Monday October 27 - Grand Harbor Condominiums & Marina - Pickwick Dam, TN - (888) 689-5551 – Mile 449.7 .. $0.80 / foot .. the Marina was formerly the Pickwick Tenn-Tom Marina .. it is a very good
5 Anchor Marina .. it is a large Marina and they have it all at reasonable prices .. SITTING DUCK made it down River at 07:30 am in the fog .. we were at the Aqua Yacht Harbor and tied off to the Fuel Dock by 08:00 am .. after getting Dee Light docked we had a strong Diesel odor reeking from the Engine Room .. we later discovered that it was coming from a broken Fuel Sensor on our Port Engine .. the same part had broken on the Starboard Engine in the fall of 2001 .. when we replaced it at that time we bought a second part for ‘just in case’ .. Marv was able to do the replacement work and clean up the ‘mess’ that it caused .. we found SOUVINOR ( Dick and Diane – Afton MN ) on G Dock .. they will be heading South to Florida very soon .. SEA HORSE made it to the Marina about 01:30 pm .. we had Aqua do some work on Dee Light .. when they moved us they used their Work Boat due to the low water elevation in the Marina .. the Work Boat ran out of fuel as hey were moving Dee Light and drifted into very a shallow area where our Port Engine Water Inlet must have picked up some ‘slug’ .. the Impellor that we just had replaced at GTB had to be replaced again .. we have hardly had a mechanical problem for our entire trip and now it seams like ‘when it rains it pours’ .. after getting it replaced we decided to put on Fuel .. we did not need Fuel at this time but they had a good price on Diesel so we decided to fuel up ..
Engine Hours – Port Engine .. 2163.1 – Starboard Engine .. 2173.1
.. as we were finishing up fueling and as the sun was setting Ann and John ( LORIEN ) pulled into the Marina .. after cocktails we all took the Marina’s Van to Jon’s Pier at Pickwick for dinner ..
Travel – Pickwick Dam, TN to Iuka, MS – 0 Lock today and 59 Locks To Date – 2 Miles Today – Cumulative Miles 4709
Tuesday October 28 - Aqua Yacht Harbor - Iuka, MS - (662) 423-2222 – Mile 448 .. $0.00 / foot .. since we had fueled up they did not charge us for dockage at all .. we had a great sunrise .. lets hope that the sunrise is a good sing for our travels ahead .. the mechanic from Aqua checked out his work on Dee Light ( Impellor ) and we pulled out of the Marina at 08:45 am .. John and Ann were taking on Fuel when we left and were soon behind us .. we met three Towboats and we tried to call them on the Marine Radio but we did not get any responses from them at all .. we locked thru our three Locks today with SEA HORSE and DREAM CHASER .. the first lockage was 84 feet down and the other two were 30 feet down .. Jamie Whitten Lock and Dam - this is the highest Lock on the entire Loop .. we heard LORIN on the Marine Radio locking thru behind us .. Betty has a sore shoulder from either working on Dee Light or from the weather sooo we took our time at each of the Locks and kept Dee Light heading towards warm weather .. HEADLINES – Fires are Ragging in Southern California .. the fires are the largest ever in the State of California .. since we were with two Trawlers we had a slow day thru the Locks .. we made it to the Marina at 03:00 pm with SEA HORSE right in front of us .. when we checked in at the Marina Office Autumn got a big Dog Treat from the Harbor Master .. the weather was great all day .. the forecast was for rain but we had a sunny day with clear skies .. but it was COLD with a high temp of 65 degrees .. just as it was turning dark ( BLACK ) we contacted LORINE on the Marine Radio .. they were just going thru the last Lock and were about 5 long miles away .. LORINE got to the Marina just after 0600 pm and it was totally DARK .. Betty had cocktails ready for the two of them as they stepped off their boat .. when we all migrated to Dee Lights Back Deck with oversized ‘stiff’ drinks John and Ann shared their hair raising experience from the Lock to the Marina in the dark .. John described how it was to operate LORINE with one hand holding their Handheld Spot Light, one hand on the Wheel, the Marine Radio held under his arm, loosing his power to the Radar Unit, trying to read the Charts, getting pieces of navigation information from a number of boaters, in unfamiliar waters, the plastic Bridge Enclosure impairing his vision, etc all in the DARK with Ann at the Bow clarifying the colors of the Channel Markers .. after the nerves were calmed down we took one of the better Marina Vans to town for dinner .. Marv drove the Van as he was the one that the Harbor Master had shared the unique qualities with .. i.e. Reverse is in Neutral, Neutral is in Reverse, Drive is in Reverse, etc .. but it did have doors and we made it safe and sound ..
