Photos and Description of Events in 2007

 Safe-boating classes urged Christmas Party Commander's Messsage 2007 San Juan Islands Old Hickory Cruise  Clarksville's Riverfest Regatta Ye Olde Wooden BoatJuly 2007 Lake Lanier Raft-up June 2007 Membership meeting 2007 Kentucky Lake Raft Up 2007 Percy Priest Raft Up Mike Majka John Guider AlligatorNashville Boat Show Commander's Messsage Harpeth Shoals Squadron Houseboat Member Photos The Old Salt Squadron Annual Meeting Observations on Trawler Fest Wolf Creek Dam

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December 20th, 2007


Safe-boating classes urged

Staff Writer

Students take notes and listen during a boat safety class by the Music City Power Squadron last spring. Registration for boat safety classes will take place at the Nashville Boat and Sportshow Jan. 9-13 at the Nashville Convention Center.

Four boaters on the Cumberland River were injured earlier this fall after striking a submerged object that caused their craft to crash into a shoreline tree.

The accident was one of several nationwide caused by the drought conditions that made boating even more hazardous than normal.

The accident on the Cumberland was one of the reasons several local organizations teamed up to stress the importance of water safety.

Ingram Barge Co., the Music City Power Squadron, the Propeller Club and the Sea Scouts will promote recreational boating safety at the Jan. 9-13 Nashville Boat and Sportshow at Nashville Convention Center.

"We are encouraging children and adults to come to us, talk to us, and sign up for the safe-boating classes we teach,' said Bruce MacDonald, executive officer of the Music City Power Squadron.

Classes have benefits

By completing the class, most boaters can get reduced insurance premiums. They'll also learn more about the type of craft best suited for the kind of water they will be in and the basic equipment that should be on board.

Tennessee is one of several states that require all recreational boaters born after January 1989 to complete the state-regulated exam.

Safety devices on boats are more advanced than ever. Yet there are more accidents today on the water because of the increase in activity, MacDonald said.

"There are more and more recreational boaters out there,' MacDonald said. "More so nowadays with the personal watercraft, the Sea-Doos and jet skis. They are the ones with the young people and the ones having the most accidents."

Personal watercraft is one of the reasons representatives from Ingram Barge Co. got involved. Ingram Barge operates several towboats on the Cumberland.

"People have no idea just how powerful those towboats are in terms of the propeller wash,' MacDonald said. "They cannot stop on a dime. Getting in front of one is like getting in front of a locomotive."

Fishing for safety


  • Cost: $10 and up
  • Length:Most classes take one day.
  • Contact: Bruce MacDonald at 615-376-0154 or U.S. Power Squadrons 1-888-367-8777.

Another target group for the safety organizations: fishermen. The conditions brought on by the drought make zipping across the water to a favorite fishing spot particularly dangerous.

"Some fishermen believe they're out there just to fish and they don't realize that they have to comply with all of the safety regulations when it comes to boating,' MacDonald said.

"The conditions are really hazardous because of the drought and you see it all across North America. Because of the drought, the areas where you used to be able to go over, now there are rocks and tree stumps, other debris down there. And because the water is kind of murky, you don't see it. You're traveling at 40 or 50 miles an hour and by the time your depth finder starts picking it up, it's too late. You're already over it."

For more information about the courses, go to

For more information about the other groups involved in the safety presentation at the Nashville Boat & Sportshow, go to:

Dec 1, 2007

December Christmas Party

We gathered at P/C Suzanne Campbell's home for drinks and camaraderie the food served was excellent as always! and the dessert second to none! We then had our annual "Dirty Santa" gift exchange I need to tell you, it was taken to new heights again this year. I have yet to see a gathering of more worthy Pirates! Our sincere gratitude to Suzanne for hosting again this year. Hope everyone has a Safe and Happy holiday season!

Thank you, Suzanne, for your hospitality!

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A few of the party at
Suzanne Campbell's home

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Tom and Lily Hudson with
Suzanne Campbell

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October 30th, 2007

Commander's Messsage

Cmdr Mike Majka, P

Hope all of you are doing well! I am just a little sad it has turned cool outside, and I know water activities have ended for the year, but cruising this time of year is the best! Most of our boating friends that have not taken any of our courses have packed it in and the lakes are most enjoyable! 

