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Sale Creek Sail

Posted by [email protected] on March 4, 2019 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

(We took this overnighter September 7-8, 2017.)

Forecast was right near perfect for an overnight trip: Thurs. afternoon northerly winds 5-7; Fri. all day northerly 9-10; temps mid-uppper 70's; clear skies. So I decided to do something a little different and my wife went along with it. I figured we could sail half the length of Chickamauga Lake if we shuttled the trailer.

I got the boat ready Thursday morni...

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Posted by [email protected] on May 18, 2015 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This report was posted originally on the TSBB forum on Dec. 4, 2012 about an excursion I had earlier that day on Little Bit, my SD11.

Well, like most boaters I have plenty of stories to tell - "The Adventures of Captain Kidd". Only thing is, my wife doesn't like the kind of stories I tell (through experience of course)

The day was perfect for an afternoon sail: winds 8-10 mph out of the south which is perfect for the lake I like, and temps in the upp...

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Chesapeake Bay Trip

Posted by [email protected] on May 18, 2015 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

After eight years (I wrote this account in a journal in 2008) many smaller details have been forgotten, but the trip is still fairly vivid. I’m going to chronicle the trip on a day-by-day basis. We planned a 5 day/4 night trip. We would leave on a Monday and wanted to be back by Friday evening for a special church service with an ensemble from Pensacola Christian College.

I don’t remember ever sailing Flying Lady, our Kells 23, on any body of water other than Lak...

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Pensacola Trip

Posted by [email protected] on May 12, 2015 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

(We took this trip in October 2013)

We've known about the wonderful sailing around Pensacola for many years, so this has been a targeted destination for a long time. Here's an account of the trip as posted on the TSBB shortly after returning (with a few modifications).


I have only sailed on "big" water twice previously (a 3 day cruise on the Chesapeake Bay in 2000 and a 3 day cruise on Tampa Bay/St. Joseph Sound in 2007) which means these trips are a big de...

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Tampa Bay Trip

Posted by [email protected] on May 5, 2015 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I posted this on TSBB shortly after the Tampa Bay trip. I began this website not too long ago and decided to add some accounts of past sailing experiences. In this category I will post about trips on bigger waters, "the high seas".


The trip to Tampa Bay took place October 9-13, 2007. At that time I was sailing Heaven Bound, my 1990 Macgregor 26S. The following is the account as posted with a few minor changes:


Let me set the stage here: I've been sailing ...

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A Tent or a Tomb?

Posted by [email protected] on May 2, 2015 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (1)

I wasn’t sure what to title this entry: another overnighter on the dinghy, ride ‘em cowboy, two extremes, 3 seconds of terror or what? You see what I decided and I’ll get to it a little later. Suffice it to say that trouble can come most unexpectedly.

I had been looking for an opportunity to try out my new tent that Santa brought me for cruising on Little Bit. After a week of rain, there was a two-day window that looked like it might work; so I went...

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The "Gathering"

Posted by [email protected] on September 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

"The Gathering" is the name that has been given to the get together of Glen-L boat builders that is held every year in the fall. This was "G8". The first 3 were held at Guntersville State Park in Alabama. Since then, they have been held at Hales Bar Marina on Lake Nickajack in Guild, TN. 

I attempted to go to G1 but totalled my car when I was only 2 miles from the park. I made G2 and stopped briefly last year with my wife on our "shakedown cruise" on the Hunter 18.5 as ...

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First Overnighter on "Little Bit"

Posted by [email protected] on September 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

(I'm posting this a little late. This trip was taken on July 28-29, 2014 and the report was posted on the TSBB forum.)

Well, I had two full days to sail and the forecast seemed about as perfect as it could be, so I decided to give her a shot. We had a busy Sat/Sun so I couldn't finish prep until Monday morning. I finally launched about 1 p.m. It turned out I was missing part of the snotter. I jury rigged it using a locking hitch pin for a block and an extra piece of line. Here is Little...

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On the Rocks

Posted by [email protected] on November 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

First blog post here. Welcome. Plans are to keep a running log of my sailing/boating/water escapades. 

Yesterday I took the dinghy out. Here's the writeup I posted on the Trailer Sailor Bulletin Board (

After two aborted attempts to sail the dinghy last week due to no wind, I gave it another try today. The wind forecast was better today, especially after the front that went through; ...

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