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Sam Hatfield
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931-580-6207

 

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SAM HATFIELD REALTY, INC.

4470 Mansford Road
Winchester, TN 37398

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REAL ESTATE SALES, LAKE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, LAKE VACATION RENTALS

Welcome to Spring on Tims Ford Lake

April 2016

 


TIMS FORD LAKE PROPERTIES INFORMATION

TOTAL LAKE HOMES FOR SALE - TO DATE: 56
TOTAL LAKE HOMES LISTED DURING March: 14
TOTAL LAKE LOTS FOR SALE - TO DATE:  66
TOTAL LAKE LOTS LISTED DURING March: 3
March SALES ACTIVITY:
LAKE HOMES SOLD: 0
LAKE LOTS SOLD: 0

FEATURED LISTING

WONDERFUL LAKEFRONT HOME LOCATED IN PRESTIGIOUS HOPKINS POINT SUBDIVISION.
MLS #1706566

174 BLUFF DRIVE - WINCHESTER, TN $709,000

 Lakefront w/year round water, steps and landing to floating dock w/lift. Sun room, deck & covered deck overlook Tims Ford Lake. Great Room opens to kitchen/dining area.

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NEW LISTING

LAKEFRONT HOME IN DRIPPING SPRINGS SUBDIVISION
MLS #1706602

270 LONG VIEW DRIVE - WINCHESTER $ 574,900

 Lakefront home in Dripping Springs Subdivision. Setting on a level point lot with covered boat dock with 2 slips. House features 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, den with lots of windows for natural lighting and fantastic lake views, nice deck perfect for entertaining.

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NEW LISTING

Gorgeous Lakefront Home in Ridgeville Subdivision.
MLS #1708708

160 Rigsbys Rdg. Lynchburg, TN $549900

 Gorgeous Lakefront Home in Ridgeville Subdivision. Home features 3 Bdr, 2Ba, large gourmet kitchen, screened-in porch & decks that are great for entertaining. Nice covered dock & a tram that will take your from the house to the dock. This house has it all!

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NEW LISTING
Lovely Lakefront home on Tims Ford Lake.
MLS #1711793

1154 Heather Way Estill Springs, TN $419900

 Lovely Lakefront home on Tims Ford Lake. Home Features 3 BR, 2 BA, bonus room, corian counter tops, bamboo flooring in kitchen & dining room, large basement/garage and a covered boat slip.

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NEW LISTING
Great Lakefront home with open floor plan.
MLS #1714451

265 Beechnut Dr. Estill Springs, TN $636,000

 Great Lakefront home with open floor plan. Features 3 BR, 2.5 BA, large deck, screened-in porch & gazebo by the double decker dock.

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NEW LISTING
Tims Ford Lakefront Home features easy access to the floating dock.
MLS #1714745

18 Brown Rd Winchester, TN $ 689700

 Tims Ford Lakefront Home features easy access to the floating dock. Big Water Views, great room w/stone fireplace, kitchen leads to breakfast or dining , master overlooks the water with setting area, large-private patio off garage.

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If you would like more information on this property or to schedule a showing, please call our office at 931-968-0500 or Sam Hatfield at 931-580-6207. Please visit our website at www.samhatfield.com for all of our listings.



Dakota’s Corner

 

If I only had a license and a key!!!!

Spring is officially here and so is boating season on beautiful Tims Ford Lake. As a reminder, if you need assistance in preparing your personal watercraft or boat for the season, call Sam Hatfield Realty. If you need a place to store such or the empty trailers, call Sam’s Storage. If you need a lake home or a home to rent for a vacation on Tims Ford, call Sam Hatfield Realty. If you need your lake home property managed, call Sam Hatfield Realty. If you need ANYTHING on or about Tims Ford Lake, CALL SAM HATFIELD REALTY!!!! If you just need a good dog to pet – stop by our office – I will take care of that need!!!! Hope to see you on the lake – soon!!!!


Calandar of Events

  • April 1st April Fool’s Day

  • April 15th Taxes Due

  • April 22nd Earth Day

  • April 27th Administrative Professionals Day

  • April 29th Arbor Day


Spring lines going to a winch.

Tying the boat to the dock seems to be taken for granted by many and not much thought put into it.  Every boater has probably seen boats pull into their slip and as the dock lines are made fast to the cleats amidst much hand waving and “discussion” by the skipper about how to properly handle the dock lines.

All my dock lines have eyes on each end and the dock lines stay at the dock while we go sailing.  The dock lines are then waiting when we return and mooring the boat is as simple as just dropping the eyes over the appropriate cleats and winch.  Quick, easy and no confusion by the crew on where the boat goes and the boat is always moored in the proper place.

Twin bow lines help to keep the boat centered when tied in the slip

I had the marina add a second cleat (the one on the right side of the picture).  Cleats should be properly through bolted, never use Lag Bolts to fasten a mooring cleat, Lag Bolts can pull out and the cleat can come loose, flying cleats can cause property damage or even injure people standing by a cleat that comes loose, your boat is now loose in the slip and your boat can be damaged as well as others in the marina.  Using two cleats lets the bow of the boat be centered in the slip by the dock lines.  I set the length of the lines to have the boat sitting a bit away from the dock so the fenders are not held against the dock (yes this is a tape measure distance).

