Trip South - Fall 2002 - Grand Rivers KY to Fort Myers FL
Updated - 11-01-02
10-09-02 Wednesday Green Turtle Bay Resort – Grand Rivers KY - Mile 31.7
Contact – Melissa .. Bill ..
Weather – overnight low of 58 .. afternoon high of 70 deg ..
.. last night Betty found a walking partner .. they went for a long walk at 06:30 am .. after cleaning up Dee Light we made our first trip to the Ship’s Store .. Green Turtle Bay Resort has a great Ship’s Store so we spent a lot of time there .. it will not be our last trip .. Betty’s daughter Cheryl and Kim Zipper arrived at 04:00 pm .. they brought a new Colts Flag and Colts Potato Chips .. this is how they reimburse their Colts players in Indianapolis .. right after getting settled in they went shopping at Ship’s Store .. a light rain moved into the area .. we went to at the Restaurant right at the Marina .. ( Commonwealth Yacht Club ) .. when we entered the Restaurant we met up with a number of other boaters including Jerry Schmit ( was from the Wabasha Marina ) and Max Campbell ( from the Wabasha Marina ) .. they are spending a few days at the Green Turtle Bay Resort getting some golfing in ..
10-10-02 Thursday Green Turtle Bay Resort – Grand Rivers KY - Mile 31.7
Contact – Marina Manager - Bill Gary .. Assistant Marina Manager - Melissa
Crew – Marv .. Betty .. Cheryl and Kim ..
Weather – RAIN .. overnight low of 55 deg .. afternoon high of 76 deg ..
.. it RAINED all day !! .. all day !! … we all went to Paducah KY shopping .. we had lunch at a small Coffee Shop .. Soup and a Sandwich .. they were both very HOT .. very hot .. spicy hot .. the gals shopped in the Old Downtown area and Marv found a Hardware Store .. on our way back Marv dropped the gals off at Patty’s Settlement for more shopping and Marv returned to Dee Light to work with the Green Turtle Bay Marina mechanics on the Impellors replaced .. we put our Rebel Flag on Dee Light .. later we all went back to Patty’s for a great 2 inch Pork Dinner and more shopping in their Gift Shop ..
10-11-02 Friday Green Turtle Bay Resort – Grand Rivers KY - Mile 31.7
Contact – Marina Manager - Bill Gary .. Assistant Marina Manager - Melissa
Crew – Marv .. Betty .. Cheryl and Kim ..
Weather – a low of 61 deg .. with a high of 74 deg ..
… the day that Jimmy Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize .. early morning heavy fog but not rain .. Betty took a long walk and Marv worked with the Green Turtle Bay Marina mechanics on the Impellors again they got done at about 09:30 am .. the gals went into town by car to do some additional shopping .. Marv shipped a PC back to Imagineering for them to upgrade .. when the gals were done shopping we put the Dingy in the water at toured the Marina .. and we took the Dinghy thru the Cut to the Kentucky Lake .. it was overcast but not raining .. we all had lunch on Dee Light .. John Ayotte returned to the Aqua Yacht Harbor and they plan to continue their trip to Florida .. the Hunter’s Moon Festival is this weekend and the Marina set up beer wine and snacks at the Yacht Club for the Transit Boaters .. Betty Cheryl and Kim went to a movie in Paducah KY .. after spending some time at the Marina’s bar Marv returned to Dee Light and printed out a number of photos for Cheryl and Kim .. when the gals returned from Paducah they brought Marv a bag of ‘Movie Popcorn’ ..
10-12-02 Saturday Green Turtle Bay Resort – Grand Rivers KY - Mile 31.7
Contact – Marina Manager - Bill Gary .. Assistant Marina Manager - Melissa
Crew – Marv .. Betty .. Cheryl and Kim ..
Weather – overcast .. low of 53 and a high of 73 ..
.. after breakfast Cheryl and Kim packed up for their trip back to Indianapolis .. Marv made Patties Pork Sandwiches for their trip back .. just as they were loading up their car Betty’s son Danny and family joined us for Saturday and Sunday .. Marv and Adam took the Dinghy out for a ride Betty and the others (Danny Shelly .. Adam and Danielle ) .. went into the Plantation to take in the Hunter’s Moon Festival goings on .. a Runabout that was sinking was towed in by a Pontoon Boat .. they forgot to put their Plug in the boat when they launched it so we gave them a spare Plug that we had on board Dee Light .. after the Food Stands .. Parade .. Crafts .. etc. .. Betty Danny Shelly and Danielle returned from the Hunter’s Moon Festival in downtown Grand Rivers KY .. Marv met Glenn and Kathy from the SHADY GLENN .. they have boated out of the Lack City Marina in Lake City MN for a few years .. the SHADY GLENN is a 43 foot Viking .. they will be heading out Sunday for Florida .. they are going to the Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda FL .. after cocktails on the Dock we had dinner at the Commonwealth Yacht Club .. we met up with Jerry and Max there ..
10-13-02 Sunday Green Turtle Bay Resort – Grand Rivers KY - Mile 31.7
Contact – Marina Manager - Bill Gary .. Assistant Marina Manager - Melissa
Crew – Marv .. Betty .. Danny Shelly .. Adam and Danielle ..
Weather – windy but the SUN came back out .. overnight low of 51 .. high of
74 deg ..
.. Betty fixed a delightful breakfast for everyone ( except Betty ) .. after watching TV for awhile Danny and family explored the grounds with a Golf Cart .. Betty got the laundry started .. we hoisted the Dingy and the Bikes back on Dee Light .. filled the water tank .. and started up the Charcoal Grill on the Dock .. a number of boaters became alarmed when they saw our smoke on the Dock .. we grilled Pork Chops .. Steaks .. Potatoes .. etc. .. it was a two Grill dinner .. during dinner we watched the Colts and the Packers both win .. ( Brett Favre threw his 300th career TD pass in today's win ) ho yes the Viks won also .. after dinner and the games Danny and his family left by car for Indianapolis .. Autumn had a good bath .. we went to the Commonwealth Yacht Club for a very light snack and watched the Minnesota Twins louse ..
…. Hunter’s Moon Festival – 10-11 thru 10-13-02
10-14-02 Monday Green Turtle Bay Resort – Grand Rivers KY - Mile 31.7
Contact - Marina Manager - Bill Gary .. Assistant Marina Manager - Melissa
Weather – VERY COLD .. low of 31 deg and a high of 65 deg ..
