A Slice of Vacation Paradise in our Georgia Rental Cabin at Trailís End Resort and Marina on Lake Se
When we first arrived we were surprised that this place even existed! Trailís End Resort and Marinaô (http://www.teresort.com) is carved out of a 70-acre spread of land that borders a state wildlife refuge with a ranger station nearby. The entire landscape is dotted with private ponds and woods to explore. Not the dense saplings and low laying evergreens, but the tall older forest variety of soaring pines. The pine needle paths are easy to trace and make for a great exploring adventure.
We parked our van near our upscale cabin, located in the portion of the resort dedicated to the RV park with RV sites spanning the inner channel of the COVE waterway off the main Chattahoochee River. Whether we chose to go rustic and camp in a tent along the banks of the inland water, or park our RV we would have been just as happy with the location. Our cabin had a view of the water. Because we lived under that tall canopy it never got too hot or cold. Even in the heat of day we had dappled sunlight hitting our faces when we went out to play.
The air was crisp and the day was bright for a Saturday. We got up early and walked over to the General Store. The management was already on duty and had our pontoon boat rental ready to go. We wanted to pack and go explore the little islands off the main run of the river, and get in a little fishing before the morning mist burned off.
David Allen was especially helpful and even showed us where to stow our gear while we traveled. The boat was very easy to operate and inexpensive for a half dayís use. The General Store had everything we needed that we forgot to bring for a day of fishing, including the fishing licenses! We headed out in the channel following to markings to navigate into the main river. We were alone. Except for the occasional bass boat we had a good mile section of the river to ourselves. We put up the canopy on the boat and head out for some of the more interesting terrain. Looking back at the COVE luxury houseboat community we could see others in the distance prepping the boats docked at their front bows, or fishing right off their porches in the morning haze.
The river was swift and ran clear. We were very serene. That is one thing I will say about Trailís End Resort. Being so far off the beaten path you feel like you are back with nature. Even though you are only a half hour from major shopping malls, a couple of cities, restaurants and other stores, when you look out on the river all you hear are a wide variety of birds, frogs, and the other sounds of nature.
We headed north to find just the perfect fishing spot and did. We nestled near the opposite shore as the sun started its climb for the day. We unpacked our picnic breakfast and nibbled on our fare while we settled in for a first day of total vacation relaxation. We caught our first fish within minutes - a beautiful bass and a couple of catfish. No wonder they call this area the bass fishing capital on Georgia.
After a couple of hours spent in the open air we were ready to head back and see what else was going on at Trailís End. We found that the kids were settled in around the new pool and clubhouse in a couple of gazebos working on a craft, and that some people were hosting a small party in the main community room kitchen.
We were going to head back to grill our catch for lunch and add some of the beans, potato salad and other picnic items we brought with us. We decided to use one of the grills along the river bank. While the fish cooked and my husband dutifully got our lunch together I was able to lay back in a hammock and just soak up the sun for a few minutes. In the distance I could hear children laughing and the rustle of leaves. Every once in a while a small boat would cross the COVE and head up or down river. I donít know but it felt like the air is different there. Just fresher.
We had our feast and packed up our picnic to head out along a nature trail for a much needed walk. We were surprised to learn how many unique bird species there are in the resort area. Some old growth trees still stand. We read about the history of this place before we came and felt like we blended right in somehow.
In the afternoon we become part of an amateur volleyball pickup game that some of the kids started with a few parents. It was an invigorating half hour to say the least. We went back to the clubhouse afterwards and doodled around the main room, making some new friends along the way. When we did head back to the cabin early evening was setting in. We heard there was going to be a tiki hut gathering that night so we picked up some snacks to bring along. Someone brought a boom box and put on music. Others stoked the fire pits and brought drinks to share. It was like an old-fashioned fish camp gathering but the amenities were a lot nicer. I donít go anywhere there arenít modern bathrooms.
We were so full from lunch and snacking all day we really didnít bother with dinner. Or watching television or many of the other things we find to occupy our time at home. In fact, Trailís End Resort brought out a different side in us we hadnít experienced for years. We were playful again, just going with the flow and enjoying the moments as they happened. There were some planned activities we could have done while there but it was just as fun letting nature take its course.
We slept like babies that night tucked in our bed. As night set in we noticed how utterly quiet it was out there. You could really see a million stars and the silence was only broken by an occasional owl, or someone taking a late night stroll. We were very peaceful.
