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Sunday, June 6, 2010

The end of our 1st adventure on the Knot-So-Fast




The railroad "swing" bridge.


The Knot-So-Fast at the pier at Ft. Morgan. 



End of the trip. The Knot-So-Fast is pulled from the water in Gulf Shores.




Glenda says:
I can't believe its over. We left Fly Creek at around 6:00am Sunday morning. We were hoping to get across the bay before it got any more windy. It was really rocky and I felt it in my stomach, nothing to keep my mind occupied but water. It was a rough ride but we arrived at Bay Gardens around 10:00 am where our wonderful daughter-in-law Nicole and our son Nathan were waiting for us on the dock. We showered and went for our celebratory lunch at Lulu's and took the boat out under the intercoastal waterway bridge. I am so proud to be married to a man that makes his dreams become reality. I am blessed to be a part of those dreams.

Tom Says:
The 4 hours spent crossing Mobile Bay this morning made us appreciate the calm, smooth waters in the rivers that we had enjoyed since last Sunday. The contrast reminds me of a trip I took several years ago with a good friend Terry Arnold in his sailboat Bay Horse. We spent 4 peaceful, quiet days on the Tombigbee and Mobile rivers, then crossed the bay in a heavy chop. That's the trip that lit a fire in me to do some travelling on Alabama's rivers.

Abby and the dog slept most of the way across the Bay, and Glenda was feeling a little seasick. I stayed on edge watching the GPS to stay on course, and watching the waves to make sure we didn't get hit broadside by one of the really big ones that seemed to show up every 30 or 45 seconds.

Overall, the Knot-So-Fast performed great! I haven't filled the gas tank yet, but on the initial leg of the trip, from Montgomery to Miller's Ferry Marina, she got 16.2 mpg! The little Yamaha 9.9 never missed a beat.

There was a little water (about a cup or 2) in the bilge on several days. I first thought one of our ice chest drains was leaking, but later narrowed it down to a leaking hatch cover in the cockpit.

The V-berth and it's cushions were very comfortable, and we were cool enough to sleep each night after running the two small fans for an hour or so. We had screens to fit the center windscreen section and both side windows, and that provided plenty of ventilation at night. We had also made a screen for the back door, but we never needed it.

Next adventure? I'm not really sure. We'll spend the summer taking the other grandchildren on some short rides. In the Fall, we'll trailer to Hales Bar Marina on the Tennessee River for a Glen-L boatbuilders meet referred to as The Gathering. If Glenda can get a couple of days off, we may combine that with a little trip up or down the Tennessee.

From Abby:
Daisy says "I am glad I am woof home!"



3 comments:

  1. I am AMAZED that you did this!!!! Congrats on your first of many (I am sure). Now..lets see how you do with all the grandkids at one time ;)!!
    We were worried about you kids..not that anything would happen but that you would take that beautiful boat and head out for more!!! Glad you guys had a blast and that you have it all documented !!!!

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  2. Just for the record.
    http://shelbycountyreporter.com/news/2010/jun/07/tugging-down-alabama/

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  3. I am so glad you are sharing your adventures with all of us! This is all so very interesting to The Lawler family and we love hearing about your adventures!!! Congrats on your first successful voyage! I know that you must count it all joy to be able to get out and enjoy God's wonderful creation and it is nice to see someone enjoying it the way we always have!

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