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Old 11-23-2016, 10:24 PM   #1
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Leaving Knoxville for south Florida on a 4788

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After a lot of work on our boat. We are finally on our way. My new wife as really never boated before. Let the training begin. It's to cold to stay in Knoxville. We plan to go to Ft. Myers Florida and after Christmas go to the keys and hopefully to the Bahamas.

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Old 11-24-2016, 12:04 AM   #2
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Looks like a good adventure. Keep us posted.
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Old 11-24-2016, 01:19 AM   #3
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Great trip ahead of you. We hope to make it to Knoxville next summer and eventually, in a year or two, complete our loop back to FL. We love the TN River.
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Old 11-24-2016, 06:27 AM   #4
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Got my coffee and were off for a great start for day two of first mate training. She has started off bad I'm sorry to say. I had to make my own coffee

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She's trying to make up for it. I'm waiting to see if she remembers to start the turkey.
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Old 11-24-2016, 06:50 AM   #5
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Thanks for the report. Keep them coming so we can travel with you. We are thinking of bringing OPTIMYSTIQUE up to Watts Bar Lake next summer and enjoying fresh water again.
Stop by Dockside Marina in Marathon when you get down to the Keyes.


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Heading down to the Keyes tomorrow..
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Old 11-24-2016, 07:10 AM   #6
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Enjoy the ride! Our home is Signal Mtn, outside Chattanooga and we've boated/raced on the TN River for decades. It's gorgeous. We plan to bring the DeFever to Lake Chickamauga next winter before we start the Loop.



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Old 11-24-2016, 07:23 AM   #7
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Have a great trip! You will enjoy Fort Myers. Just a thought, you might want to substitute "acclamation" for "training", unless you're planning on being trained also.

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Old 11-24-2016, 07:27 AM   #8
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Have a great trip, and be patient with the new First Mate.

We're making plans to leave Seabrook around March 1 to spend several months exploring the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. Your reports are whetting our appetite.
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Old 11-24-2016, 07:39 AM   #9
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Coming to watts bar lock an dam.

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In her chamber. My first mate is at her station. All is good.
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Old 11-24-2016, 07:42 AM   #10
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These locks are huge. Nothing like we had in Pittsburgh.
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Old 11-24-2016, 07:43 AM   #11
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Wish I had some gum I'd fix this leak.
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Old 11-24-2016, 07:49 AM   #12
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Now on to Chattanooga.
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Old 11-24-2016, 08:14 AM   #13
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Thanks for the responses. What a beautiful shot of the blow boat. We are at mile marker 524. I'm trying to keep a keen eye for the guys in the low fishing boats. I throw a very large wake and can really cause them problems. But when it's a camouflage boat up in the trees well my radar isn't that good. I may have some bullet holes after this trip.
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Old 11-24-2016, 08:24 AM   #14
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hey David
Congrats on the new wife.
Helen and I are at Joe Wheeler and are planning to leave here around Dec 1, plus or minus, and heading south, depending on weather and whether I solve my oil pressure problem. Anyway, if you get a chance, stop by and say hello. We would love to see you again and your new bride.
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Old 11-24-2016, 08:25 AM   #15
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If you can imagine cruising threw the middle of no where. Logs all along the beach.
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And when you get up on that little white spot on the first picture you realize there's two men in a boat. Even at 8 it's I'm throwing a wave that could knock them over. For the most part there's nobody out here but us. The water is smooth great day to cruise.
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Old 11-24-2016, 08:30 AM   #16
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Ok tony. Let's see what time we pass. We may have time for a hello.
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Hmmmm, HeyHey David, am I missing something here. A new wife and a new boat! It looks like I will be out of town when you pass through Chattanooga. We are in the mountains for Thanksgiving with the family. Probably be home Sunday. You know how to get me if you will still be in Chat.

I knew about the new wife. Must have missed the new boat.
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Old 11-24-2016, 09:23 AM   #19
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I see this view an think I can get up some speed an as soon as I push the throttle there's a red boat in with the red trees

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I don't know what's worser crab pots of fishermen.
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You really have to look close to see the boat but it's there
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