Could it REALLY happen twice in one trip?

Trip Start Oct 17, 2009
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Trip End Nov 15, 2009


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Flag of United States  , Alabama
Tuesday, November 10, 2009

On the day of November 10, we decided to anchor early because the weather forecasts were predicting high winds and potential flooding. We pulled into the last good anchorage for the next 40 miles, an oxbow just after Heflin Lock. 

The debris moving through this section of the river was astounding. Entire trees - BIG trees - were steadily making their way downstream, root balls and all. There were two other boats anchored and we pulled up behind one, set our anchor and then after a few minutes decided we were too close to a boat ramp in case any fisherman happened to be coming or going. 

We began to pull up the anchor when we were struck with the familiar moment of horror as the trip line, stretched out due to the fast current, disappeared below the hull presumably on its way towards fouling our prop like last time. Tom cut the engine and we began hauling on the line to see whether it was caught. Yep, it was caught. 

The fast river current, laden with giant projectiles made jumping into the water to figure out where the line was stuck a mute point. We were going to have to resolve the situation one way or another from the dinghy (not a bad thing considering the water was roiling not only with hazardous debris but also a filthy, unsavory froth). 

Fortunately, after a couple of hours of piecing the puzzling matter together, we were eternally grateful to discover that instead of fouling the prop, the line had somehow ended up catching on one of the zincs that jutted out from the hull just forward of the prop. It was a fairly straightforward matter to remove it using an extended boat hook. Whew.

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