If you are trying to get to the Florida Gulf coast
, it is longer to go down the Mississippi than to take the common route
from St. Louis to the Ohio, then to the Tennessee and down the Tenn-Tom waterway. Also, there are more services available on the Tenn-Tom route. I know one guy that went down the Mississippi but it was his dream. He did Ok. He went in a small sailboat with his wife several years ago. http://mikeandsharondunsworth.blogspot.com
. He has since transitioned to a Trawler
and now is going to an RV after several years living on a boat.
I've been down twice and back up once from Kentucky Lake and the Tenn-Tom route is very nice. Max bridge clearance is 52 feet, so you have to take your mast down to go down the Tenn-Tom. Most have them already down when they reach Lighthouse Landing where we are from at Tennessee River Mile 24, but you could have them do it there. You put it back up in Mobile. Turner Marine
at Mobile is excellent and did mine both ways.
Taking the mast down and putting it back up is not near as much of a deal as most would think. You will need to build a cradle
, but it's not hard nor expensive. You also have to wire and unwire your electrical
connections and if you have mast radar
, I would recommend you get an extra cable and do a temporary mount. There is a lot of fog
on the waterway in the spring and fall and radar
is a must unless you want to limit your day significantly and only travel when there is none. You have to transit a number of locks. From Kentucky Dam south you have 14 including Kentucky. Once you have done the locks a couple of times, it is easy.
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