Tennessee River boating

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  1. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    I may have finally convinced the admiral that we should attempt to escape the People's Republik of Kalifornia. Thinking of landing in N.C, and keeping the boat on the Tennessee River, as it would be less than a 3 hour drive to the boat.

    I would love to hear about any local knowledge for that area. Best marinas, good anchorages, why does everybody back into their slips, etc.
     
  2. Skip Boyer

    Skip Boyer Active Member

    188
    Sep 24, 2015
    Lake Guntersville Al,
    1998 500DA Sundancer, 1999 Maxum 2800, 1998 270 Sundancer, Oliver Hazard Perry FFG-7
    Twin Detroit 6V92TA
    Your calculating a three hour drive to a slip on the Tennessee river and living in NC, so im guessing you want a slip in the Knoxville area and planning on living somewhere around Ashville NC ? Is that correct ?
     
  3. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Yep. you nailed it. We are looking at Western NC for the house and East Tennessee for the boat.

    Here in the PRK, my boat is about 3 hours from my house which is perfect for weekends and lies outside of the Admiral's 'just drop-in' tolerance. It is, after all a man-cave :D
     
  4. ygbsm

    ygbsm Member

    90
    Aug 22, 2016
    Knoxville, TN
    2015 230 SLX
    350 Mag/ Bravo III
    Volunteer Landing
    Duncan’s
    Knoxville Yacht Club
    Louisville Landing
    Concord Marina
    Fox Road Marina

    Probably some others I’m forgetting. None of them are dumps. Concord is the nicest, at least from what I can tell, with a very nice restaurant up the hill. Last I heard they all have long waiting lists. I keep my boat at Louisville because it’s close and relatively cheap.

    Several are owned by the Safe Harbors chain.
     
  5. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    TN has no state income tax. Sales tax is high at 9.25%.
     
  6. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Thanks. I'll look these up.
     
  7. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake, Middle River
    1991 250 Sundancer
    7.4 Bravo 1
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    We back in because most fixed piers are “finger” piers. Floating piers usually are full length but most marinas are fixed pier. If you dont back in you ain’t getting off or you climbing over bow rail.
     
  8. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    Come on down to Chattanooga.
     
  9. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Gotcha. thanks for that info.
     
  10. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    I considered that, but that is an additional hour of travel time.
     
  11. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    Bob - Look at moving to Chattanooga!
     
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  12. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    That's a whole nutter ball-o'wax that the Admiral is likely to melt.
     
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  13. Fly4Kix

    Fly4Kix Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    108
    Jan 27, 2008
    E.TN
    2005 Sea Ray 220 SD
    2008 Sea Ray 340 DA
    5.0L B3
    8.1L
    Pretty much nailed it for the immediate Knoxville area.

    True about the waiting lists, although my son interned at the Fox Road Marina service dept this summer and they might have an opening or two. Even though we live in Knoxville, our 340 lives down on Watt's Bar at Blue Springs Marina about a 45 min drive from home. If you happen to have a trailer, there are some nice places to go that aren't accessible via the river system. Norris lake is very nice and you could spend years roaming around and not see it all. Melton Hill is also nice(I grew up on it, never busy).
     
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  14. Loneranger

    Loneranger Well-Known Member

    May 2, 2008
    Knoxville TN
    2000 SeaRay Sundancer 270
    7.4l Mercruiser w/ Bravo III
    You may already have Aquamaps, Active Captain, etc but if not it will give you good maps to whatever waterways you want but also gives you easy access to Active Captain and Waterways Guides which give nice (if dated) reviews of all the potential marinas on the Tennessee River.

    For instance Duncan’s is an awesome marina but would be tight for a 30 foot plus boat although doable. Concord is nice but a fairly long no wake zone to get to the fuel docks.

    Fort Loudon Lake is as high on the River as you can go and still have lock access. Douglas which is technically on the French Broad would be closer to Asheville but has no lock and the water level drops drastically in the winter.

    I’m sure you’ve got your reasons for wanting to be in NC but it’s a tough drive to come across the mountain to get to your boat.
     
  15. Loneranger

    Loneranger Well-Known Member

    May 2, 2008
    Knoxville TN
    2000 SeaRay Sundancer 270
    7.4l Mercruiser w/ Bravo III
    A few others:

    Volunteer Cove
    Choto
    Whispering Cove
     
  16. ranger58sb

    ranger58sb Member

    131
    Apr 6, 2021
    Annapolis
    2006 58DB
    MAN V8-900 CRM
    Have you looked at eastern NC for boating? I'd have though the drive east-ish from Asheville would be slightly easier, possibly shorter?, and there are boatloads of marina options...

    -Chris
     
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  17. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    I thought about that but not sure I want to get salty. Then there is the weather...
     

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