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March, 2012

The record warm temperatures and great March weather have brought many boats out of storage early, mine included. We launched from Cox Park mid-week and experienced overall good conditions with a typical spring current and some patchy areas of debris. Water temperatures in the past ten days have risen ten degrees, and are now reading 55 degrees F at Markland.

Here are some items of interest as we go into the Spring boating season:

Boat Registrations

With the warm weather upon us, don't forget to renew your registrations. You can imagine that an old set of stickers will stick out like a sore thumb. The 2011 stickers expire April 30th, so you still have some time.

Every now and then, there seems to be some debate over trailers in KY. Per a recent conversation with the County Clerk's office, ALL TRAILERS must be titled. Let's face it, that's how they collect their taxes.

As for plating, it is not a requirement in the state of Kentucky. If you travel out of state, your KY trailer registration is good enough for law enforcement. Having said that, some people get plates to avoid the hassles of a traffic stop by somebody far away who may not know our laws. I do this myself, and figure it's one less reason to get pulled over.

Thunder Over Louisville

With Thunder Over Louisville just around the corner on April 21st, I'd like to re-post last year's information on how you can get the most out of the event by water.

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

Leggett Boat Build

You may recall that we're following the Leggett's boat build of a 24' center console fishing boat in Oldham County. They are currently waiting for some warm weather in the next few weeks to have a "Glass Party."

With the cure times of cold-mold hull, it'll help to have extra hands on staff. The plan is to get volunteers to help glass the hull, then celebrate with burgers, hotdogs and beverages. They are inviting participants, and Port KY is helping to make the list. The exact date and time will be announced to those on the list when there is a good weather opportunity.

If you'd like to lay some 1708 fiberglass mat, check out the boat or just have some food with fellow boaters, send me your info to get on the Leggett's list: webmaster@portky.com

Boat Safety Class in Indiana

"River's Edge Marina is sponsoring a Safe Boating Class on April 17th, 19th, 24th and 26th - 7pm to 9:30pm. The class will be held at Rooster's in Clarksville. Books are $25 each, Couples can share a book. Most insurance companies offer a discount on your boat insurance once you provide proof of passing the class, usually 10%. Check with your insurance company to confirm the discount. Please email or call us as soon as possible (to order books). Hope to see you there!"

Bob Conrad

Lock Closures

Planning a trip upriver this summer? The Markland 1200' chamber is closed again through August, 2012. If you're traveling up-river next week, be aware that the auxiliary 600' chamber will also be closed on Monday, March 26th between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

As a reminder, you can get on the Louisville U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' e-mail list for updates by sending a request to Sherry Marion of the Technical Support Branch. e-mail

You can copy this text into your e-mail to make it easy:

"Dear Sherry, Could you please add me to the list of recipients for lock closures and significant construction. I am a recreational boater in Louisville and heard about your list through the PortKY website. Thank you for your assistance."

Fishing Trivia

Have you ever seen a muddy puddle in a shallow area filled with catfish. How many can you take in on a daily basis by use of a firearm or explosives in the state of KY? Believe it or not, this was a recent discussion I encountered.

According to KRS 150.460, the answer would be zero. Perhaps you can use this new knowledge to win the next round of trivia at the docks.

Local Pump-out Stations

It goes without saying that we could use more holding tank pump-out facilities in the Louisville area. Here is a listing of local facilities, prompted by a recent discussion on our Port KY River Forum (link), heading south from Markland:

Rivercrest Marina, Madison- portable pumpout service
Tartan's Landing Marina

Harrod's Creek:
Captain's Quarters Marina
Marina Village
Harrod's Landing

Limestone Bay Yacht Club
River Park Place- ?? Under construction
LMPD River Patrol HQ

It is worth noting that most of the marina pumpouts are private and intended for their users. The facility at the River Patrol HQ by Tumbleweed docks, on the other hand, was permitted for public use. This equipment is locked after hours to prevent theft or damage. If you encounter a lock, seek the help of a River Patrol officer.

Spring Commissioning

Every year, we face the same trips to the grocery and marine stores to stock for the season. Being checklist people, we make a list in the fall of items we'll need as we take things off the boat to either toss or use at home. This list makes for an easy shopping experience in the spring.

If you don't have a list yet, it's not too late! All you have to do is write down each item you put into your cabinets on the boat, then add to it as you think of other things you'll need on your first few trips out. By next year, you'll have a system in place to make spring commissioning that much easier.

Sound a little OCD? We'd like to point out that it's more like CDO when you arrange the letters in the proper order.

Slips for Sale

As the weather heats up, so does demand for boat slips. Here's a link to our page of current listings: link

Have a slip of your own to sell? See the page listed above for information on how to list yours!

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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