Cold and or rainy spring, never thought it would end. 90F this weekend.  Recommissioning was on Friday. Only glitch was slow cranking on one motor followed by a stinky hot dead shorted battery. New battery this morning with a flawless first day. Water was refreshing to say the least. We are probably 4 weeks behind this spring.

Spending the night, dinner in the oven. Put it away early this year as I was moving. Almost 6 months of no boating, a new record in Tennessee for me. The filth on the boat was a new low for me. 

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We were right there with you, Bruce! Glad your day seemed to have gone as well as ours. Got down there first thing this morning, cleaned the old girl up, and had our first day out after a couple short shakedowns by myself with the new engines. Both ran beautifully, and we had a great time. Rafted 4 across at one point.

Mr Pacy was enjoying the Severn River as well today (albeit in non-Commander style).

Bruce, where are you located? Knoxville area here.

I am over on Watts bar, Terrace view Marina. Away from the crowds of Knoxville and Chattanooga.  Lots of variety of views within a few miles of the marina. 

I did have one more problem on my initial weekend. The shower faucet seat, they are plastic, decided to disintegrate. Hopefully I can source a brass replacement. At least it unscrewed. If not a plumbing supply place, maybe an RV place  luckily that happened as I was showering out on the water this AM. The morning was calm quiet and very little traffic  

Would love to put a one handle constant temp controller, just not sure it would work. 

Bruce, is your shower the goose neck with two faucets?  Mine uses standard flat washers but I haven't been able to get the brass seats to seal properly, have used a seat tool to no avail.  They seat well enough to drip so the head gets placed in the sink when not in use.

Yes Loudon is crowded. I hope to make it down to Watts Bar at some point over the Summer and perhaps a trip to Chattanooga. My dock neighbors are always talking about that. Which Commander do you own?  

These seats are plastic, they always dripped a bit. These are as you described Tim. I put a shut off valve at the end of the solid piping, between that and the flex hose.  The seat was destroyed enough to drip on to the counter, I had to shut the water down. Before the seat disintegration, new washers still allowed a small drip. The handles are also shot, the one that was not dripping decided to crack to pieces. I will see if they have new cartridges to replace all the moving parts.  The washers are on a pivoting/rotating  piece, which I normally don't see, maybe because of the plastic valve seats? 

I would still like to hook up a temperature regulated Euro type control. It would need some metric to std adapters, which are available.  I just don't know if it will work with the pump system. It involves some reconfiguration of the plumbing and wall, so not brave enough. I looked around and could not find anybody who had done that. The constant water temp would save a lot of water and be much more guest friendly. 

Timothy "Tim" Miller said:

Bruce, is your shower the goose neck with two faucets?  Mine uses standard flat washers but I haven't been able to get the brass seats to seal properly, have used a seat tool to no avail.  They seat well enough to drip so the head gets placed in the sink when not in use.

I have a 1968 '35. You may decide to make the drive and leave your boat there to escape the crowds. Even on the busiest holiday weekend, it is not crowded. The few times I have been up your way, it seems like battle of the boat wakes on the weekend. 

Alan Waite said:

Yes Loudon is crowded. I hope to make it down to Watts Bar at some point over the Summer and perhaps a trip to Chattanooga. My dock neighbors are always talking about that. Which Commander do you own?  

Yes the thought crossed my mind as I have a drive as it is now to Wind River & the slip fees are less where you are and at Caney Creek. Only drawback is I'd have to lock through if we wanted to do the Vol navy thing. That and learn a whole new body of water. 

Chaney Creek area is not exactly the best part of the lake, it is 15 minutes away. You need to get to Blue Springs on the east side or Terrace View on the west side to get to the area with coves and islands.  I drive 45 minutes. A lot cheaper to drive the vehicle than the boat to great water. 

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