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Demopolis is located in Alabama on the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway (known as the Tenn Tom Waterway) and is used regularly by boaters in the fall as they head south to warmer climates. It is particularly used by those on the Great Loop. Some use Demopolis as a storage point for their boats during the hurricane season, since it is north of the 32nd parallel—important to insurance companies.

The new well at Kingfisher Bay Marina is a welcome addition to Demopolis Yacht Basin. The author’s boat, Chip Ahoy, is shown here in the slings.

Kingfisher Bay Marina Opens in Demopolis New Facility Features Same Great Hospitality By Cyndi Perkins


emopolis Yacht Basin is a refuge for boaters headed up or down the remote 216-mile stretch of the river “highway” above Mobile Bay—a route used by boaters cruising America’s “Great Loop” each fall. There is only one other fuel stop on the lower Tombigbee River and no other marinas. Trinella, the yacht basin’s outstanding dockmaster, has always figured out a way to get boaters tucked in off the river for a night’s rest, even if that meant rafting vessels up three and four deep. Many a boater has spent a night on the bustling Demopolis fuel dock, with tows pulling in at all hours on the opposite side of the floating structure.

There never was a dull moment for staff or guests exposed to the sights and sounds of river commerce 24/7; frustration levels frequently rose during busy November, when the current flock of America’s Great Circle Loopers travel in packs of five to 10 boats or more, fresh from enjoying the big AGCLA Rendezvous at Joe Wheeler State Park. By the time they get to the lower Tombigbee, merging with downbound snowbirds, marina slips are filling to capacity, and the more competitive among them are actively jockeying to get to the next dock or anchorage while there is still room available. Demop’s Yacht Basin theoretically had enough surface area to accommodate many boats, but the natural curve of

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August 2012