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Big cruise planned!

Next weekend, I should have 3-4 days to do something that I’ve wanted to do for over a year, and that is cruise down the Cumberland River from Nashville to Clarksville. My route shows a distance of approximately 91 river miles. I’m pretty excited and probably have been thinking of little else now for the last week or two.  So as before every trip with my boats, I’ve been busy adding and modifying. This time I’ve assembled a 6 gallon external fuel tank so that I should be able to go for quite a while without refueling. Really a 3 gallon tank would have been plenty probably, but I felt that I’d like to use the boat on  the river in the future for some more long cruises, and initial estimates suggest that I’ll require between 8-11 gallons of fuel to make this trip. Currently I’ve got capacity for 5 gallons. So adding a 6 gallon tank seemed like a good idea.

Sailing with just the reefed main up with a work buddy. Later, we raised the jib, had the anchor chain run out, heeled the boat till the windows were in the water and generally had an adventure.

Sailing with just the reefed main up with a work buddy. Later, we raised the jib, had the anchor chain run out, heeled the boat till the windows were in the water and generally had an adventure.

This weekend, I’m going to take the boat out to the local area of the Cumberland to get a feel for how fast the boat will travel on the river. I currently don’t really know how fast the boat goes, even on the lake due to the rough conditions the last few times, and I don’t know the river speed. Also, in past trips on the lake, running out of fuel with the built in, 0.3 gal fuel tank would most likely happen between the bridge and the harbor, I go nice and slow to extend my range.  Now refueling will be at my convenience so I can turn up the throttle a bit.

And finally I have been busy installing a depth finder. The hardest part, running the wiring around the boat has been completed. Now I’ve just got to test the location of the transducer out. Hopefully it will work without too many problems.

I’d love to run all of the sail control lines to the cockpit, and install a roller furling jib, but I’m out of money right now so those other mods will just have to wait.

 

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