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Lake Life: Summer 2012

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  • Ahoy: Gracie Smith is commander of the Home, the 70-foot houseboat where she has lived for nine years.
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  • When the Sun is Over the Yardarm: Louisville Landing Marina is considered one of the area's more modest, though it comes with a flower garden and capacious gas grills for community use.
  • First Down? Blow Me Down! Many of the ships of the Vol Navy spend most of the year moored dozens of miles away from Neyland Stadium. A few boaters rarely leave their marinas except on game-day weekends.
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  • Nautical Woodcarver: Boat refinisher Steve Hicks, originally of Marina Del Rey, Calif., an artist who spends as much of his days on the water as he can.
  • East Tennessee Mariner: Todd Weir, houseboat resident and refurbisher, is also a sailor and Vice Commodore of the Concord Yacht Club, which sponsors regular sailboat races.

Boat People: An almost subversively nautical subculture lives on the water, whether they sleep there or not

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