October 1, 2015 – Thursday – Mermaid Marina to Double Island Anchorage – 9.4 statute miles traveled.

We left Mermaid Marina at 0830 heading further up the river against current that was 1.5 mph against us at times. There were some very scenic spots with layered sandstone cliffs along the way. Almost all of the houses on the river in this section are on stilts of perhaps 15 feet for flood protection.

Houses along the river bank on stilts for flood protection

Houses along the river bank on stilts for flood protection

More stilty houses but we couldn't figure out whether there was a standard as some seem to be much higher than others.

More stilty houses but we couldn’t figure out whether there was a standard as some seem to be much higher than others.

Namaste plugging along upstream on the Tennessee River.  A sailboat without a mast is low on the water.

Namaste plugging along upstream on the Tennessee River. A sailboat without a mast is low on the water.

Another river bank shot - our anchorages had this type of shoreline.

Another river bank shot – our anchorages had this type of shoreline.

The wind was blowing harder from the north than was predicted so we traveled with a tail wind but in wind waves enough to create white caps. This continued the short distance to our intended anchorage at MM 149. Double Island anchorage is wide and a consistent depth of 12-20 feet. We continued behind the island to the bend where we expected the wind to be partially blocked but this didn’t happen. We anchored in 17 feet of water with a current of at least one mile per hour that was sufficient to keep the boat pointed upstream even though the wind was on our stern.

As we had arrived by 10:00 AM we had the rest of the day to relax, read and nap. In the late afternoon we were joined by “One Bay At A Time”, and another unknown boat, at the anchorage. We were joined by the Namaste crew in the evening for chart hour and sharing of pictures. Then it was dinner and chores before hitting the rack.

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