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When The Water Calls ... We Follow
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Posted: July 01, 2013
By Jim and Lisa Favors
July 1, 2013
When the Water Calls ... We Follow is more than the title of our first book; it's the theme that has accompanied our boating endeavors during the last eight years.


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New Adventures
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Posted: June 20, 2013
By Jim and Lisa Favors
There is nothing quite as exciting as heading off to explore cruising areas unfamiliar to us. The trip planning, research, boat preparation, and provisioning are all essential parts of the process. When properly followed this process helps to ensure a new boating adventure is just about boating and exploring, not about unexpected surprises such as maintenance issues or scheduling difficulties.


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Storing Our Shiny Red Tug
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Posted: May 31, 2013
By Jim Favors
If Lisa and I aren’t on the water boating, we’re talking and actively planning our next boating adventure. Last fall, we found ourselves in a new situation when we decided to take the winter off of boating, something we haven’t done, by choice, in several years. We made the decision to put our shiny red tug into storage for six months because we plan to head west, mid-summer, for a four-month cruising adventure. We felt we needed to focus on preparing for that trip and, at the same time, catch up on some house projects. The decision was especially hard on Lisa, ...... Read More

Viva La Difference
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Posted: May 13, 2013
By Jim and Lisa Favors
While cruising the Tennessee River last fall, we frequented marinas about a third of the time, spending the balance anchoring out. Clifton Marina in Clifton Tennessee, Grand Harbor in Iuka, Mississippi, just off the Tennessee River and on the Yellow Creek, and finally Joe Wheeler State Park Marina in Rogersville, Alabama were the last of our marina stays during this trip. Each of these marinas have different qualities and personalities, ones that appeal to us, it’s why we chose to stay with them. When you get right down to it, if all marinas were the same, like goi...... Read More

Swinging Free & Easy
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Posted: May 06, 2013
By Jim & Lisa Favors
Anchoring out is either in your blood or not. I know we talk a lot about our time spent on the hook, so please bear with us as we share our last five nights at anchor on the Tennessee River before we backtrack and tell about the rest of our marina experiences. As we planned our fall trip last summer, Lisa and I discussed how our trip would afford us plenty of opportunities to enjoy one of our favorite boating activities, swinging free and easy at anchor.


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In The Middle
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Posted: April 15, 2013
By Jim Favors
Long-Distance cruisers can be categorized by their differing “Modus Operandi.” There are those that have an affinity for cruising with a buddy boat, or in small groups, there are also lone wolves who choose to solo cruise. Some choose to anchor out all the time, others prefer to be tied up at a marina at the end of each and every cruising day. All methods have advantages and disadvantages, one is not better than the other, it’s just personal makeup that attracts one to this or that side of the cruising coin. Lisa and I fall somewhere in the middle of those outli...... Read More

On The Hook
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Posted: March 29, 2013
By Jim Favors
We departed Green Turtle Marina, at Grand Rivers, Kentucky, to sparkling waters and clear blue skies. It had been five years since we last plied the Tennessee River from the Lake Barkley, Land Between the Lakes, and Kentucky Lake south to Alabama. Because we have such fond memories of our previous times in this area we were eager to be back in this beautiful part of the country. Our goal, over the next few weeks, was to return to a few of our favorite towns and marinas, expose ourselves to some of that famous southern charm and above all enjoy Mother Nature as much as we could wh...... Read More

Tinker Time
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Posted: March 18, 2013
By Jim Favors
I imagine I’m like most boaters, when I’m home, and not on the water, I have other interests – household chores, social and family events that require my undivided attention. I’m not complaining, quite the opposite, because I thrive on being busy and engaged, I look forward to my time at home. On the flip side, when I’m in the cruising mode, I only have cruising with Lisa, and the boat, to occupy my thoughts and attention. I love being on our boat and in the cruising mode. Truthfully I love it any time I’m able to spend time on the boat, but ev...... Read More

Jumping Into the Mix
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Posted: February 28, 2013
By Jim & Lisa Favors
We enjoy boating in our home waters of Michigan and Canada during the summer months, it’s one of the reasons we sold our bigger, 40-foot trawler and bought a trailerable boat, we wanted to have more flexibility in choosing where we spend our cruising time. After a full summer cruising in the Great Lakes, a few inland lakes and Canada’s North Channel, the first season we’ve had, in this area, over six years, we were ready to head out again with truck, trailer and boat. We drove to Kentucky to join the Looper procession currently in progress as many mak...... Read More

Time Travel
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Posted: February 15, 2013
By Jim Favors
Have you ever experienced an uncontrollable yearning to return to a favorite place, one that conjures up fond memories and treasured past experiences? If you know what I'm talking about, you'll also be familiar with the magnetic pull to return can be, at times, a little overwhelming. Recently we experienced a gravity-like pull, lightly calling, as a soft recurring whisper, to return to one of our favorite cruising haunts – Mackinac Island has been calling... calling us back to her.


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