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April, 2014

Heading into spring, many of us rolled the dice and gambled that Thunder Over Louisville would see good conditions. For something new, our family reserved a slip at the RiverPark Place Marina.

After a full week of cleaning the boat and provisioning supplies, we were rewarded with nearly perfect weather. The current, however, was swift, making anchoring difficult for those supporting the air show rehearsals on Thursday and Friday. By Saturday, the river at McAlpine upper had returned to 13', making for a brisk current, but not too much worse than many other Thunders.

We elected to stay in the slip for the weekend, where we shared food and fellowship with guests we hadn't seen since last years' boating season.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the weekend:


Above, four of the Blue Angels rock downtown Louisville

Below, a fireworks shot from the river, courtesy B. Kight


Port KY River Cards

You'll be glad to know that we've updated the Port KY River Cards for 2014, and they are off to print. Look for an announcement soon on when and where you can get them!

Belle of Louisville

As we mentioned last month, Capt. Doty, the Master of the Belle, was kind enough to take captains from the Port KY-sponsored OUPV and Masters classes for a tour of the vessel. In late March, she had all her hatches opened for her annual Coast Guard inspection, so we had a great opportunity to peek into the inner workings.

The Port KY site has been updated with pictures and a description of the Belle, so check out our new Featured Article: LINK


Above, Capt. Doty explains the oiling mechanism on one of the vessel's steam pistons.

Great Steamboat Race

And speaking of the Belle, don't forget to check out the Great Steamboat Race on April 30th! LINK

E-Mail Addresses

Do you still use your "Insightbb.com" e-mail address? If so, please be aware that some will no longer work after June 1st.

Please use the automated link at the bottom of this form to keep your address with us up to date (see iContact link at footer).

Nautical Flea Market

Mark your calendars for May 17th Nautical Flea Market and Start of the Boating Season Party hosted by Paradigm Yachts, HCBOA and River Park Marina!

Capt. George East sends the following information:

The event is at River Park. Admission is FREE to the general public, individual vendors and all Marine dealers are invited. The vendor cost for a single parking space is $15.00 in advance $25.00 the day of the event. The schedule is from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. There is also a party that evening also at River Park from 6:00 to 10:00 with live music. Land side visitors are free and overnight dockage for boaters is $40.00 (contact HCBOA).

For more information, contact George: LINK

Additionally, here is a link to their flyer: LINK (.pdf file)

Also, here is a link to the vendor application: LINK (.pdf file)

Kentucky River Update

Jerry Graves of the KY River Authority wanted me to pass along that they're very excited about getting Locks 1 and 2 on the KY River open later this year, and are looking forward to having visitors from Louisville come up that way.

Specifically, the contracts to rehabilitate Locks 1 and 2 have been signed, and there is a 140-day work schedule to begin June 1st, 2014. With good conditions, it is conceivable that the locks could open as early as sometime in September or October, allowing us to cruise all the way up to the lock wall at Lock 5.

Mr. Graves, who happens to be a boater himself with a Jefferson, also mentioned plans to start some dredging along the KY River. The thought is that once things open up, they want it to be a good experience for us.

Also, mark your calendars for the 2015 Concert Series in Frankfort. Every other Friday, they feature a variety of music, and they usually average about 1,500 people in attendance.

Lastly, Locks 1 and 2 will have a published schedule similar to that in place for Locks 3 and 4. Mr. Graves wanted me to mention that they can accommodate special arrangements, for example working out an in transit schedule for a Wednesday if they happen to have a group of boats coming through at the same time. Their goal is to promote commerce, and they want to work with our boaters!


Summer Events!

As you plan your summer, be sure to keep checking the Port KY Events page for updates. Here's what's on tap so far: LINK

Site Sponsors

Once again, I would like to extend a huge "Thank You" to these boaters who contributed toward the expenses of the Port KY site for 2014 during the 1st Quarter's drive:

Bill Andriot
Christopher Boone
David Boyles
Tim Chambers
Tom Christensen
Dick & Bert Coomes
Bob Coomes
Gary Cummings
Tony Deye
Martin Doll
William & Jennifer Glass

Dr. Stewart Jeffries
Keith & Ruth Leitner
David Mann
Sean McPherson
Chris Morris
Josh Nagel
"Ole Sea Ray Guy"
Robert Ring
Robert Schindler
Terry Shellhamer


Job Opportunities


From Chip Jowarski, Sea Ray of Louisville: Sea Ray of Louisville is looking for a sales representative. In addition to used boats, we are the area dealer for the following brands: Sea Ray, Meridian Yachts, Scarab jet boats, South Bay pontoons, and Bayliner bow riders and deck boats. Come join our team and turn your passion of boating into a career. Qualified candidates with sales experience and knowledge of boats should send their resume to: sales@searayoflouisville.com


Bob Conrad at River's Edge Towing is still looking for part-time, on-call captains. Call (502) 396-5491 for more information.

Port KY River Forum

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

Slips for Sale

Still our most popular link! You can check them out here: link

Boys and their Toys!

What in the world are Capt. Joe and Capt. Eric up to now? Here's a sneak-peak at a feature for the next Port KY newsletter!



That's it for now--Stay safe, and we'll see you on the water!

Eric Grubb
USCG Licensed Master
Founder, Port KY LLC

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