Illinois River to Mississippi
at St Louis, then down Mississippi
to Cairo, Il, then up Ohio
to Paducah to Tennessee, then up Tennessee to just past Pickwick to Yellow Creek, mouth of Tenn-Tom waterway to Mobile. From Mobile along north GICW to Carabelle, then across to Clearwater or Tarpon Springs. Down GICW to Ft Myers, then across Caloosahatche River to Stuart, then ICW
to Ft Lauderdale. This is basically the western side of the Great Loop until you get to Ft Myers.
In a sailboat from Kentucky Lake, it takes about 15 days plus weather
to get to Punta Gorda at Charlotte Harbor
. It took me 28 days down, 29 days back. Included days waiting on weather
and just taking it easy. I would add a couple of weeks from Chicago to Kentucky Lake (I'm at mile 24). Also add 3 To 5 days from Charlotte Harbor
to Ft. Lauderdale.
You can go twice as fast as a sailboat, so conceivably make it in much less time but with a high fuel
cost, and you will risk your wake causing a problem for others and possibly get you fined if you damage someone's dock
or boat along the waterways.
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