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Old 01-21-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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[img]../../download.spark?ID=1067868&aBID=115492[/img][img]../../download.spark?ID=1067867&aBID=115492[/img]*This is Ron AKA whistledoc in Florence Alabama.I am new to the forum as of today I am a retired physician from Texas. Built Annie myself *in Texas via the WEST system*from scratch over a 16 year period. She is a* modification of a Benford designed*45' Friday Harbor Ferry. Kept changing as I built here and ended up being 53 feet. Retired a few year back and decided to take off and *explore the inland rivers. Took off on Annie along the Gulf Coast. My wife had an elderly mother and couldn't go with me so I was by myself most of the trip. Went to Mobile and locked up the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to the Tennessee. When I hit the Tennessee River I headed upriver and went a few hundred miles up stream.... turned around and headed down with plans of spending Christmas in Nashville. Ended up stopping in Florence Alabama and fell in love with the geography and the river. Called my wife and she came up and spent a week on the boat.. On a lark we decided to look at real estate. Ended up buying ssome dirt and built a house and after 15 trailer loads of farm equipment, woodworking equipment 13 miniature donkeys and other junk we ended up moving to Florence. Just came back from a 1200 mile round trip up the Cumberland River in Tennessee*from Florencee. For those not familiar with river geography we went down the Tennessee to the "Land Between the Lakes" which is a peninsula of land between the Cumberland and the Tennessee where they run almost parallel. Crossed over from Kentucky Lake above the Kentucky Dam on the Tennessee to Lake Barkley above Barkley Dam on* the Cumberland. Traveled the Cumberland as far a Celina which is the limits of navigation. Beyond Celina the river is not maintained and there are no channel markers and its about 200 miles from civilization. Not a great place to get into trouble bending a prop, etc..The *Cumberland is primative at best when you get above Nashville and pass Old Hickory Lake ther are no goouses or docks as the Corps of Engineers owns 300 foot buffer along*the water.**We did not see one other boat once we passsed Nashville which by the way *is a great place if you are into country music and we *had our obligatory visit to the Grand Ole Opry.

So much for fluff...I have a serious question for you trawler guys. People ask me what type of boat Annie is and I really don't know what to tell them. I usually repond with "riverboat" or "trawler". I will frequently hand them a boat card the has a line drawing of Annie and the most common reaction is "Oh, its a houseboat." And my reaction to that, although I never say it is " You can call my wife fat and ugly, you can call my daughter a slut* but please, please don't call Annie a Houseboat."* So, what kind of Animal is it??? By the way visible on the cabin top is a 61 note calliop[img]../../download.spark?ID=1067867&aBID=115492[/img]e that I built. We entertain bridgekeeepers and lock masters all up and down the waterways.
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:38 PM   #2
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THAT is a beautiful boat! I think "Riverboat" is a perfect description.

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New member and what kind of animal is it?

To me any boat with a calliope is a river boat. *Here is the Delta Queen tied up in Chattanooga. *You may have seen it on your trip up River.

Great boat. *Welcome to the forum.*


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Old 01-21-2012, 05:11 PM   #4
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Well, it's definitely not a houseboat. And it's definitely not a trawler (actually, none of our boats are trawlers, they're cruisers. Trawlers pull trawl nets.). It's not a tug although I think it has some nice tug features. Is it a boat designed pretty exclusively for rivers? I can't tell the draft but it does not look like the sort of boat one would want to take out into the ocean or even coastal waters except in decent weather. If it's intended for rivers I think David's suggestion of "riverboat" is as good as any. Although it tends to conjure up images of stern and sidewheelers.

Now you could have some fun with people and make up a name that sounds very official. You could tell them it's a modified pushboat. Or go with Friday Harbor Ferry. I doubt anyone has ever heard of such a thing--- I never have and Friday Harbor is one of our common boating destinations. Unless there's another Friday Harbor somewhere. Or else it's just anaval architect using a catchy sounding name. Like Grand Banks, a boat model that has nothing whatsoever to do with the Grand Banks in the north Atlantic.

If it was me, I'd go the exotic route. I might call it a "Star Ferry type," as it has a vague--- very vague--- resemblance to the famous Hong Kong harbor ferries (see photo). Or I'd stick with the river theme and call it a modified Rhine/Danube/Seine/Thames/Nile/Amazon/your-river-of-choice-here Ferry.