.. Columbus Day .. after getting ready to depart we said good by to BAR & RON and GYPSY JENNY .. we got started out of the Marina at 06:45 am .. the sun was just coming up as we left the Barkley Lake and entered the ‘Cut’ into the Kentucky Lake .. we had a slight breeze from the Northeast ( Aft ) .. at 07:45 am we met our first Towboat of the day .. we used the Auto Pilot on the long straight sections of the Lake .. we traveled between 18 and 21 knots and both the water and oil temperatures stayed normal .. with the COLD temps it was a great day to have the Bridge enclosed and the HEAT on .. Betty served Marv ( and Autumn ) breakfast on the Bridge .. this area is much like the Lake Pepin area back up North .. at 08:45 am we met the Towboat EDWIN L KENNEDY .. at 10:30 am .. Mile 101 .. we lowered our Marine Antennas and went under a Lift Bridge .. we met the Towboat CUMBERLAND HUNTER .. the water way is now becoming a river again .. we passed the Cuba Landing Marina LLC - Waverly TN - Mile 115.5 at 11:15 am .. the marked River Channel is very deep .. we met the Towboat CHRIS and LINEY JONES .. Betty fixed lunch and served us on the Bridge .. there are many fishermen out today and a number of other Pleasure Crafts heading down River .. thus it made for slower going .. the sunny skies have now become overcast .. there are Sandstone / Rock Shore Lines .. it looks much like the Wisconsin Dells area .. we passed three Sailboats .. one from Algoma WI .. he was originally from Eau Claire WI and they are now on the Great Loop .. we met and passed a number of other Towboats .. we watched the Columbus Day Parade that took place in New York .. many of the trees are turning color .. at 03:45 pm after passing the Towboat MABEL L we called ahead to the Lock on the Marine Radio .. they said to call back when we are in site of the Lock .. at 04:00 pm the Lock Master said that it will be about an hour before they will be ready for us .. at 05:00 pm the Towboat BULL CALF moved out of the Lock .. THE lock Master called us and told us that the Towboat MABEL L will enter the Lock first and we are to lock thru with him .. we entered the Lock right behind MABEL L at 05:30 pm .. there was plenty of room for the two of us as he only had three Boxes .. when we were in the Lock the Lock Master came over to Dee Light .. he is Fran Richardson’s brother .. Jimmy B and Ben S met her in the Fall of 2000 when we were going down River .. they must have made quit an impression on her and she had shared the experience with her brother ..
PICKWICK LANDING LOCK Pickwick Dam, TN 85 Lift – ( up ) Mile 206.7
.. they had us go past the Towboat MABEL L in the Lock .. they elevated the water level in the Chamber real slow .. when the Lock Master sounded the Horn we navigated Dee Light between the Lock Wall and the Towboat and we pulled out of the Lock at 06:00 pm .. with the heavy overcast it was hard to see but once we got our bearings we did not waist any time finding the entrance to the Tenn-Tom Waterway and headed towards the Marina .. at 06:25 pm we called the Marina .. and we had Dee Light docked at 06:45 pm the second time .. we did not fit in the first Slip that they had us try to get in .. two other boats were docked on the inside of the Fuel Dock and we ended up on the outside of the Fuel Dock .. one of the other boats was a Sailboat from Canada that we saw on our way to Green Turtle and again at Green Turtle .. they stayed one night there and have been traveling for four days to get here since leaving Green Turtle .. the other boat was a new Mainship that we have also seen before .. the air smelled of ‘wet wood chips’ .. we had a delightful dinner on board that Betty put together ..
Travel - Grand Rivers KY to Pickwick Dam TN - 1 Lock 208 Miles 1058.4 Miles
10-15-02 Tuesday Grand Harbor Condominiums & Marina - Pickwick Dam TN - Mile 449.7
… old name ..
Pickwick’s Tenn-Tom Marina - Pickwick Dam TN - Mile 449.7
Contacts – Harbor Master – Jim Robertson – 888-689-5551
Weather – overcast .. low of 51 deg and a high of 72 deg ..
.. Betty took a long walk .. Marv and Autumn had breakfast on the Back Deck .. then we took on fuel ..when we were fueling up we met the new Harbor Master and talked with the other two boaters .. they will both be in Fort Myers FL for part of the Winter ahead .. the Fuel Dock man said that the smell in the air is from the wood pulp business in the area .. he said that the odor will come down the River and will hang up under the Docks .. YUCK .. the World Series is now set with the Anaheim Angels and San Francisco .. the first game will be on Saturday ..
FUEL - Pickwick’s Tenn-Tom Marina - Pickwick Dam TN – Starboard Engine – 1640.7.. Port Engine – 1636.6
.. we were able to talk our way into a discount on the Fuel cost with the amount that we took on .. we pulled off the Dock at 09:40 am .. it was overcast and a light rain .. we went slow for a number of Fishermen and other Pleasure Crafts .. at 11:30 am we called the Lock .. they have a Towboat above the Lock and below the Lock .. the Lock Master asked the Towboat if they would mind if we locked thru with them .. he also said that they want Crew members that are working the Decks to be wearing Life Gear .. we entered the Lock at 11:55 am right along the side of the Towboat BILL JR and four Boxes ..
JAMIE WHITTEN LOCK & DAM Dennis, MS 84 Drop Mile 411.9
.. it was a long drop own .. once the Chamber water was lowered we took our Line off the Bollard and navigated our way along the side of the Towboat .. we pulled out of the Lock at 12:20 pm in the light rain .. Betty said that it was a two drink Lock .. once out of the Lock we met the Towboat ( SCOTT QUEST ) that was waiting to lock up River .. at 12:30 pm we called ahead to the Lock .. they said that they will lock us thru with the Towboat BILL JR that we just locked thru with .. I forgot that in this area the boats that you lock thru with on your first Lock will be locked thru together the balance of the day .. sooo at 12:45 pm we pulled up to the Lack .. the Towboat BILL JR radioed the Lock Master and indicated that he could lock us thru ahead of him .. but instead we waited .. during our wait we enjoyed a great lunch that Betty came up with .. Marv returned a call to Dale Barton ( 563-552-2361 ) .. the owner of the boat that we went by up on the Mississippi River that was on a Beach .. the message that he left indicated that our wake caused damage to his boat .. Marv talked to his wife .. she said that Dale is a truck driver and is only home after 09:00 pm .. the Towboat BILL JR pulled into the Lock at 01:30 pm .. and we followed at 01:45 pm ..
G V ‘SONNY’ MONTGOMERY LOCK & DAM Fulton, AL 30 Lift Mile 406.7
.. once the Chamber water was lowered Betty took our Line off the Bollard and navigated our way along the side of the Towboat BILL JR again .. we pulled out of the Lock at 02:00 pm in the rain .. once out of the Lock we called ahead to the next Lock .. when asked we told him that we were planning to spend the night at the Midway Marina in Fulton MS .. with that they are going to have us lock thru with BILL JR again .. sooo we poked along and listened to the CNN News coverage about the Washington DC Area ‘Sniper On The Loose’ .. Bill the Harbor Master at the Green Turtle Bay Marina called .. he said that they have some mail that came in after we left .. he will be sending it on to the Demopolis Yacht Basin in Demopolis AL .. we watched the Towboat BILL JR enter the Lock at 03:40 pm .. the light rain has come to an end .. BILL J tied off on his Port Side so Betty rigged Dee Light to tie off on the Starboard side .. we pulled in behind BILL JR and we tied up to the Lock Bollard at 03:50 pm .. three Pleasure Crafts that we went by this morning are now within site of us now .. they will be locking thru after we get out of the Lock and they raise the water level of the Chamber ..
JOHN RANKIN LOCK & DAM Fulton, MS 30 Lift Mile 398.4
.. once the Chamber water was lowered Betty took our Line off the Bollard and navigated our way along the side of the Towboat BILL JR again .. we pulled out of the Lock at 04:15 pm .. once out of the Lock we called ahead to the Marina .. they will have us dock Dee Light on the Fuel Dock right where we have in the past .. we were docked at 04:45 pm .. we were able to hook up to good power and Cable TV .. we checked in at the Marina Office and then took the Marinas Transit Van to town ( Fulton MS ) for dinner .. we were ‘fixing’ to have a good ‘Mississippi Home Cooked Meal’ .. once back to the Marina the other boaters had docked for the night ..
