The biggest concern we have is our air draft
at the Port Myacca railroad bridge. We have done this many times. The published air draft
is 48' but it is usually around 51' if the lake isn't too high. You can call the Port Myacca lock master and he will provide you with an up to date clearance or check waterwayguide.com. At 49'6" our vhf antenna
clicked under each of the steel
beams. You can also look this up online searching for the Okeechobee Waterway cruising guide.
You will have to run back and forth to tend the lines in the lock, but things happen slowly so it shouldn't be a big deal. You will have to wear a life vest in the lock and turn your engine(s) off while locking through.
All of the locks that I have encountered in the Okeechobee Waterway operate by opening one side to let the water
in or out. We have never had any trouble with this.
, going from Marseilles to Amsterdam
through 237 locks with out masts removed, all of the locks were filled or drained via underwater ducts. And most of the small locks were built around 1850 with the canal
system. There was a lot of great engineering in designing the European canal