Posted by: tvasailor | 2021-05-18

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Posted by: tvasailor | 2022-10-01

Butler Bridge Lake Height

Lake Level on Internet and Mast Height:

Note: that the picture of the bridge is taken going downstream from Butler to Hampton!  Remember the High End is the Hampton End!

It is important to consider the bridge height for some boats depending on the time of year.  Be sure to include your antenna or windex in estimations of bridge clearance.  If not, you will not be the first to shear things off the top of your mast!

The data below is for information and guidance only.  Before attempting to pass under the bridge, the skipper should assure himself that sufficient clearance exists to allow safe passage.

I’ve included two sources of information.  The first was that made by Bill Murdoch.  I’ve included a note below from Bill about his experimental method:

“I finally got around to measuring the clearance under the Butler Bridge this week.  Monday was a nice day, and I had finished messing around on the boat.  I borrowed a marker from the little store beyond Shirley’s to number the bridge panels on the railing so I could keep up with them.  With a steel tape and a plywood board on a long eye bolt, I measured the height of the bridge above the water in four places.  They were hauling dirt from the Butler side of the bridge to our side, and I can tell you for a fact that the bridge goes down one or two inches when the trucks go by.”

See his results:  Butler Bridge Elevations & Clearance Caution! This document is for information and guidance only. Before attempting to pass under the bridge, the skipper should assure himself or herself that sufficient clearance exists to allow safe passage.

The other experiment was performed with a sextant by John Middaugh.  See his note below:

“Bill that is very good work.  And should be very accurate.  When I measured it several years ago with my sextant, the area half way between A & B, I got 8 to 10 ft and felt 8 ft was close.  If I did the math correctly half way would be about 2009.31 elevation.  Which would be about (My chart I believe shows 2002.00 ft at the mid point) or 7.31 ft higher than the middle of the bridge.  So I feel pretty good about my measurement with the sextant.  The point half way between A & B probably would be the location a sail boat could pass under the bridge in comfort with respect to the shore.  I believe when I passed under it this Summer I tried to stay South of point B.  And even at this point my mast brushed close to the trees.”

“I guess I should have subtracted the actual  mid point of the Bridge 2003.35 ft from the mid point between A & B which would be (2009.31 ft) or 5.96 ft.  Thus 5.96 ft or about 6 ft higher than the middle of the Bridge.

“Again this is excellent work and should be very accurate the way you measured the elevations.  This will be of great benefit to Wayne, Minta, Robert, and all the other sail boats with the higher mast.  It will give every one a little more confidence about going under the Bridge.”

Lake Level from Internet:

Lake Level by Phone:

800-238-2264, 1 for lake levels and then 02 for Watauga Lake.

Posted by: tvasailor | 2022-07-18

George Brown’s Adventures on Lake Champlain

We decommissioned my sailboat (Seaward 32RK, 10000 lbs) in Knoxville starting 1pm last sunday, put it on my triple axle trailer, and hauled it 1000 miles to Lake Champlain. Spent yesterday putting the mast up in the parking lot, 2 of us with a gin pole, and launched at 130pm today. Very long 4 days, but the Champlain adventure lies before us now for the next 2 months. Please feel free to share this with our fellow WLSC members.

All the best,

Posted by: tvasailor | 2022-06-08

Things for Sale or Services

Items Below:

-2017 Precision 21 , $25,000
-Classic Comet Sailboat 16 ft $750.00
-J27, $2,000 or obo (sold 10/28/22)
-1986 Etap 23 $3,000 (Sold)
-1980 C&C Sailboat, $4,600 (reduced to $3,900) (Sold)
-1977 Sabre 28 Mark II $7,000 (Sold)
-1978 Lancer 28 $1,000 (Sold)

1984 Catalina 25 ft $6,000 (SOLD)


7/29/2022 New Listing
2017 Precision 21
Asking $25,000
Slip E-28

Precision 21 Sailboat. In excellent condition.
Fully Equipped with all standard equipment and many extras. *
Includes, but not limited to:
 Roller Furling 150% Genoa
 Genoa winches and handles
 Low hour Tohatsu 4 Long Shaft OB
 Cockpit cushions
 Shoal draft keel with fiberglass centerboard
 Draft 1’9”(Min) – 4’8”(Max)
 Teak trim and handrails
 Laminated ash and mahogany tiller
 Fabric covered interior cushions
 12 volt electrical system
 Coastal LIfe Jacket 4 Packet
 Alcohol stove
Note: Boat owner does not currently own a trailer.
The boat is located at Lakeshore Marina on Watauga Lake,
Hampton, TN. The slip (E-28) is transferable to the new owner
upon purchase of the boat.
Bonnie Marmor – 850: 491 – 5223 or
Steven Goldstein – 941: 993 – 2733

Classic Comet Sailboat
Asking $750.00
Wood mast, good shape
hull number 3125
in Elizabethon
Skip Greene

10/13/2022 New Listing (sold 10/28/22)
Slip E80, “Silky”
$2,000 or best offer

Very nice high pointing racing sailboat, one of, if not the fastest on Lake Watauga.

