This year’s new rival for the Dreadknots, Greg Chapman, uses modern, high-tech sonar and sweeps the black, gator-infested waters of the St. John’s River, turning a huge profit on enormous sinker cypress logs.
The Chapman name has been a staple in the river logging community for years. Greg knew Clint Roberts’ father, and he is the one who taught Clint how to log. He knows how the Dreadknots work, and he scoffs at the idea of ever being outlogged by the rag-tag crew on the Withlacoochee River.
Greg’s colorful crew is comprised of two prime examples of old school Florida river dogs: Roger Gunter and Leslie Jeter. Roger has a nose like a bloodhound and can smell a sunken log from a mile away. Feisty deckhand Leslie has, on more than one occasion, threatened to both cut and tase anyone who gives him a hard time— including Greg Chapman.