Sunday came and we spent part of the morning lounging around the cabin. We sat on the deck for a short while to watch boaters come and go. A lot of the traffic in the morning seems to center around launching from the public dock, although some new arrivals came in to use the covered boat slips. I did notice that they have electric and water available so cleaning up our catch and getting set was a snap. If it had rained we would have been dry loading and unloading which is very nice.
Around noon we headed over the Popís Dockside Grill and Raw Bar. We heard about the rotating weekly Sunday buffet so we wanted to give that a try. We were very pleased and our bellies showed it. They must have the worldís best fried chicken. Now Iím a good cook but the traditional Southern food there just knocked my socks off. From the green beans with ham, to the dessert cobbler you could tell everything was homemade. The place was hopping all morning into the afternoon since they serve the buffet until 6pm. It isnít a line up of trays though. You just tell the server what you want from the buffet items and they bring you a fresh plate each time. I could have lived there for a few days they way we ate.
It was time for another stroll after that dinner. Now I understand why a lot of folks just have a big lunch and then a small supper. It felt like Thanksgiving with all the choices we had. And I have to say that the whole staff are friendly and relaxed. It isnít one of those nose in the air restaurants, or a diner. It is Popís. It has its own flavor and thatís one of Lake Seminoleís hidden gems.
While we were there we looked into owning vacation weeks aboard a Harbor Homesô luxury houseboat in the COVE. After our weekend we wanted to know how we could be co-owners and visit during the year. Once we found out they are affiliates of RCI the vacation exchange we knew we had found our spot.
Others interested can call 888-577-4562 to request a tour of the resort. Ask about the $99 cabin getaway special vacation. We only had to take a tour for a couple hours on Sunday and are we glad we did.
Anyone who just wants to rent a cabin, rent a houseboat, rent a pontoon boat, or rent an RV site should call 229-861-2000 direct and speak with the manager. Trail's End Resort is located at 3371 at the west end of Highway 253 (Spring Creek Road), southwest of Bainbridge, GA. Hope to see you there!
Sail Off This Season With Style and Safety
For those who love to experience the wild spirit of water sports, fishing right in the middle of water or simply going on for boating excursions, are all a sheer sense of adventure to spend hours on boat. But, there are certain points where you need to be cautious while boating. When on water or outside it, your boat is exposed to millions of dangers that you may not even be aware of. In order to safeguard your boat from these dangers you need to have highly efficient boat covers.
If you do not want to spoil your sport while on boating excursion or in the middle of some water sport then ensure the safety and maintenance of your boat beforehand. Thus, comes in the role of boat covers. Before investing your money on boat covers you need to have thorough knowledge of boat covers, their fabric and types of boat covers so that you may not purchase an ill-fitting boat cover that proves to be of little use to you. There is stiff competition amongst boat covers dealers during peak holiday season and this may lead you into cheap bargains so be equipped with right information prior.
Select the right boat cover
There are wide array of boat covers available as per the style and type of boat you own and some of the popular ones include pontoon boat cover, Bayliner boat cover, Sunbrella boat cover, and custom boat covers. Every boat has its specific requirements. As it promises you immense leisure and good time, so itís your responsibility to maintain it properly and keep it in good working condition throughout the year. Rodents, wind, waves, dust, UV rays and some water bodies may harm your boat terribly. In order to keep all these harmful elements at bay from posing any threat to your boat you must install a right kind of boat cover on your boat.
Custom boat covers for a perfect fit
Definitely brand name works a lot like that of Sunbrella or Bayliner. But another option available to provide ultimate protection to your dearest possession is the custom boat covers. These are designed specifically in accordance with the size and style of your boat and are tailor-made to meet your personal needs. You can get the alteration and modifications done right at the time of designing.
Readymade boat covers may not necessarily have the same fitting as desired by you. For instance, they may not be made as per your boatís design and once you have made the purchase you are not left with any other alternative but to use that ill-fitting boat cover somehow. However, in case of custom boat covers you are spared from such hurdles and hassles. You can choose the fiber, color and design as per your requirement which makes custom boat covers favorite amongst people who love spending long time on water.
Nonetheless, the quality and assurance provided by boat covers from big manufacturers can also not be superseded, if it fits your boat well. So, it all depends on you if you think customized boat covers are best for your boat or the branded ones.
Choosing a Marina for a Motor Boat
Marinas can be found in harbours, ports or on river waterfronts. These marinas can accommodate a variety of boats, including motorboats, sailboats, fishing boats, cruise ships and yachts, as well as the house boat. Some marinas cater to cruise boats on a large scale while others operate on a smaller scale, accommodating motorboats and sailboats. The Reeds Almanac is a good starting point when choosing a marina for a motor boat in the U.K. alternatively listings of marinas near you can also be found in the phone book or online. If youíre already a proud owner of a motor boat then check to see that they have the marine fuel needed e.g. red diesel, petrol or LPG.