The Squadron is business as usual, I cannot tell you how pleased I am of all the great courses and programs that have been offered this year, and we have increased membership along the way. I am sure this will continue next year. Speaking of that, the nominating committee is hard at work and looking for our next leaders I encourage you to get involved and stay involved! We are only as strong as our participating members. If you would be interested in serving on the bridge please contact P/C's Lyle, Jeanne or Suzanne, We are always looking for new ideas and energy! 

The last GMM meeting was terrific special thanks to Ingram barge & The Propeller Club , I believe everybody had a great time. Hope to see everyone at the next GMM on November 12th we will be returning to Logan's on Elliston Place to hear the sailing adventures of Mary & Mac Mcalister. 

On the education side (we're not done yet) AP is currently underway and Knots for Mariners is coming up in November. 

The Annual Christmas party is scheduled for December 1st 1800 and will be held at P/C Suzanne Campbell home this is one of the best events of the year no doubt the Dirty Santa gift exchange is a blast! Just an Idea their are many great gift ideas in our Ships Store please check it out! 

I'm requesting every member to take a few minutes a complete the USPS® Planning Committee Survey. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

Cdr. Mike Majka,P


Dr. Debbie Doyle's San Juan Islands Cruise

Tough life but somebody's got to live it

Click here for a photo album of 208 pictures of Dr. Debbie Doyle's recent adventures and honeymoon in the San Juan islands. If that doesn't make you jealous enough, there are more albums available at: featuring our long-lost squadron member. And, in case that still doesn't satisfy your quest for information about Debbie, she has committed to being at our October meeting. Who knows? She just might be our featured speaker.

Old Hickory Lake cruise to Sandy Chapel


For our fall on-water event, the Old Hickory Lake cruise on Saturday 22 September was hosted by Linda and Fred Burr, aboard Spar-Kee out of the Gallatin Marina. Four families participated, including Edie and Marshall Oathout; Rebecca, Jared and Mike Majka; Lili, McLean and Tom Hudson; the Burrs and their niece Tiffany. Though the temperature was above normal for September, the skies were mostly clear, with a pleasant light breeze.

Departing about 1120, Spar-Kee led the way upriver past Cherokee Resort and TVA's Gallatin steam plant, with Mike's jet ski in tow, followed by the Oathouts aboard Persephone. Fred led the way through the narrow passage to Sandy Chapel, a beautiful spring-fed cove, where he anchored and Persephone rafted-up. After a lunch with plenteous eats of great variety, Mike took Tiffany and McLean each for fast rides on the jet ski. Departing Sandy Chapel about 1600, we made our way back to Gallatin Marina aboard Spar-Kee, while Persephone continued back to her berth at Cedar Creek Yacht Club. From Gallatin, the Hudsons then boarded Gratitude for their return to Creekwood, and Mike loaded the jet ski on its trailer.

Lt/C Tom Hudson, AP

Music City Brings Home the Hardware From Clarksville

Ray Alley, Tom Hudson and McLean Hudson Victors in Cardboard Canoe Races

On Saturday 08 September, the Music City Power Squadron team took their cardboard canoe to participate in the Inaugural Cardboard Boat Regatta at Clarksville's annual Riverfest. Of the twenty-one official entries, eighteen made it to the river to compete over the 100 yard course. The boats were divided into four classes “ adult, adult-youth, corporate and church. The first two were limited to no more than two paddlers, while the other classes could have no more than eight aboard. All boats were limited to 10' in length, and could only be made from cardboard, construction adhesive, duct tape, silicone caulk, and paint.

Starting on Friday of Labor Day weekend, Liz and Ray Alley and Tom Hudson collaborated on the design, starting with a sketch on the back of a paper plate. On Sunday and Monday, Ray and Tom completed the boat's basic construction. Tuesday through Friday were devoted to painting and decorating; many coats of latex paint helped insure the craft's watertight integrity. Liz and Shannon Alley, as well as new member Hal Whetstone, participated in the painting, and Liz did the lettering of the name BOX TOP on the transom.

Saturday morning broke overcast with a temperature in the low 70s. BOX TOP was loaded into the bed of Ray's truck, and the team traveled up I-24 to Exit 11. After checking in at the registration tent and attaching burgee and ensign, we scoped out the competition as the judges inspected each vessel. Occasional light rain began to take its toll on poorly painted craft. There were three fairly small and sleek craft, one of which UNDER CONSTRUCTION eventually won the corporate class for the Actus team from Ft. Campbell; Thai Kitchen's dragon boat was unstable and too small, and capsized at the starting line, as did the father-daughter team of SLEEPY BLUE in our heat. So our real competition was the AQUA HERO team, who easily won the first heat.

