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November, 2012

We've been experiencing some fabulous late-October boating weather. Even though the forecast for next week looks a little cooler, the sunny conditions should prevail through next week.

New and Improved! Port KY River Forum

Remember the discussions about cows in the water? Who was getting inspected for what? Or who was going to be where for the weekend?


You may recall that Port KY experienced a malware attack on our shared-server configuration at the end of September. In the same week, several banks and even my church's retirement home were hit. In the case of the website, we took the opportunity to learn from the experience and move ahead in a stronger position.

Because your experience on the site is important to us, we paid for security upgrades that should preclude all but the most determined and focused attacks. It is a cat and mouse game between developers and hackers, and we've enlisted professional layers of security.

The old "River Forum" was also identified as having potential vulnerabilities. We were faced with the choices of disabling it in the name of security, or paying for a more robust, commerical solution. When I made the tough decision as webmaster to disable it, the boaters spoke-up. The Port KY River Forum was, indeed, a community. I was asked to re-consider the decision, and a few generous boaters even helped with costs by making donations.


Above, a behind-the-scenes look at producing an interactive forum.

I am happy to report that the new "Port KY River Forum" is up and running. Currently, it is in a test phase, where a few of our power users are running it through the wringer. You'll like the new features, such as enhanced avatars and profile pages, polling, and a calendar. Sponsors will have increased capabilities, such as the ability to create polls and have special signatures. The site is supported by security updates, and also features capabilities such as blogs and albums that can be enabled.

Once the bugs are verified, we'll send out a special notice and invitation to join. You should expect that in the next week or two.

Louisville Sail and Power Squadron Courses

Mark your calendars! The Louisville Sail and Power Squadron is hosting the following upcoming classes:

America's Boating Course

A fun, in-depth boating safety course. The United States Power Squadrons' ABC course meets Kentucky and Indiana boating license requirements. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts for boaters who complete this course.

Where: Harrods Creek Fire Department 8905 US Hwy 42 in Prospect.
Details: Price includes 244 page textbook, student CD, digital charting DVD including all US charts, and a 6 month USPS membership in the United States Power Squadron.
Price: $50. Families may share materials
To enroll: Contact 502-228-7227; or visit our site: link

When: (2 more classes to choose from)

Winter, Mondays in February 4, 11, 18, 25. 7-9 PM
Spring, two Saturdays in March 9 & 16. 9 AM- 1 PM

Advanced Piloting

Course covers advanced navigation techniques, navigation in tides and currents, and advanced GPS usage.

Where: Louisville Fire Engine Co. #10, 501 West Ashland Ave. Louisville, 40214..
Details: Price includes textbook, digital charting DVD including all US charts.
Pre-Requisite: Piloting Course or Instructor Approval.
Price: $50 Members $80 non-members.
To enroll: Contact 502-228-7227; or visit our site: link

When: Fall, Ten sessions on Monday nights 7-9 PM October, November, and December 3rd.

Engine Maintenance

Course covers the operating principles and beginning care and maintenance of inboards, outboards and diesels. Course will help you to "Know Your Boat".

Where: Middletown Christian Church, 500 Watterson Trail, Louisville, 40243
Price: $40 Members $70 non-members
To enroll: Contact 502-228-7227; or visit our site: link

When: Spring, Eight sessions on Tuesday nights 7-9 PM March and April.


Covers basic deck seamanship, marlinspike, anchoring, rafting, basic boat care and maintenance, and nautical and USPS etiquette.

Where: Harrods Creek Fire Department 8905 US Hwy 42 in Prospect.
Price: $50 Members $80 non-members
To enroll: Contact 502-228-7227; or visit our site: link

When: Spring, Eight sessions on Tuesday nights 7-9 PM April and May

Slips for Sale

Our Most Popular Newsletter Link!

As we head into the cooler months, there are still some slips for sale and for lease. There were recently four slips that sold as a direct result of the Port KY site, and the "Slips" page has been one of the most popular destinations: link

Here's what one of our boaters recently had to say:

"Just wanted to say "thank you" for listing my slip. It is now sold and your section on "Boat Slips" is what sold it. This has been a great addition... Thanks again!"


Industry Trade Event

November 7th-9th will feature the Kentucky and Tennessee Marina Associations Conference in Bowling Green, KY. Following is a link to their flyer: link

Reprint: OUPV and Master Class

It's that time of the year again--Port KY is promoting next Spring's OUPV and Master Class by True Courses. Since 2009, they have trained 30-some local captains right here at the St. Matthews fire station.

Look for posters that will be coming soon for the Louisville March class, or contact Captain Ron Getter of True Courses for more information: link

What's on those Barges?

Have you ever wondered what's on all those barges going by? The simple answer is that, like the trucks on the highway, you're watching the economy in motion. Following is a breakdown of movements through the area:

Monthly, in Total Tons:

Coal, Lignite and Coke: 3,100,000
Inedible Crude Materials (except fuel): 856,000
Petroleum Products: 486,000
Chemicals: 442,000
Primary Manufactured Goods: 373,000
Food and Farm Products: 208,000
Waste Material: 1,750

Thanks, Skip, for sending the link!

The Social Side of Boating

For many of you, Capt. Joe Frith needs no introduction. He's been boating since he learned to walk at Rough River, and is the owner and operator of Marinette Dream Cruises*, a local charter operator on Louisville's Ohio River. Joe spends most of his time either working or playing on the water, and will be contributing to Port KY with the social side of things.

