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Strat does the Tennessee River! 25 Sep 2007 03:47 #1

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US Marine extended to BOC a gracious invitation to their annual media event, held in Knoxville, Tennessee Sept 20-23.

After two hard days of putting the boats through their paces and doing things we would never do to our own boats, it was time for some R & R. We were going to a Tennessee Vols football game!

However, to get there was a 1.5 hour trip up the Tennessee River to downtown Knoxville. So we were going for a cruise.

We packed up 5 of the boats with snacks and soft drinks (of course) we headed out. Here is the Bayliner 340 with John Greviskis (ShipShape TV) standing watch.

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We were in boat #3 in the convoy, in a new Bayliner 320. Here is a shot of the 2 guys ahead of us, in the 340 and the Maxum 2900.

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An hour and a half at 30 mph later, we slowed down and pulled into downtown Knoxville. Here is the stadium, as seen from the water.

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There were already hundreds of boats tied to the city docks and rafted out, so we tied onto the end of one raft of 10 boats, and ended up 15 deep off the dock! That's a lot of swim steps to navigate to get to shore.

Here's how new these boats are: As the 2700 Maxum was anchoring to tie into the raft, down went the anchor, down went the chain, and *bloop* bye bye chain. It wasn't attached to the rode!!! Forty professional boaters and that happens :o

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Strat does the Tennessee River! 25 Sep 2007 04:00 #2

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Here is a view of some of the boats at the city docks...

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So once on shore, we had to head up to a BBQ tailgate party in a field next to the stadium. Those Tennessee girls sure are friendly!

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Yep, Knoxville is Sea Ray country. Probably 75% of the boats I saw were Sea Rays.

So we went to the BBQ, then to the stadium. This stadium holds 102,870 people...quite awe-inspiring for this lowly Canadian, who is used to sparsely attended CFL games.

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When the game was over, we all went back to the boats and did the whole cruise again going back downstream. The moon was out and we went from channel marker to channel marker using short bursts of spotlight. It was about 75 degrees, Bob Marley was blasting out of the stereo, and it was something I will always remember.

We made it back in one piece, said our goodbyes and headed back to the hotel at about 1:00am.

What a spectacular cruise and what a night!

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Strat does the Tennessee River! 25 Sep 2007 12:05 #3

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US Marine extended to BOC a gracious invitation to their annual media event, held in Knoxville, Tennessee Sept 20-23.

What happened? I never got mine.
Sounds like a great time. Glad you finally got a perk for all your hard work.
Doug

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Strat does the Tennessee River! 25 Sep 2007 12:49 #4

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Sorry Doug, I guess you weren't on the list :prod

You will be glad to know, however, that Michigan was represented...Rick Grew also came along.

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Strat does the Tennessee River! 25 Sep 2007 18:04 #5

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Ask John Greviskis to post ShipShapeTV on iTunes so we can watch him up here.:arr

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Strat does the Tennessee River! 25 Sep 2007 19:03 #6

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Looked like a great time, plus ya got a new shirt :cool: . Wish we had that weather out here, don't think we are going to be seeing any bikini's for another 8 to 9 months. :(

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Strat does the Tennessee River! 25 Sep 2007 20:19 #7

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Strat, uh, sir;

Uh, ahem, uh, uh, well, the thing is, the small bowriders wanted me to talk to you and uh, uh, uh, suggest that well, you know that since there are so many of us, now, uh, sir, well, uh, you know, well, wouldn't it like be nice if you invited a small bowrider type person to go on the next US Marine boondogle, like, you know, so we can uh, uh, uh, understand what it's like to be on a real boat like sir, uh and so uh, uh, well, like we could learn how to operate those large great big huge anchor roller puller thingies....

I could well, like, uh, uh, uh, volunteer :D

Sounds like a totally awesome way to spend a day. Cruise to the game and cruise home! WOW!:arr

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Strat does the Tennessee River! 25 Sep 2007 21:46 #8

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You'll be happy to know that we tested a bowrider! And it was awesome. It ain't the Bayliner of yesteryear...solid glass floor, heavyweight upholstery, all thru-hulls, cleats and blower vents were SS. A review is forthcoming in the next few days.

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Strat does the Tennessee River! 25 Sep 2007 22:25 #9

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Stratocaster;72076 wrote: You'll be happy to know that we tested a bowrider! And it was awesome. It ain't the Bayliner of yesteryear...solid glass floor, heavyweight upholstery, all thru-hulls, cleats and blower vents were SS. A review is forthcoming in the next few days.




LOL!

All the more reason to take an actual current (as opposed to former) bowrider rep with you. You big boat boys have been off the little boats too long to have relative comparison...;)

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Strat does the Tennessee River! 25 Sep 2007 22:37 #10

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Stratocaster;72076 wrote: You'll be happy to know that we tested a bowrider! And it was awesome. It ain't the Bayliner of yesteryear...solid glass floor, heavyweight upholstery, all thru-hulls, cleats and blower vents were SS. A review is forthcoming in the next few days.


Pictures? What size? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Strat does the Tennessee River! 25 Sep 2007 22:52 #11

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It was the 2008 205, Laz.

Looks like this....

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Strat does the Tennessee River! 25 Sep 2007 23:03 #12

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Stratocaster;71824 wrote: Those Tennessee girls sure are friendly!

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US Marine wasn't buying your favour I hope!

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Strat does the Tennessee River! 25 Sep 2007 23:09 #13

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Very nice! . . . . would you look at all the room in that beauty?

Just wondering, because you mentioned that these folks read the BOC, and now that were kind of on the subject of bowriders (no intention of hijack), did anyone talk about our threads on some of the mods we've done? Granted, a 50 page thread could bore some, yet grab attention to manufacturers that are looking to see what interests the public.

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Strat does the Tennessee River! 25 Sep 2007 23:42 #14

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Syzygyone;72046 wrote: Strat, uh, sir;

Uh, ahem, uh, uh, well, the thing is, the small bowriders wanted me to talk to you and uh, uh, uh, suggest that well, you know that since there are so many of us, now, uh, sir, well, uh, you know, well, wouldn't it like be nice if you invited a small bowrider type person to go on the next US Marine boondogle, like, you know, so we can uh, uh, uh, understand what it's like to be on a real boat like sir, uh and so uh, uh, well, like we could learn how to operate those large great big huge anchor roller puller thingies....

I could well, like, uh, uh, uh, volunteer :D

Sounds like a totally awesome way to spend a day. Cruise to the game and cruise home! WOW!:arr




Piloting a smaller boat is just like riding a bicycle. You might get a little rusty but you never forget. The 205 is a FUN boat. It will be reviewed in the forum later. I would like to have one myself, it was a fun boat to drive.

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Strat does the Tennessee River! 27 Sep 2007 14:26 #15

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Strat,

It looks like you left from Concord Marina, where our boat is located. I would love to have met you and shown you around!

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