The Lake Powell trip over Memorial Day was an adventure to say the least ....
Thur night we rafted up 5 boats in a cove near Gun Sight and had a great time but by early Fri morning the winds had picked up and clocked around to the point our little cove was like a washing machine and the raft up was being pushed up on the beach. We spent a couple hours managing lines and fenders until the sun came up and we could really asses the situation.
2 of the bigger boats (30' and a 32') were already beached to the point they would not get themselves off on their own power. I shoved off and loitered in the area until I could contact NPS via VHF and make arrangements for a tow boat (just a side note, there is no emergency services available on Powell from sunset to sunrise, they simply will not come get you).. Once I had confirmation the salvage barge was on it's way from Exec Services I headed to the marina with the other 2 boats (27 miles in 6' white caps and 60 mph wind gust - tons of fun
).. It cost them $975.00 to get towed off. and the VHF was busy with calls for tows for the next couple days. Exec Services was making bank for a couple days.
Dangling Rope Marina was damaged in the storm and lost power to the fuel dock for a while.
So , since the weather was not expected to improve for a couple days we all got slips in the marina and held a dock party Fri and Sat night
Everyone bailed on Sun morning but me an my GF stayed and spent Sun / Mon nights in a couple wonderful canyons up lake and had a great time. Given the unknown about fuel at Dangling Rope I did not want to venture much further up lake than West and Last Chance.....
This was pretty much our maiden trip with the new boat and I'm liking it.