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Anchoring in flood waters

9/27-28 Ohio Anchorage to Green Turtle Bay, KY

From the anchorage, we went over 2 dams bypassing locks since the river was so high. We could see the top of one lock signs. As we passed over one, the turbulance was so fast that Miss L slowed from 7 mph to 3.5. we have the horsepower to plow thru, but the slow trawlers had a real hard time. One trawler could only get his to go 0.6 mph thru the dam. He only knew he was moving because of his GPS coordinates were changing. Miss L bobbed and turned as interim capitan Sue drove her. While Sue was stating she could not control the boat, First Mate John was yelling, "yahoo, this is fun" - a slight difference of opinion over the definition of fun then ensured. Actually it was hairy & John was worried too, but he had to show he was the strong one at this time (yeah, right!). We decided to try & make the marina instead of a 4th nite at anchor in a row by taking the Tenn River instead of the Cumberland river to here. We went thru the famous KY lock that we hear does not like pleasure craft going thru due to it is primarily for commercial traffic. However, they were most helpful & we were able to lock thru without having to spend the nite. But, as we entered the KY Lake System here at Land Between the Lakes, we decided to anchor anyway. This proved great, as the anchorage was pristine. 4 of us boats stopped, dingyed around, explored the shoreline, swam, then had potluck supper on Miss L. We enjoyed it so much, we did not weigh anchor the next day until noon, doing more swiming and dingying. N37.00.479, W88.13.525

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