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November, 2011

Fall Boating

First, here is a cool picture of Steam Fog that my daughter took last week northeast of Brandenburg. It was taken just after sunrise, and the only fog observed was over the river valley. She was looking toward the West from an altitude of 2,000' above the ground.

Atmospheric conditions were temperature 33*F, dew point 31*F, and winds calm. The river temperature was a reported 52*F. A cold front swept through the area the day before, leaving us with clearing skies and calm winds overnight.

Here is how the NOAA defines this type of fog: "Steam fog forms when cold air moves over warm water. When the cool air mixes with the warm moist air over the water, the moist air cools until its humidity reaches 100% and fog forms. This type of fog takes on the appearance of wisps of smoke rising off the surface of the water."

If you travel much on the water, this type of phenomena makes a good case for having radar and knowing the fog signals.

From the Howard Steamboat Museum:

Fall into Art: Seen from Life - People, Work and Steamboats, 1885 to 1932 will host the following events:

On Tuesday, Nov 1, an Exhibit of 51 photos taken by Jim Howard will open in the Howard Mansion and will remain open thru Sunday, Nov 20.

On Sun, Nov 13 at 2 p.m., Capt. Alan Bates, Ruthie Heffern, Kenny Howe, Jim Reising & Keith Norrington will give a talk about "Remembering Captain Jim and Loretta Howard."

On Sun, Nov 20 at 2 p.m., Paul Paletti will give a talk on "Processes & Collecting."
The exhibit of Jim Howard's photos will close at 4 p.m.


Winter Lay-Up

Are you getting the best deal on your insurance? Check with your provider to see if you get a discount for the period of time over the winter you're not using your vessel. For example, you could specify December 15th through March 15th if you know you won't be boating then. If you do set a specified time, be sure to abide by it or make other arrangements with your insurance company if you feel the urge to cruise on one of those beautiful winter days.

What about trailer boaters? You'll probably not have that option, as it is assumed that you could hitch up and head south for warmer conditions. In fact, that would be a good option this time of year! Thanks to Bryan Arnett for mentioning this on the forum, and ask your insurer for more information.


In the past, we relied exclusively on your donations to help keep PortKY.com's expenses covered. We later brought on some advertisers, which helped cover the lion's share of expenses and enabled us to help grow the site.

Several of you have asked recently how you could help and be a sponsor or "renew" for 2012. Non-deductible donations can still be made either through the Pay-Pal link on the site or via the address show on the website (link).

We still keep a list of contributors, and for each sponsorship at the $20 or more level, names are listed on the "Sponsors" page of the website. Additionally, every 5th person who donates at that level will receive a Port KY hat.

Thanks for asking, and as always, I appreciate your help in keeping this site going.

Thinking of Selling?

Capt. George East, a familiar contributor to this site, has offered a host of suggestions for those selling their boats. Check out the full list under "Featured Articles". link


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Slips for Sale

Thinking of relocating? Remember to check out our comprehensive listing of slips in the area. Spring will be here before you know it, so be sure to list yours if you've got one to sell. If you're looking, this is the only place in town that you'll find such a comprehensive listing! link

What can we expect for 2012?

2011 was a challenging year in that we started with spring flooding. Next, we faced very hot summer conditions that kept many boaters closer to home. Fuel prices stayed high, causing some to travel less than they wished. The lackluster economy lingered, keeping many prospective boaters on the sidelines. At this point, we figure that 2012 can only get better!

As for this site, we were able to expand with new advertisers and the addition of the "Slips for Sale" features. We have time to grow the site again, and we're optimistic that boating will rebound along with the economy.

If you've been looking for a boat, you'll find that it is certainly a buyer's market. Interest rates are at historic lows, making it even easier to qualify for the "next" boat. Production of new boats has been reduced, so I suspect demand will be strong once the economy turns.

For those who haven't winterized yet, we're still enjoying some fabulous late-season conditions. If you have, the boat show will be right around the corner!

That's it for now--Stay safe, and we'll see you on the water!

Eric Grubb
USCG Licensed Master
Webmaster, PortKY.com

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