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What's In A Name?

Naming one's boat is a lot like trying to name a child. It's a never ending search for that special something that rings well to your ears, while trying your best to allow every stranger turned acquaintance to recognize you. We looked at an array of cute names, and a few drastic names, such as "Haluskanations" but after committing to the Defever with all of its traditional lines and character, we wanted a traditional name that would show the dignity of our new home on the water.

After much thought, the name "Emery el" came to mind. Emery is a family name that has been handed down through several generations of our paternal family tree. It is the very name of my father, Emery Louis. I also share this name, along with my son, as a middle 'family' name.

It is here that the name takes a twist, as my 1st grandchild inherited this name, Emery Elizabeth. It has been a pleasure to have the name passed on and now represent both genders and true to form, my granddaughter is every bit an 'Emery' that her forefathers were.

For the love of one's family and the pride in one's passion, it was only fitting that Emery would carry on a little farther.

Acknowledgements

Thanks first go to J.C. Kennedy and his traveling companion John White for planting the seed for this journey so many years ago with their pictures and presentation on their trip, something called the "Great Loop".

I also want to thank all of my many friends in the U.S. Power Squadron and the USCG Auxiliary; their encouragement and the continued promotion of all things boating.

I want to thank, Tom Little, the previous owner of the Emery El, then called Kalani. He spent two days with me explaining over and over the systems on the boat. I am sure he shook his head when we finally pulled off his dock.

A very special thanks goes to the crew of friends who assisted me in bringing the Emery El home from Punta Gorda Fl, to the Tennessee River. Thanks goes to John Clark, Andy Nuckolls, Reese Austin, and Rudy Schiffer. Each of them spent approximately a week on the boat putting up with a skipper that was extremely nervous, learning how to drive a heavy two engine power boat.

I also need to thank JC Kennedy and Gary Wildman for their support. They were both in Florida at the same time I was getting the boat and served as tremendous sounding boards throughout my journey.

And last but not least, I offer thanks on bended knee to my son for his encouragement and my wife for her total confidence and support.

Chronicles

How does the blog work?

The blog will chronicle the journeys and adventures we share aboard the Emery El, listing our most recent entries at the top. If you want to start at the beginning, scroll to the bottom (CTRL+END) and work your way back up! Please be sure to check the bottom of the page for links to possible previous pages!

How do I review entries from previous months?

The Blog Menu will list archives of blog entries from previous months. Click any of these to review the notes from that month.

Can I receive email updates of the new blog entries?

Yes. If you would like to receive a weekly email update you may sign up here: email me updates.

How do I look at pictures?

The "Highlights" section contains our favorite pictures from all of our cruises. And the "Daily Pics" section contains pictures from each leg of our trip in reverse chronological order, just like in the blog.

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What is the Great Loop?

After many hours of thought, sleepless nights, daydreams and apples, we have decided to embark on our biggest journey yet, The Great Loop.

In November 2008, We are planning to leave Aqua Harbor, departing the Tennessee river system, heading south through the Tombgbee Waterway to the Gulf of Mexico. From there we will head east to Florida's North Coast, across the Gulf to Florda's West Coast. We will then head down around the Florday Keys and back up the eastern seaboard through the entre length of the Chesepeake Bay, down the Delaware Bay, around Cape May and up the Jersey shore to New York City. After being greeted by the Statue of Liberty, we plan to head up the Hudson river to Canada, cross the Great Lakes and return south via the Chicago, Illinoise, Missippi, and Ohio rivers and then back up the Tennessee River to our home port.

We hope to complete this journey within 12 months, in time to celebrate a nice Thanksgiving with family.

What makes it Great is not the miles traveled nor the days that pass, but putting the color back into the film of our memories. The greatness is seeing our beautiful country from a whole new perspective, while sharing it all with you that are joining us for the ride.

Thank you again for coming along, we hope we all enjoy each day!

AGLA Fall Rendezvous

Joe Wheeler State Park - Florence, AL

Our first side-trip, we set out from Aqua Harbor to Florence, AL. and met many great 'loopers' and gained great insight for the days that lay ahead.

Maiden Voyage

Punta Gorda, FL to Aqua Harbor, MS

We took ownership of the Emery El in early April of 2008. We then began the initial voyage to bring her up the West coast of Florida, across the Gulf of Mexico from Tampa to Carribelle FL, then along the North coast to Mobile AL. We then turned north and traveled the Tombigbee Waterway up to the Tennessee River. The trip took 24 days accumulating 1030 miles. Click here to view the pictures from our first trip!

History of the Emery el

The Emery el is a 49' Defever trawler built in 1986 at the Sen Koh Ship Building, Kaohaiung Taiwan.

I currently have no information regarding the original owner.

The second owner was Tom Little of Punta Gorda, FL. The boat name was "Kalani". Tom cherished her for about 12 years, taking several trips to the Bahama's and other caribean islands. When I purchased her from Tom on April 1, 2008, she was in fine shape and ready to move on. My first 10 days were spent getting used to her systems, outfitting her for the trip home, and getting her name changed to the "Emery el". We then departed for Tennessee. We made our way north up the West Coast of FL, across the Gulf from Tampa Bay to the North Coast of FL, then west to Alabama and up the Tombigbee Waterway to the Tennessee River.

