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Old 07-01-2013, 09:14 PM   #321
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110' x600' x 94'. Big hole.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:14 PM   #322
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It's 10 and I'm not sure who's up at this hour but I'm up at sunrise so its nitey nite for me. We are at midway marina Tomorrow is two more locks and one is 90 ft plus we will be traveling the ditch as they call it. And I did pick up crew so I'm not crewless anymore The locks weren't that bad. The lock masters that I've encountered so far have been great. I don't think it matters if you go up 4ft or 90 if you got bumpers out and ya tie off snug to the wall it's pretty simple. These floating ballads are simple compared to the old ones they use in Pittsburgh.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:19 PM   #323
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It's only 8:00 PM here.......like to see some photos of these floating ballards, never been thru a lock and would like to see how you tie off. Have really enjoyed your trip, be safe and have fun. Thanks.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:51 AM   #324
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This is rankin lock a small one. Next lock 6 miles then the third one is a 90 ft lift
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:02 PM   #325
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Outta the Rankin lock. I got my log scout in front of me. I just blew a fresh water pump apart. I hope I can get another one this evening. The drive motor came off the pump striped four screws. And if Mrs Dom is viewing Hap Hap Happy Birthday. My cell service is broken up.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:05 PM   #326
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:37 PM   #327
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We go through the locks a lot. What I made is a pice of rubber hose, four feet long with a line through it and tie the hose in to a loop with the extra line of about five feet leftover. You just put the hoop over the pin and pull hard to tie the line off on the center cleat. It beats playing cowboy when you lasso the pin, the loop just goes over the top.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:39 PM   #328
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You have a picture of it?
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:44 PM   #329
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I will get a picture this weekend. Its really just a rubber hose loop with a long tail
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:05 PM   #330
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Last lock, the the "Cut" which is man made canal through hills that separate Tombigbee and TN River watershed, then clear water to to marinas right before junction with TN River, which is Pickwick Lake, turn right and 45 miles to Florence.
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:33 PM   #331
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Up 84 ft today
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:38 PM   #332
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Nothin to it
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:40 PM   #333
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Wow. That must be one heck of an experience!
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:58 PM   #334
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I guess they call this the ditch or cut. It's man made I know it saved me a lot of miles going from Florida to eastern Tennessee. The water is really looking nice now. I think I'll stop at Aqua marina.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:36 PM   #335
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Now this is what I'm talking about I stopped and went for a swim. I mentioned my water pump crapped on me. One of our fellow members happens to live in the neighborhood and has me hooked up. And ill be in Florence for the fireworks.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:37 PM   #336
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After I get threw this lake ill be real close to where I head east on the Tennessee river.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:45 PM   #338
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David, if you get to a store, pick up a few bars of ivory soap. It floats. Great for a lake bath. With a crapped out fresh water pump you may be needing it.
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:55 PM   #339
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David a word of caution on tying off in the lock. We allways wrap the line around the cleat once and hold the end. Those ballards have been known to stick. Nice to be ready to let it fly at a moments notice.
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Ready2Go makes a very good point, the pins, ballards can stick. One thing I wanted to add to my post about the locking loop we use, when my wife goes on deck to tie off, she always wears a life vest which has oh it a sheathed knife in case we have to cut away. The line I have in the hose for the loop is only half inch. Strong enough to hold but thin enough to cut quick.
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