman with plenty of room to maneuver, Jason said. Reaching Trinity Bay takes a day, however, which means Jason makes the venture less often than his father.
Capella is just about perfect for every venture the Tiemans undertake these days, Jason said.
“For me, it’s that it has those classic lines of a boat,” he said. “Nowadays, you see more modern boats have these sleek lines. This, on the other hand, has brass and just such a classic look.”
The yacht’s draft is only about 4 feet, which makes it useful for cruising local waters and not worrying about going aground, Jason said.
The Com-Pac also has an inboard diesel engine, which is helpful in rough seas with strong winds, he said.
The boat also is equipped with an onboard head and shower if ever the Tiemans go on overnight voyages or have friends aboard, Jason said.
It’s also equipped with air conditioning, he said.
“At night, when it’s plugged into the dock, it’s pretty comfy,” Jason said. “You can have the TV going and everything. For its size, it’s got a lot of comfort.”
The Capella also has an autopilot feature, making it ideal for single-handed voyages, Jason said. The pilot could set it to autopilot and mess with the sails.
As nice as the boat is, the best part about it is all the memories, Jason said.
“We’ve always had a boat on the bay,” he said.
This summer, Jason hopes to take Capella from its home at Watergate Harbor Marina in Kemah down to Galveston Island, he said. There, he wants to tie it up near Pier 21 and spend the week exploring.