It’s got no steering, no guages and no electronics anymore

They took a small break for food … It’s got no steering, no guages and no electronics anymore … New teleflex steering came in yesterday and new wiring is on order. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Well, the adventure is officially over, Marianne finally got hauled out and put away

Well, the adventure is officially over, Marianne finally got hauled out and put away… she’s 58 years old and had 18 months of continuous use (probably around 8,000 miles total), 20 states, 5,418 miles around the Eastern US doing the Great Loop, hundreds of trips up and down the Chicago Rivers, she never missed a beat … I keep saying she’d been waiting all her life for that experience! But it’s time to let her have a break and get some well-deserved rest and maintenance!  All systems shut down. No immediate surprises below the water line. As was pretty much expected.  Spring will be more impressive. She will be show quality and ready for more adventures.   #MissMarianne

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Today i finally got hauled out and put away. All systems shut down. No immediate surprises below the water line. As i…

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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Gives the boys something to do on a nice day

Gives the boys something to do on a nice day

A boy his Feathercraft and a Kansas Sunset

Kansas sunset … And yes that’s his new boat with his feet sticking up… Cleaning out all the old unused wiring.

Rocket is going in the water

Of course the first day above freezing it has to go in the water

Headed to Pick up Rocket

He’s a happy boy!! 1956 Feathercraft. Heading back home, only 1,100 miles. I haven’t been above freezing since Texas. Crossed the Mississippi. #whatshouldwenameit #lovehim #merrychristmas

 

 

Ok, a bittersweet end to a long long run. What a journey it’s been. Now for anot…

Ok, a bittersweet end to a long long run. What a journey it’s been. Now for another chapter. Tons of bright work will be done among other things this winter. The posts will continue but won’t include cruising. A well deserved break is in order. #MissMarianne

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Ok, a bittersweet end to a long long run. What a journey it's been. Now for another chapter. Tons of bright work will be…

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Captain of Deadly Missouri Duck Boat Charged in Federal Court – gCaptain

You can never be too safe on the water!!! It all looks like fun on a boat from the outside. People have no idea how much time during those 5,418 miles we spent watching conditions, the current (the rivers can frequently have 3-6 knot currents, which is a whole different world than navigating on any Lake), the tides which were as much as 8-10 feet up and down every 12 hours (even at mid tide we still grounded the boat once), the wind, the weather, the wave height (like crossing the gulf in 4-6 ft waves) the eddy swirls (there was one that had we not both been 100% on task that could have spun the boat around), the wing dams sticking out from the shore, the 52 locks (one that we almost just went over the dam on accident, it was getting late, we were tired, and the damn gates were down, other boats were going over but it required a certain horsepower) the lock master hailed us and asked us if we were going to just plow over the damn without his permission (we backed off and went through the lock), the fuel status and if we could make it to the next port (by dipping the tanks because old boats don't have fuel guages), and if the next port even has gas since we didn't have diesel engines, where the next marina was that had open slips for overnight accommodations (not like when we ended up in Cedar Key at dark, after an unexpected delay in Suwanee, to learn that they do not have ANY docks for big boats so we had to overnight on anchor taking turns staying awake on anchor watch with a storm coming), and how many times we ended up with 6 inches (sometimes even -6 inches) of water under the boat even with thousands of dollars of electronics and all the books, going through places where the cut was barely wider than the boat (the Keys) and through a place called "Hells Gate" (Georgia), we dogged huge logs, we lost engines and made repairs on the move, I lost track of how many times we lost the generator, we got ropes and crab pot balls stuck in the propellers (in the Keys with inches of water under the boat), I bet we dogged 1,000 crap pot balls in the navigational channels, ducking in and out of oceanside channels (you get too much of a following sea – a wave pushing you – you can get sideways pretty easy, you get sideways you can roll over and capsize in a second), I could go on, it's all documented on the blog www.lifeofacaptain.com … But we did it in a 58-year-old wooden Chris Craft that could have sprung a plank at any time – thankfully she got regular maintenance and hauled out multiple times during the trip and is hauled out every winter for maintenance all her life (#MissMarianne didn't miss a beat, like she'd been waiting for this all her life). . So glad it was with a very experienced ex Tow Boat US boat captain Albert Bartkus and on a boat that had every modern safety feature around (bottom scanning sonar, FLIR to find people in the water, auto inflate life raft, an EPIRB, etc … we even had a defibrillator on board. You can NEVER bee too safe!!!

Captain of Deadly Missouri Duck Boat Charged in Federal Court – gCaptain

You can never be too safe on the water!!! It all looks like fun on a boat from the outside. People have no idea how…

Posted by Cindy Chebultz on Monday, November 12, 2018

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Still have some nice days going on. #MissMarianne.

Still have some nice days going on. #MissMarianne.





Still have some nice days going on. #MissMarianne.

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Sunday, November 11, 2018

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The 200+ Mile stretch with no Gas – Between Hoppies and Paducah – Fueling up in Cape Girardeau



http://lifeofacaptain.com 11.3 – The 200+ Mile stretch with no Gas – Between Hoppies and Paducah – Filling up with some of our extra cans in Cape Girardeau at Kidd Fuel Dock – they only have Diesel, but we got there at the end of the day so he let us tie up on the fuel dock overnight.

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