I don't know about the full sailing part, but if ya have a canoe, kayak, small shallow power boat, I believe it can be done.
Even though when I think about it I can see why you say this but still why not a sailboat? The river is deep enough.
Well, I had a brain fart that you can get to the the great loop route
river..?? from Kentucky( do I have it right?). Still trying to find that book my friend was reading, it was ' taking the back roads home to kentucky' very old book.
Sailing the Mississippi
isn't very reliable. But you are heading south, a nice current
so you need to keep steerage. it also is well advised to stay away from the work boats as they have limited stopping and maneuvering. I don't feel the best person to give advice
though clearly I have given a lot! I've done the ICW
from from stem to stern ( east to west) at least twice, pleasure boats need to be able to stay clear of work vessels, sailboats ( under sail ) are at a disadvantage in this as their maneuverability is limited to wind
and tight quarters. I personally don't feel it is safe to sail on the ICW
, my husband adamantly disagrees with me( we found this out while traveling down the ICW)
. We compromised by starting the engine
whenever a tug was near, but that didn't exactly lesson it's dangers because we had high winds, sigh.
If you talk to sailors who have " sailed" the loop, you will find they motored most of the Mississippi. So it might be best just to outfit a little shallow draft
If you want to use your sailboat; because of the many low bridges it might make it better to just remove the mast
. Some sailors ship their mast
down to Mississippi or Louisiana and have it waiting for them.
Whew! Lord i have more to say but i think i shoud stop here, someone who has done the loop hopfully will chime in. I sure hope this is useful info and I'm not steering
you wrong. As with everything you read on the Internet
, take with a grain of salt
There are some great "Great Loop" blogs out there, you may try reading some of those....
dagnabbit, I just remembered my mom's girlfriend did the great loop in a 22 foot sailboat! I will get her Email
address and fwd it on to you in a PM.