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Captain n Crew

Covington, Louisiana is my hometown, however I lived most all of my life in Texas.  I eventually meandered my way down to the coast of Texas and bought a cruiser sailboat with BIG plans to sail off into the horizon. In the summer of 2012, I casted the lines from Kemah, Tx and headed east.  Mandeville, La. is as far as I got.  I found myself really appreciating the area, enjoying family I've practically never seen, then began a small side business cooking Kettle Korn at local events across the Northshore.

Mandeville is such an esthetic area, from the streets of Old Town to the bayous of nature sounds.


I particularly enjoy people who are new to sailing. It is watching the pure determination in people that puts the wind in my sails.

To offer the challenge to anyone is what I'm here for.

Sailing enthusiast are always a delight to have aboard. I myself have much to learn, about much, about other boats, about others, and about life.

Boat-less folks are always welcome. It's understandable that it cost so much to own a boat. I don't think folks should be limited, restrained in life so that they can't partake in what other folks won't live without.

I have enjoyed sailing and cruising for over 25 years. Sailing is my passion, however a way of life, and I enjoy sharing my ship in the wind with anyone so delighted to experience.

-Captain Louis "LJ" Hillsmith


Local weather links

  • Wunderground weather
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  • Windy
  • PassageWeather
  • Bascule Bridge station
  • Local Tides
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email Captain Louis:  or  call: 936.827.9699 (please leave message if necessary.)
1298 Madison St.  Mandeville, Louisiana 70448