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Old 05-05-2016, 05:27 PM   #21
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Yes sir. We enjoyed having them around. Hatteras is close. Hargrave design, but an Atlantic.
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Old 05-05-2016, 06:44 PM   #22
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We're now at anchor just east of the bridges and locks at New Orleans. A couple of locals gave us some bait, so we have lines in the water. One Black Drum and one Catfish of sorts paid us a visit, but we're going to settle for sandwiches this evening.

Leaving Gulfport. Is this a ship or an amusement park?! (The dockworker told us it is a cable layer)


The forecast for the Mississippi Sound was much the same as Mobile Bay yesterday, but we gave it a go. We were rewarded with 1 to 2 foot seas ahead of the beam followed by a few hours of this. Ahhhhhh..........



With an early end to an easy day, rainman found a nice anchorage just east of the bridges and locks of New Orleans.

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Yes sir. We enjoyed having them around. Hatteras is close. Hargrave design, but an Atlantic.

Oops! My mistake, not his. He showed me a picture yesterday and my memory failed me. He says hello. As dimer2 mentioned to me earlier, getting rainman to actually post on TF takes an act of congress. :-)
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:45 PM   #24
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:06 AM   #25
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Well, we arrived in Beaumont on Sunday night. Let me tell you, rainman was absolutely driven to reunite with his wife as soon as possible. It made for some long and exhausting days, and my nightly Trawler Forum updates suffered. It was all worth it when we finally backed into their slip and I saw her standing there waiting for him. Those last few minutes seemed to draw out, and it seemed that both of them were ready to swim the last few feet. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a happy couple.

The long days did nothing to dull my enthusiasm though. I was having a ball. Each day I awoke refreshed and eager to hear that big Detroit rumble to life. We alternated between anchorages and marinas, so I learned a little more at the end of each day. rainman showed me how he handled the everyday tasks, big and small, of running a boat.

We spent far more time talking to tugs on the radio than I expected. The recent threads about commercial traffic versus recreational traffic are interesting to read because we found the tug captains to be helpful, courteous, and appreciative of our willingness to accomodate their need for greater maneuvering room. I think I actually picked up a new language in the two days spent among the commercial traffic west of the Mississippi. I'm still working on my Cajun accent though.

I'm struggling a bit to upload photos, so it looks like I'll need a new post for each one. I'll try to improve upon that next time!



My first lock experience. I doubled up the line for a minute so I could let go to take a photo. I was waiting for the lockmaster to yell at me.
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Here a boat that can put itself "on the hard."
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:14 AM   #27
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This boat has an oddly-shaped bow. Can anyone explain why?
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:17 AM   #28
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This was a beautiful sunset, but our westbound course made the preceding two hours very tough on the eyeballs.
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rainman got an appreciative response on the VHF from this captain for giving him lots of room.
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The skies seemed friendly as Rhino returned to Texas.
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:23 AM   #31
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Yes, rainman was welcomed back to Texas with a rainbow!
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I believe this was the tallest bridge that we saw on the trip. I guess everything really is bigger in Texas.
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Big ships replaced barges as we entered the Neches River.
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Captain rainman saved the day when the tugboats pushing this ship-looking barge failed to communicate before blocking the river directly in front of us.
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We had to wait 20 minutes for three trains to cross this bridge. We were nearly close enough to hear the welcoming party cracking our beers.
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