Between our heats, we watched the action, as several boats sank, capsized and/or unfolded. Several others were basically unmaneuverable crates with paint on the sides; the team from the Kennedy Law Firm would have made better time if they had just drifted with the slight current, instead of arguing and paddling against one another. The Trane employees' entry came in second in the corporate class, while NOAH'S ARK won the church class; both had good teamwork among their paddlers.

The last heat of the day pitted the boat of Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department against City Council's entry. Parks and Rec claimed they intentionally lost to insure their funding for the coming budget year, but it looked like they were trying hard anyway.

After the final heat, awards were presented. The Music City BOX TOP team won two first place trophies in the adult (Ray and Tom) and adult-youth (Tom and McLean) classes, as well as the Cardboard Queen award for best looking boat. Actus won the award for team spirit; they had about twenty people all wearing day-glo chartreuse tee-shirts to cheer on their two paddlers. AQUA HERO won the award for best team costumes, as both paddlers wore matching authentic Navy caps, tee-shirts and dungarees. The OLIVER won the Titanic award for most spectacular sinking.

Will we return to defend our reputation next year? Ray already has a few ideas on how we might improve BOX TOP.

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Cruising the Mississippi

Ahhh... to be young again

Bob Duthie took the photographs below from their motor home parked beside the Mississippi at Canton, MO. "It includes the strangest boats we have seen yet. A bunch of kids from Minneapolis put these together from recycled junk according to the young crew member we talked to. They hope to make New Orleans someday."

Be sure and click on each image to see its larger version... they're definitly worth viewing.

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Steering and throttle
controls are on the tow
"boat with the comfy
chairs high up looking
over the "boat.

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Guider showed a number of
the beautiful large-format
photographs he took along
his odyssey.

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April 26th, 2007

Boat-in, Drive-in Cookout at the new Harpeth Shoals Marina in Ashland City - April 21st, 2007


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Liz and Ray Alley pulling
into the, almost finished,
Harpeth Shoals marina.

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Kristine Hill found herself on KP.

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It was too nice a day to
do anything but¦ swap
lies and talk about those
who weren't there.

April 1st, 2007

Houseboat Committee Reports Successful Purchase

Lt/C Tom Hudson, AP

1 April 2007 The Squadron's Houseboat Committee, originally convened by P/C Lyle Fuson in 2005, have recently approved the purchase of an older houseboat to be used as a meeting place for monthly Squadron dinners as well as for BoatSmart, TSRA and other USPS courses, including the new USPS University seminars and short courses. Due to the derision of some mossback members, it can now be revealed that the Committee met unofficially at Rotier's after regularly scheduled ExCom meetings whenever one of its members had something of possible interest to report to the group. Many thanks to Bob Duthie for locating this houseboat, which will be moored on Mill Creek at the site of the future Cumberland Yacht Harbor, a location deemed by the Committee to be most convenient for access by our Members. Thanks to Dorman Burch for arranging an inexpensive survey of the vessel.

The houseboat has ample storage for our flags, computer and projector, course materials, various supplies and boat show brochures. There will be a shelf for trophies in the meeting room. Committee member Carlos Trenary volunteered to be in charge of interior decoration, since he has a number of artifacts to be displayed which were gathered on his many voyages of exploration; any member who has photos from past Squadron events is encouraged to donate a copy to Carlos for display.

As you can see from the accompanying photo, although it needs a little cosmetic work, it fits the Music City image well, and should aid in new member recruitment. Commander Mike Majka and Executive Officer Lt/C Bruce MacDonald have planned a work party for Saturday 5 May, starting at 0900. Education Officer Lt/C Robbie Gilreath has acquired several dozen gallons of paint left over from the last local Marriott redecoration project, and P/L/C Dale Hamilton will have plenty of brushes and rollers on hand. This will be a great opportunity for one and all to earn merit marks! Dedication and rechristening will follow at 1700 that afternoon; Lt/C Tom Hudson has acquired the requisite champagne and other adult beverages, and P/C Edie Oathout will do the honors with a beribboned bottle of bubbly. A cookout dinner will follow, and every family is encouraged to bring a dish; please email P/C Suzanne Campbell with the dish you plan to bring.

