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August, 2013

As I type this, the flooding, current and debris from the July rains has given way to nearly perfect conditions. Whether you're into cruising, camping out or watersports, the past two weekends have been spectacular, with moderate temperatures and light breezes.


Above, an early-August fishing scene behind 18 Mile Island. Photo by Capt. Eric

Queen of the Mississippi

Did you happen to see the Queen of the Mississippi cruise through Louisville on its way from St. Louis to Cincinnati and back? She was tied-off at the Louisville Waterfront, where passengers had a chance to visit Louisivlle.

Some have asked whether the boat's paddle wheel was authentic. Built in 2012, she features twin Z-drives, which eliminate the need for rudders. The sternwheel, unfortunately, is for decoration only. Also not real and for decoration only are her twin stacks.


Above, the Queen of the Mississippi in front of Joe's Crab Shack in late July. Photo by Capt. Eric

Port KY River Forum

With the boating activity picking up again, The Port KY River Forum has been busy, too.

Recent topics include upcoming events, live river reports, various discussions about wakes, docking at the Captain's Quarters*, the reported algae blooms on the lakes and much more.

If you're not already on there, please visit to stay up with the latest! link


Let's face it, when we "hit the water," we're all looking for the same thing. That is, boating is a form of recreation, and we're out there spending large quantities of our available resources to have a good time. At the risk of sounding preachy, I'll paraphrase several posts on the forum by asking that we all think beyond our own boats and consider those around us.

For example, if you see a boat at anchor or beached, consider giving it a lot of room, or slowing to a min wake speed if you plan to pass close-by. If you see a towing vessel pulling a disabled boat, be aware that your wake could cause serious strain on the towing harness. Serious injury could occur if a tow eye or cleat were to let go.

Many are aware that the law says to be no-wake within 100' of land or another boat, but think about the boat you're getting ready to pass. Even though you're liable for damage but not discomfort, think about the food tray the boat at rest just put out, or the little girl putting on water skies, and how much they'd appreciate a slow pass or a wide pass, versus how much they'll forever "remember" you for dumping their food and spilling their drinks, or scaring the little kids.

I'm reminded of the commercials where everybody does just one nice thing. Think about how much better the river could be on a weekend if everybody tried to be a little more courteous!


Above, a Sunday afternoon bowrider, pulling a tube no less, passes inside of 100' from a towing vessel engaged in a commercial assistance operation. The yellow light bar was illuminated for visibility. Photo by Capt. Eric

CQ Jam For Water Step

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 5, 2013!

Four Live Bands from 4 p.m .- 11:00 p.m., including the Unlimited Show Band, voted #1 R&B Band in Kentucky, and Nashville Recording Singer Lindsay Willinger with the Rob Nickerson Band -- and much more.

Captains Quarters Riverside Grill
Premier Sponsor: Huffman Automative Group
Production, stage and sound by Ultimate Audio
Proceeds to Water Step (Formerly Edge Outreach)
Event sponsors have priority dockage
Sponsorship opportunities available

Call or e-mail JIm Willis, 502-558-1033, wattlog@aol.com, for questions!

Editor's note: This could be one of the biggest live music events ever held at Captains Quarters and it's going to be very special!

Other Upcoming Events

Check out the Port KY Events Page for more detail: link


HCBOA Dinghy Run
August 31, 10 a.m.-7p.m.

Great American Picnic (GAP)
Shady Glen, Prospect
August 24, 2 p.m-?


Madison Chautauqua of the Arts
September 28 & 29
10 a.m.-5 p.m.


HCBOA Docktoberfest
October 3-7
RiverPark Place Marina


Above, a July sunset from the downtown waterfront. Photo submitted by Capt. David Mann

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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