Travel - Pickwick Dam TN to Fulton MS - 3 Locks 56 Miles 1114.4 Miles
10-16-02 Wednesday Midway Marina - Fulton MS - Mile 394.0
Contacts – Contacts - Ginger and Gerald Conner
Weather – COLD .. but clear skies .. low of 44 deg high of 69 deg ..
.. Betty took a long walk and when she came back to Dee Light she took a second walk with Autumn .. the sun is back and the wind is from the North .. that must be where the COLD temperatures are coming from .. Marv talked to the other boaters that came in last night .. Marv called the Columbus Marina in Columbus, AL to get temporary dockage for tonight .. a Towboat was heading down the River earlier and it sounds like they plan to wait until it is well ahead of them .. we called ahead to the Fulton Lock from the Marina .. after checking with the Towboats in the area they told us to come ahead .. once out of the Marina ( 08:30 AM ) we met the Towboat JONATHAN GOLDING THAT JUST PULLED OUT OF THE lock .. we took our time heading towards the Lock as the other three boats that were at the Midway Marina followed us out of the Marina .. we looked like ‘Four Ducks in a Row’ .. we were tied off in the Lock at 08:50 am .. all of the Locks in this part of the Tenn-Tom Waterways use LOUD Horns for their Lock Signals ..
FULTON LOCK & DAM Fulton, MS 30 Lift Mile 391.0
.. the Down River Lock Gates opened and we pulled out of the Lock at 09:10 am .. Marv called Betty back at the Mississippi Parkside Marina .. she sent us an e-mail that she had some Mail for us .. she will send it on to catch up with us along the way .. just below the Lock slowed down for a Working Harbor and we met the Towboat TOMBIGBEE .. a Fisherman that we had slowed down for came up and waved us down .. he said that we damaged his Trolling Motor and wanted money .. the Trolling Motor looked ok ( and dry ) to us sooo we just chatted a bit .. Marv asked for his name and number but he did not give it to us .. we did give him our Card .. Marv told him that if we damaged the Trolling Motor that we would pay for the damage but at this time the Trolling Motor looks fine to us .. he asked us for ‘Cash’ to fix his Trolling Motor .. it looked like he was ‘trolling for bucks’ .. at 09:45 am we called ahead to the next Lock .. they said that they have two Pleasure Crafts heading up River that they are set up for .. soo we will have about a 45 minute wait .. at 10:15 am we called the Lock again when we were just above the Lock .. he was holding the Lock for a third Pleasure Craft that was heading up River at 5 Knots .. the Lock Master decided to lock the two Pleasure Crafts thru and then lock us down .. at 10:35 am the Lock Gates opened up and after the Pleasure Crafts moved out we moved into the Lock Chamber .. the Lock Master came out to Dee Light and told us that a Mr. Brown had filed a report with the Park Ranger and the local Sheriff that when we went by his boat that we had ‘swamped’ his boat .. the other three boats that locked thru with us at the FULTON LOCK followed into the Lock behind us ..
GLOVER WILKINS LOCK & DAM Smithville, MS 30 Lift Mile 376.3
.. when we were tied off to the Bollard we could see ahead to the next Lock as it is only five miles down River .. the Lock Gates opened and we pulled out of the Lock at 11:00 am .. just below the Lock there was a small Sailboat that had called earlier to lock thru .. we called ahead to the next Lock .. this area of the Tenn-Tom is mostly man made .. it consists of long straight ‘Cuts’ that are about 15 feet deep and 200 feet wide .. the Green Light was on and the Lock Gate was open as we approached the Lock .. we entered the Lock at 11:30 am .. we could see ahead of the Lock Wall down River to another Pleasure Craft that wa heading up River .. we cannot believe all these Pleasure Crats heading the wrong way ..
AMORY LOCK & DAM Amory, MS 30 Lift Mile 371.1
.. the Lock Gates opened and we pulled out of the Lock at 11:55 am .. the North bound Pleasure Craft was just outside the Lock .. we are now called a RV instead of a Reck Craft .. we called ahead to the next Lock .. they have a North bound Towboat that is just entering the Lock .. there are a number of Fishermen that are in this Pool .. we met the Towboat MARY SUE at 12:45 pm .. and we tied off to the Bollard at 12:55 pm .. the Lock Master radioed back to the other boats and decided to hold the Lock for them .. they entered the Lock at 01:20 pm .. above the Lock there was a build up of logs ( Dolphins and Duck Blinds ) that ranged from 50 to 200 feet in depth just waiting to float down the River ..
ALBERDEEN LOCK & DAM Aberdeen, MS 30 Lift Mile 357.5
.. the Lock Gates opened and we pulled out of the Lock at 01:35 pm .. just after we got out of the Lock Charles Brown ( 662-256-4858 ) called .. he said that we damaged his Trolling Motor when we went by him .. he said that the Bracket and Shaft were damaged .. Betty took the Wheel for a good long section of the River .. with the clear skies and turning leaves it’s a great day on the Tenn-Tom .. this makes up for yesterdays rain .. many Fishermen out makes for slow going .. once we had the Marina in sight we called them on the Marine Radio .. and we had Dee Light docked by 03:15 pm .. Bass Boats raced thru the Marina waters until well after sunset .. as the other boats that were traveling with us for the day made it into the Marina we asked them if they would like to get together for dinner .. they all wanted to join us .. soooo .. all 10 of us met at 06:15 pm and headed out to dinner together .. we had dinner at the J Broussard’s ion Main Street in Columbus AL .. we all had great dinners and all said that it was great to get together for dinner after spending so much time together boating on the water .. one of the couples were on the Loop .. they started in Fort Lauderdale and are now heading to Texas .. the other couples were heading to various spots in Florida for the Winter ..
Travel –Fulton MS to Columbus, AL - 4 Locks 59 miles 1173.4 Miles
10-17-02 Thursday Columbus Marina - Columbus, AL - Mile 335.0
Contacts – Owners - Captain Chuck & Barbara Bigelow
Weather – overnight low of 42 deg .. and a SUNNY high of 70deg ..
.. we watched the ‘local Mornin’ TV show’ .. Tammy Wyanette and Brett Favre are really big in this area .. Betty took Autumn for a walk .. from the Marina we heard the sound of a Towboat near the Lock .. so we called the Lock .. they said that they would lock us right thru .. we pulled out of the Marina at 06:55 am .. and two of the other boats ( Ducks ) followed us .. we pulled into the Lock at 07:15 am .. the Lock Master asked all of us for our Registration Number .. Length .. Vessel Name .. Origin .. and Destination .. there was ‘Junk’ in the water and Fog in the air .. we locked down with the two boats from the Marina and three Fishing boats ..
JOHN C STENNIS LOCK & DAM Columbus, AL 30 Lift Mile 334.7
.. we pulled out of the Lock at 07:45 am .. as we were heading South we heard over the Marine Radio the other boaters from the Marina contact the Lock .. the Lock Master told them that he had a South bound Towboat (SCOTT QUEST ) that was just above the Lock .. and that he was going to hold the Towboat up because he had the US Corps of Engineers TENN-TOM coming to pick up a One Star General and some other very important people ( VIP ) at the Marina .. and that they will be going thru his Lock as a Top Priority .. thus the Lock will be held up for a long time .. we also heard the TENN-TOM contact the Towboat .. they told them to stop the Towboat and told the Towboat that they would be pulling in front of the Towboat .. the Towboat Captain questioned their actions and he was told by the TENN-TOM that they were going to pull rank on the Towboat .. we did not hear another word out of the Towboat Captain .. the other boaters were unable to lock thru the Lock until after noon .. we spotted a deer swimming across the Waterway right in front of us .. the TOM BEVILL LOCK called to random boaters heading South Bound .. we responded and they said that they will be waiting for us with the Green Light on .. we entered the Lock at 09:20 pm and tied off to the same Bollard that AGAPE from Lake City MN had been tied off on when they headed South .. they signed the Bollard on 09-17-02 .. one of the boats that had docked with us before locked thru with us before ( OUR EXTA SEA – a 54 foot Bluewater boat ) and another joined us that was on the Hook ..
