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post #31 of Old 06-13-2007
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It's not just the wind, guys, it's the current and the barge traffic and the locks. I don't really want to sail on the Mississippi River, but it's close to home. So I sail when I can, sit in the marina and drink beer when I can't sail, and frequently have to run the diesel to get back upstream when the wind dies. Waiting for lock clearance requires an anchor when the man says it will be an hour; or the diesel when the man says it will be 10 minutes. An idling diesel keeps me in place when there is a 2 knot current above the dam!
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