I assume you are implying it would be a trip for you to take. As opposed to paying someone to take it down.
It you are just paying someone to get it down to Florida
, look into trucking as it will be quicker and likely cheaper.
Now back to you taking it.
- Your boat
is fine size to make the run.
- You will need to pull the mast
at Chicago. We strapped it on deck
, so figure out how that will work
with your boat
or plan to pay someone to truck it down.
- Make sure the motor
is in good running order. With currents and barge traffic, a wonky motor
is not a good idea. If you can fit a suitable mount, dingy motor that can be deployed at a backup is a good idea.
- What's the range of the boat? From St. Louis to Kentucky Lakes, there isn't really a good fuel
option, so you want something around a 250 mile range.
- Lots of fenders and do a little practice close quarters maneuvering. You will be going thru many locks and in many places it makes more sense to use marinas
rather than anchoring
. By the time you hit the gulf, you will be much better with close quarters manuvering.
- In theory, you could be at the Gulf in 2-3 weeks. If you aren't pressed for time, I would head
out around the beginning of September and take 2-3 months (further south you get, the less weather
is an issue)
Any specific questions?