TOM BEVILL LOCK & DAM Carrolton, AL 30 Lift Mile 306.8
.. we pulled out of the Lock at 09:55 pm .. Betty said that the Lock Masters best friend was ‘slow’ .. Betty took the wheel and we soon met the Towboat NATHLY H .. the Towboat Captain called us and Betty set up a One Whistle passage .. OUR EXTA SEA called us on the Marine Radio .. they will be locking thru with us at the next Lock and then plan to make it to Demopolis AL for the night .. the skis are clear and there is more color in the trees than ever before .. Betty made up a great lunch and we dined on the Bridge .. there were a number of other Pleasure Crafts on the Waterway .. both going up and down .. Betty has converted the Back Deck into a Laundry Room .. she is drying some of our laundry on hangers .. at 12:00 pm we called ahead to the Lock .. at 12:20 pm we entered the Lock .. the Lock Master yelled at OUR EXTA SEA to cut down his wake ..
HOWELL HEFLIN LOCK & DAM Gainesville, AL 30 Lift Mile 266.1
.. we pulled out of the Lock at 12:40 pm .. a few miles below the Lock we passed the Southbound Towboat SELDON HURTT that had locked thru before us .. Betty took a well long overdue nap .. many Fishermen to slow down for .. and many Dolphins and Bob’s Duck Blinds are back again too .. this area did get about 4 inches of rain a few days ago so now we have the junk and muddy waters .. at 03:00 pm we called ahead to the Marina .. they have a Sports Fishing Boat that is at the Fuel Dock that we will have to wait for .. we were at the Fuel Dock at 03:50 pm .. OUR EXTA SEA joined us on the Fuel Dock .. after taking on Fuel we moved to the End of B-Dock .. the Marina launched a 41 Chris Commander that they just got done working on .. this Marina has a very good Marina Shop for repairs .. there yard is full of boats in various stages of being worked on ..
FUEL - Demopolis Yacht Basin - Demopolis AL – Starboard Engine – 1663.6 .. Port Engine – 1659.6
.. Dee Light was docked at 05:15 pm .. we and the Crew ( Sandy and Harlan ) from OUR EXTA SEA took the Courtesy Van to town for dinner .. we drove to The Foscue House Restaurant ( 334-289-2221 ) .. before and after we were done with dinner we took a tour of the buildings and the grounds .. all of us had the special of the house .. the Pork Chops .. they were prepared and served in a very deep southern style ..
Travel - Columbus, AL to Demopolis, AL - 3 Locks 119 miles 1292.4 Miles
10-18-02 Friday Demopolis Yacht Basin - Demopolis AL - Mile 216
Contacts – General Manager - Fred Hansard .. Fuel Dock - Trenella Davis .. Office – Kim ..
Weather – overnight low of 45 deg .. afternoon high of 75 deg
.. got up to HEAVEY FOG !! and Wausau WI got 4 inches of SNOW today .. Betty and Sandy from OUR EXTA SEA took a long walk .. due to he rains in this area the River is full of 'stuff' .. the 41 foot Chris Commander ( SPECIAL K ) is two slips down from us ( from Red Wing ) they have spent 5 days here getting a Shaft and Strut fixed .. they hit a Dolphin .. many of them have one end stuck in the River bottom so if you hit them there is not much to give .... at 08:30 am both SPECIAL K and OUR EXTA SEA left the Marina and headed for the Lock .. later we heard over the Marine Radio that they had made it thru the Lock .. Marv talked with Jon .. he will be joining up with us next week sometime for the last leg of the trip .. he said that the A-YACHT made it from Scipio Creek Marina in Apalachicola FL to Fort Myers FL yesterday .. in one day .. they left at 04:00 am and made it to Fort Myers at 06:00 pm .. Jon also said that Lynn ( Sarah’s mother ) fell during the night at their place and ended up with a cut in her face .. we spent part of the afternoon cleaning Dee Light and we used the Courtesy Van to pick up supplies in town.. in the late afternoon a number of the boaters that we met back at the Columbus Marina in Columbus, AL came in for fuel and dockage .. they really got held up with the One Star General and the other VIP’s back at the Columbus Lock .. we helped them dock and shared stories .. one of the boats will be held up for a number of days .. it hit one of the Dolphins in the River .. we had dinner at the Marina Restaurant .. it was great ..
10-19-02 Saturday Demopolis Yacht Basin - Demopolis AL - Mile 216
Contacts – General Manager - Fred Hansard .. Fuel Dock - Trenella Davis .. Office – Kim ..
Weather – overnight low of 50 deg .. an afternoon high of 75 deg ..
.. it seamed like about 100 Bass Boats took off at the same time from a Boat Ramp just across from the Marina .. today we do not have fog .. we called the Demopolis Lock at 06:30 am .. they had a Northbound Towboat entering the Lock .. he asked for our Boat Name and Registration Number .. we got ready and pulled out of the Marina at 05:55 am .. as we approached the Lock we met the Northbound Towboat PETER B Mc BABE .. we entered the Lock at 07:20 am with NICK NACK IV and BLUE SKIES .. once we were tied off on the Bollard we waited for another Pleasure Craft to join us .. the Lock Gates closed at 07:55 am ..
DEMOPOLIS LOCK & DAM - Demopolis, AL - Lift – 40 Feet Mile – 213.2
.. past experience has been that .. this lock has a policy that pleasure boats that have signed up have a priority over commercial property .. but in this case we were not asked to sign up .. so ?? .. we locked thru with a number of Bass Boats also .. we pulled out of the Lock at 08:05 am .. Betty fixed Marv a great breakfast and served it on the Bridge .. then Betty took the wheel .. in a 12 mile section of the Waterway we met or passed 11 Towboats including the SCOTT QUEST the got stopped by the US Corps of Engineers back at the Columbus Lock and Dam .. then we went for over 50 miles before we saw another Towboat .. we called ahead to Bobby’s Fish Camp in Silas AL for temporary dockage .. they said that they had two other boats that had called but that they could handle all three of us .. there has been a very light overcast all day today with just a slight up River breeze .. the sun felt real good .. there are many Dolphins along the way but nothing like the trip up River .. after hitting a log on the Keel of Dee Light Betty said that she had a number of Dolphin mirages .. by the time we made it to Bobby’s the breeze picked up .. we pulled up to the Dock at 01:30 pm .. there were three men on Shore but they did not offer us any help at all .. we walked up to the Marina Office .. and Bobby was behind the Counter waiting for us .. we checked in .. we checked out the Restaurant and bought a couple of T-Shirts .. we talked to one of the locals that had a large Smoker going with a pig and a turkey going in it .. they headed out to Bow Hunt for Deer and Wild Pigs from their boat .. they also have a Boat for Spearing Fish at night .. we started cleaning Dee Light and when BLUE EYES came down the River we helped them with their lines .. we called ahead to the Dog River Marina and Boat Works in Mobile AL to reserve dockage for Sunday night .. once NICK NACK made it to the Marina we helped them with their Lines also .. Bobby said that there will be another boat coming tonight so moved the three boats on the Dock in preparation for a fourth boat .. we all decided to do dinner at Bobby’s .. Autumn was kept busy barking at all the ‘Redneck’ Dogs that were on Shore .. on our way to dinner we walked by the Smoker and we helped ourselves to some Smoked Turkey .. it was really good !! .. at the Marina Restaurant we all had Catfish .. Hushpuppies .. Cold Slaw .. etc. for dinner .. when we were in Bobby’s eating the Towboats that were up River came down to this area and were held up by the Lock and Dam .. so they lined the Shores .. and a 31 foot Searay joined us on the Dock for the night .. before we went to bed we could see four Towboats on shore waiting ..
