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Old 22-01-2016, 13:54   #16
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Re: Down the Mississippi

I'd take a wild stab and guess a month. Do you have crew and plan on motoring around the clock? Be a bit less time then but first time you run into a floating tree top or something (and there is always something) you might change the plan a bit.

You might find this site to be helpful:

Cruising the Mississippi River

It deals with the great loop tour but is informative about the Mississippi.
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Re: Down the Mississippi

The river is not save to navigate at night on small craft. You'll likely run the ten-tom from Cairo. I have done the lower but few do and to destin the ten tom is quicker.

Best time is early fall. Plan on 1 month for a nice trip. Flooding is often a problem in the spring making the river unsafe for any craft.
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does it take to go "UP" the Mississippi? It seems that everyone goes down. I guess that the 3-5kt current has something to do with that.
Not sure if you omitted "What" at the beginning of your question. Let's assume that's the case.

If so, the answer is "LARGE TUG."
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I'd take a wild stab and guess a month. Do you have crew and plan on motoring around the clock? Be a bit less time then but first time you run into a floating tree top or something (and there is always something) you might change the plan a bit.

You might find this site to be helpful:

Cruising the Mississippi River

It deals with the great loop tour but is informative about the Mississippi.
I believe it is around 1000miles from the Ohio down but even a slow boat can manage 10mph (over ground) with the following current, so 100mile days are possible without running at night (not recommended). In a rush and no mechanical issues and a couple weeks should be doable.

The big issue is finding places to tie up/anchor for the night and if you don't have the range, getting fuel.

Most people take the Tenn-Tom as it's an easier and more scenic trip.
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