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October, 2013

As I type this on a sunny Monday afternoon, it's 63 degrees outside, and we just returned from a nice visit to the Captains Quarters Restaurant* via the River. Their decks have been mostly cleared, and their guests have moved inside for some great fall views.

Louisville experienced morning fog, which is not uncommon for this time of year. Keep reading for more details on this atmospheric phenomenon. Once the fog cleared, we enjoyed calm winds and perfectly flat water for our little trip.

One of my favorite things this time of year is the greenhouse effect on the bridge. That is, we can open just enough of the glass to get some air, while staying comfortable in long-sleeved shirts.


Bridge Construction

In case you haven't been down by the I-265 bridge project in a while, here are a few pictures from late October as it progresses:


You can see from the radar image that there is somewhat of a bottleneck for towboat traffic in that location, which is also a no-wake zone during construction.


River Fog

Fog seems to be a frequent morning occurence on the river this time of year, and that's for a good reason. As our average temperatures drop, the river temperatures drop as well, but are slower to fall because of the amount of energy that water can hold as compared to air.

On our clear, cool October nights, we've seen temperatures all the way down into the high twenties, with river temperatures still hovering in the high-50 degree range. You may remember from your high school science classes that cold air cannot hold as much moisture as warmer air. As the cool air moves over the warmer river, it becomes saturated with moisture and fog forms.

Besides seeing the fog from the river, I noticed this phenomenon this past weekend from the air while arriving into Louisville. The airport was reporting clear skies and 7 miles visibility, while the river was blanketed with dense fog. In that particular case, the only thing you could see downtown was the top of the AEGON Center poking through the clouds.

If you find yourself stuck in these conditions, you will note that around here, the fog tends to lift rapidly once things start to warm a little.


Above, fog over the Ohio River observed from a small aircraft as viewed looking toward Brandenburg, KY. Photo by K. Grubb, November 2011

2014 OUPV and Master Captain Class

Captain Ron Getter of True Course Captains School is pleased to inform us that they have enough enrollees in the March, 2014 OUPV and Master Captain's Course to make it a "go."

This course, hosted annually by Port KY, is a great place for well-seasoned boaters who have an interest in obtaining their captain's license to round-out their knowledge and get the credential that goes with it. Some people get their captain's licenses to help supplement their income, while others enjoy the learning experience.

For more information, see the attached flier and contact Captain Getter for more information: LINK (.pdf, 99 Kb)

Please note the correction to Captain Getter's email: CaptainGetter@TrueCourses.com


Don't let the winter blues set in! Stop by the Port KY River Forum to keep in touch with your friends and keep up with the latest: LINK

What's This?... From the September News & Notes


What do you do to keep the ducks and cranes away from your boat? I've tried those plastic owls in the past, only to have the birds become accustomed to them. I've noticed that the boats with flags tend to fare a little better, as the birds are startled by movement.

I've read that motion detectors and strobes can be effective, but those seem like overkill. In our case, I tried a low-cost, low-tech solution that involved a piece of PVC pipe and a few blank CDs. 10 minutes, a drill and some zip-ties were all that was needed to construct the gizmo. The CDs are flashy, and they are light enough that they move with even the slightest breeze.

How well did it work? Overall, it proved very effective--That is, right up to the point they were ripped off by the high winds of a storm.

Upcoming Events

Christmas Parties!

Check your club's calendar for details!

Attention Advertisers

Look for advertising renewals in the mail in the next few weeks. There have been good suggestions for change, and we'll have more information in your advertising packets.

Slips for Sale

Still our most popular link! There were recently nine slips that sold as a direct result of the Port KY site, and the "Slips" page has been one of the most popular destinations.

There are some new listings, including three large slips at the Louisville Yacht Club, so check it out: 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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