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Old 14-04-2016, 11:36   #1
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Was looking at an Army Corp Bridge Clearance table and it seems a 60 mast is going nowhere. That about right ?
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Where in Mississippi? The Mississippi River has very high bridges.
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Depends where but I think the goal is to provide 50' clearance (of river levels go up and down a lot.
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Re: Mississippi Question

I was looking at coming south from the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi..
saw an interesting boat along the "Loop". But seems locked in an area by bridges.
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I was looking at coming south from the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi..
saw an interesting boat along the "Loop". But seems locked in an area by bridges.
Pull the mast, strap it on deck and head down. That's what most loopers do.
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Pull the mast, strap it on deck and head down. That's what most loopers do.
I don't have a mast and I haven't been on the Mississippi River, but in reading the many books on the Great Loop, it seems like the sailboaters remove the mast at the beginning of the Erie Canal and put it back up at the end. So they have their masts up on the Mississippi River.

Active Captain lists bridge clearances so that would be a good place to go for this information.
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Re: Mississippi Question

The lowest bridge on the Mississippi river is 59'6"
by captainjohn.org

I would try to google a little more info but I think it's about right.



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I don't have a mast and I haven't been on the Mississippi River, but in reading the many books on the Great Loop, it seems like the sailboaters remove the mast at the beginning of the Erie Canal and put it back up at the end. So they have their masts up on the Mississippi River.

Active Captain lists bridge clearances so that would be a good place to go for this information.
Most pull the mast at the beginning of the Erie Canal but put it back up when they clear the canal (if they take the Trent-Severn route they may hold off until they get to the bottom of Lake Huron).

Then at Chicago, they pull the mast again and put it back up when they hit Mobile unless they can get under 50' in which case some will put it up when they reach the Tennessee river.

I wouldn't want to run the Great Lakes with the mast strapped to the deck. Especially on a monohull which gains a great deal of stability from the mast resisting rolling.

Mississippi might be higher than 50' but on the other part of the river system, I know 50' is the limiting factor.
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Interesting. I just went on the Active Captain site starting at St Louis and checked every fixed bridge to the Gulf. All of them were over 100 feet but maybe I missed something.
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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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