Travel - Demopolis AL to Silas AL - 1 Lock 97.1 miles 1389.5 Miles
10-20-02 Sunday Bobby’s Fish Camp – Silas AL - Mile 118.9
Contact - Bobby Dahlberg
Weather – overnight low of 55 deg .. high of 80 deg ..
.. our 18 month anniversary .. no rain overnight .. Betty took Autumn for a walk but once she spotted a Black Cat se headed back to Dee Light .. Jack from NICK NACK IV called the Lock .. they have a Towboat ( CHICKASAW ) heading down River and they said that all four of us Pleasure Crafts can lock thru with the Towboat .. we waited until the Towboat came by the Marina and we pulled off the Dock at 06:45 am and followed the Towboat to the Lock .. the Towboat entered the Lock at 07:05 am .. the Towboat is three wide and two long .. we entered the Lock at 07:10 am and Betty tied Dee Light off to the Bollard on out Port Side .. a mist started to come down .. BULE SKIES tied off to the other Bollard on their Starboard Side .. NICK NACK rafted off on our Starboard Side and the Searay rafted off to BLUE SKIES .. and the Lock Gate closed ..
COFFEEVILLE LOCK & DAM - Coffeeville, AL - Lift – 34 Feet Mile – 116.6
THE LAST LOCK OF THIS TRIP
.. the Towboat slowly pulled out of the Lock Chamber at 07:50 am .. the wash that he gave us was very strong .. it pushed us around but the Line to the Bollard held and all went good .. once the Towboat was out of the Lock and the Lock Master told us to proceed all four of us Pleasure Crafts pulled out of the Lock .. we were all out at 08:05 am and it wasn’t long before we passed the Towboat CHICKASAW .. Betty put together another one of her great breakfasts .. then we passed the BELDON HURTT and a number of the other Towboats that we passed yesterday .. by 11:00 am the sun came out and we saw over the Weather Channel that it is snowing in Eau Claire WI today .. when the Tenn-Tom merged with the Alabama River the waters became cleaner for just a few minutes .. after a delightful lunch Betty went out to get a little sun .. we watched the Minnesota Vikings vs the New York Jets .. the media people from New York have referred to the game as ‘The Battle Of The Losers’ .. the Vikes lost .. ( 20 to 07 ) as we entered the Mobile Bay we tuned in the Green Bay Packer vs the Washington Redskins game .. as we traveled thru the Mobile Bay a light rain started to come down and the winds picked up .. the winds were right in our face .. we the NOREGIAN SKY Cruse Ship in dry dock being worked on .. they had it totally out of the water .. there were many other LARGE ships in the Bay .. the seas in the Mobile Bay were at about 4 foot .. once we made it to the Marked Channel to the Dog River Bridge we called ahead to the Dog River Marina and Boat Works in Mobile AL .. once we were past the Bridge the rains stopped and the sun came out .. they were on the Dock waiting for us .. we were docked by 04:15 pm .. when we checked in at the Marina we got the keys to the Courtesy Car .. we watched the last of the 30 to 09 Packer win .. but the Green Bay Packers Brett Favre went out with a knee injury .. UGH!! .. we took the Courtesy Car to The Mariner Restaurant ( 334-443-5700 ) right across the Dog River from the Marina .. we had Crab Claws that we learned how to eat just before we headed North last Spring ..
Travel - Silas AL to Mobile AL/Dog River – 1 Lock – 126 Miles – 1515.5 Miles
10-21-02 Monday Dog River Marina and Boat Works – Mobile AL – Mile 167.0
Contact – Fuel Dock – Ricky or Betty
Weather – sunny .. overnight low of 60 .. afternoon high of 86 deg ..
.. our day started with receiving this e-mail from Paul Weinke ( friend / boater – Eau Claire WI ) ..
Posted on Mon, Oct. 21, 2002
Two dozen boats substantially damaged in marina fire
BY AMY SHERMAN
( HASTINGS MN ) About 24 boats had substantial damage and others may have minor damage from a major fire at a Hastings marina Sunday afternoon, according to an owner. Although the blaze is under investigation by Hastings police and fire departments, it is believed to be accidental, said Fire Chief Mark Holmes. It appears the fire started shortly before 3:30 p.m. when a man was using a propane fire torch to shrink-wrap his boat in preparation for winter, authorities said. When the fire started, he immediately called 911, said Laura Spillane, co-owner of King’s Cove Marina. Crews were on scene all night and cleared the scene around 10:45 a.m. this morning, Holmes said. Hastings fire was assisted at the scene by Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Rosemount, Miesville departments and Prescott staffed Hastings’ fire station. Firefighters did an outstanding job handling an unusual fire, Spillane said. King’s Cove, in operation for 36 years, has slips for 415 boats. About 100 boats were in the area where the fire started. “The boat owners have been very gracious,” Spillane said. “They are saddened by their loss but they have a real sense of community. Each dock down here is like a neighborhood. The boats lost, the majority came from one dock. They have all stuck together. … They are saddened but they are all relieved no one was killed. ”It doesn’t appear that propane or other chemicals leaked into the water or posed a threat to the river, said Mike Rafferty, an information officer with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. There wasn’t much fuel left in the boats and the fire occurred in a backwater area, he said.
.. we have many friends that boat out of that Marina or oat out of that area .. very light overcast .. Betty took an early morning walk and Marv checked out the Engine Room .. we left the Marina at 08:10 am .. the Marked Channel from the Dog River to the Main Mobile NS Shipping Channel is very shallow .. 6 to 8 feet at low tied .. there were many large Shrimp Boats pulling nets working right in the Main Ship Channel .. Betty said that the Shrimp Boats extend their Nets out to catch Shrimp off the Sea bottom .. they have ‘Shrimp Boards’ that are on the ends of the Nets that keep the Nets extended out on each side of the Shrimp Boat .. and they drag a ‘Tickler Chain’ along the bottom .. the Tickler Chain kicks the Shrimp off the Sea bottom into the Shrimp Nets .. thus that’s why they are called Popcorn Shrimp .. the seas this morning are only 2 to 3 footers .. we started heading East on the ICW at 10:00 am .. we called ahead to the Bear Point Marina in Orange Beach AL for dockage .. a number of real Dolphins came to great us on the East Side of Mobile Bay .. once we got into the Inland IC W it was very slow going .. as we passed the spot where we were shot at in 1996 we saw over CNN that there was Breaking News about the East Coast Sniper .. they have taken two people in custody .. we passed the Towboat BILL JR that we went thru three Locks with back on the Tenn-Tom Waterways .. we talked to him as we went by him .. we raised many Dolphins .. we called ahead to the Marina on the Maine Radio and they were at the Dock when we got there .. it was a tough job docking into the Slip because there was a Bikini clad Boat Scrubber working on the boat right next to our Slip but despite the distractions Dee Light was docked by 12:15 pm .. we spent part of the afternoon polishing part of Dee Lights exterior .. we ad dinner at the restaurant right at the Marina .. The Back Porch ( 251-981-2225 ) .. it was the best seafood dinner that we have had for a looong time .. Betty had a special interest in the Monday Night Football game .. as her Indianapolis Clots were playing the Pittsburgh Stealers .. as the game went on Betty lost interest .. and did nod off before half time .. the final score was 10 to 28 .. Betty now calls them the Dolts ..
