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Re: milwaukee to gulf of mex
I would like to do this sometime as well. It would be quite an adventure. My boat is CB shallow draft ketch rig. The masts are 26', would I still have to take them down?
Short answer: Yes.
Longer answer: You will definitely need to drop the mast to get off of Lake Michigan. Check the bridge clearance heights for both the Chicago River and the Cal-Sag. After that, you need to check air draft clearance numbers for all of the bridges and structures all the way down to the Gulf. Keep in mind that those numbers are based on normal pool height (chart datum, kind of like the inland equivalent for MLLW) and can vary greatly depending on rainfall.
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