Here are the Blogs in the Great Loop Cruise Leg 1 category.
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Wednesday, 19 November 2003
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This blog covers the cruise of the Katy Leigh from Kenlake Marina at Aurora, KY to Marlow Marine on Snead Island near Palmetto, FL. Click here to start at the beginning. ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/19/2003 1:23 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 18 November 2003
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We packed, emptied the fridge and water tank and were ready to go at 8:00AM. Marlow's crew moved the boat expertly to the lift and hauled it out. The bottom was as clean as could be. Green Turtle Bay did a great job on the bottom paint in July. The prop did not have a single nick so we had been ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/18/2003 10:14 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 18 November 2003
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The newspaper was delivered in time for breakfast. The next couple of hours were in the engine room checking the batteries and changing the injector pump oil. We fueled up and got pumped out and left for Marlow at noon. The tide was at low tide and the water in Terra Ceia Bay was very low. At one point ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/18/2003 10:12 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 17 November 2003
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The ICW (Intra Coastal Waterway) takes you down to Tampa Bay past hundreds of condos and fancy homes. It is quite narrow and shallow. At one point I was not paying attention and got on the wrong side of a green buoy. When I realized it I slowed and took the engine out of gear waiting for the crunch ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/17/2003 12:50 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 15 November 2003
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Breakfast was at the Holiday Inn Restaurant. Then it was time to change the transmission oil. Mavis walked on the beach and came back with a big sack of shells. Ria Grasman and Sandy MacDonald showed up around 10:00AM. Mavis and Ria immediately started a game of Scrabble. Ria is driving back on Tuesday ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2003 12:49 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 14 November 2003
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We left Belle Harbour Marina at 8:30am and passed a large dive boat being reconditioned. It seems that it was in Belize and flipped over in a storm with 22 souls lost. It wound up on a beach and was towed back to Tarpon Springs where it had originally been built. (see photo). It was another beautiful ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/14/2003 12:48 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 13 November 2003
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Doc and Eileen Wilson (Kenlake boaters) arrived at 8:00AM to take the Swinea's to Tampa airport and had a visit with us all. At noon I was able to attend the Tarpon Springs Rotary Club. An architect showed gorgeous pictures of the islands and shoals near here taken from his home made sea plane. ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/13/2003 9:33 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 12 November 2003
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About 11:30PM the east wind started to kick up. Heading south with a beam wind we were rocking very badly and finally decided to change course to the east. The wind continued to build and we slowed down. At one point we buried the bowsprit in the water. We estimate the waves were 8 feet high from trough ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/12/2003 9:26 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 11 November 2003
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Swinea's arrived an hour late. Like everywhere most restaurants in town were closed. A driver took us to a new Italian restaurant that was open but when we got in the door we were told they couldn't serve us because they had run out of propane. Some other people were sent away after they had ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/11/2003 9:22 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 10 November 2003
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It was 3.5 hours to reach Carrabelle. The weather was overcast and winds were about 10-15 knots waves at times were 3 feet high. The Moorings Marina at Carrabelle is one of the best yet. There is an IGA and hardware store right across the street. The state has a big police boat here that was called ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/10/2003 4:55 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 9 November 2003
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We crossed the time zone today so the sun now sets at 5:45pm instead of 4:45pm. Of course it comes up an hour later so we don't gain any more daylight. We left Panama City at 7:30 on a cloudy windy morning. Much of the day was in canal so the most exciting event was a wide spot called Lake Wimico ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/09/2003 4:54 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 8 November 2003
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We left Treasure Island Marina (see photo)(which was not very good) and cruised across St. Andrew's Bay to the Panama City Marina. It only took about an hour. Then it was laundry and engine work day. I think at last I found the oil pressure gage problem I discussed on Day 11. A bent connector on ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/08/2003 10:41 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 7 November 2003
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We left at 8:30AM with low fog but good visibility. We followed "No Clew", another trawler all the way to Panama City. Dolphin sightings were frequent but brief and we were unable to get any photos. There is a long canal between Choctawhatchee Bay and St Andrew's Bay. It is cut through ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/07/2003 10:39 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 6 November 2003
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Breakfast was at the Market at Beach Marina along with a USA Today from the box there. It was an easy run to Baytowne. Mostly wide open water with a narrows at Fort Walton. There were lots of jets flying out of Eglin Air Force Base. A pod of dolphins surfaced near the boat but none followed us. We arrived ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/06/2003 10:22 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 5 November 2003
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We got up at 5:30AM to find heavy rain and a rather nasty forecast. However, by 7:00AM it was clearing and not to windy so I decided that we would head out and if we found it too rough we could come back in. The waves were only 2 feet and the winds less than 10 mph so we kept going and got to the GIWW ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/05/2003 10:31 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 4 November 2003
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The weather forecasts called for cloud, then rain, and then clear, and then the same thing repeated. Sure enough that's what it did all day; about 4 cycles all together. We had to take the dingy over to the Fairhope Yacht Club (about 100 feet across the channel) for breakfast and introductions to ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/04/2003 10:42 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 3 November 2003
