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Old 07-29-2015, 02:26 PM   #101
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That sounds about right. We live close to Memphis and while it's not the best place to keep a boat, I'd rather have it close by and use it all the time rather than have it in the perfect location but only see it on occasion.

We live on a farm about an hour to the East, so it's like having a downtown condo with a view.
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Old 07-29-2015, 02:30 PM   #102
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Old 07-29-2015, 02:32 PM   #103
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That sounds about right. We live close to Memphis and while it's not the best place to keep a boat, I'd rather have it close by and use it all the time rather than have it in the perfect location but only see it on occasion.

We live on a farm about an hour to the East, so it's like having a downtown condo with a view.
If you're an hour to the east of Memphis, wouldn't that put you about an hour or a little more from the Tennessee River, from Pickwick?

And I do agree the close is better than a far, but better, location.
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If you're an hour to the east of Memphis, wouldn't that put you about an hour or a little more from the Tennessee River, from Pickwick?

And I do agree the close is better than a far, but better, location.
Pickwick is about 2 hours from our house in the opposite direction. Everything we do (work, school, soccer games, etc) is in Memphis, so we can spend the night on the boat, go to a game, and then go right back to the boat. We had the boat for years at Paris Landing and Pebble Isle marina, which are in beautiful areas, but it's just tough to get up there with our schedule.
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Pickwick is about 2 hours from our house in the opposite direction. Everything we do (work, school, soccer games, etc) is in Memphis, so we can spend the night on the boat, go to a game, and then go right back to the boat. We had the boat for years at Paris Landing and Pebble Isle marina, which are in beautiful areas, but it's just tough to get up there with our schedule.
I agree. I've never been more than 15 minutes from my boat. From Memphis do you typically do your boating up the river or do you occasionally go south?
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We don't go far. Depending on the water level, which swings wildly, we may go across the river to a sandy beach area where the boys collect drift wood (where the pic above was taken) or we may just go to a cove at the back of the harbor and drop anchor. It's like you're not in Memphis anymore back in the cove...except when the inevitable police car goes screaming by
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My next immediate trip is to the bathroom, then the barber shop and grocery store. But more importantly, Wayfarer and I are making an overnight trip to Sackets Harbor, NY this weekend. 96 miles and 8 locks each way. The weather forecast looks damn near perfect. Lake Ontario even looks like it'll be smooth. I'm excited
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My next immediate trip is to the bathroom, then the barber shop and grocery store. But more importantly, Wayfarer and I are making an overnight trip to Sackets Harbor, NY this weekend. 96 miles and 8 locks each way. The weather forecast looks damn near perfect. Lake Ontario even looks like it'll be smooth. I'm excited
Sounds like a great trip.
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While not immediate (a couple of months yet) my next trip will be trying to coax this old boat from texas to florida via the gulf icww.

If you see me dont stop to render aid, you'll probably get stuck towing me to FL.
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My next immediate trip is to the bathroom, then the barber shop and grocery store. But more importantly, Wayfarer and I are making an overnight trip to Sackets Harbor, NY this weekend. 96 miles and 8 locks each way. The weather forecast looks damn near perfect. Lake Ontario even looks like it'll be smooth. I'm excited

Watch out for those surly barge captains and lockmasters! 😄
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While not immediate (a couple of months yet) my next trip will be trying to coax this old boat from texas to florida via the gulf icww.

If you see me dont stop to render aid, you'll probably get stuck towing me to FL.

Nothing but barges and ships in most of LA and Texas. Don't break down.

Get some tow insurance. I got towed in around Intracoastal City. Took them 4 hours to get there and had to pay $942, but Towboat US sent me a check for reimbursement.
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Yup I wouldnt leave home without tow insurance. Sea tow hauled us in from 25.1 miles out. The towboat was kind enough to overlook the .1 miles because it took them so long to get there.
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Old 08-30-2015, 04:55 PM   #116
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I will be bringing home my new to me 40 from Little River sc to Houston tx. I am so pumped to get going but will wait till the storm goes by. We will be inside and outside so I have pre planned the voyage. Hope the fuel prices stay down and the storms go back to Africa.
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I will be bringing home my new to me 40 from Little River sc to Houston tx. I am so pumped to get going but will wait till the storm goes by. We will be inside and outside so I have pre planned the voyage. Hope the fuel prices stay down and the storms go back to Africa.
The fuel prices might stay down (although I would not put a whole lot of money on it), but the storms will not go back to Africa.

Nothing really all that bad about moving your boat, though. There is always plenty of warning as to where the storm will go, and plenty of time to get prepared if you have to ride it out.

I kind of assume that you will come down the ICW, cut in at Stuart, FL and through the Okeechobee Waterway, and then up to around Clearwater, cut across the Gulf to Carrabelle or Apalachicola, and then into the Gulf ICW. Is that the plan?
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Old 08-30-2015, 06:58 PM   #118
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Watch out for those surly barge captains and lockmasters! 😄
Just got back a few hours ago. We had a great time. Lake Ontario was about as flat as I could have wished for on the first leg. The weather while we were there was perfect. There was some really great food, many beers, lovely views and long walks through a charming old town. We enjoyed it so much, my travelling partner took an extra vacation day to stretch the trip a little longer. The trip home was a little lumpy, lots of spray. I got wet. Otherwise, the boat ran like a swiss... uh... cheese, and the trip was smooth as silk. I only had to beat up one lock master, and encountered no barge captains, surly or otherwise. Great trip.
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