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Large old wooden sail boat,

Hi I am new here and looking for some help,
I have a 1924 54ft wooden sail boat, that me and my wife have been restoring for the last 5 years, the boat is in New York, but I have a home in Arkansas, I would like to get the boat as close to home as possible not so much to use but to finish the work, it would be great to be able to visit the boat for a week at a time, rather that spending mths away from home, the boat is 54ft long, 13 ft beam, and 7ft draft, Can you get a boat like this far up the Mississippi any thoughts or tips would be helpful.
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A real conundrum you have, oh dear
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Never been on the Mississippi but the question intrigued me.

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So head of navigation is Coon River Rapids in Minnesota. Up till then vessels of max 9' draft are fine but that does not take into account mast height for going under bridges.
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Cool! Don't leave us hanging, tell us about the boat! What design? Did she have another mast? Where in NY? I'm on Long Island and also sail an old wooden boat. But yours is bigger and older.
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TD may be on about the bridge height in many cases. I am recalling, could be wrong here, ie VERY wrong, that many sailboats that do the "great circle" ie up the mississippi to the GL's, out to the atlantic and down and around and back up or down the mississippi do take there masts down for parts of the mississippi. With this in mind, it is possible to take the boat "ON" the water either north then west and south, or south down the atlantic, east in the gulf and north on the mississippi. You may want to look at which is shorter, easier etc etc.

OR, have the blinking thing trucked overland! might be another option.

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Look at where the Missouri connects with Mississippi. I think that there is barge traffic into Eastern Oklahoma.

Certainly would be an interesting trip if it can be done. Yes, very interesting.
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What part of AR are you going to? Are you going to the eastern part of the state or the western. If you have to put it on a truck anyway, it may be just as easy to haul it the whole way.
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Trucking a old wooden boat that size will be very dificult and very expensive. leaving and old wood boat out of the water for long periods of time is not go for them unless the reason you pulled it out is to repair or restore the hull. moving a boat like that to dry land so many miles from water is almost a sure death sentance for the boat.
Moving the boat by water to get it closer to home would be an adventure thats for sure and at least you would be get some use out of the boat. a boat like that is really better off near the sea where it belongs. the country is littered with boats like this that dreamer have moved to their home to restore and that was the death of the boat.
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OK - Correction - not Missouri river. The river access to Oklahoma is the Kerr McClellen navigation system. It ends at Colusa. The dept is reported over 9 ft, so it may be possible. Certainly an adventure.
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That mast doesn't look much (if any) taller than the pilothouse on a towboat with radio antennae. (They don't call them "tugs" on the Mississippi.) If it's wooden, you could get a saw if you had to... It's a long trip, though. Is the boat in shape to do it? Waiting for the weather windows might take as long as the repair trips do now, and you'd be hard pressed to be making any progress with repairs while en route.
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