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This is where you'll find a collection of tips and stories to better connect you to the Ohio River. Scroll below for a collection of material...

New: Big Boat Special!

pic Trip aboard the Historic J. S. Lewis, by Capt. Eric: link
Vessels of the Amherst Madison Fleet, by Capt. Eric: link pic
pic Climb aboard the AEP Legacy with Capt. Eric! link

Be sure to check out our favorite:

"Why Towboats Should be Treated Like Mules!"

This article was inspired by a breakfast with a long-time towboat captain from Pittsburgh, PA, who has seen the interaction between towboats and recreational boaters first hand for many years.

New! Belle of Louisville Tour


Above, a scene from the Tenn-Tom Waterway: link

Feeling the Need for Speed? Pictures from the 2011 Madison Regatta! link

Suggested Trips:




Great Loop:

Operating your Vessel


River Conditions


Sea Stories

Local History


We'd like to introduce you to a few of our writers:

      • Capt. Eric Grubb
      • Capt. George East, Paradigm Yacht Sales
      • Capt. Jamie Donahue, Paradigm Yacht Sales
      • Capt. Jim Willis, Paradigm Yacht Sales
      • William Glass, RIYC
      • Rick Schal, USCG Auxiliary


Eric Grubb
Founder, Port KY
Licensed Master

Eric grew up around boats, trading summers on board his parents' Sea Rays for many man-hours of swabbing the decks. He grew up by the little town of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, overlooking the the Dashields Locks and Dam. He has traveled the Great Lakes, Lake Huron's North Channel, Gulf of Mexico and several rivers to include the Ohio, Allegheny, Monongahela, Kanawha, Mohawk (Erie Canal), Tennessee, Tombigbee, Black Warrior and Mobile Rivers.

As a commercial pilot, Eric flies jets and is a flight instructor. He has owned recreational boats ranging from PWCs to most recently, a flybridge convertible that he keeps in a Louisville marina (MM 590). You can also find him with his family on the "Escape Pod," an 18' fishing boat. His most memorable journey was aboard the J. S. Lewis, a 155' towboat in service since 1931.

Eric is a USCG Licensed Master with a Commerical Tow Assistance rating, and is a member of the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Riverman and the Louisville Sail and Power Squadron. After moving to Louisville, he conceived the idea for Louisville's Port KY website while searching for information to help him become a safer and more knowledgable local boater. He has worked hard over the years to educate other boaters by promoting safety classes through Port KY and by hosting captain's classes and related events.






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