Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Tenn-Tom Mile 270 To Tenn-Tom Mile 216.7

Monday night at the anchorage was very interesting. At 1600 about six of the loopers got in their dinghy's and had happy hour because we were at a Corps of Engineers Rec. area and no alcohol was allowed on shore. We elected not to join them and just relax on the aft deck and eventually they drifted near us so we could chat. Lots of neat trawlers in the anchorage, probably ten in all. One boat was home built by the owner who was from Texas. It had a working calliope and the first mate played us
two tunes. Most boats put down a bow anchor and then tied a stern line to shore. High pressure moved in during the night and some of the boats had anchor problems. One boat went right next to shore and another got his stern line tangled under the boat and he was in the water(66 degs) at 0430 to untangle. Several others moved around. We had a bow and stern anchor and held fine all night broadside to the wind with Cee Jay rafted to us with no anchors. One of the boats had a ten foot pine tree attached
to his anchor when he raised it up. Someone got in a dinghy and helped him free it.
Departed the anchorage at 0730 and had no delay at the lock. 1430 arrived at Demopolis,AL Yacht Basin. Lots of looper boats here as this is the last marina until we get to Mobile,AL which is 128 miles south. They also fuel tow boats here and one came in for 12,000 gals of diesel. Sunny and 64 degs for the high temp.
Joe and Arvilla

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