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Today was the tour to Battleship Park. It was a chance to tour the USS Alabama, a Second World War battleship, and submarine. The battleship tour involved going down 3 layers and up 10 from there. It took about 2 hours to see just the battleship. The tours are self guided. The ship is very well maintained ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2003 10:39 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 2 November 2003
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I don't know why we bought shrimp. It seems they can fly. Last night one hopped out of the water into our dingy. This morning I installed a second check valve in the manual bilge pump so now I can really pump the bilge dry. Then we drove down through Point Clear where the Grand Hotel is located ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/02/2003 10:34 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 31 October 2003
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Meander left at 8:00AM for Pensacola. We won't see them again until spring when we will dock at their home in Vero Beach. We left at 9:00AM with tens of diving pelicans. The crossing to Fairhope was pretty calm with east winds not exceeding 10 mph. I had plotted a course for the GPS which worked ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/31/2003 11:47 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 30 October 2003
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Out again at 5:45am we left Bates Lake for the ocean at Mobile Bay. The river changes from cypress groves to marsh and then the great harbor at Mobile. The channel has been dredged from 9 feet to 42 feet deep so ocean going freighters can get to the harbor. There were boats of every size going ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/30/2003 10:29 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 29 October 2003
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It was an early day again. Leaving at 5:30AM we got to the Coffeeville Lock at 6:00AM. Coming out of the lock, we found thick fog for the next several miles. Radar and GPS really help in this situation. The river is now wider and the banks rockier. We are in one of the wildest parts of the southeast. ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/29/2003 6:41 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 28 October 2003
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We left Demopolis at 5:30AM with 8 other boats in thick fog for Bobby's Fish Camp near Coffeeville. The GPS, radar and boat ahead really help keep to the center of the river. The locks have lots of lights so are easy to see. Around 7:30 the fog lifted and the fast boats took off for Bobby's ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/28/2003 10:34 AM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 27 October 2003
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We left Sumter at 5:45AM with the first daylight. There has been no cellphone service for the past 2 days. The lock 4.5 miles away was ready and waiting when three of the four boats at Sumter arrived. The lockmaster was closing the gates when the fourth boat called. Although he said he was two miles ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2003 10:31 AM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 26 October 2003
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The time changed this morning to standard time, so daylight comes an hour earlier. Meander called Demopolis at 7:00AM to see if they would have room for us. They said they were jammed because of the storms and that we should stay put at Sumpter. Activities for the day are computer stuff, reading, and ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2003 8:38 AM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 25 October 2003
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Day 9 Oct 25 We left at 7:00am and cleared the Stennis Lock by 7:30AM. It was all river travel with one more lock before we got to the Sumpter anchorage at 3:30PM. Around noon we crossed into Alabama. At the Bevill Lock there is a handsome resource center with the old snagboat Montgomery mounted on ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/25/2003 8:37 AM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 24 October 2003
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We left Rankin early and cruised to Columbus. In hindsight I wish we had stopped at Aberdeen. There is a marina there and many historic homes. However, after a quiet evening we decided to stay in Columbus for a whole day. AWe rented a car and toured the downtown which is in relatively good shape. Lots ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/24/2003 9:13 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 22 October 2003
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We left Aqua at 7:00AM in another bright but chilly morning with only a little fog on the water. You are now traveling downstream so the red buoys are on the right. The first 24 miles are in the ditch; a canal 230 feet wide. Then the river widens into a small lake with a lock at the end. We got to the ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/22/2003 9:41 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 21 October 2003
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We decided to stay in Aqua for a day, rent a car, and see the Civil War Battlefield at Shiloh. This was one of the decisive battles of the war. The South won the first day with a fierce fight and captured 2000 Union soldiers. However, this just gave the Union time to move in thousands more soldiers. ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/21/2003 11:51 AM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 20 October 2003
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We were able to pull ourselves out into deeper water pulling on the anchor line. We left at 7:30am in thick fog using the chart plotter and radar to stay in the middle of the river. The fog soon cleared and it was another beautiful clear warm day. The Tennessee gets much narrower below I40 and the current ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/20/2003 10:05 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 19 October 2003
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Meander also stayed at Pebble Isle. We had met the Coopers, in Green Turtle Bay at the ice cream shop last May while they were waiting for the floods to recede on the Ohio. It was agreed we would watch for each other on the cruise. We would not travel together because our speeds were slightly different. ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/19/2003 10:05 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 18 October 2003
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Breakfast at Cindy's Restaurant on the Barge, then a tour of Estes' new 60 foot Nautilus sedan cruiser. As a result our flotila was about 1 hour late leaving. It was a beautiful cloudless day, 70 degrees. Accompanied by 5 other boats we set "sail" for Pebble Isle marina a distance ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/18/2003 10:04 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 17 October 2003
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We arrived at Kenlake at 4:00PM and installed the new chain anchor rode. Stripes were painted every 30 feet so we can tell how much rode is out and stop before the end is ripped out of the boat and into the water losing both the anchor and the rode. Rick Nance, our master mechanic came by and explained ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/17/2003 10:03 PM by Bob Duthie
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