Travel - Mobile AL/Dog River to Orange Beach AL – 3 Bridges – 53 Miles – 1568.5 Miles
10-22-02 Tuesday Bear Point Marina - Orange Beach AL – Mile 165.0
Contact – Dockmaster - Jason Armour ( 251-981-2327 )
Weather – overnight low of 65 deg and an afternoon high of 82 deg
.. Betty took Autumn and we left the Marina at 07:15 am .. the light fog became heavy FOG .. when we passed our first Towboat of the day our depth finder showed 2.8 feet .. but it was due to the bubbles in the water that were caused by the Towboat .. we got yelled at again .. then he followed us in his Flat Bottom Jon Boat .. Betty went out to talk with him .. he said that we caused a wake when we passed a Towboat and that he was going to report us to the US Coast Guard .. we spotted a 38 foot Carver Aft Cabin boat that was total on the Beach .. the Tropical Storm Lili must have washed it on the Beach .. at 08:25 am we were heading out of the Pensacola Harbor and into the Gulf .. and the fog lifted .. seas of about 4 to 6 foot .. and we were soon off Shore far enough to not see land .. salt is all over Dee Light .. we saw a few Sport Fishing Boats and a few Shrimp Fishing Boats .. the skies became clearer by midday .. and the Seas leveled out at about 4 foot .. we called ahead to the Panama City Marina in Panama City FL to set up Temporary Dockage for the night and to take on Fuel .. we ran the Fuel Transfer Pump for 40 minutes .. the Weather Channel is showing SNOW back at Wabasha MN where we started our trip from .. we heard over the Marine Radio that the US Navy will be placing booms outside of Panama City .. just SW of Panama City .. right where we were at that time .. little did we know that the Guy with the Jon Boat had so much pull .. UGH .. as we got closer to Panama City the Seas flattened right out .. we spotted our first Marker at 12:30 pm .. at about 01:00 pm shortly after slowing both Engines down the Starboard Engine started to loose power .. a quick check in the Engine Room revealed that the Fuel Filter on the Starboard Side had some junk in it .. so we know what we will be doing tonight .. as we entered the Bay two Dolphins came to great us .. we called the Marina on the Marine Radio and pulled Dee Light up to the Fuel Dock at 01:35 pm ..
FUEL - Panama City Marina – Panama City FL – Starboard Engine – 1690.4 .. Port Engine – 1686.2
.. we were fueled up and docked on the Transit Dock for the night by 03:15 pm .. once docked Betty worked on the exterior of Dee Light and Marv went to the Engine Room .. Marv drained and replaced the Fuel Filter on the Starboard Engine .. once we were cleaned up we walked into the Old Downtown area for dinner .. the staff at the Marina told us about an Italian restaurant called Ferrucci Ristorante .. so that’s where we ended up .. their slogan is ‘For those who know the difference’ .. and it was great .. Marv called Jon when we got back to Dee Light .. he will be driving Marv’s car to The Moorings at Carrabelle, Inc. at Carrabelle FL to join up with us ..
Travel - Orange Beach AL to Panama City FL – 8 Tow Boats - Bridge - 130 miles – 1698.5 Miles
10-23-02 Wednesday Panama City Marina – Panama City FL - Mile 290.0
Contact – Harbormaster - Scott Burt ( 850-235-6911 ) and Dock Boy – Kip Williams .. they are both very good to deal with ..
Weather – overnight low of 65 .. overcast with an afternoon high of 81 deg ..
.. Betty and Autumn took a long walk and Marv drained the bottom of the Fuel Filter Container .. we did this twice .. over the Marine Radio we heard a US Navy Ship .. we then saw it leaving the Panama Cuty Harbor and headed out into the Gulf .. after breakfast and turning our ‘Marina Key’ into the office we got Dee Light ready to take off for the day .. we left the Marina at 08:40 am .. we took the ICW and followed the Markers .. when we were out in the East Bay the Markers changed right in the middle of the Bay .. the Reds went from Port to Starboard .. it was overcast .. foggy .. light rain .. windy with whitecaps in the Bay all at the same time .. the Markers are very hard to see do to their size and in many cases the Markers are covered with bird ‘dung’ .. by 09:45 am we were in the ‘Cut’ .. its about 200 feet wide .. the Shores are lined with either Swamp Grass or Trees on either side and it has few Markers .. the fog finally lifted but it remained very overcast and the winds really picked up a lot .. the Weather Channel shows heavy rain West of our location and its heading our direction .. we met three Sailboats .. two large Shrimp Boats .. and a number of Fishermen .. we called ahead to the Scipio Creek Marina in Apalachicola FL for directions .. we headed down the ICW towards the Highway Bridge and then took a hard right up the Creek .. they had two Guys on the Dock to help us due to the high winds coming right from our side .. Dee Light was docked by 01:00 pm .. we tried to drain the Fuel Filter before shutting off the Starboard Engine but it did not drain until after the Engine was shut off .. it looks like we drained out ‘water’ that must have come from the bottom of our Fuel Tank .. Betty did some polishing on our Starboard Side and Marv took Autumn for a walk and checked us in for the night .. Marv joined Betty wit the polishing until about 02:45 pm when the rain started .. we put on our rain gear and we talked a Fisherman into driving us into town to do some shopping .. once we were done we talked a Storekeeper into driving us back to the Marina .. Marv continued his work in the Engine Room .. we checked the Batteries out and added water to some of the Batteries Cells .. Marv called Jon .. he will be leaving Fort Myers FL in the morning and will be heading to Carrabelle FL to join up with us there .. we had dinner at the Marina .. Papa Joe’s Oyster Bar .. a Seafood Delight !! .. the rain came back when we were at the restaurant ..
Travel - Panama City FL to Apalachicola FL - 4 Bridges 71 miles 1769.5 Miles
10-24-02 Thursday Scipio Creek Marina - Apalachicola FL - Mile 348 +-
Contact – Owners - Charles and Thelma Creamer .. Managers - Shane and Marie Lee .. ( 850-653-8030 ) ..
Weather – overnight low of 62 deg and an afternoon high of 79 deg ..
.. the winds and rain woke us up .. and we woke up to great news .. the ‘Police believe that they have arrested the Snipers’ ( 03:19 am ET ) .. before sunrise we had a hard rain and gusty winds .. by 07:00 am the rain stopped and the winds went down .. Shrimp Boats with ‘Shrimp Boards’ and ‘Tickler Chains’ moved into the Harbor well into the night and out of the Harbor before sunrise .. after Betty took Autumn for a walk we left the Marina at 07:50 am .. we stayed on the ICW again today .. once we were out in the St George Sound the winds picked up a little .. we hade Seas of 2 to 3 foot .. and soon became 3 to 4 footers .. we called ahead to the Marina .. they are going to have us dock Dee Light in the same Slip that we have been in before .. we pulled up to the Fuel Dock / Slip at 09:50 am .. after hooking up power and water we took on fuel ..
