Debbie and Sandy arrived at 7:30AM, but the Old Hickory Lock had already started down so it was about 8:30 when we left the lock and headed downstream. We decided to stop at the downtown Nashville dock for lunch. The boat in the photo was in front of us. The owner helped us tie up and we had an interesting conversation with him and toured his unique boat. It is 39 feet long, 8 feet wide and built of plywood covered with epoxy. Powered by a 60 HP outboard it gets 6 mpg at 8 mph. It is built like a motor home with pine paneling and propane powered fridge, stove, and water heater. The head is a motor home type and drops waste directly into a holding tank. He bought it in Guntersville and has cruised the Tennessee River to Knoxville and is now doing the Cumberland. The owner is a retired NYPD officer and told us how he felt right at home when there was a drug bust on the rocks near the dock yesterday. He is planning to take the boat to Florida for the winter and up to his home in New York in the spring. The rest of the cruise was uneventful and we tied up at Harpeth Shoals at 5:00PM. After drinks aboard we all went to Riverview Restaurant for a catfish dinner.
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