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thank you for the prior info.
one more question...how long did it take from kentucky lake to mobile?
It took me about 12 days, mostly motoring, to make the 650 or so miles on the Tenn-Tom from Kentucky dam to Mobile. I sailed some every day, though, and motorsailed a lot to save fuel. I used just over 19 gallons of diesel in the 1000 plus miles to Tarpon Springs. My average speed was between 4 and 5 mph. Abigger boat with a good engine, motoring most of the time could go faster.



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The boat we are looking at buying is in Hernandez Beach about 25 mile from Tarpon Springs.
How long was the trip from Mobile to Tarpon Springs? Any information on the trip would be greatly appreciated.
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The boat we are looking at buying is in Hernandez Beach about 25 mile from Tarpon Springs.
How long was the trip from Mobile to Tarpon Springs? Any information on the trip would be greatly appreciated.
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Mobile to Tarpon Springs took me about 1 week. I took my time and made short days mostly. The passage from Apalachicola to Tarpon is about 130 miles and took me about 30 hours. The rest can be done on the ICW if you want, or you can sail it all offshore if you get good weather, and save a lot of time. The Gulf can be rough at times, and no wind at all other times. I did the trip from Kentucky Lake dam to Tarpon in April and early May. The wind was in my face a lot of the time and almost never from behind, so it would be better for you. I carried extra fuel in cans on deck, but I wouldn't bother again, as there was fuel available often enough. Watch your bridge clearance. I think 50 foot was the lowest I saw. You will need 2 good anchors for bow and stern anchoring in the river. Danforths worked best. I had a 14' sculling oar on board that really came in handy when I ran aground, and helped when anchoring. I used it to push off a couple times. You will need a good boat hook and big fenders to help when going through the locks.



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hi,i brought my sailboat up the tombigbee 3 years ago from mobile,word of advise avoid the spring floods{lots of curent and drift wood]first possible stop is bobby's fish camp[diesel and gas,bobby will give you a ride into town for supplys.next stop is denopolas,marina just north of the lock,i can't remember the exact rates but they're very reasonable.all-in-all its a nice trip!watch out for the many tows with lots of barges,listen to you radio ch.16,the locks and bridges monitor ch.14
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if you dont mind me asking how far up the tenn tom did you go and general how much distance did you cover daily......give or take.
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This couple just made the trip up to Kentucky Lake. They have done this a few times before. They list their stops, anchorages and marinas. And they have some interesting info on the recent flooding on the river as well. Might even be willing to correspond by email.

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