Wednesday, 5 September 2007

I never should have written about no failures. This morning I discovered the pan under the engine was half full of diesel. It had leaked out from the fuel pump over the past couple of days. Its cleaned up now and Rick is going to install a new pump. The leaking pump had 1,035 hours on it since being replaced in 2003. 

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Posted on 09/05/2007 8:59 PM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Cumberland River Cruise 2007

This blog describes  Bob and Mavis' s cruise on the Cumberland River aboard the Katy Leigh. They travelled from Kenlake Marina on Kentucky Lake  to the head of navigation at mile 381.0  in Celina, TN.  The Cumberland River is one of the favorite side trips for mariners cruising America's Great Loop. Click here to start at the beginning.

Posted on 09/05/2007 9:14 PM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 4 September 2007
Day 17 Prizer Point to Eddy Creek Marina Resort

Echo Charlie’s RestauranIt is only about 10 miles between these two marinas so it was a short cruise. It is tricky getting in the embayment to Eddy Creek. There are 3 separate pages you have to look at in the official Corps of Engineers charts. The built in Garmin charts in my chart plotter did not show a course line. I forgot that I had the Garmin Fishing Hot Spots electronic charts that show the route. In any event we didn’t run aground although the depth sounder alarm went off at one point when the depth under the keel was less than 5 feet. There is a new transient dock at the marina with power and water a short walk from the Echo Charlie’s Restaurant and store. We elected to stay at the old transient dock which is right below the restaurant. We had dinner that night in the restaurant with good friends. The chicken salad and rubarb pie are homemade and really good.

Posted on 09/04/2007 8:09 PM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 4 September 2007
Day 18 Eddy Creek to Kenlake Marina

Tennessee RiverAt 12:45 PM, the Katy Leigh arrived at Kenlake after a 32 mile cruise from Eddy Creek. It was a calm, hazy day and we had the wide expanse of the Tennessee River to ourselves (see photo). Our slip was clear of boats and we remembered to lower the mast. We will stay here for a couple more days and head home on Thursday afternoon. During the past 18 days we cruised 761 miles, 712 on the Katy Leigh  and 48 on the RIB. Average speed was 8.6 mph. Average distance cruised per day cruised was 51 miles. The engine ran 93 hours and the generator 48 hours.  We purchased 281 gallons of diesel. We anchored out 1 night. All other nights were spent at marinas. Thanks to the generator, 3 air conditioning units, and our mechanics, Rick and Tammy Nance, we endured the hottest August in Tennessee history and had no equipment failures of any kind. I took 1,500 photos and will have lots of material for the next CD, What to Expect Cruising The Cumberland River.

Posted on 09/04/2007 8:10 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 2 September 2007
Day 16 Clarksville to Prizer Point Resort

Prizer Point ResortWe had a rocky and noisy night at Clarksville with tows going back and forth. We were glad to leave early for the 70 mile cruise to Barkley Lake. The trip was uneventful, with few boats until we passed under the Highway 68 Bridge. This is the last big boating weekend of the year. By tomorrow night we will have the river to ourselves. We were greeted by Greg, the resort owner who helped us dock. I was surprised to see that the resort is now a KOA (Kampgrounds of America). Greg said KOA will soon have different brands so visitors will be able to have a better idea of what to expect. On our motorhome trips we found a wide range in the quality of KOA campgrounds.  Prizer Point is focused on family vacations with the marina, campground, and cabins. There is a ton of stuff to entertain kids with playground, minature golf, a floating iceberg, paddle boats, video games, etc. He is going to establish a floating village along some of the shoreline he owns. We have stayed here twice in past years and have always been impressed with the quality of the marina and the friendliness of the staff. Verizon works well here, unlike Barkley Lake Marina which is just 4 miles south.

Posted on 09/02/2007 9:48 PM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 1 September 2007
Day 15 Harpeth Shoals Marina to Clarksville

The cruise today was just 32 miles to the downtown dock at Clarksville, plus the Cheatham lock. We had to wait while one tow went down, and while a second 15 barge tow tied up to the lock wall. The lockmaster then let 3 of us go in front of the tow and took us down. It was about noon when we were finally clear of the lock. The river got very busy at Clarksville with tows and small boats everywhere. A few months ago a tow hit the railway bridge in Clarksville and it is now being repaired. The main channel is closed and the Coast Guard requires the long and wide tows to be broken up before they can pass under the bridge. On the downstream side they reassemble the tows. The 15 barge tow got to Clarksville late that afternoon and was still being reassembled the following morning, 12 hours later. The public dock is right beside the channel and at night a large tow came within 50 feet of our boat as it passed the other tow being reassembled. It was a scary sight.  We walked downtown and had a really good dinner at Bennes Piano Bar and Restaurant. I also checked out Kelly’s Big Burger Restaurant which is right beside the dock. It is a diner style little changed from the 60s when it was started.

Posted on 09/01/2007 9:42 PM by Bob Duthie
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