Arland’s boat of choice is a 23-foot tritoon, a bit like a
pontoon boat, only with a third tube in the center. Tritoons
generally o;er boaters more power for pulling skiers and
wake boarders, are more stable in choppy water, and o;er
more deck space for on-water entertaining.
Guest Rooms With a View
For Steve and Kaye Maynard at WindRiver, a welcoming
687-acre lake and golf community tucked on Tellico Lake
just west of Knoxville, TN, the ;rst “must have” was also
about the view. In 2005, the Maynards had purchased both
a lake homesite tight to the water and a ridgetop homesite.
;ey ultimately chose to build their retirement home on
the ridgetop for the commanding view of the lake and the
Smoky Mountains beyond.
A more fundamental reason, however, is that current
guidelines restrict building any new boat docks on much of
the shoreline of the sprawling Tennessee Valley Authority
(TVA) lake system, of which Tellico Lake belongs.
Says Steve, “Regardless of the home location we would
always access our boat from WindRiver’s marina, so why
not maximize our views from the top of the community?”
;e retirement home the Maynards built at WindRiver
features one of the universal lake living “must haves,”
which is lots of extra rooms for visiting family and
friends. ;ere are three guest suites on the lower ;oor and
a fourth guest suite on the third ;oor that is conveniently
accessed by an elevator because, “who wants to carry
luggage up 19 stairs?” o;ered Steve.
;e Maynards also built a media–room, complete with
eight leather chairs and a 100” movie screen. For lake fun
they’ll o;en drop a ;shing hook, tow giggly kids on inner
tubes, or take a calming cruise around the 16,000-acre
Tellico Lake in a 28-foot Chaparral power boat.
Cruising at Lakeside Coves and Beyond
Every now and then you come across a stretch of
shoreline on a TVA lake where one can apply for a permit
to build a dock. Such is the case at Lakeside Coves, an
intimate, half-mile long peninsula community of just 44
homes on Watts Bar Lake in Tennessee. It’s where Hal
and Gwen Holland have purchased a lakefront lot and are
planning to build their ultimate lake home in 2018.
For the Hollands, the lake “must have” meant their
own deep water dock at which to moor their future dream
boat, a 30-40’ sport cruiser. ;e cruiser, in turn, opens
up a whole wondrous world of boat travel to the Gulf of
Mexico or the Great Lakes or a day trip to Chattanooga.
;is unique ability is made possible by a series of locks
that connect vast reservoirs on the Tennessee River, which
then link to other waterways on the East Coast.
While Hal, ‘tongue-in-cheek,’ refers to his dream boat
as a “Winnebago on water,” sport cruisers are very cool,
sleek, and o;er roomy seating, a spacious galley kitchen,
sleeping berths, wireless Bluetooth and media inputs, and
many other features perfect for extended boat travel.
Pristine Water and Incredible Views
For recent retirees Dave and Cindy Hammond, one
of their leading lake house “must haves” was the natural
aesthetic quality of the lake. Which is exactly what they