The Committee has announced a contest to name the houseboat. Please email your suggestion to Secretary Lt/C Liz Alley prior to 5 May. After enough adult beverages have been consumed, the Committee will convene to select the winning entry. The winner will receive a goody bag prepared by Commander Majka; the second place winner will receive two goody bags.

April 1st, 2007

Alligator Found in Tennessee River March 13, 2007

A fisherman on the Tennessee River made a wild discovery over the weekend.

Rhea County, Tenn. Wildlife Officer Burton Capps says he shot and killed this 5-foot alligator in Rhea County Sunday.


Photo by TWRA Officer Burton Capps

He says he killed it so it couldn't attack others.

Officer Capps says he got a call around 3:30 from a fisherman who spotted the reptile lying on a log. Capps said he didn't believe it until he saw it himself.

He suspects the alligator was a pet that someone released in to the wild.

Photo by TWRA Officer Burton Capps

According to WNOX newsman Phil Williams, TWRA Officer Capps was unaware of a new joint program between TWRA, TVA, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

For several years FFWCC has been under pressure, between a swamp and a golf course as it were, from both environmentalists and animal rights groups on the one hand, and concerned citizens and the tourist industry on the other. As the formerly endangered alligator species has proliferated under Federal protection over the last four decades, more and more golfers were forced to retreat from scaly guardians of the greens, and Pomeranian after poodle disappeared into the drainage canal in the backyard with nary a yip. Local sheriff's deputies and state wildlife officials would be called in to deal with the hissing long-tailed problem, and the solution was usually a 9mm round to the center of the offending beast's skull, if the officer was man enough to get that close.

But the tipping point came with the increasing televised popularity of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, who genuinely liked long reptiles. Suddenly the PETA crowd weren't alone, and popular pressure arose to capture and relocate the offending alligators. But the shrinking Everglades couldn't contain them all, and another solution had to be found. The Kevlar pet coats marketed by PetsMart in West Palm Beach to protect Fifi when she went poo-poo in the backyard just weren't selling.

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency was facing a problem of a different sort. In some Tennessee lakes, fish species less desired by anglers were crowding out the smallmouth bass, crappie and walleye. Not only was the ecology of the lakes upset; so was the economic food chain of fishing, from boat manufacturers and dealers to bait shops and tourist motels. TWRA tracked a 27% decline in permits sold to fishermen between 2001 and 2005, the latest year for which complete data are available. A predator was needed to thin out the carp and sauger. Did you know the average 100 pound alligator will consume about twenty pounds of fish a week?

So the plan was hatched. FFWCC would capture gators which slithered out of the swamp onto the fairways and shuffleboard courts of Geritol-by-the Sea, and transport them to the Volunteer State. After all, one alligator was known to inhabit Bedford Lake near Manchester from about 1976 until 1996, when it was shot after devouring a Labrador. With the advent of Global Warming, our climate should be even more hospitable to the cold-blooded aliens. TWRA biologists, in concert with TVA, determined that there were seven lakes in their system with habitat where alligators would most likely thrive. One of these, Kentucky Lake, was struck from consideration for public relations reasons after the death of a 23-year old Paris, Tennessee, woman killed by gator in Marion County, Florida last year. Another, Fort Loudon Lake, was eliminated due to the higher population density of the Knoxville metro area through which it flows.

That left Chickamauga, Watts Bar, Tellico, Cherokee and Norris. Of these, Chickamauga was chosen for the first test due to surfeit of sauger in its waters and the near absence of small dogs among the residents along its banks, the better to accustom the small-brained saurians to an all-fish diet.

But someone neglected to tell Officer Capps.

- Submitted by Lt/C Tom Hudson, AP

March 26th, 2007

Commander's Messsage

Cmdr Mike Majka, P

As the weather is heating up, so does the Music City Power Squadron, We have already had many successful boating classes. This past weekend the first "Safe Boating Partner class was held at Erwin Marine we had a great turn out, twenty new boat owners attended and feedback was very positive, we all had a great time!

This is the theme we hope to continue throughout the year "Have a Great Time! We also have been extremely successful this year in growing membership. Let's continue this effort by showing up at Squadron events and inviting our fellow boaters!