FUEL - The Moorings at Carrabelle, Inc. - Carrabelle FL – Starboard Engine – 1697.5 .. Port Engine – 1692.7
.. one of the owners of Julia Mae’s picked us up at the Marina and brought us to their Restaurant for lunch .. we called Jon after lunch .. he said that he was 206 miles from the Marina .. Marv walked over to the boat SPECIAL K from Red Wing .. they are going to join us for dinner tonight .. we cleaned the exterior of Dee Light .. Jon made it to the Marina at 03:45 pm .. a few other boats made it into the Marina .. it looks like there will be four boats heading out in the morning .. we ended up at Julia Mae’s for dinner with Bob and Coleen from SPECIAL K .. Bob described their attempt to do the Crossing a few days ago .. .. we all had a super seafood dinner ..
Travel - Apalachicola FL Carrabelle FL 2 Bridges 30 Miles 1799.5 Miles
Travel – Jon - Cape Coral FL to Carrabelle FL – By Car 436 miles ..
10-25-02 Friday The Moorings at Carrabelle, Inc. - Carrabelle FL - Mile 381.0
Contact - Harbor Master - Harry Andrews – ( 850-697-2800 ) .. Fuel Dock – Lee .. Marina Office – Shannon ( pm ) and Darlene ( am ) ..
Weather – overcast .. low of 57 deg .. and an afternoon high of 81 deg ..
Crew – Marv and Jon
.. the winds are 5 to 10 knots from the East and are to be from the Southeast later today .. the Weather Channel shows a rain cell just South of us that we will be heading for .. Betty headed out by car at 06:30 am .. we talked to Buddy who works at The Moorings .. he said that it will be really rough out there .. he said that he had a Fishing Charter that he was going to do for the day and that he turned them down do to the Seas .. after looking at the weather and talking to Buddy ( Buddy is a well known resident / landmark at the Marina .. a ‘salty’ type of Guy ) it was evident that if we did not make the crossing today it would be at least a week before another window of opportunity would open up again .. we decided it give it a try .. and we decided to wait for a hint of sunrise before heading out .. we left the Marina at 07:30 am .. we called ahead to SPECIAL K a few times and we soon lost sight and contact with them .. once past our last Marker we headed East Southeast .. then southeast .. directly into the wind .. this made for a longer distance but we had fewer rollers from the side .. we heard HAPPY HOUR on the Marine Radio also .. we set the direction of our course right into the wind .. East and Southeast .. the Seas were about 4 to 6 foot .. then the rains came .. hard .. the Seas became 4 to 8 .. at 08:50 am we passed what looks like a Lighthouse .. but what is called an ‘Air Force Horn’ on our Charts .. about 09:10 am we got out of the ‘storm / rain cell’ and the Seas became 4 to 6 foot .. HAPPY HOUR called us .. we are heading at about 135 to 140 degrees and they are heading at about 100 degrees .. we came in contact with a 38 foot boat with a Blue Hull ( Jet Drive ) that spotted us and followed behind us .. by 09:40 am we were right back in the heavy rains and about 10:30 am the rains ended again .. we spotted a few Fishing Boats that were out .. at 11:10 am we heard ‘Tow Boat US’ on the Marine Radio for the first time on our entire trip South .. last night Betty made up Apple Crisp .. so about 11:30 am we just had to check it out .. it was great and really hit the spot .. about Noon we saw some patches of blue sky .. due to the height of the Seas and our travel direction the original destination of Venice FL is going to take longer than anticipated .. we will run out of daylight time .. so we talked about Plan B i.e. going in at Clearwater FL .. we were able to call the Clearwater Municipal Marina in Clearwater FL on our Cell Phone .. they said that they do have ample dockage for tonight .. once our plans to go for Plan B were set we called the boat ( EUPHORIA ) that has been following us and told them of our revised plans .. Marv fixed lunch and served it on the Bridge .. by 02:00 pm the Seas went down to about 2 to 4 footers .. we saw over CNN that Senator Wellstone from Minnesota was killed in a Airplane crash in Northern Minnesota .. his wife and daughter were with him and they were also killed in the crash .. at 03:45 pm we could see land again .. at 04:10 pm we spotted our Marker Number 1 .. when we cut the power down the Fuel Filter on the Starboard Engine plugged up again .. we tried to drain it out and get the Starboard Engine restarted but we were unable to do so .. thus we came in on one engine .. we called the Marina on the Marine Radio and Jon docked Dee Light with one Engine .. we were docked and had power hooked up by 05:15 pm right next to EUPHORIA .. we talked with the two Guys from EUPHORIA .. they were on the last leg of the Great Loop Trip that they were doing in segments .. Marv and Jon worked on the Fuel Filter .. we drained about two gallons of water out of the Fuel System .. when Jon took Autumn for a walk to Shore he saw two Mechanics working on a Viking Sports Fishing boat .. Jefory Burke ( Cuban ) from Marine & Industrial Diesel Inc out of Fort Lauderdale and his helper .. the Captain of the boat that they were working on was also there .. sooo we talked to them .. they came up with a number of different things that could be going on to get water in the Fuel .. but they were busy finishing up for the day .. they said that they were going to spend the night on the boat because they were not able to complete their work without some parts that were coming on Saturday .. we went to dinner at a Restaurant next to the Marina that the Harbor Master had recommended .. Crabby Bill’s Seafood ( 727-442-2163 ) .. it was a lively spot and the food was great .. Crabby Bill sat on a stool at the end of the Bar with a bright red shirt on .. he did look ‘crabby’ .. when we returned to the Marina we talked with Jefory and he checked out our dilemma .. we were able to pump out a little additional water from the Fuel System and got pure fuel into the lines again .. it was getting late so we stopped for the night ..
Travel - Carrabelle FL to Clearwater FL - 1 Bridge 167 miles 1966.5 Miles
Travel – Betty – Carrabelle FL to Fort Myers FL – By Car – 436 miles
10-26-02 Saturday Clearwater Municipal Marina – Clearwater FL – Mile 136
Contact – William Morris
Weather – clear skies .. sunny .. low of 63 deg .. and a high of 84 deg ..
