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carisch
05-03-2013, 05:14 PM
I gotta say thanks Team talk. I would never have known about the great service of Viper without reading these forums every day. Unfortunately I had to tow my boat about two hours to get it to them. But that turned into a blessing, allowing me to do a two day boat trip back with my oldest daughter. I gotta say this was one of the best camping trips I've ever taken, and certainly won't be the last.

It was 120 mile boat trip down the TN river to Chattanooga. 96 225 Maristar made it with a single tank of gas, even had a little left to spare.

Picked up the boat from Viper with brand new interior, fuel pump, and rub rails. Very satisfied customer, great company to work with. Jim dropped us off just above Tellico damn.

We drove about 27 mph the entire way. Had to lock through two dams. Slept in the boat, on a perfect evening on our own little private island.

I took quite a few photos, go pro time lapse looking behind. I'll attach a few here, but for some reason it seems I'm not attaching them like others. I'm forced to upload somewhere else, and then link to them.


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pap
05-03-2013, 05:17 PM
cool pictures, the trip looks SUPER fun and that looks absolutely beautiful!

76S&S
05-03-2013, 05:49 PM
Boat looks great and it sounds like a great trip! Love the Viper crew

mwg
05-03-2013, 05:51 PM
That looks like an awesome trip and the interior looks beautiful.. is that a fishing pole?

Table Rocker
05-03-2013, 06:04 PM
Awesome trip, times you and your daughter will never forget.

CC2MC
05-03-2013, 06:12 PM
Wow, what a great time! I can't believe you made it on one tank of fuel! Did you have an extra 5-gallon with you just in case.

Wouter
05-03-2013, 07:10 PM
That looks like an amazing trip!

Snipe
05-03-2013, 07:26 PM
What a great time that must have been. That's called "quality time:)

By the way, just got to your photo editor and re-size your picture to 640 pixels wide, the height will automatically be proportional. Save the picture as a different title and your good to go.

Dynamite Spike
05-04-2013, 10:23 AM
Looks like you had an amazing trip.....it's really started me thinking about doing something similar. What's the process for passing through the locks? Do you have to pay?

carisch
05-06-2013, 10:13 AM
Had 2 extra five gallon tanks, and never used them.

I'm fully knowledgeable on re-sizing images, just don't know how to "attach" them here. I click the image button it my only option is to give a url. So I put them up on google plus and then grab that link.

Locks are free, and some are open almost 24 hours a day. You can call ahead to set it up that they are ready for you if you can. The first lock took over an hour, because it was down low, and needed to be raised while we sat there. 72 foot of drop, that took about 20 minutes once we were in and it was flowing. Second lock was perfect. Called ahead, drove right in, and out in 20 minutes. It was 50+ foot of drop.

Time lapse movie coming soon...

XtwentyNot
05-06-2013, 12:52 PM
Awesome adventure!

PT 1999 ProStar
05-06-2013, 01:06 PM
Very cool trip! And what memories for you and your daughter! Congrats!

Snipe
05-06-2013, 02:52 PM
Sorry; didn't mean to imply not knowing how to resize. My bad. To post a picture simply click on the "Go Advanced" and click the little paperclip next to the smiley face and it will lead you to the site that holds your picture. When I resize I usually just save that picture to the desk top and then retrieve it from there. Sorry if I offended you. that was not my intension.

gweaver
05-06-2013, 03:51 PM
You've just given me a new goal- to set up a trip like that for my boys and I. As other have said, that is a trip your daughter will never forget!!
Greg

madcityskier
05-06-2013, 04:44 PM
Sounds like a great trip. Nice pics.

Table Rocker
05-06-2013, 05:56 PM
Had 2 extra five gallon tanks, and never used them.

I'm fully knowledgeable on re-sizing images, just don't know how to "attach" them here. I click the image button it my only option is to give a url. So I put them up on google plus and then grab that link.

Locks are free, and some are open almost 24 hours a day. You can call ahead to set it up that they are ready for you if you can. The first lock took over an hour, because it was down low, and needed to be raised while we sat there. 72 foot of drop, that took about 20 minutes once we were in and it was flowing. Second lock was perfect. Called ahead, drove right in, and out in 20 minutes. It was 50+ foot of drop.

Time lapse movie coming soon...Going through a lock is a very cool experience. I used to work for a barge line (the other tow boats) and standing on the front of the tow a few feet away from the lock gates and thinking "Yep, the water is about that high" and looking up 80 feet imagining the wall of water above, really puts a different perspective on things.

carisch
05-06-2013, 11:02 PM
Snipe, no offense taken. Thanks, I finally see the go advanced button, that is what I was missing.

The locks are an engineering marvel. I can't imagine how much force can be applied to those walls and doors from 72 feet of water.

...and yes, small fishing poles. I caught one 12". Nothing better than casting out a line or two when the sun is setting.

Time lapse of the entire trip will be up tomorrow. I took a pic from gopro every 30 seconds for the entire trip.