Admin. Officer Tom Hudson has many gatherings scheduled and is continually adding more, a visit to Dale Hamilton's shop and Harpeth Shoals Marina coming in April.

One really exciting educational event coming up is "National Safe Boating Week Seminar Series spearheaded by SEO Robby Gilreath, we are holding two hour seminars every night of the week of May 19th thru the 24th they are open to the public, I urge you to come out and support the squadron at these. This year is robust with enthusiasm and can be the best in our history we need every member to spread the word, get involved and "Have a Good Time!

March 2nd, 2007

The Latest on the Wolf Creek Dam Situation: Hyped Scare or Real Danger?

This past Monday, 26 February, I attended an informational public meeting on the Wolf Creek Dam situation held in Clarksville by the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, and hosted by the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce. For those of you who do not live in communities along the Cumberland, or who don't keep your boats in its marinas, you may have not yet heard of this impending disaster. So a brief overview may be in order. Click here for the link to the Corps of Engineers Nashville District Office.

Wolf Creek Dam impounds the Cumberland River above Burkesville, Kentucky. At normal summer pool of 723', the volume of water in this reservoir is either a) greater than all of the water in the Cumberland downstream of Wolf Creek, or b) greater than all the reservoirs on the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers combined, depending on which statistic quoted by various officials is to be believed. What is not questioned “ it is the largest reservoir in the U.S. east of the Mississippi, and the seventh largest in volume in the entire country.

Needless to say, a catastrophic failure of this dam when it is full would not be healthy for our communities along the Cumberland. While there would be ample warning to evacuate people, pets and livestock, the property damage would make Katrina hitting New Orleans look like a minor disaster. One projection had the worst case high water level floating furniture on the fourth floor of Opryland Hotel. In these dire circumstances, our water and sewer treatment plants would be rendered inoperable, and our cities would quickly become uninhabitable. Land transportation would be affected as well, with many highways and railroad lines underwater, and bridge foundations subject to scouring. It would likely be many weeks before flood waters would subside enough to make repairs and begin the cleanup. At Clarksville for example, the worst case scenario calls for the floodwaters to reach Lake Barkley on the second day, rising 1-3 per hour, reaching flood stage of 378' on the third day, cresting at 412' on the ninth day, and staying above flood stage for 2-1/2 weeks.

And it is precisely because such an event would be so calamitous, and because the Corps took such a public relations hit from Katrina, that they are being so closed-mouthed about the probability of a worst case event, and about possible downstream flooding levels if the breach were to occur from the presently lowered 680' emergency elevation instead of the worst case 723' summer pool. The Corps has said that communities which draw their water from Lake Cumberland should extend their water intakes to prepare for a possible lowered level of 650' by 31 December 2007, but then say they have no plans to lower the lake to that level. Interestingly, below 673', Wolf Creek Dam is ˜power dead' for any hydroelectric generation.

One might ask why doesn't the Corps lower the level of all the reservoirs downstream (Cordell Hull, Old Hickory, Cheatham and Barkley) to help cope with such a flood? To do so would cause other problems, including reduction in hydro power generation, the shut down of TVA's coal-fired power plants at Gallatin and Cumberland City for lack of cooling water, and curtailment of barge operations. Lower flow in the Cumberland will mean a higher dose of chemicals to treat our drinking water. Of course, recreational boating would be restricted as well, although for a time, fishing might be improved as more fish are concentrated in a smaller volume of water. Just in the communities around Lake Cumberland alone, one estimate of the decline in tourism-related revenue is $150 million per year. Note to any reader in the market for a used houseboat “ there are some deals to be had at the various marinas on that lake.

How long will this trident of Poseidon be pointed downstream? The planned repairs to Wolf Creek Dam are currently (no pun intended) scheduled to be complete in 2014, but Mike Zoccola, chief of the Civil Design Branch for the Corps, has stated that a 2012 finish might be achieved, given no interruption in funding by Congress. - Submitted by Lt/C Tom Hudson, AP

Feb 22nd, 2007

The Old Salt

I recently overheard the following coment: "The difference in repair time between a repair that requires a $20.00 part and one that needs a $200.00 part; is that the $20 repair will take 200 minutes, and the $200.00 repair 20 minutes." Sounds about right to me. - Submitted by William Paris

Feb 13th, 2007

Member's Photos

Do you have photographs that the rest of the squadron might like to view? Send them to the web janitor and we'll post them here.

