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April, 2011

Greetings Louisville Boaters!

River Levels

Just when we thought the river was back to normal, we got drenched earlier this week by a passing cold front that deposited several inches of rain over a large area.

Remember that the water in our river comes from as far away as New York state, which got a taste of that Gulf moisture right after we did. The website is organized as a resource, with River Levels and Weather being the first two link on the menu. Stay tuned-in to those links to keep an eye on the forecast conditions.

As of now, it looks like the river will go up to 17.3 feet at McAlpine Upper by this weekend. We repeat the NOAA hydrograph on our website courtesy of the NOAA, so you can bookmark this page for river level updates: link

Also on the site is a description of how to interpret these readings: link

America's Boating Course

The Louisville Sail and Power Squadron just finished it's third week of class, which featured some great anchoring advice from Kim Fisher, below. Rather than dragging a 100 lbs. of tackle with him, he fabricated a training device out of ribbon and chain and a paperclip to effectively demonstrate anchoring techniques.

The March class has a good mix of both young and seasoned boaters. It's fun to see the next generation soaking up the information like little sponges. Below, an 11-year old makes a line fast to a cleat.

LSPS promotes safe boating through education, civic service and fraternal activities. For more information, visit the LSPS website link or call 502-228-7227.

"Interesting Boat People"

Know of a special person on the water? We're accepting nominations for "Interesting Boat People". My goal is to feature somebody every month in this newsletter.

Send in your votes, and I'll let you folks decide who the rest of us should know about out there! link

Thunder Over Louisville

With Thunder Over Louisville just around the corner, I'd like to repost last month's information for our newest visitors.

As you evaluate conditions and make your own safe judgement call concerning the event, following are links to some information we've assembled over the years to help educate you, our boaters, 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

Remember the Legget's home-built center console boat project? Well let me be the first to say that you wouldn't believe the progress!

Capt. Joe Frith of Marinette Dream Cruises* continues to make more editions of "RiverFlow, the Show." Last Saturday, he filmed the Leggett family in action as they continued work on the keel and chine logs. Look for more in an upcoming episode of the show on the Port KY website: link

Port KY River Cards

The new cards have been printed and distributed. You can pick them up at Marine Sales & Service*, Kentuckiana Yacht Sales*, Sea Ray of Louisville* and Arnolds (Service Counter).

One of the store employees recently told me that they use the card as a guide for new boaters who come in asking what they need and where to boat. I am happy that they've proven useful as a resource and starting point, and am always glad to see one on the dash of a stranger's boat. We paid extra for quality materials and UV protection, which is money well-spent.

These are complimentary, and are paid for by our generous boaters who contribute toward the cause. A special thanks this month goes to Dr. Stu Jeffries and Bob and Claudia Schindler for making a contribution toward the site and helping to defray the costs.

New Site Sponsors

One of my goals has been to limit our sponsors to companies that we know and who benefit our local boaters. I'd like to introduce Toni Davies, of BB&T Insurance Services. Toni is a local boater who many of you may already be familiar with. I asked her to share a short bio so the rest of us can be introduced to her:

"Born and raised in Jeffersonville, IN, I always had a fondness for the river. During my very early years of growing up, summers were spent at Buschmans Lake. I am still growing up, but at a much more mature age I live on the river in Prospect….which I have been told, certifies me as a "river rat". When I am not at work protecting and insuring my clients assets, I like to spend my time as close to the water as possible, which is usually on our boat."

"TONIC" is a 33' Chris Craft Amerosport that we keep at Creekside Marina on Harrods Creek with my significant other Charlie and our Golden Retriever Charley--that's short for Charley Dog. I also have two grown children, Morgan and Drew. I belong to the Harrods Creek Boat Owners Association and have been Treasurer for the last two years. You can not find a better community and group of people than boaters. If I can be of any assistance to you in securing watercraft coverage or all lines of insurance for that matter, do not hesitate to contact me!"

Tumbleweed on the Water

Also new to our list of sponsors is Tumbleweed Southwest Grill. In the past, they have worked with our downtown boaters, providing appetizer discounts and dockside service. We look forward to seeing what they have planned for the summer!

Speaking of Tumbleweed, be sure to visit them this Saturday, April 9th, for a preview of the turbine-powered JBS Race Boat from the JBS Race Team. You can call 502-727-5057 for your free VIP reservations, and the event is scheduled from 2-6 p.m. Click here full the full ad...


Other Future Events

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

We're still getting people who write 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, look for ads at the local marinas or in publications like the classifieds or Craigslist (beware of online scammers!). Also remember that many marinas have dockmasters or a number to call for information.

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

I got a note from a watchdog at the marina who told me that my shrinkwrap was starting to shed. I think the boat knows it's time for Thunder! Let's keep our fingers crossed that conditions this year will cooperate.

In the meantime, I'm proud to report that our hit count is WAY up from this time last year. Keep telling your friends about us, and I'll see you on the water!

Eric Grubb
USCG Licensed Master
Webmaster, PortKY.com

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

*Denotes sponsors of Port KY LLC

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