Depending on your boat, equipment and marina you may need chafe gear on your boat to protect your lines.

Mooring line fed through the center of a cleat at the slip.

Be careful when passing through the center of the cleat.  Some cleats are not well finished in the center and require extra chafe gear in the base to prevent the line from being damaged.  One cleat was so rough in the middle that the line was almost cut through in under two weeks when I forgot to check the base of the cleat.

This is the Stopping Strap.  One end goes to the primary winch on the port side and the end at the top of the picture is dropped over the first cleat on the end of the dock.  The Stopping Strap is to stop the boat before it hits the dock if I have a bad approach and enter the slip too fast, misjudge the speed, reverse does not work or any one of many things that can go wrong when entering a slip.  The length of the Stopping Strap is set to stop the bow of the boat from hitting the dock.  The extra length of line spliced into the eye is to make the line long enough that a crew member can step onto the dock at the shrouds and be able to hold onto the end of the line.

I use a Stopping Strap and not a regular dock line because no matter how many times I explained to crew members most of them, no matter how many times it was explained to them “don’t stop the boat early” they will dog down the line way early and stop the boat before it is in the slip ahead of my slowing the boat down.  Also they will put the line on the wrong side of the cleat and the line will slip off the cleat as the boat goes by.   Using a fixed length Stopping Strap with eyes on each end has reduced the confusion greatly.

I use the primary winch for several reasons.  My boat only has three cleats.  If the bow cleat is used, the bow of the boat will rotate into the dock fairly hard if the bow line is used to stop the boat and the stern will kick out away from the dock and toward the boat moored along side.  The stern cleats will not stop boat before the bow hits the end of the slip.  The primary winch has a good position for length and by being positioned in toward the center of the boat the tendency for the bow to swing into the dock is reduced.

I have several friends that use the mid-ship cleat on their power boat to stop forward motion when they are docking.  They use the mid-ship cleat and not the bow cleat to reduce the bow into the dock problem when the dock line is used to stop the boat.

Stern line and spring line at the slip

The cleat has orange surveyor tape on it as does the eye at the end of the Stopping Strap.  When I have a crew member STEP (NOT JUMP) to the dock I tell them to put “Orange to Orange” this has gotten the success rate up to about 92% getting the Stopping Strap on the correct cleat.

The stern breast line is a bit undersized based on generally recommended sizes from the rope manufactures.  I have done this to have better shock absorbing properties and the boat does not jerk suddenly when the slack is taken out of the line.  CAUTION: The smaller sized line works in this application because the boat is light weight and the boat and marina are sheltered against strong off the dock winds.  You should evaluate your own conditions carefully when selecting and sizing dock lines.

One person I know used to sail their race boat into the slip and pick up one of the spring lines from the dock and drop the line on the proper cleat to stop the boat (they had a regular crew that was very skilled).  This worked fine for some time until one day they picked up the spring line and the line stretched out and broke and they hit the dock fairly hard.  The dock line was several years old and the sunlight had caused it to deteriorate enough to fail at a very bad time.  The only time he had hit the dock in over 40 years of sailing all over the world. Moral of the story?  Inspect your dock lines on a regular basis and replace them before they deteriorate enough to break.

Your dock lines should be inspected on a regular basis and replaced when they show signs of wear or other problems.  I wash mine yearly (Washing Your Sheets, Halyards and Lines) in mild soap and water to remove dirt and salt crystals, help keep the lines from getting stiff and make line handling nicer to the hands.  The dock lines are replaced every two years or so when they start to get stiff, loose some of their shock absorbing properties, start to show significant wear or other signs of deterioration.

Yes, I see very old dock lines that are so stiff I can’t understand how they got them to bend around the cleat but I am a bit more cautious.

Some people replace their dock lines annually, buying new lines when they are on sale as a loss leader at the local chandlery.

A few generally accepted guidelines for lengths of dock lines are as follows: Bow and Stern lines about 2/3 the length of the boat, Spring Lines (normal conditions) about the length of the boat and one pair of Spring Lines (for tough conditions) about 125% of the boat length.  It is prudent to have more than the minimum dock line count in case your dock conditions are difficult.  I carry some extra dock lines of assorted sizes and lengths, two of the spare lines are undersized diameter in case extra shock absorbing is needed. If you are transiting the Ballard Locks in Seattle you also need 2 Lock lines a minimum of 50 feet in length, the diameter sized appropriately for your boat, each with an eye in one end 12 inches in diameter.

I use three strand line for the dock lines because three strand stretches more than double braid line giving a gentler movement to the boat at the dock which is easier on the cleats and anyone onboard the boat.  Three strand eye splices are also easy for me to do myself.

I also have a full set of dock lines that stay on board for when I visit different marinas, the fuel dock, pump-out station or raft up with other boats.

As with all things related to boating, you need to assess your own situation and boating conditions and adjust your actions accordingly.  What has worked for me might not work for you, please change things to fit your own needs.  Please consider these ideas as a starting point and feel free to improve them to fit your own dock conditions.

Thanks for your interest in and support of boating safety.

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THE LAKE LEVEL

FOR

TIMS FORD LAKE CURRENTLY AS of April 1, 2016:

LAKE LEVEL IS: 880.1

 

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