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April, 2013

With last Monday's snow a distant memory and the crocuses starting to bloom, things look better each day for ripping the shrinkwrap off the boat.

With Thunder right around the corner, we dedicate this April newsletter to information that can help you as you plan for either your first excursion of the year or for the big Thunder Over Louisville event.


Above, a picture from the picket line at Thunder Over Louisville 2012. Photo by Capt. Eric

Would you like a chance to win $500?

Who wouldn't? The Louisville Sail and Power Squadron is teaming with Marine Sales & Service* to offer a safety seminar and event in preparation for Thunder. What better way to spend a weekend afternoon than hanging out with new fiberglass and fellow boaters. Following are the details:


APRIL 13, 2013
Presented by, MARINE SALES & SERVICE and
the Louisville Sail and Power Squadron

*Register for $500 in Pro Shop Merchandise
(drawing during event)
*20% off selected items in Pro Shop

*Schedule an inspection

SEMINARS: 12:00-2:00
*RSVP by April 10 to www.louisvillepowersquadron.com

"Handling Emergencies Onboard"
"Where to anchor for Thunder"

*Representatives from Louisville Metro Police, DNR and Coast
Guard Auxiliary will be on hand to answer questions
*Seminars offered free of charge; supporting materials will be
ordered on requested basis

PARTY: 2:00-4:00

More Thunder Over Louisville

Thunder Over Louisville will be held on Saturday, April 20th. With Sequestration in effect, the military will have less of a presence at the airshow, but a full show will still be available thanks to the civilian side of aviation. We'd like to re-post previous year's information on how you can get the most out of the event by water.

For starters, you can start watching the river levels to anticipate river conditions. Remember that they are available on the site, and that you can watch what's happening in the Markland Pool to give you an idea about the current: link

Additionally, things change quickly in the Spring, so it is also a good idea to keep track of the weather. That, too, is available on the Port KY site: link

What's the safest place to anchor? My attorney once joked, "at the dock." This year, some are doing just that at the newer Riverpark Place Marina. The downtown waterfront is another option, so mark your calendars for next February to bid for yours.

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 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


In the past, we have chronicled the adventures of Oldham County's Capt. Richard Smith, who has taken his Grand Banks around the Great Loop and then some. He's home now, but recently sent these pictures.

If these pictures from Exuma don't motivate you to think of traveling beyond the McAlpine pool, we're not sure what will!


Above, the Bahama's catch of the day and a picture taken in 15 feet of water. Courtesy, Capt. Richard Smith

Reprint: Louisville Sail and Power Squadron Courses

The following course is still on the horizon if you'd like to expand your knowledge:


"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 their site: link

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

River Forum

The Port KY River Forum now has 115 registered members, with hundreds of posts. It continues to be a great source of current and up-to-date information for our boaters.

Not currently a member? Complete the simple Registration link to get approved: Forum Home: link


Slips for Sale

As the weather heats up, so does demand for boat slips!

There are still some listings for slips for sale or lease. There were recently seven 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

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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