The plans are to make the Tenn River my home base for the summer, getting the boat ready for the big trip this fall.

Make1986 Defever
ModelRaised Pilothouse, Plan B
HullFiberglass
StablilizedNaiad
Hull & Deck
BuilderSen Kouh Ship Building
Kaohaiung, Taiwan
DesignerArthur Defever
Dimensions
LOA49' 9"
Draft4' 6"
Beam15'
Power
ManufacturerFord/Lehman
Engine(s) HP135 hp Diesel
Model2725E
Hours2600
Cruising Speed8 kn
Max Speed10 kn
Capacities & Weight
Displacement50,000 gal
Fuel800 gal
Water500 gal

Meet the Crew

Captain

First Mate

Head Chef

Medical Officer

What's In A Name?

Naming one's boat is a lot like trying to name a child. It's a never ending search for that special something that rings well to your ears, while trying your best to allow every stranger turned acquaintance to recognize you. We looked at an array of cute names, and a few drastic names, such as "Haluskanations" but after committing to the Defever with all of its traditional lines and character, we wanted a traditional name that would show the dignity of our new home on the water.

After much thought, the name "Emery el" came to mind. Emery is a family name that has been handed down through several generations of our paternal family tree. It is the very name of my father, Emery Louis. I also share this name, along with my son, as a middle 'family' name.

It is here that the name takes a twist, as my 1st grandchild inherited this name, Emery Elizabeth. It has been a pleasure to have the name passed on and now represent both genders and true to form, my granddaughter is every bit an 'Emery' that her forefathers were.

For the love of one's family and the pride in one's passion, it was only fitting that Emery would carry on a little farther.

Accommodations

Starting with the aft cockpit you can relax in comfort while enjoying a great view of your destination. Move forward through the large double doors into the spacious salon. To port enjoy a convertible sleep sofa and to starboard 2 easy chairs. Forward of the salon is a well laid out U-Shaped galley to port.

This limited edition plan "B" layout allows you direct access down to your roomy and comfortable master stateroom. The master features en-suite head with shower. Beautiful teak, walk around queen bed, lighted hanging lockers and lots of storage. An easy access door to the engine room can be found here as well. Continue forward and you will find the guest stateroom and head. Your guests will enjoy the over and under berths, lighted hanging locker and many drawers.

From the two staterooms or from the starboard side of the galley you can go up to the raised pilothouse! This is the true conrol center of the boat, featuring great visibility, all the electronics you will need and wonderful ventilation. The pilothouse also contains a full settee and a pilot bunk, with an excelant view aft.

Aft and up using inside stairs you can move to the Flybridge. Full controls are protected by an aluminum half tower. Aft upper Deck has enough room for a large party. A dinghy crane can also be found here on the starboard side.

Electronics

All the electronics needed to go with confidence! You can ride in comfort with your Naiad Stabilizers!!

Electrical

This great boat is extra special when it come to this category!! The 120v electrical is operated 24 hours a day from the inverter and its battery bank. The bank is charged by solar panels and cruising engines alternators. When at anchor it requires only 30 minutes of generator in the morning and again at night to supplement the solar panels. It Just doesn't get any better than that!

Galley

This beautiful galley is all electric and everything except for the Jenn-air range and oven can run off the inverter. Featuring a beautiful tiled counter, Pantry, and overhead teak cabinets. The galley is forward of the salon so the chef can be kept company by your guests!

Deck and Hull Equipment

In 2001 the boat was hauled and all accumulated bottom paint was removed there were NO Blisters! As a precaution an epoxy bottom was applied. The boat was hauled in January 2007 for a fresh coat of bottom paint.

Mechanical & Engine Room

This Plan B provides easy entrance into a very well cared for engine room. Neat and tidy, Loaded with spares, plenty of room, work bench, and so much more. This boat has seen nothing but the BEST!!!
Captain


John is a seasoned sailor turned cruiser that has completed several ocean voyages, including the Newport-Bermuda Race. Current member and officer of the Memphis Power Squdron and US Coast Guard Auxilliary. Now actively pursuing a life-long dream to complete the 'Great Loop'.
Chef


John is an accomplished viewer of the Food Network. Creator of Mr. Hat's patio plates to please your pallet. Specialty dishes include: stir fry, Mayo-John bluefish and low-cal, garden fresh pizzarino's served with single-malt scotch and after-dinner cigars.
First Mate       < Only Mate />


Barabara is an accomplished listener of several ocean voyages, including the Newport-Bermuda Race. A talented impressionist, this Irish cruiser will keep you laughing. Current member and officer of the Memphis Power Squadron. Actively supporting the Captain's life-long dream of completing the 'Great Loop'.
Medical Officer


Miss B has spent the past 30 years in the medical arena. She has held numerous positions including CICU nurse, Cardiac rehab RN, Case Manager and RN Informaticist. Just like All-State, you're in good hands with Miss B!