First step is to start by considering the marina's location in relation to your home, or perhaps even airport. For someone who intends to do a great deal of the maintenance themselves frequent journeys to the marina are going to mean you want to be very close to the marina. If the boat is placed in winter storage, can you drive to the marina, carry out the maintenance in a day? If the answer is no then youíll need to book accommodation or find a nearer marina.
What to look for - facilities
Full maintenance and 24 hour security.
Electricity on the pontoon.
Water on the pontoon.
Diesel, Petrol or LPG available.
Crane hoist capacity
Free car parking.
Berthing Ė check for length restrictions.
Dry stack storage.
Changing and showering.
12 month access.
Cafe or restaurant.
Is living aboard required and if so is it allowed?
The above checks can be done over the phone, but when choosing from several marinas, it's best to visit the marinas in person and tour them all. Meet the operations manager / harbourmaster and gain an impression of how well the marina is run and how professional are the staff.
Many marinas are running at full capacity in southern England and berth space is limited so ask if there how long is the waiting list which may be several years long. Also ask where the berth will be beforehand and check there will be sufficient storage space ashore in winter for working on planned maintenance.
Terms of Payment can vary from marina to marina as can the berthing charges, as with everything in life shop around and try to negotiate where possible on the whole berth agreement.
How To Select Your Saltwater Fishing Boat
When it comes to fishing, the top priority of many anglers is to secure a good boat. A saltwater fishing boat can be difficult to pick out, with the many options available to anglers, and while long-time fishermen with decades of experience tend to have their favorites, novices may need a little assistance to pick out a boat. A good way to start is by reviewing some of the most well known, competitive brands of boats to see what features you like and desire in your own vessel.
One manufacturer of the saltwater boats is Pro Sports Boats, which split to offer their boats under two separate names in 2006, the ProKat (a line of power catamarans) and SeaQuest (the line of monohulls). This new line of monohulls is taking a new look at the small and medium size saltwater fishing boat, using top of the line accessories while maintaining a price level that is inoffensive by minimizing standard features. You have a choice of bay boats, coastal boats, and center consoles ranging between 18 and 25 feet. There will also be the 3000 series, a line of boats that includes a center console, a cuddy cabin, and a sport cuddy model. The ProKat catamarans will offer a relaxing and familiar type of boat and name brand that lends itself to fishing for blue tuna, albacore, and much more.
Another excellent manufacturer of the saltwater boats is Brunswick Boat Group, headquartered out of Knoxville, Tennessee. This group produces all manner of pleasure and fishing boats, including popular name brands like Sea Ray, Bayliner, and Meridian that range up to 100 feet in length, as well as smaller vessels. The company offers a fine, luxurious saltwater fishing boat in the Baja series, which range from 20 to 44 feet in length. You'll even find smaller, more affordable models, such as the Sea Boss, Sea Pro, Laguna, Palmetto, and more that reach up to 52 feet in length but can be found as small as 11 feet. For those who want a reasonable, average sized saltwater fishing boat, look into the Brunswick Crestliner, Triton, or Princecraft boats, which come in fishing, deck, and pontoon varieties ranging between 10 and 35 feet in length.
Depending on the type of fishing you intend to do, you may have varied opinions on the best type of boat to have, as well as the size that you need to have to accomplish your goal.
Merits and Demerits of an Aluminum Fishing Boat
Fishing boat styles and types come in various forms nowadays. Each has its own use and specifications with their own advantages. An aluminum fishing boat is one of these. The size of an aluminum fishing boat can be as small as 10 foot but can go up to a huge 24 foot long on some specialized models. The shape of aluminum boats can come in both flat, V shape designs and also in a pontoon style. An aluminum fishing boat can be used as a charter fishing boat when you simply want to rent out a boat for the day or weekend.
Merits of Aluminum Boats
While there are advantages shared by any type of fishing boat out there; the aluminum fishing boat has some advantages all to itself. With the greatest competitor against the aluminum fishing boat being fiberglass boats, the aluminum boat has many thousands of fans thanks to their advantages:
1. Aluminum fishing boat can be customized and painted to resemble just about any other kind of boat you desire.
2. Aluminum boats are preferred for most man made lakes, because of their rugged build and can resist being stomped by underwater trees and other submerged items.