… the first thing in the morning we worked on getting the last of the air out of the Fuel Lines .. and cleaned the last of the water out of the Fuel Filter .. then we started the Starboard Engine .. it was a struggle .. but it did start .. we re-drained the Fuel Filter again .. and let it run for about a half hour .. we got an illegal container of Diesel Fuel from the Fuel Dock and stored it in the Engine Room .. there are many Tour Boats and Deep Sea Fishing Boats that do business out of this Harbor .. they were going in and out at all hours .. Betty’s son Randy called to get some advice on a boat that he is looking at in Stewart FL .. we left the Marina at 09:10 am .. Betty called and we gave her a progress report .. there were Dolphins in the Bay as we headed out .. we went under the Main Bridge and went into the Gulf at 09:35 am .. and by 09:45 am the Starboard Engine started to sputter again .. after draining the Fuel Filter and checking the air in the Fuel Lines we are able to keep all the systems running but only able to maintain about 11 knots .. we heard SPECIAL K over the Marine Radio .. we called them .. they made it to Tarpon Springs last night on Fuel Fumes and spent the night there .. they were on the ICW but will be heading out to the Gulf .. and what a day on the Gulf .. 1 to 2 footers .. SUNNY .. a great day on the Gulf .. we developed a water leak in the Engine Room Floor .. a small but steady leak .. we pumped it out twice but elected to fix it when we were once at the Dock for the night .. we called Captain Ron Everson ( BANDEIT ) at Fort Myers FL .. and talked over our Fuel Filter / Water dilemma .. he said that he will bring us additional Filters and meet us at Venice .. by noon the Seas were at about 2 feet .. Dolphins played in the waters all around us .. we kept both Engines at about 1400 rpm’s .. i.e. 11 knots .. at this pace we did not get any additional water in the Fuel Filter and the Engines ran smooth .. Jon called Sarah .. she is not feeling real good today due in part to the new Bartender at the Marina’s Chickee Hut .. at 02:20 pm we called ahead to the Marina to let them know that we would be there shortly .. they said that they have a lunch quest that is docked in our spot so we slowed down our progress .. Dee Light was docked with power hooked up at 03:00 pm .. once docked we patched the leak with Everfix Epoxy Stick and Jon hosed down the Exterior of Dee Light .. we walked over and checked in at the Marina Office .. on the way back to Dee Light we met Ron and Brenda .. they got to the Marina from Fort Myers at about 04:00 pm with 6 new Fuel Filters .. we spent some time on the Back Deck going over the last number of days trying to figure out our Fuel dilemma .. once in the Engine Room we drained the fuel system down on the Starboard side and replaced the Fuel Filter on the Starboard side .. etc. .. then we ran the Starboard Engine for a number of minutes .. once back on the Back Deck we concluded that we must have gotten some ‘bad Fuel’ some ware along the line .. at about 05:20 pm we waved to SPECIAL K as they made it in from the Gulf .. the Fuel Dock was busy so they had to wait to get fuel before they could dock their boat for the night .. after talking over many different ideas we concluded at this time that we must have gotten some bad Fuel at some time along our travels .. looking back the most likely time was when we fueled up at Pickwick’s Tenn-Tom Marina in Pickwick Dam TN .. and it was not until we got in rougher waters that it became a problem .. but who knows for sure .. after Ron and Brenda left we took showers and got ready for dinner .. Marv called Betty .. she described the Grapefruit Trees in her yard .. the trees are covered with fruit larger than ever before .. she was just getting ready to head out for dinner .. we walked to the Crow’s Nest Marina / Restaurant for dinner .. on our way to the Restaurant we stopped to talk to Bob from SPECIAL K .. he told us about his ‘crossing’ .. he said that once out in the Gulf and after he lost Radio contact with us that he headed East to avoid some of the rougher waters and rain cells .. by doing this his trip was made even longer .. once we was able to start heading South again fuel became his main concern .. he knew that he had used more Fuel than normal due to the rough waters and the longer distance .. sooo to save Fuel he cut his speed .. shut the Generator off ( with the Generator off his daughter was unable to do her ‘Home School work on their PC ) .. and later he even shut one Engine down .. with this he changed his course from Clearwater FL to Tarpon Springs FL .. and even with that he could see that it was going to be late before they would be making it into Tarpon Springs .. as they watched the sunset on the water for the day Bob’s wife Collen told him that if ever had any more ‘once in a life time’ things to do to not include her .. he called TOW BOAT US a number of times for help and even had them bring him out an additional 15 gallons of Fuel .. they made it to Tarpon Springs just after 10:00 pm on fumes .. Bob said that they had 15 gallons of Fuel left when they were docked for the night …. We had a wait at the Restaurant but it was worth it .. we both had a great dinner and headed back to Dee Light for the night .. its Daylight Savings Time soo we get an extra hour of sleep tonight .. and we need it ..
Travel - Clearwater FL to Venice FL 2 Bridges 78 Miles – 2044.5 Miles
10-27-02 Sunday Crow’s Nest Marina - Venice FL - Mile 57
Contact – Dockmaster Gary Ellis and Manager Susan Rawlings
Weather – overnight low of 66 deg and a SUNNY afternoon high of 87 deg ..
.. Betty called and filled us in on her activities of las night and her walk on the Beach this morning .. we will call her when we are about two hours away from Fort Myers FL .. Terry that is on a Sailboat came aboard to ask some questions about the Sanibel Island area .. they spent the night right in front of us and will be heading outright after we leave .. we left the Dock at 07:045 am .. just after we got out of the Venice Inlet we increased our speed and Marv checked the Fuel Filter .. we drained about an inch of water out of the Filter while we were under power .. the Starboard Engine sputtered a little but soon we were able to maintain about 18 knots .. clear skies .. SUNNY .. 2 to 4 footers .. a great day on the water .. Jon and Marv had the last of Betty’s Apple Crunch .. we ran the Fuel Transfer Pump for about 25 minutes .. we called Betty and gave her a progress report .. the Mooring Cover or our Dingy developed a rip in one of the seams .. the Marine Radio was really busy .. sure can tell that it’s a Sunday on the water .. it was good to see the Skyline of Fort Myers Beach again .. we got to San Carlos Pass at about 11:10 am .. when we powered down Marv went down below to watch the Fuel Filter .. no new water appeared .. Betty called again just as we went under the Sanibel Bridge at 11:30 am .. she was on the Sanibel Causeway watching us go by .. we were informed that we put out a good wake by someone .. once on the ICW we met and passed many weekend boaters .. Sarah and Meryk met us on the Sea Doo right in the Miserable Mile .. over the Marine Radio we heard that a boat operated by a Mike McKee was going down about 5 miles off Red Fish Pass .. we had just passed thru that area about an hour ago .. a few minutes later we heard that someone was on there way with a Water Pump .. as we approached the Centennial Harbour Marina .. Bobby who works weekends saw us coming up the River and called us on the Marine Radio .. he came out to help us with the lines .. by the time that we made it to the Slip Sarah , Meryk, Ron and Brenda were all there to help us dock Dee Light .. we were docked and power hooked up by 01:00 pm .. just in time for the opening kick off of the Minnesota Vikings vs the Chicago Cubs game .. ( the Viks won 25 to 07 ) .. once settled in we had to take a walk to check out all the changes at the Marina .. since we left the Marina 6 Months ago they have added a ‘C-Dock’ and have made many other changes .. Chickee Hut .. parking .. lighting .. Seaplane .. landscaping .. etc. .. and it is all been done First Class .. we ended up driving to the Beach for dinner .. Beach Bread on the Beach at the Pierside Grill right at the base of the Fort Myers Pier .. once we made it back to Dee Light we watched Sunday Night Football .. the Indianapolis Colts vs. the Washington Redskins .. well we tried to watch the game but fatigue stepped in .. and once Betty’s ‘Dolts’ fell behind she fell asleep .. and the Colts did loose ( 21-26 ) .. its great to be back home with sand between our toes ..
Travel – Venice Fl to Fort Myers FL - 0 Locks / Bridges - 111 Miles – 2155.5 Miles
10-28-02 Monday Centennial Harbour Marina - Fort Myers FL - Mile 133.5
Contacts – Kim .. Bobby and Pat - 239-461-0775
Weather – WARM .. SUNNY .. GREAT ..
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