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Wife Lori chartered this
36' Beneteau for a week for
Robby Gilreath's birthday.

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Robby Gilreath and his
brother Steve on Moon
 (same boat,
different time) in the
Grand Hotel Yacht
Basin while sailing
Mobile Bay last summer
for a couple of days.

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Squadron member
Dale Hamilton has
built the Boomslang
flying Bridge Cruiser
which will take you
back in time to a
world of glistening
mahogany, polished
brass, and supple
leather - but with
modern seamless epoxy

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You will step away from the
herd of identical cookie cutter
plastic boats to experience the
pride of ownership that only a
"one-of can provide.


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The view from its flying
bridge can be described as
spectacular and it gives
you the look and feel of a
vintage sports car. Powered
by Volvo's 5.7 liter fuel
injected V8, duoprop and
running gear, you are
guaranteed wind in the
face excitement.

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Hull #001 is the first,
and the last. She can be
seen by appointment at
Dale's shops in
Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Jan 8th, 2007

Squadron Annual Meeting

The Music City Power Squadron Annual Meeting was held Monday 08 January at Logan's on Elliston Place, with social hour beginning at 1800. Officers for the 2007 Bridge were elected and officers of the 2006 Bridge submitted annual reports of their department's activities.

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Terry Fitzpatrick introduces
the speakers

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Lt/C Tom Hudson giving the
Administrative Officer report

Jan 10 - 14, 2007

Nashville Boat Show

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A few of the boats 

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More interested boaters 

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And still more

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Carlos Trenary with two
safe boaters

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And a couple of our
friends in the USCGA

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Chris Martin of the Propeller
Club with Dale Hamilton and
Vanessa Saenz at the Power
Squadron booth, space
provided by Ingram Barge

Feb 7, 2007

Observations on Trawler Fest

Lt/C Tom Hudson, AP

While the winter settled into the Cumberland Valley, Gwen and Dale Hamilton, Lili and Tom Hudson migrated south to Stuart, Florida, to participate in TrawlerFest. Many of you in our Squadron are regular readers of PassageMaker magazine; this we know from Bruce MacDonald's member survey. TrawlerFest is the creation of PassageMaker “ it is more than just a boat show, it is "the celebration of the cruising lifestyle.

For two days prior to the start of the show, there was PassageMaker University. Despite the hyperbole of the name, PMU did offer a number of useful two day classes. I attended "Ship's Systems Stem to Stern, presented by Steve D'Antonio, technical editor of the magazine. The twenty students in my class came from as far as Quebec, Vancouver and Australia. Topics covered included diesel engine fuel systems and lubrication, cooling and exhaust, electrical and generating systems, plumbing and seacocks, running gear, damage control in emergencies, and fiberglass hull blister repair. Following the last lecture on Wednesday afternoon, we went aboard a Krogen 44 for an engine room tour to get hands-on direct observation of our classroom knowledge. Since only a third of us at a time could be accommodated belowdecks, this was an opportunity to get a first look at some of the boats being readied for the start of the show on Thursday.

A workshop on diesels taught by Bob Smith, expert on the Ford Lehman engines, got high marks. The course on boat handling for women kept a Krogen 48 busy all of Tuesday and Wednesday; the ladies aboard all agreed that Captain Patti Moore was great at teaching them how to operate and dock a large single screw vessel, and that the all-female environment was a tremendous confidence booster for them as well. Captain Nanette Kruze led a similar course on twin screw boat handling aboard a PDQ cat. The Wednesday evening cocktail reception and "graduation was a good opportunity to meet one another socially and compare notes.

Thursday's weather was not cooperative, as a front brought wind, rain and temperatures in the 50's. That morning, Lili and I went to the "Down One Side and Up the Other seminar on cruising from Florida to Baja California past Central American and through the Panama Canal. The originally scheduled speaker, Capt. Pat Rains, was unable to attend, so the PowerPoint presentation was narrated by Bruce Kessler, organizer of the FUBAR Odyssey (San Diego to La Paz); Bruce's knowledge base was obvious, but his unfamiliarity with Rain's materials hampered his talk somewhat. After lunch, Lili attended the Women's Roundtable discussion “ you'll have to ask her what was said.

