Saturday, Demopolis to Bashi Creek

November 8th, 2008 john

Miles Today:  71.1  Miles Total:  437.9

We departed in a convoy as dawn at first light.  When we say first light, we mean first light.  It is before dawn when you can barely see. We have several long runs to make in order to get to Mobile with very few places to stop overnight.  It was just turning light and eight yachts pulled out one behind the other on our way to the first lock.  That was interesting, fitting all of the boats into one passage.  The lock-master was like an army sergeant.  He told us one at a time just where he wanted us to go within the lock.

Then out off the locks, the boats began to spread out.  The go-fast cruisers took off and were no longer to be seen.  But there were three of us trawlers who ran as fast as we could, but still at a creep.  We made our objective which was Bashi creek.  Barbara and I first tried to anchor the Emery El just outside the creek.  The front anchor went down fine and held, but the stern anchor again slipped.  The boat swung too close to shore and we got temporarily stuck in the mud.  It took a while but we got free, so we decided to lift up the bow anchor and try a different spot. Guess what, the bow anchor was stuck on the bottom. It would not come up.  I had tied a trip-line to the anchor to allow us to put it up from the backside if it got stuck, but it was no help either. We battled and battled and I finally worked the boat around 180 degrees from the angle which we had anchored and it came.  Meanwhile Barbara and I were mentally exhausted. 

We then carefully entered Bashi Creek and ended up tying up to the two other trawlers that were traveling with us that day.  We had a quit evening in the end.  But we both went to sleep asking ourselves, “What else can happen?”

Well it was almost a good day.

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Planning trip to Great Loop Society Rendezvous

October 3rd, 2008 john

We are planning to depart on Oct 18 for a short trip up the Tennessee River to Rogersville Al.  to attend the annual Great Loop Society Rendezvous.  There will be a week long series of events, classes, parties, etc.  We will head up-river, that is against the current, however we will actually be going South into Alabama.  The Tennessee River forms up in the mountains above Knoxville TN, comes down through Chattanooga, TN, then on down through northern Alabama.  It then swings North back into Tennessee where we are located then up through Kentucky to join the Ohio River.

Following a week of fun we plan to return to our home port at Aqua Yacht Harbor for a couple of days before we start our Great Loop Adventure.  We’ll keep you posted.

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Summer of 2008 — Pickwick Lake on the Tennessee

September 15th, 2008 john

It’s been a fun summer spending all of our boat time in the local area.  We have not been doing any long distance cruising so there have been no blog entries.  But here we go trying to get into the swing of things again.

We used the boat this summer for day cruises in the local area.  That way we could entertain and share the boat with some of our friends and out-of-town visitors.  All in all, we were both very busy with previous commitments including several land trips.  In addition there was the effort that goes into getting both the boat and ourselves ready for our planned “Great Loop” voyage.

Barbara has been busy redecorating.  She made new cushion covers for the chairs on the aft cockpit.  Then she tackled the cushions on the fold-out sofa in the salon.  Now she is just finishing the cushions for the other chairs in the salon.  On that front that leaves a new rug for the salon to be selected and then she has to tackle all of the cushions in the pilothouse.  It looks like we are bringing a sewing machine along with us on the trip.

I have been busy getting the boat systems ready.  We have about 8 weeks of maintenance work into the Emery El this summer, including the adding of some new equipment.  Of course it will never end.  If you are interested in what all we have done to her, check out the info on the web site.  Go to, then click on the Emery El tab, and click on “Changes to the boat”.  The list is extensive.

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