Nobody's gonna know or prove you wrong on any of this stuff.

But you're right, it's definitely not a houseboat.

What's it got for power, by the way?
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:18 PM   #5
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River Trawler?

That's a lot of boat to single hand and a very impressive home build. Any interior shots and layout plan?
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:23 PM   #6
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RE: New member and what kind of animal is it?

Welcome to the forums! We are going to be coming through your neck of the woods next week! Island Cove Marina just upstream from Chattanooga as our home port. We just bought a boat down in Iuka, MS (Aqua Yacht Harbor) that we are bringing up to Chattanooga this week so will be coming through Florence.

I'll tell you what you have....you have a heck of a gorgeous, gorgeous boat. I would classify her as a riverboat myself. But really, she kind of defies classification which puts her in the "art" category since art typically defies being put in a box.

I would LOVE to see some interior pictures? What is she powered with? Twin or single screw? Draft? Steel hull or??? I would buy a boat like that in a heartbeat- talk about nostalgic charm. Thanks so much for sharing her pictures thus far and a big welcome to the forum. We need more TN River folks here on trawler forum!!
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:30 PM   #7
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RE: New member and what kind of animal is it?

Welcome Ron

Beautiful vessel. Although I am quite content with the Friday Harbor Ferry name (yes it is Friday Harbor, WA) that inspired the name, she reminds me of Jays fleet of Florida Bay Coasters.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:54 PM   #8
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Just for the record, what kind of boat?

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BEAUTIFUL BOAT, that is what kind!

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I like the Friday Harbor Ferry as well as the river boat.

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Nicely done doctor!

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Old 01-21-2012, 06:05 PM   #9
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I just googled Jay, as my memory of his past is a little rusty. I see that the Floriday Bay Coasters are a totally different group of designs of Jay's from the Ferries. Jay did live in Friday Harbor for a number of years.
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:22 PM   #10
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New member and what kind of animal is it?

That's one beautiful boat.

Clearly, it's not a house boat. It's also not a ferry.

Could be a "North American River Explorer" or a "Friday Harbor Dentist Special".


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How about a REY....River Expedition Yacht!
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RE: New member and what kind of animal is it?

Ron,

I was looking at your pics and my wife Chris came into the room. I said "hey hon look at this" and she said "Oh a riverboat". It's not a cruiser and it's not a trawler and it's not a cigarette. What's your issue w houseboat? I do'nt know what a modern houseboat looks like or if they even still exist. The old houseboats of the 20s and 30s were beautiful boats*and I would'nt be insulted one bit if I had your boat and someone called it a houseboat. Houseboats were long and slender and sleek and very elegant. I think Chris nailed it though. And you went right to the rivers w it right off so if you must have a name ....I'd say riverboat. It does look a little like those really beamy and tall steel yachts called * ....Great Harbour. R.C.Johnston designed a boat he called a "River Cruiser 42" that is much like yours. When pressed I'd say riverboat.

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Eric-- Here are couple of examples of "modern" houseboats.* I took the first shot in Bellngham last year and it shows a more seaworthy example of the type.* The other shot is off the web and shows a typical houseboat of the type you can rent on big lakes or reservoirs.

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VERY beautiful... I too would love to see more pictures of her (Inside and out). Welcome to the forum, too!
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THAT is a beautiful boat! I think "Riverboat" is a perfect description.

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*Thanks for the compliment. Consensus seems to be that shes a "riverboat" so we will leave it at that but can I still hang out with you trawler guys??? Wil attach a few images on interior. Keep in mind I did most of this myself and when I started didn't k ow the difference between a tablesaw and a screwdriver
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Holy crap. You picked the wrong profession... you should start building and selling these boats... truly amazing.
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Mate it doesn't matter what part of the world you are from that's a "River Boat" and an opulent one at that.
I reckon we would be proud to have you in our company.
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Ron--- Did you build the furniture, too?
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Craftmanship is first rate.

Having both ready-to-deploy bow and stern anchors makes the boat "river ready."


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Like I said....work of ART!
Guys I am cruising our new boat right past where whistledoc keeps his boat- gonna have to keep my binoculars handy to scope her out.


Whistledoc, what is her draft and propulsion?
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