3. Aluminum boats are resistant to rust, decay and drips. Many aluminum fishing boat can be used for decades.
4. The ability to repair or fix aluminum boats is rather easy. Most repairs are done with welding or hammering out dings and dents.
5. Aluminum boats are fuel efficient because of their light weight. If you run out of fuel, they are also easier to row than most other types of boat.
6. An aluminum fishing boat can be carried by one person depending on the size of the boat. Most other boats, made from fiberglass need five people just to move it around with more amounts of time and energy.
7. An aluminum fishing boat can be customized by the user to gain the best function from the boat that is wanted by the user.
Disadvantages of Aluminum Boats
While there are many merits of using an aluminum fishing boat, like anything else there are also disadvantages as well:
1. An aluminum fishing boat is not good for use on bad weather. Lightning can easily strike the boat and the users in it.
2. Aluminum is not good for salt water fishing because the salt is corrosive and will eat away at the rivets. This will eventually cause the aluminum boat to leak or crack.
3. Aluminum fishing boats are not as flexible as fiberglass boats when it comes to shaping and customizing the boat.
4. Aluminum fishing boats are not as sleek on the water as fiberglass boats and tend to plow the water as opposed to pushing it aside. This allows some water to get into the boat from the splash.
5. Aluminum boats do not run as smoothly on water as fiberglass and tend to give riders a choppy ride.
6. Aluminum boats can not carry as much fuel as their fiberglass counterpart. Therefore extra fuel cans are needed for any long trips away from shore.
Depending on what you want to use your boat for, an aluminum fishing boat can be a better or worse choice. Make your choice wisely.
Save Money When Visiting the Minneapolis Boat Show
Minneapolis is renowned as an attractive state, with many elegant and exquisite places like tourist spots, antique shops, recreational facilities and many mind bogging scenes. If you are looking for a distinct and unique experience, you should visit Minneapolis Boat Show annually conducted at the end of the winter. If you are an entrepreneur or a casual individual looking for a breathtaking and the most modern techno savvy boat to buy, the right place for you is nothing but the Minneapolis Boat Show.
This is really an amazing attraction, as out here thousands of boats and spectators gather for a few days to showcase as well as sell boats. By the end of winter, when the summer is far and far, way months ahead, with all the thousands of lakes in Minneapolis frozen, the populaces in Minneapolis flock to the annual fair of the Minneapolis Boat Show. This is really held in a grand style in traditional Minneapolis style. To raise the curiosity, let us see the statistics, in the sales of fishing licenses in the whole of the nation, Minneapolis is placed in the first spot.
If not to buy, this is a real occasion and great opportunity for anyone to get into the eternal beauty and serene ambience of the Minneapolis landscape. The Minneapolis Boat Show will only be adding your vacation with an unbelievable experience of coming close to the modern trends in boat building and the other features of luxury boats. You can just think of any adornments for a boat and you are sure to locate one in the Minneapolis Boat Show. You can think of any luxury required in a boat and you are assured of getting a boat with such a luxury accessory at the Minneapolis Boat Show. If you want yachts, canoes, kayaks or pontoons, all are available at a common place known as the Minneapolis Boat Show. This is really a great occasion to get any of these marvelous items. According to a recent survey, more than 50 of the new boat buyers attend the Minneapolis Boat Show.
Visitors, primarily people from the state of Minneapolis and tourists, throng to this place in thousands, when the annual Boat show is held. They are all out there searching for the new style boats, accessories and new offerings from many entrepreneurs in the boat building business. A recent survey puts Minneapolis as the place with a high per capita of boats (one in six people own a boat) and industry movers and shakers in one voice agree that the pinnacle of this reputation owe to the Minneapolis Boat Show. Industrialists' too come forward with great enthusiasm to this grand pavilion to display their dream boats.
The annual Minneapolis Boat Show entertains more than 200 exhibitors and is one of the biggest exhibitions held in the United States. The whole nation is really proud of this show and the organizers of this show make all preparations for this event in a systematic manner, months before itself. This show has turned out to be a unique place to promote the boat owners interests, make good business and advertise the boat products to a large customer base. With the verdant information and communication facilities like the internet and websites there on, a steady increase in the number of visitors and entrepreneurs are observed. In fact in the last five years the growth has been in multitudes.
