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May, 2012

As I type this, we've got Thunder and the Derby behind us, and we're getting ready to start enjoying the summer boating season. Our incredible river conditions for April seemed to have given way to more normal May conditions with runoff from recent rains creating a little more current and debris. Here are some things on the horizon:

Thunder Pictures!

We got some fantastic pictures from the Thunder Over Louisville event. If you haven't already seen them, be sure to "like" Port KY on Facebook to see the album. link


The webpage has been updated with a collection of summer events. These include Riverfest at Shady Glen, the Louisville Waterfront Independence Festival, the Madison Regatta, the Venetian Boat Parade, the HCBOA Poker Run, and the Madison Ribberfest and the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art to name a few.

Check out the Port KY Events Page for specifics, and note that more information will be added as it becomes available: link

More on GPS and DSC:

You may recall that last month we described why it will be beneficial to have your DSC-equipped VHF radio linked to a GPS feed. Specifically, the USCG in this area is converting to a digital service that should be fully operational by 2013, and the Coast Guard suggests that boaters take advantage of their capabilities by installing a GPS link to your radio system. That information has been copied into Part I of a Featured Article on the site if you'd like to review it: link

In the name of "practicing what I publish," I recently upgraded one boat's GPS receiver from a handheld unit to a pole-mounted unit on an arch. Additionally, I installed a new VHF radio on a bowrider, and used a flush mount GPS receiver to connect to the DSC capability. If you've wondered how to do this yourself, we've got some answers!

The installation process was detailed and documented with pictures on the Port KY website. There were a lot of idiosyncrasies discovered during the process, and the goal was to pass along as many of those as possible to make your installation that much easier.


For more information on how you can set up your radio, visit Part II of the article, detailing the process: link

Steps for Sale

For Sale: One set of fiberglass steps for your dock. Also works great in the driveway for working on your boat. Locking teak door. Measures 2' x 4' x 2'. These spent two summers on a dock, then spent the next 20 years in storage. $199, like new! Proceeds donated to the Port KY site. Compare with the new ones for $595!

More information: webmaster@portky.com


Dogs on the Water

Do you take man's best friend with you when you head out for a day on the water? Some dog's personalities are better suited than others. For example, I grew up with a dachshund that was a little too hyper to enjoy a day on the boat, while I know some other dogs that can't imagine being left behind.

Capt. George East has assembled some tips for making your day on the boat that much better, and we have included several pictures of our local dogs. Check out Parts I and II here: link

Sea Ray of Louisville*

Chip at Sea Ray of Louisville* sent some details for their Spring Sales Event coming up May 17, 18 & 19th:

Courtesy Boat Inspections by the Louisville Power Squadron (trailer your boat in SAT 9-4)

Saturday Grill-Out (noon-2)

Test rides on the new Sea Ray 250 SLX (call for appointment) You can contact them at (502) 540-5552 for more information.

Vessel Safety Checks

With the new season upon us, this is a great time to get a fresh Vessel Safety Check. As a reminder, this is a free check and there are no penalties for not having the proper equipment.

In my opinion, it's better to get organized, schedule a check and get the sticker than to have a surprise inspection from the authorities at the boat ramp or on the water. I've also found that I learn something new every year.

My advice would be to do the best you can to verify that you have the equipment required by the USCG and state, then call an examiner to get on the list. For more details, visit the Featured Article on the site: link

Website Growth

The Port KY River Forum has become more and more active compared to a year ago. Please continue to tell your friends about the forum, as it serves as a portal to our boating community.

The forum still requires a login as an anti-spam measure--I hate to do that, but it's the most effective way to keep it nice inside for our boaters. Log-in applications are usually reviewed on a daily basis, so give us a little time if you're signing-up for the first time.

Repost- EVENT INFORMATION: June 29th-30th - Riverfest

Benefits EDGE Outreach - Clean Water Projects

The 2012 Riverfest Music Festival will return to Prospect, KY where dozens of local performing artists and bands will perform on the banks of the Ohio River in Prospect, Kentucky. The two-day music event will be held at the Shady Glen Club on Friday, June 29th and Saturday, June 30th. All proceeds will benefit Louisville-based EDGE Outreach and their mission to save lives around the world with clean water. Tickets are $10 in advance for a two-day pass or $10 each day at the door. Tickets are available online at EDGEOutreach/Riverfest.

The Riverfest stage sits right on the Ohio riverbank about 2.5 miles upriver from 12-Mile Island, allowing the area boating community to beach or anchor out for the day and enjoy the festivities. Attendees of the family-friendly event are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers.

Event will be emceed by "2 Guys Havin' Fun", a popular duo known for making good times better, and the sound and lighting production services will be provided by Brian Hood of Ultimate Audio. "Butchers Best" of Prospect KY will feature the pork barbeque and chicken on Friday evening. Soft drinks and water will be available as well.

Riverfest is hosted by the Shady Glen Club, 1504 Riverside Drive, off Rose Island Road.

Call Jim Willis at 502-558-1033 and get your Advanced Ticket Sales: $10 for two day pass. $20 day of the event. Limited number boat slips are also available, and raft-ups welcomed

Visit their site for more information: link

Repost- EVENT INFORMATION: August 4th - Venetian Boat Parade

"Capt. Patrick" has arrived on the scene with a dazzling new concept for the Waterfront. Originally from Chicago, he is bringing an event for boaters to Louisville.

What started as a small lakefront event in 1958 continued for over 50 years as an annual celebration involving a parade of boaters.

From their website: "We would like to invite you to enter your boat into the parade, or come and celebrate the Louisville boating lifestyle, in all its glory, and applaud your favorite decorated boat on August 4, 2012 in Louisville's inaugural Venetian Boat Parade Festival."

There is so much more to tell about their event. There will be food, dancing, a car show, volleyball, and boats, boats and more boats. Captain Patrick wanted me to pass along that this isn't a parade of boats with lights, but rather a themed event that will take some planning and preparation. For more information, please visit the "Venetian Boat Parade" website: link

Port KY River Cards

It's that time of year again! Stop by Marine Sales and Service, River's Edge Marina or Sea Ray of Louisiville to pick up a "River Card." These 8x5" cards are available for free and provide a handy reference for you while you're out on the river.

Included on the cards are mileages, landmarks, a list of required equipment and other tidbits of information to keep you more situationally-aware on the water.

Site Sponsors

This month, we would like to thank Dr. Stu Jeffries and "Ole Sea Ray Guy" for contributing to the Port KY site.

As we've previously mentioned, there are an ever-growing list of expenses associated with running a site like this, and we are truly appreciative of those who help us to keep our fellow river boaters more informed. link

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!


Remember that the reason you have a boat is so that you can enjoy it!

One of the best ways to have the best experience on the water is to stay safe and keep yourself informed. That's the basis of the Port KY website, forum and over 40 featured articles. While we hope that you've learned from the information provided, remember that the primary goal is to enjoy your boating experience!

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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