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March, 2011

Greetings Louisville Boaters!

There's a lot of information to pass along as we head into the spring, so here goes:

America's Boating Course - March Class

The following was sent in by the Louisville Sail and Power Squadron:

"America's Boating Course": Monday nights beginning March 21st, 7 PM to 9 PM for five weeks. Location: Harrods Creek Fire Department, 8905 US Hwy 42, Prospect, KY.

This class meets the Kentucky and Indiana boating license requirements. The $50 cost includes course materials and six month LSPS membership. Course materials include a 244 page full-color textbook, student CD, and Digital charting DVD with software and all United States charts. Families may share course materials.

United States Power Squadron certified instructors introduce students to all aspects of boating from hull types and safety requirements to rules of the road and the proper use of marine radios. The fifth week of class includes an overview of charts and piloting.

The United States Power Squadron is America's largest non-profit boating organization dedicated to safe boating through education. The Louisville Sail and Power Squadron was chartered in 1959 as a unit of the United States Power Squadrons (USPS). LSPS promotes safe boating through education, civic service and fraternal activities.

To register, visit the LSPS website link or call 502-228-7227.

Another Safe Boating Course

Boating Skills & Seamanship Class
USCG Auxiliary
Starting March 23rd (Wednesdays)
6 PM to 9 PM for four consecutive weeks
Harrod's Creek Fire Department
Information/Registration: wsdeane@bellsouth.net

Captain's Class

Congratulations to the 2011 Port KY-sponsored OUPV and Master Captain's Course by True Courses. These guys have finished the OUPV portion of the class, and have the OUPV Test and Master Class to go.

Above, a picture of the class with instructor Capt. Jim Sinclair (left), Allen Gailor ('09), who administered their USCG Oath, and the rest of the class who attended a get-together organized by Port KY. For More pictures, click here.

Fuel Prices

Are projected fuel prices affecting your plans? In the past, I have suggested that you consider a larger boat.

How does that work, you ask? For example, rather than cruising all day to keep everybody cool, why not purchase more space and spend more time in comfort at anchor or the dock. More details: link

Need help finding a broker? Several are sponsors of the site, so you can find their links here.

Ethanol-Free Fuel

As political powers try to drive us toward a 15% ethanol blend, it's nice to know that there are still a few places that we can purchase ethanol-free gasoline. On the water, you can find it at River's Edge Marina* at Mile 584.6.

By trailer, here is a link to locate a gas station that offers the fuel: link

Thunder Over Louisville

Thunder Over Louisville will be here before you know it. Following are links to some information we've assembled over the years to help educate our boaters to help them stay safer for the event:

Thunder Over Louisville Tips: link
Tips on Anchoring in a Current: link
Operating at Night (2 parts): link

More Thunder Anchoring Information

Where can I learn more? How about at a "Pre-Thunder Anchoring Seminar," presented by the Louisville Sail and Power Squadron. Click here for the poster (pdf, 356K).

Where: Sea Ray of Louisville 1410 Frankfort Ave
When: Saturday April 9th, 1-3 PM
Cost: Members $20, Non-members $30
For more information, or to register: Call 502-228-7227

River Podcasts

Port KY intelligence has it there's going to be a new podcast for our area of the river, coming soon to a website near you. I'll have more information as it becomes public. Meanwhile, here's a snapshot of the anchor interviewing one of the new captains for Episode #3:

Port KY River Cards

The new cards have been shipped, and will be availble in local marine stores in time for Thunder. Look for them in about three weeks. As always, these are complimentary, and are paid for by our generous boaters who contribute to the cause.


Speaking of helping with the site, I listened to your suggestions and set-up a "Pay Pal" link to make it easy for folks to help with the site expenses. Thanks to David Mann and "cstraubs" who contributed toward the site this month. link

River Convoy (reposted)

Jerry Hay*, Riverlorian and publisher of the Ohio River Guide Book, is organizing a trip to the Kentucky River on the 2nd weekend in June. He plans to start at Six Mile Island and overnight by Lock 1 on the KY River, which is near Carrolton. There are too many details to include here, so for information on Jerry's convoy visit our forum or Jerry's website. link

Would you like a preview of the scenery? Visit our "Featured Articles" for a look at a trip I took up there in 2010. link

Future Events

National Houseboat Expo
March 18-20, 2011

Thunder Over Louisville
April 16, 2011

River Convoy
Organized by Jerry Hay*
June 11-12, 2011

Benefit for Edge Outreach
Shady Glen Club
June 24-25, 2011
Facebook Page (link)

Boat Slips

There have been a lot of people writing in to ask about where to find a slip. It's also been a frequent discussion item on the Port KY River Forum. If you're a new boater, I would suggest that you start your search by familiarizing yourself with the area using the Marinas link on the Port KY website.

Next, check for ads at those marinas, and look for ads at the marinas, in the paper or on Craigslist. Also, check with the respective dockmasters. Slips are definitely out there, it's just hard getting contact information sometimes.

Jeff Nash of Kentuckiana Yacht Sales* asked me to mention that they have a few slips for sale or rent. Following is some information: Rose Island Yacht Club Slip #93 40' $20,000, Slip #94 40' $20,000, Purchase 93 & 94 together for 80' lay along $36,000. Other Misc. slips for lease, Jeff Nash (KYS) at 812-282-7579.

I've got more, but will save it for next month. Time to start planning for Thunder!

Eric Grubb
USCG Licensed Master
Webmaster, PortKY.com

P.O. Box 447
Crestwood, KY 40014-0447

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