Fun For The Entire Family - Fishing, Sailing, Nature Cruises And More
When planning a family vacation, people often choose to enjoy a day on the water as part of the vacation. Why do families love to go fishing, sailing or boating? These types of trips offer togetherness, laughter, new experiences, and a day of fresh air and sunshine. The assistance offered on charter boats, tours and guided trips help make activities stress free and relaxing for everyone. Another benefit of selecting a chartered or guided trip knowing you are in safe hands as most charter boat captains and guides are licensed professionals with the experience, training and equipment to deal with the unpredictability of the local weather, landscape and environmental conditions.
Choosing your Guide or Charter Boat. When choosing a guide, charter or tour boat, it may be a good idea to consider the weather, traffic, and other factors, and plan ahead. Some boats provide charters on short notice, while others may be booked up to a year in advance. Depending on the trip, season and vessel you might need sun block, camera, insect repellent, water, snacks, a light jacket or even rain gear. Information on what to bring is typically available by contacting the captain in advance.
The number of people, age and health of your family group will be a factor in choosing a charter. Adventure seeking adults might choose a day fishing offshore for tuna, marlin or sharks while a family with young children might instead enjoy a pontoon boat that provides a scenic cruises or nature tours. Many guides and charter boat operators have responded to family's needs by offering a wider range of trips and varying times to suit the various age groups.While the charter industry might have once served mostly men, today's captains will be of both sexes and will offer trips geared towards all ages and skill levels.
Fishing Trips. Fishing charters and guided fishing allows families to enjoy a non-pressure day of fishing. Usually it doesn't really matter if the anglers are not catching lots of fish, usually families still enjoy the day togeter. The expression on a kid's face when catching their first fish is usually priceless though.
Fishing guides might fish for flounder, trout, bluefish, croakers, spot, drum, striped bass, shark, sea bass, tautog, tuna, billfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo or other fish, depending on the season, boat and destination. Other trips will feature crabbing, shrimping, clamming, or just exploring.
Sailing charters are another option. Sailboats from single occupant models up to top of the line ocean going yachts are ready to go, depending on the size of your group, time, distance and price range that you desire.
Nature Cruises and Eco-Tours. Waterfront destinations generally offer a variety of boat cruises, nature cruises, scenic cruises, sunset cruises, site-seeing, eco-tourism trips, kayaking adventures and fishing charters. Having a choice of guided trips gives families a bit of a backup plan and there is usually something for everyone. For more experienced mariners, boat and other watercraft rentals are sometimes an option as well.
Nature cruises and eco-tourism tours provide encounters with of wildlife and waterfowl including deer, ducks, geese, herons, egrets, plovers and other shorebirds, whales, porpoises, otters, seals and more. Local guides know the best areas for viewing nature and are eager to guide families to share scenes that just cannot be viewed from land.
Hopefully after being out on boat fishing, you'll experience best night's sleep you've had in along time.
Taking the Guesswork Out of Moving Your Boat
How do you haul a 5,000-pound boat out of the water? Not easily. But with a rail and track setup, you will be able to pull you boat from your dock in the water right to where you have decided to store it.
Why do you pull a boat out? Because you want a return on the investment of your boat. You need to get to the bottom of the boat in order to clean the barnacles and other residues that have built up from being in the water. Not cleaning it will cut down on the lifespan of you boat. You will also want to store the boat during storms in order to keep it from getting banged in the bad weather.
Even a small boat is a chore to haul out of the water using a trailer and a winch. You will have to make sure your trailer is just where it ought to beó and that could take several tries. And then you have to haul it to the storage spot. But if the boat were to go onto a dolly which sits on a rail and track, it will be a lot easy. You can move the boat from the water to storage with the push of a button.
Wickcraftís boat rail system can be set up to handle a boat weighing more than two tons. It can installed very easily ó usually by the boat owner themselves óand can run from the dock to the storage. The track system is made from steel, which ensures it will be reliable. The railing can be placed two ways óin the ground permanently or just on top of it.
The marine rail system is set up to work on any kind of ground angle. The rail and track system will carry your boat from the dock to storage. It can also lift up the boat in order to get it cleaned from time to time. Bringing it up with the rail system makes cleaning a breeze.
The Wickcraft rail and track installation will be able to take care of different boats, since the bumpers which bring the boats out of the water are adjustable. Since the width can be adjusted, the rail system can bring up ski boats, fishing boats or pontoons. Since all of these are on lakes all over the place, the rail and track system can be a big help to a recreational boater who wants to make sure their boat will have a long life and will offer a good return on investment.
The Wickcraft rail and track system will be a great benefit for a boater who wants to move their boat from the pier to storage. The rail system can be put together in all sorts of ways in order to move your boat up and out of the water. The system is easy and works well. What could be better than that?
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