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River trip with mast

Just wanting to hear from someone that has done the river trip on the Great Loop carrying their mast. Ours. Is 48 feet and will have about 3 feet past the stern and bow,. Anybody foresee any problems with that. What say ye?
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Re: River trip with mast

I've built a pair of sturdy supports from 2x4's that held the mast well above sitting head level. That way, the mast could be carried on the centerline of the boat, and still be high enough to be somewhat out of the way. The extra length should not be a problem.
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Re: River trip with mast

You have to be careful in locks. A lot of damage can be done to the cantilevered mast if it hits the wall while you're trying to get tied up. Maybe think about getting the mast high enough on some kind of cross braces so that you can leave the dodger on.
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You'll definitely want to leave the enclosure in place.

We heard from more than one capt that they underestimated the amount of security for fore and aft movement.

Don't forget VHF antennas!

Saw one boat rig a partially deflated fender on each end of the mast.
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Re: River trip with mast

So, do you use handheld VHF on the river, rig a new VHF antennae for the VHF on board, or both? What is range needed?
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Re: River trip with mast

We got all the charts in the at couple days. We are building the mast supports now and making it tall enough to leave the dodger and Bimini up. Renewing some of the cockpit enclosed. We will have another VHF antenna in the process of rigging that and have a handheld. Shutting down the house in the next couple days and as soon as the new radio comes in we are out of here. Keep any advice coming as you think of it. Tanks
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We got all the charts in the at couple days. We are building the mast supports now and making it tall enough to leave the dodger and Bimini up. Renewing some of the cockpit enclosed. We will have another VHF antenna in the process of rigging that and have a handheld. Shutting down the house in the next couple days and as soon as the new radio comes in we are out of here. Keep any advice coming as you think of it. Tanks
If, like most boats, yours has any prop walk to port, consider offsetting the rig to starboard, and coming along port side to in the locks as often as possible... It will make your maneuvering far easier, and pose much less risk to the rig...

And, get yourself at least half a dozen of heavy duty ratcheting straps that can be easily re-tensioned when the whole affair begins to evidence any movement, they're a far better and easier solution than re-lashing whatever line has been used... Definitely rig a few like spring lines, to eliminate the fore & aft movement that xort mentioned...


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Re: River trip with mast

That's a cool picture !!
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Re: River trip with mast

In the Champlain Canal, the instructions are to come in along the port side which is good because you can edge slowly into the lock and then hit the throttle to kick the stern in. Once you get the feel of it, it becomes pretty easy. When the locks start filling/draining is when the boat sometimes wants to slew around so you have to make sure the mast doesn't hit. I find that a big fender at just the right points along the gunwale will hit before the mast...just.

I usually just lay the mast low and take my dodger down but I have often wished it were still up. If going the distance you are going, it will help a lot to have the dodger. Just remember with the mast up high, it has a long way to fall if it gets loose so make the braces sturdy enough to take some abuse and not collapse. Bolts instead of screws or nails is probably a good idea.
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Running south from Chicago you will tie either side along the way. I seem to remember that maybe 70% we tied starboard side
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