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Old 11-04-2009, 20:31   #1
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My neighbor here at the marina just informed me WE are going to take his 72' Viking form Ft lauderdale to Chicago. What route and distance are we looking at? Boat has 4.5' draft
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With a 72', you are going to have to take the St. Lawrence Seaway. The height of the boat will exclude you from the Erie Canal route. I think the max bridge clearance is about 15 1/2 feet.
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As Captain465 suggests, the boat’s air draft will be your limiting factor. Is the Viking a Motor Yacht, or a Sportfish/Convertible model?

Erie Canal Bridge Clearances:
Waterford to Three Rivers, incliuding Oswego Canal: 20 feet
Three Rivers to Tonawanda: 15.5 feet

New York State Canals: Excursions and Vacations: Boating on the Canal: Bridge Height Tables

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As Captain465 suggests, the boat’s air draft will be your limiting factor. Is the Viking a Motor Yacht, or a Sportfish/Convertible model?

Erie Canal Bridge Clearances:
Waterford to Three Rivers, incliuding Oswego Canal: 20 feet
Three Rivers to Tonawanda: 15.5 feet
New York State Canals: Excursions and Vacations: Boating on the Canal: Bridge Height Tables

The Cruising Guide to the New York State Canal System is available ($20) at:
New York State Canals: Excursions and Vacations: Boating on the Canal: Purchase the Original Cruising Guide

Check out the Free Guide (& links):
Main Page - NY Canals - Guide to New York's Erie, Oswego, Champlain, and Cayuga-Seneca Canal System
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It is a motor Yacht. What about the passage from the gulf uo the mississippi?
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Hello everyone,

How about the Tenn-Tom, Mississippi, Chicago River route? I see power boats on the Tenn Tom with Chicago hailing ports ......... I know it's upstream but I also beeive it can it be done!

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Hello again everyone,

just found the answer to my own question ...... 17 ft. bridge on Chicago River and 19 ft. bridge on the alternate route. I wouldn't think they could go this way unless it is a very low motor yacht that the high stuff (masts, atennas, bimini tops, radar mounts, etc.) can be removed or lowered.

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