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Hi All,

A couple of theoretical questions :

1. How long would it take to sail a Ranger 26 from Duluth to Chicago ?

2. I hear that the only bridge you have to lower your mast for on the Great Loop is in Chicago - a 20 ft. railroad bridge - has anyone ever gone under this ? Where would one get your mast unstepped and re-stepped ?

3. How hard is it to sail / motor down the Mississippi ? Wingdams and traffic and locks ?

4. Is there supposed to be a lot of flooding this spring along the Mississippi, and if so would that be a trip-stopper ?

These are just things I have wondered about, since I have a Ranger 26 up in Duluth and a Com Pac 16 in Corpus Christi - always wondered how hard / easy it would be to sail / motor from Duluth to Corpus .

thanks for any ideas, Gregg
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Here is the best single source for the "Loop" portion of your planned trip. Many of the member blogs provide first hand accounts of their trips. America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association

As for how long it would take you to get to the mouth of the Chicago River . . .that all depends on how hard you want to push yourself through Superior and Michigan (~725 nm).

I did quite a bit of reading on this a couple years back. Two things that impressed me the most were: The effect of barge traffic on the Mississippi and the need to coordinate your trip south with hurricane season (insurance companies seem to jack up rates if you are in "the zone" during H season).

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Re: Duluth to Chicago + bridge + Mississippi

Thanks for the info !

I agree about the barge traffic - the little that I have read about it makes me think twice.

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Re: Duluth to Chicago + bridge + Mississippi

This must be your other option than circumnavigating Superior. Warmer at least. Unstepping in Chicago would be no problem as there are lots of vendors that can help you. Whether you ship it or carry it is up to you.

I am sure that there are poeple here that have made the trip, but if not go to www.anythingsailing.com and ask XORT who made the trip down the river after leaving Detroit.
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Once again - thanks so much.

I have spent the day looking at all sorts of charts and getting excited.

thanks, G
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Re: Duluth to Chicago + bridge + Mississippi

While the Great Loop Cruising Association has lots of great information, your best overview is here: America's Great Loop

Please note that you would find it best to bring the mast down in Chicago and leave it there until Mobile. You won't find much area to make safe headway under sail and will likely find it to be better to strap everything down.

Taking the TenTom via the Ohio, Cumberland, etc. is the only real option these days due to lack of fuel availability on the Lower Mississippi river for hundreds of miles.

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Again, thanks all.
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