Depends on where you are in Tennessee. I am from Clarksville but keep my boat
at Lighthouse Landing, Mile 24 on the Tennessee River just above the Kentucky Dam. I've been down the Tenn-Tom twice and back once, once in a CaboRico 38 down to Punta Gorda, Fl and down and back in my Hunter
clearance at normal pools is 52 feet, so you most likely have to take your mast down and put it back up in Mobile. Turner Marine
in Mobile does them every day and is very good and efficient at it. Once prepped, it only took them about an hour and a half to get my mast back up and tuned. I did the electrical
connections for lights, radar
The Tenn-Tom is a very nice trip and from Grand Harbor on the North end is about 450 miles to Mobile and 7 days is a good planning time from there. You go through 12 locks and there are marina's available and a number of convenient anchorages
. Active Captain
is an excellent reference for anchorages
along the way. The section from Demopolis south has the fewest options for marinas
and anchorages, but is manageable. A good stop along the way is Bobby's fish
camp at Mile 118 and they have fuel
there, great catfish dinners on the right day but you might have to raft up on their dock
. It's a little over 100 miles from Demopolis and about 134 to Turner from there.
From Grand Harbor, a typical trip down is stopping next at Midway Marina (3 locks), then Columbus Marina (4 locks), then anchor
out (1 lock), then Demopolis Kingfisher Marina (1 lock), then anchor or if you push you can make Bobby's, then anchor out (1 lock) and into Turner next day.
It is a very pretty trip with little current
if not during the rainy season. You can reprovision at Columbus and Demopolis. From Mobile you can go to New Orleans either on the GICW or out in the Gulf.
Here is a link to a guy who went down the Mississippi River from Lighthouse Landing because it was his dream. He had a good trip. From Lighthouse Landing to Mobile down the Mississippi is about 200-250 miles further and has much less services available for small boats from what people have told me, but I have no first hand knowledge of the Mississippi.
Have fun and enjoy you boat.
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