Originally Posted by TuurboSpaggetti
Did you ever raise and lower the mast while underway? I plan on launching from a ramp on the river (chicago river, south branch) as often as I can help it, and masts don't get along with those bridges.
Sure I can wait for the times they raise them, but I'd rather be able to do it whenever.
What is the attraction to launching on the River?
I can think of many other ramps I would rather use than launching on the River, motoring up the River, and locking through to get to sailing grounds.
Burnham, 31st Street, Hammond, Michigan City, all have fine ramps.
Maybe it is the cost associated with launching fees, but you are going to have nothing but head aches launching on the South Branch in my opinion.