It was a good time to tour some of the booths in the exhibit hall that afternoon until the weather moderated. The St. Lucie River Power Squadron kept two members at a table there, promoting their courses for the public. Claiborne Young did a brisk business selling his cruising guides. There were booths marketing dock lifts, insurance, engines, security and monitoring systems, boat loans, etc. “ nothing remarkable there.

By late afternoon the rain quit and the sun came out, though the wind was still somewhat chilly. It was time to hit the docks and preview many of the forty or so boats there; we would come back Friday for a more thorough look at a few that piqued our interest. A pleasant surprise for me was the presence of many of the designers and builders, including Jay Benford (aboard his Florida Bay Coaster 45), Eric Sponberg., Chuck Neville (with his gorgeous steel-hulled Neville 47), Steve Seaton. The irrepressible Reuben Trane had two examples of his Island Pilot 395 on display, as well as a cutaway model of his next project, a hybrid diesel-solar-electric cruising catamaran advertising "the first six knots are free. It is an intriguing concept, but I'm skeptical of the feasibility of solar panels on the foredeck.

Stuart is home to Kadey-Krogen Yachts, and they were everywhere one looked. From the Krogen 39 to the 44, 48 and 58, to older designs such as the 42and the 48 Whaleback, side-by-side comparison was easy. I was struck by how roomy and accessible the 39's engine room is, especially in comparison to the 44. Camano's new 41 attracted quite a few visitors, as did the new PDQ 41 power cat; both builders had their more familiar smaller boats on display, too. Endeavour had their 40' power cat nearby, permitting ready comparison. Although there were three used Grand Banks 42's for sale, not a single new Grand Banks, nor any Mainships were there, despite their prominence in the magazine's ads.

Friday morning the weather became more Florida-like; it was a great day to peruse boats. After breakfast with Gwen and Dale, they went north to Ft. Pierce to look at another boat, while Lili and I went back to the dock for closer looks. Benford's Florida Bay Coaster is huge! The craftsmanship and attention to detail of the Nova Scotia 47 caused us to linger and talk with its builder, who sells and is involved in the design of the Mariner Seville series, of which they had two examples there as well. By mid-afternoon it was time to drive to the airport, turn in the rented Taurus, and fly back to Nashville in January.

Nashville Boating

Upcoming Events and Educational Opportunities:

Raft-Up for all members and Friends - September 22, 2019 - Begins 2:00 p.m. on Old Hickory Lake at the in front of the pirate ship at Boxwell Boym Scout Camp.  The members and friends will meet at Cherokee Stake House by water or land at 5:00 p.m. for cocktails with dinner to follow at 6:00.  THe Lat and Long is:  36 degrees 18' 27.58 N; 86 degrees 28' 14.45" W.  For anyone joining the raft up by land, please contact Bobby or Barry at or  Please contact Bobby for dinner reservations.  


Boating Safety Class - June date to be determined based on advance registration.  This class will include the Tennessee Boaters Certification upon passing the exam at the end of the class.  Students for the Tennessee Boaters Certification must bring the TN Wildlife Type 600 Boating Safety Exam Permit available at locations selling hunting/fishing license to qualify for the TN Boating Safety Certificate.  Americas Boating Club is world largest boating club providing boating safety classes and free Vessel Safety Inspection nationally NASBLA approved.  Please contact Randy Stone at for registration information and date.  


 ELECTRICAL SHOCK DROWNING (ESD) BY DIY AC SAFETY TEST FOR BOAT AND DOCK OWNERS.  All boat and dock owners must check your AC electrical system for stray current that could cause electrical shock and potential death to swimmers.  It could save a life.


VESSEL SAFETY CHECKS - Americas Boating Club's Vessel Safety Inspectors are eager to inspect your boat anytime during the 2019 boating season for FREE.  Please request Vessel Safety Inspections via our online request in the Vessel Safety Check tab.  A Vessel Safety Inspector will contact you shortly after your request is recieved.  


2019 Bridge Leadership

Commander -

Cdr Ray Alley, AP-IN

Squadron Education Officer -

Lt/C Randy Stone, P

Assistant Education Officer -

1st Lt Art Chapman, P

Secretary -

Lt/C Barry Cleveland, AP

Treasurer -

Lt/C Bobby Naylor, AP

Member-at-Large -

1/Lt Jane Malatak, P

1/Lt Jack Rubey, S


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