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January, 2012

Boat Building Project

Last winter, we posted pictures from the Leggett's garage, where they were preparing to start construction of a 24' Carolina-style center console fishing boat. You may recall that they started by fabricating a wooden structure under their deck to have a flat platform to frame their construction jigs.

By definition, the "whiskey plank" marks the end of construction on the hull, celebrated by a toast. The Leggetts placed their whiskey plank on Christmas Day, and are now waiting for warmer weather to glass the structure. I can tell you from seeing the progress in person that it is a fantastic piece of construction, and represents an awesome project for Warren, his wife, and three children. Here are a few pictures of the construction, and you can check out the Blog for more: link

Boating Courses and OUPV/Master Licenses

It's that time of the year again! There is no better use of the winter down time than brushing up your boating knowledge. We'll have more information next month on boating courses from the USCG Auxiliary and the Louisville Sail and Power Squadron.

Meanwhile, for the more experienced boaters: For the fourth year in a row, Port KY is proud to sponsor True Courses and their OUPV and Master courses. The OUPV, or Operator of Uninspected Vessels, gives you the opportunity to carry up to six passengers for hire. With a Commercial Tow Assistance endorsement, you can get paid to conduct towing operations. The Master enables you to operate inspected vessels, and the tonnage ratings will be determined based upon your experience. In the previous three years, this class in Louisville has cranked out some twenty-eight new captains.

The majority of our attendees came simply for more experience, education and credentials. Others have gone on to use their licenses locally. Capt. Joe Frith, for example, started Marinette Dream Cruises*, and has been conducting charters on the Ohio River for residents and out of town guests for over a year now. Some of his more popular packages include trips to Indiana's Belterra Casino for an overnight stay.

Would you like more information on going through the course from a local perspective? Check out this article from 2009 on the website: link

For more information on the course itself, here is a flyer from Capt. Ron Getter of True Courses: link

Flat Panel TVs

There's been some debate regarding whether it's safe to store your flat panel displays such as HDTVs and electronics on your boat in the wintertime. Would the screen crack from use? Do the crystals actually freeze? An internet search led to more debate and in some cases, more questions than answers.

I would suggest you start by checking your operating specifications for any equipment you own. For example, my HDTV has an operating temperature limit of 32 degrees F, but a minimum environmental temperature of 0 degrees F. What that tells me is that if it's less than freezing, I shouldn't turn it on, as doing so could damage the equipment. You may want to check your manuals for your limits before you fire up a cold-soaked display.

River Park Place

Work on the marina at River Park Place was resumed in early December. According to local news articles and their website, their marina should be "ready for boaters" in April. We'll have more information as it becomes available. Meanwhile, check out the "Captain's Blog" for a few pictures sent in by Sgt. Glaser (ret.) from the LMPD River Patrol. link

Repost- 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 Else is New?

Keep your eyes and ears open for new permitting applications with the Corps of Engineers, as there are things on the horizon that could affect the quality of your boating near Six Mile Island. We'll let you know when we have more substantial information.

Meanwhile, the Port KY River Forum is a great place to keep up with new things as they unfold. For those who haven't signed up, be aware that we check once a day for new online applications, so it may take up to 24 hours to get you logged in. link

Upcoming Events:

Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow: January 25-29, 2012

Thunder Over Louisville: April 21st, 2012

Check out the Events Page for more information! link

That's it for now--Stay safe, and we'll see you at the boat show!

Eric Grubb
USCG Licensed Master
Webmaster, PortKY.com

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