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February, 2012

NEWSFLASH!: Proposed Fleeting near Six Mile Island

There has been a lot of recent controversy over the proposed barge fleeting operation and associated public notice on the Corps of Engineers website. You may have heard about it on the news, via our River Forum or even from the flyers at the boat show.

Many recreational boaters are up in arms that the south end of the channel behind Six Mile Island could be filled with barges.

There is a public comment period on the matter open until February 17th, 2012, so please take this opportunity to become informed. There is far too much information to post here, so check out this page under "Local Knowledge" for the full story: link

What's wrong with this picture?

If you guessed the water looked too clear or that the Palm trees aren't from around here you'd be absolutely correct. While the rest of us were shrink-wrapping at the end of last year, Capt. Richard Smith took his 42' Grand Banks from the Rose Island Yacht Club and pointed the bow south.

After 26 locks, over 2500 miles, and 28 days on the water, he arrived at Bell Channel, Port Lucaya, Bahamas. Richard and his crew did the trip in 7-day segments, coming home in between legs to tend to business. Richard's trip serves as an inspiration for the rest of us!

America's Boating Course

Looking for a boat safety class? The Louisville Sail and Power Squadron is once again running their "America's Boating Course" in the spring. This time, they are offering the course two ways: Two Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., or Four Mondays 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

This course is designed for boaters of all ages. Besides being a good introduction or review, it can also serve as an insurance discount. Younger boaters ages 12 up to 18 are required to have passed such a course to operate in Kentucky.

Click here for more information: link (.pdf, 8K)

True Courses Captain's School

This is the last reminder that Capt. Ron Getter is still taking reservations for his March 3rd OUPV and Masters courses here in Louisville.

If you've ever considered getting your Capt's license, we brought True Courses* to town to make it easy for you!It is worth pointing out that most of the attendees from recent years did the course for education and to get the credentials that go along with their experience. They've graduated some twenty-eight captains locally since 2009. If you'd like more information on the course, here is a link to Capt. Ron's flyer: link

Also, here is a re-post of a link to my own experience taking the course in 2009. I covered why I did the course, what I learned, and also brought light to some of my pre-conceptions and actual experiences: link

Site Sponsors

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank P. Martin Riche for his recent contribution to the Port KY website. While advertising pays a good share of the bills, it is people like him and the rest of our previous sponsors who really help keep the expenses covered.

You may recall that this site was created as a reference for the safety and knowledge of our local boaters. As it became expensive to grow, I reached out to our members and ultimately advertisers to keep it going. You'd be interested to know that last year, for example, the Port KY LLC barely broke even. The largest expenses encompassed web and marketing expenses, along with a one-time donation match to support the victims of the Madison Regatta crash. We felt compelled to help with the later, especially in consideration that many of our Madison expenses were covered from an outside source.

As always, your support is appreciated in helping to keep the site funded and active. Thanks to all of our sponsors, who contribute via the PayPal link on the site or via the address on the Feedback page. I'd also like to thank you, our visitors, for visiting those businesses who help us through their advertising.

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


Upcoming Events:

Thunder Over Louisville: April 21st, 2012

Check out the Events Page for more information! link

New Fiberglass

With the boat show just behind us, you can probably still recall that wonderful smell of new fiberglass. One of the more serious boaters actually told me that he's been around enough showrooms that he can detect the subtle differences in smells ranging from manufacturer to manufacturer. That's just a little over the top for me, but I was impressed none the less.

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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