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My family and I are packing up and moving from Deale, MD (Cheasie Bay) to TN, specifically the Chattanooga area. Close to Watts Bar Dam. Can anyone give me any ideas as far as lake sailing goes. I've been on the Gulf and I've been on the Bay, but I've never been on a lake. What goes on around there? What is the sailing like? Anyone on here have any experience in that area?

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Can't tell you what the sailing itself is like, but you have a whole new world to explore there. Though at the end of the Tennessee River system, you have access, all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, at Mobile, AL. There is an excellent guide book of the system, Tennessee River, Tenn-Tom Waterway and Lower Tombigbee River by the Rumsey's.

To quote from the beginning of the Chapter on Watts Bar Lake,
"Surrounded on all sides by mountains, Watt's Bar Lake's shoreline is much more irregular than the pondlike lakes of the lower river ....... creating 783 miles of shoreline along the 73 mile long lake."

Good luck on your move.

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You will most likely have to learn how to sail in winds that come and go and change direction constantly. Quite a challenge as you navigate around islands and shoals.
Not much "open" water there...
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Thanks for the info. on the book. I will def. pick up a copy. Is there anyone on the forums that knows the area or is actually from the area??
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Click on the underlined phrase and it will take you to a map of the lake to play with.
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I don't live there but travel the area frequently. The marina on Watts Bar that caters most to sailors is Blue Springs.
Blue Springs Marina - Watts Bar Lake, Tennessee

Watts Bar is bigger, but there is more sailing activity closer to Knoxville (upstream on the Tennessee River) on Fort Loudon Lake.

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