Rivers have called to people for centuries to ride their waters. Tom Sawyer rode the Mighty Mississippi on a raft. The Tennessee and TennTom are much quieter bodies of water. Today, people cruise the rivers in boats not much more seaworthy than Sawyer's raft. These folks prove that it does not take a large investment to be able to enjoy the waterways. Their term for these vessels is "shanty boats."
The unnamed boat above is stopped along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway so the boater can walk his dog. This boat, and the one on the left, are constructed on aluminum floats from an old pontoon boat. All Ya Need, the name of the left boat, is descriptive of the boater's philosophy on cruising. Instead of a port of call, he has painted "Shanty Boat" across the back.