Date: 25 April 2015. Car in the River.
folks suspect, I'm an inveterate watcher. One of the best parts
about living life afloat is the ever-changing panorama that is right
outside my windows. And just the other day I looked out and saw a
car in the middle of the river. That's not a usual sight as you can
well imagine. Of course, without pictures it never happened. So I've
got proof that my sanity is relatively intact:
That's Captain Russell of TowBoatUS. And I thought he
only drove boats!
He stayed in the car until the mouth
of the river. He then got into the towboat. Russell made sure that the boat, er car, was balanced
before taking her over to Dog Island. Dog Island is a barrier island
just outside in the bay.
is south of Carrabelle, just outside the mouth of the Carrabelle
As you can see from my chart,
there are notes about places in the area, anchorages and more. Chartkits and the charts become a record of our journey. When I'm
told something that might be useful later, I mark it down on the
For instance, I know that Fathoms
on the mainland in Carrabelle has a dock, and a steam room with oysters. They also have a live
band on weekends, except in the winter. Food is okay, bands vary and
of late they've been excellent. It's a friendly place.
This is Fathoms Bar:
Also, you'll note that there are no bridges to Dog
Island. If you want a vehicle on the island you've got to get
it there, and Russell is your man. He takes a lot of cool
items over to the island including big refrigerators, cars and
Russell of TowBoatUS:
"Drove" the car on the pontoon boat.
Captain Mike was at the helm of the
I must say watching a boat tow a car is pure fun.
Usually it's the other way around. And now, you too have seen life
on the waterfront. It's never the same, that's for certain.
This day tickled my fancy for
So if you're in this area and want
a car towed, keep BoatUS in mind. AAA can't always do the job.
Captains Russell and Mike (TowBoatUS) are available. Be sure to
launch where I can get pictures. Thanks!
Have you ever seen an unusual towing job? What was it?
And, would you like living on an island where coming to the store meant
hoping in a boat?
Anchor Ball ~
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