Some of us got an early start out of concern about making it to Chattanooga and Ross Landing Marina before their offices closed.
Amid thunder and rain I wrapped up some small things before heading out.
I got underway. I learned of a way to exit Hales Bar Marina heading north. What I did was to make a right turn immediately upon exiting the enclosed area. Follow along the outside of the floating dock with the cabins until almost to the power house. Then a left turn to head to the channel. Make sure to exaggerate the turn and give a wide berth around the powerhouse upon entering the channel to minimize the risk of collision with a fast moving speed boat whose skipper can't see you coming around the corner. This course avoids the submerged railroad bed that runs north to south.
Then I turned right. We went through the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge.
Toward the end I noticed that I was moving up river more slowly. I checked the TVA app and learned that they had opened the gates of Chickamauga dam from 6000 cfs to about 40000 cfs.
We arrived at the docks. The Commodore and one other was already situated.
That night we ate at the Blue Gill restaurant.
It rained pretty hard that evening and there was some impressive ligntning.
0903 - departed Hales Bar Marina
0910 - entered channel
0910 - rain and thunder
0939 - mm 435.5
1000 - passed Mullins Cove
1003 - mm 435.8
1105 - mm 441.8
1127 - mm 443.5
1158 - mm 445.8
1243 - mm 450.4
1335 - mm 454.6
1401 - mm 456.7
1421 - mm 458.2
1455 - Tennessee River Aquarium catamaran put out tremendous wake
1535 - passed towboat "Side View"
1544 - docked in ChattanoogaNext