Travel – Iuka, MS to Fulton, MS – 3 Lock today and 62 Locks To Date – 55 Miles Today – Cumulative Miles 4764
Wednesday October 29 - Midway Marina - Fulton, MS - (662) 862-7306 – Mile 394.0 .. $0.60 / foot .. we woke up to heavy FOG .. the Marina has Cable TV and Channel 6 is out of Tupelo Mississippi the home of Elvis Presley and it is a ‘Down Home Country Channel’ .. we called ahead to the Lock and at 07:45 am we left the Marina with LORINE, SEA HORSE, and THE JOBSITE .. THE JOBSITE had filled up with fuel before leaving the Marina so we had a little wait .. the other two boats at the Marina decided to stay at the Marina and head out later .. just as we left the Marina the fog became so dense that we could not see at all .. we used our Radar, Plotter and Betty stood at the Bow yelling out directions .. when we were about half way to the Lock it did start to clear and by the time that we got to the Lock we could see quite well .. we met a number of Towboats heading North and we had a wait at two of the Locks .. when we locked thru the Glover Wilkins Lock Betty secured two Lilly Pads from the top of the Bollard that we tied off to .. the weather today could not have been better .. sunny, 80 plus degrees, no wind at all and the Fall Colors all around us .. SEA HOURSE did not make it to our last Lock of the day to Lock thru with us as the Lock had a North bound Towboat that they had to lock thru after us .. we pulled into the Marina at 03:00 pm .. we cleaned the exterior of Dee Light and did laundry .. LORINE made it to the Marina at about 03:45 pm and SEA HORSE followed at about 04:45 pm .. about 05:45 pm another 60 Viking ( SERENITY ) docked directly behind us .. after they got tied off we talked with them ( Henry and Sue Merce ) .. they are from Sylvania Ohio near Put-in Bay and are doing the Great Loop .. they will be spending a few days at the Marina and tour the Columbus area by car .. we took the Marinas Diesel Truck into town for dinner at J Broussard’s and it was GREAT !! ..
.. John and Ann said that they were going to spend an extra day at Columbus so Thursday we will be heading out without them ..
Travel – Fulton, MS to Columbus, MS – 4 Lock today and 66 Locks To Date – 65 Miles Today – Cumulative Miles 4829 ..
Thursday October 30 - Columbus Marina - Columbus, MS - (662) 327-8450 – Mile 335 .. $0.75 / foot .. at 03:00 am we heard a Towboat going thru the Columbus Lock .. at 05:45 am we were having a cup of coffee and we heard a South bound 136 footer ( JANIE II – Kingston ) call the Lock .. the Lockmaster said that he would have the Lock ready for them .. sooo we flew out of bed and contacted the Lock .. by 06:35 am we were locked thru with the 136 footer and three Bass Boats .. once out of the Lock we contacted JANIE II and passed them as they were going to maintain a speed of 10 knots .. the skies were clear and there was no fog at all .. yesterday we had a few Duck Blinds ( clumps of Lilly Pads – Hyacinth ) and today we had had many Duck Blinds to dodge and even a few Dolphins ( large Logs ) are starting to appear .. we made it thru the Howell Heflin Lock & Dam by 11:30 am .. our last Lock of the day .. many of the trees had Spanish Moss clusters in them .. we made it to the Marina at 02:45 pm but they had two other boats waiting in the River .. soooo we waited in the River also .. at 03:45 pm we were told to enter the Harbor and raft off on the Port Side of QUE BELLA a 60 1997 Jefferson in rough shape .. the Marina was filled with a number of Loopers .. we had a great dinner at the restaurant right at the Marina .. New Orleans Bar & Grill .. the restaurant was filled with boaters .. deep fried Onion Basket, deep fried Buns and deep fried Cheese Cake .. yes we are in the South ..
Travel – Columbus, MS to Demopolis, AL – 3 Lock today and 69 Locks To Date – 119 Miles Today – Cumulative Miles 4948 ..
Friday October 31 - Demopolis Yacht Basin - Demopolis, AL - (334) 289-4374 – Mile 216 .. $1.00 / foot .. since we were rafted off to the side of QUE BELLA and since they wanted to head out early at 05:45 we untied Dee Light from their side and when they pulled out we took their place on the Fuel Dock .. we had Dee Light tied off by 06:00 am .. a number of Loopers ( AT ASE .. ODYSSE .. EASY GOING . etc ) and other boats that were in the Marina that were heading South all left at 06:00 am and headed down River to the Demopolis Lock .. when the Marina Staff got to work we fueled up
Engine Hours – Port Engine .. 2187.7 – Starboard Engine .. 2197.7
.. we re-docked Dee Light after fueling up .. all afternoon a number of boats started to fill the Marina again today .. then about 03:00 pm three boats came into the Marina .. a 57 foot Bayliner ( DISTANT SHORES ) rafted off to our Starboard Side .. an 81 foot CheoyLee ( ‘N MYDREAMS ) docked directly behind us and the 136 footer ( JAMIE II ) docked on the other side of the Fuel Dock from us .. JAMIE II was built in Spain and was owned by the King of Spain .. the current owner keeps the boat in Fort Lauderdale Florida and brought it up the River System for the Alabama – Tennessee game that went into five overtimes .. we saw the game over TV when we were at the Pebble Island Marina in New Johnsonville Tennessee .. about 04:30 pm we heard SEA QUESTERED over the Marine Radio .. when they made it to the Marina it went directly to the Lift Well and was pulled to switch out their Props as they had gone aground again .. their hired Captain was twisting his beard and shaking his head as he headed down the Dock .. we ended up having dinner with the couple from SEA HORSE at the New Orleans Bar & Grill .. after dinner JAMIE II had to move to make room for a Towboat to take on fuel .. and about 09:00 pm we heard SLOW MOV’N OUTLAW II from Ozona FL ( 56 Carver ) calling the Marina .. they wanted Fuel and dockage for the night .. this Marina is a zoo .. when they pulled into the Marina Marv and the Dock Hand helped them dock their boat .. they said that the last 50 miles in the dark were very loooong miles ..