Where’d the wind go???

September 14

Paris Landing State Park Marina was a great stop. Only drawback to this place was there is NOTHING around here and very spotty cell service. Good wifi and longneck domestics were $3.25 at the small bar. Harbor Master Mackey was as courteous a gentleman as you could hope to meet. Went in to settle up with him this morning for the slip and electricity. He says “how long is your boat?” My response was a truthful 46 ‘. He replied, “how about $20?  I felt guilty as hell for using a credit card!

So we get outta there around 9:30 and there is a great breeze coming off the port side as we idle out to the main channel.When we make the turn to starboard (remember,right/starboard and left/port) the wind is off the stern (back). So there is NO breeze on the flybridge and we have a black bimini which makes it a little toasty up here. You can see how the burgee just hangs there limp as heck and in the chartplotter photo the true (yellow arrow with the “T” in it) wind is coming from behind us.

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One of the electronic navigation devices we have on board is the autopilot. Two of its’ main features are holding a heading and making a waypoint. When we tell this thing to hold a heading it will lock on a magnetic heading and stay there till you turn it off, change headings or you run into something. We ask it to hold our heading often as on a straight run down the river we set it, lean back in the captains chair and make minor course adjustments with the remote. Don’t have to touch the wheel.

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Note also in the photo of the helm there are 2 sets of levers. The set of levers on the port side are for the transmissions. Each engine has its own transmission. Reverse , neutral and forward are your choices. The levers on the starboard side are the throttles. Each engine/transmission can be operated independently of the other. In this case you see the port throttle is pushed all of the way forward.  That’s because WB has a engine synchronizer that when engaged operates both engines at the exact same RPM setting. Keeps the boat going straight.

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There used to be a large grain elevator located on the riverbank here. When the river was flooded as a result of the Kentucky Dam being completed, the building was left standing. This is a five story structure and only the top two floors are above water.

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This is an abandoned railroad bridge but the swing section was removed when the dam was opened.

We approached this railroad bridge crossing the river with caution. It appears there is not much room beneath it. Actually there is 24’. WB has an air draft of 19’.  Inched our way forward.

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Steam generating plant run by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

I explained earlier why we used the Scottish spelling of “whisky” in the name of WB. What I failed to tell you was how we got the name lettered. We didn’t want just any font for the name, but we wanted the same font as Old Forester Bourbon Whisky. Well there is no font for that style of letters.  The handsome lad in the above photo is Brady Nelson, Brown-Forman’s graphic arts wiz kid. He was gracious/crazy enough to create new letters for WB’s name that did not exist in the name Old Forester.

Thanks Brady, you rock!

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Oh yeah, Debbie HATES spiders, this is her new best friend. Boats seem to be spider magnets.

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Closed out the night with the locals who live around Cuba Landing Marina. I have been reading and researching this Great Loop for years and what I have read over and over again is how great the people are that you meet along the journey. These folks were as warm, friendly and inclusive a group as you could ever hope to meet. Jerry shared his beer and Jamie, MY MAIN MAN, was gracious/kind enough to go home and bring us some of his home made sausage and a jar of muscadine jelly made by some of the lovely people in this photo. On Saturday night they are having a Bloody Mary party so Debbie and I shared a bottle of the best damn bloody mary mix ever!

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