Unfortunately, there’s been some hull damage this year from the fender blowing off during a storm and the boat knocking against the dock. 

I don’t have the time and expertise to do the repairs or I would keep her.  Selling for a major loss.  

Headsail, Jib, main, spinnaker, spinnaker pole, Honda 9HP outboard

Call/ Text Gwee at 917-557-4703 or email at

Etap 23 1986
Asking $3,000
slip E20 Lakeshore 
unsinkable hull
8hp Yamaha outboard in cockpit well
bulb keel with worm screw, draft 4’9″-2’3″
150 Genoa with Harken roller furling
Jiffy reefing mainsail from cockpit
interior cushions in good condition

Jack Crowder
(423) 571 2867

1980 C&C Sailboat
Asking $4,600
, reduced to $3,900 (Sold)

Craigslist Link

Nice Boat..-Very CLEAN, ready to Sail. Main and Jib in excellent condition. Settees and V-Berth new upholstery. Includes 2 anchors, swim ladder, life jackets, fire extinguisher, PortaPotti, Mercury 4hp, 2 stroke. No other systems. Accepting all offers, will consider trade for boat in Florida, must sell. Boat can be seen at Lakeshore Marina Slip E82. slip is transferable to new owner. Call Irene 352216 seven three five nine

Irene LeHoullier

7/6/2022 Updated Listing (Sold)
1977 Sabre 28 Mark II

Asking $7,000

Slip E-91
Sabre 28 Mark II Sailboat In good condition.
25 hp gray marine inboard gas engine. Runs very good.
Alternator rebuilt last year. 2021
Wheel Steering Roller Furling
Jib Sails are serviceable
Teak Swim Platform
Magma Kettle Grill
Reupholstered interior cushions 2021
Reupholstered cockpit cushions 2021
New curtains 2021
New engine temp sensor Sept. 2021
New thru hulls April 2022
New seacocks April 2022
New bottom paint April 2022
Boot stripe painted April 2022
New bimini top April 2022
3 new deep cell marine batteries March 2021
Winches serviced 2021
New dock lines 2021
New jib furling line 2021
New boat hooks 2021
New winch handles 2021
New electrical panel switches 2021
Some new hoses. Extra hose included. 2021
Does not have a trailer

Boat is located at Lakeshore Marina on Watauga Lake. The slip can be transferred to the new owner upon purchase of the boat.

Alan Villanova 919-698-8152

7/6/2022 (Sold)
1984 Catalina 25
Asking $6,000

Slip E-6 Lakeshore Marina
In good condition, sails very well / easy to manage solo
6 hp tohatsu outboard, in great shape.
Roller Furling
Jib is practically new, mainsail is in good condition as well.
Reupholstered interior cushions
Reupholstered cockpit cushions
Has bimini top

Mike Larkin

6/8/2022 (Sold)
1978 Lancer 28

-in slip E19 Lakeshore Marina
-Bought this for the slip, and we’re bringing our smaller boat in June 12
– motivated to sell and can likely help deliver within a few hours radius. 
-Windows need to be resealed, needs interior work, but it’s a solid vessel. 
-Shoal draft, fixed keel with water ballast, so it’s trailer-able. 
-Outboard well, Bimini, roomy cockpit
-Six berths, dinette
-6’2” headroom with sliding companionway top
-Porta pot, 2 sinks, no stove, but room for one
-Took the main sail off to clean it, but it’s in good shape. Rip stop racing sail with blue cover to match Bimini and tiller covers. 
-No motor, no trailer, no batteries, no cushions, and no slip, but it’s a good fixer upper!
– Will consider trade for a jet ski. 



Grace and Rob Plummer

Posted by: gregh1707livecom | 2022-05-16

Spring Race 2

Commodore Branddon spoke to the Elizabethton High school’s JROTC and then organized a daysail for the students.  The club’s captains graciously offered their time and it was a magical day for captains and all the enthusiastic crew followed by a pizza feast!

See the great video by Mike Johnson

Link to Video

The club is passionate about sailing and nautical traditions.  This wias a wonderful opportunity for us to expose some of our local youth to our passion. I believe this will also help perpetuate the club, bring potential new members, and connect us to our community.

Before the days of the Carona Virus, WLSC often had some great dinner meetings.

Here are a sample of two in the link below:

Posted by: tvasailor | 2022-03-11

Wayne Catoe and Radio-Controlled Boat Video

Wayne races all year long. He races his sailboat at Watauga and then his radio-controlled Soling at their winter home in Florida. Take a look at the very entertaining video with a demo by Captain Catoe in the link below:

Posted by: tvasailor | 2022-02-26

Restoring Lancer 28, Boo-Boo

Great Job of Restoring a Lancer 28 at Watauga Lake by Mike Johnson and associates including Tom Truman..

click here

Trailer 1:09 minutes

Full Movie 8:15 minutes

Posted by: tvasailor | 2021-11-17

Next Event Frostbite Race Jan. 1, 2022!

See the following press release for details:

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