I took Easy Goin' our Morgan
383 through Lake Okeechobee waterway from Tampa to Stuart in 2013. Her mast height is 53 ft. We limboed under the Port Mayaca railroad bridge (49 ft vertical clearance) with the help of Captain
Billy Olson. Cost us $200 to Limbo the boat. 8-45 gallon drums of water on the starboard rail. I priced unstepping the mast in Tampa and re-stepping in Indiantown and it would have cost over $1000. I have misplaced Billy Olsons number but you can get it from Indiantown Marina.
An adventure to say the least but the waterway transit was fun and easy. Lock masters were very accommodating. The guide books
say that you need to have lines available but every lock had permanent lines attached. It is suggested that you have line handlers aboard so we transited with 4 on board but in retrospect we could have easily managed with just 2.
If you are under 49 ft vertical then there is no issue. Just check the lake level before you head
out as it fluctuates a lot based on rainfall. No issue for us with 5 ft draft.
The worst day sailing
is still better than the best day at work.