As you read the following, you can hear Capt. Joe's voice in your head:


October brought to all some great boating on the river and places to go. The first HCBOA Docktoberfest was held at the new downtown River Park Place marina. It was open to anyone to come "by land, sea or air," most decided on "by sea."

Docktober was held on the weekend of October 5th through the 7th. With over 100 slips sold at the great price of $10 for the entire weekend, including water and electric, and with the promise of food, music, dancing on the docks, some cool and hot beverages and good times for all, how could we go wrong? The weather man was calling for a cold front moving into the area early Friday with high winds and rain. Predictions of temperatures dropping into the low 40's at night and high only in the 60's seemed kind of bad for a weekend on the docks. As the weekend approached, it only got worse. Those bad weathermen just kept dropping the temps and raising the rain chances. It looked like it was going to be a challenging weekend for several hundred people, if they came at all.

I arrived at the After Math at noon on Friday with all kinds of clothes for all weather and two crockpots of chili for the Saturday chili competition. The sun was out and kind of warm, but that was not supposed to be. I decided to head down-river early because of predictions of winds from 25 to 30 knots and because I was traveling alone on this trip. I figured docking might be a challenge.

As I left Harrods Creek, the wind was blowing, but only enough to keep the bridge cool as I already had the full enclosure on. All the way down the river the sun was bright, the clouds were few and far between. I had the music cranking with a little John Denver to ward away the weather that I was still sure was coming.


When the River Park Marina came into view, I had a chuckle. I thought I would be doomed to be spending the weekend with very few friends and mostly inside the boat. Wrong! There was a marina full of boats and people on the docks waving me in. After finding my assigned spot, and with the help of "way too many friends," I was home for the weekend. The rest of the afternoon was spent socializing on the docks and being one of those "way too many friends" helping other boats into their slips. By 6 p.m., almost all of the 100 plus boats were there and the party was for sure in high gear. The chicken dinners were being delivered by 4 Pigs BBQ, and there was an overwhelming mix of smells of food cooking coming from all the boats and all the docks.

Around 9 p.m., about half of the crews headed to Fourth Street Live, where Ri Ra Irish Pub (one of the sponsors of this weekend bash) was ready to show all a good time with specials on drinks and food. There were cabs, bikes, cars, and buses leaving the marina, all in the quest of a good time. The rest of us stayed just in case someone had left some fun behind, and you know they did! The music got loud, and the dancing started. There was music for all, and everyone from 18 to 75 was on the dock having a good time.

This went on into the night, until about midnight, when that dreaded rain we all had heard about started falling and everyone headed into someone's boat. Was this the end of a weekend of fun? Could it be saved? About that time I turned and saw my neighbor, a fifty-something-foot trawler with at least fifty people in the cabin. I knew the party would go on!

Saturday morning came, and I must say I was a little slow to rising figuring with the rain and wind how much fun was today going to be. Wrong again, captain! As I emerged from my cabin, some of the brightest sunshine I have ever seen hit me through the salon windows. As I looked out over the marina, the socializing on the docks was already in high gear. Everyone had their dogs out, and they were having as much fun as their human counterparts.

As I left the boat and started to walk down the docks, people were sharing their food, coffee, tea, Mimosas, Screwdrivers, and of course, Bloody Mary's. I can't remember for sure, but I think I had country ham, bacon, three different kinds of eggs, some kind of steak and eggs, muffins, and several different morning beverages. Now it was time to set down and relax in the sun that was not supposed to be there anyway.


As the morning turned to afternoon slowly the smell of chili cooking started to permeate the air. Tables started to be set up behind each boat and your hunger could not help but grow. Then it was time for everyone on to the dock to "start your eating!" With over fifty pots of chili there to try on four dock fingers, this was going to take a while. Better take and extra beverage with me. The chili went on and on, would it never end? I would like to say I tried everyone's, but that was impossible. Every transom chili stop included a story, chili and a beverage, and I got full quick.

Once the chili was done, what would we do next? Oh yea, it was Margarita night also on the dock, and at least twenty of the boats had brought their own special blends. As the night kicked into high gear, the music did also. With tunes provided by everyone and anyone, and played-on over the After Math's system, the dock dance rocked the dock. Oh yea, did I forget to tell you that around 10:30 the live music started with Megan, a local up and coming star (fifteen years old), and then other singers from around the area entertained into the night off the back deck of the After Math.

Everything wound down sometime around ….. oh let's just say late. And by the way, all day had remained warm mostly sunny and no rain. So much for listening to the weatherman!


Sunday morning the wind was up a little, and there was a chill in the air, but the sun was bright, and the Bloody Mary event began. There was more food and beverages, and at least one big tub of Bloody Mary's brought and served by Vernon Patrick. I can generally say I don't drink those drinks but this man can make a Bloody Mary! Most of the rest of the day was spent contemplating life on the back deck of someone's boat, until you decided to move to another boat and start over again.

Boats started filtering out around 3 in the afternoon, and at around 4:30 the After Math left the harbor and headed east and homeward-bound. It was a great ride home in the bright sun and I just wondered if those people that did not come because of the weather forecast had fun sitting at home in the sunshine?

Article and photos provided courtesy of Capt. Joe Frith

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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