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Old 03-20-2013
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Re: New Sailer Looking for Sage Advice

Ultimately no sail boat, at this point, is out of the realm of possibilities so long as it can support an extended stay and won't accompany me to the bottom of the river. I've been cruising Craigslist for a few days just seeing whats out there and can get, what appears to be, some good deals. Like I said, at this point in time i'm all about getting some book knowledge; following that i'll be taking a basic and intermediary course on sailing at the local club. Charter a few sail boats to get a better feel for the various options and then work on some creative financing options.
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Re: New Sailer Looking for Sage Advice

My advice? Look out for debris! That river is littered with trees, logs and other fun stuff to crack your hull.
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Re: New Sailer Looking for Sage Advice

Get a copy of River-Horse by William Least Heat Moon (who wrote the bestseller Blue Highways years ago.) When he's not going off on tangents he tells the story of crossing the country by small boat, east to west, portaging by trailer when he has to.

The Mississippi delta is not just a few divergent branches and then a pop into the sea - take a good look at some charts and Google maps! And there's some serious commercial shipping there, so MAKE SURE you can get out of the way!

Also, if you're planning to go "to the ocean and back" but not out on the ocean, a sailboat is probably not your best choice for the river, especially coming back up! These days it's amazing how much powerboat you can get for a few thousand, and on the return trip, going against the current for 1200 miles, you're going to need a little power. I'm a sailboat-er, for sure, but on the river, since you're not going to be doing any appreciable sailing anyway, a powerboat would have much more living space and be more comfortable.
PS - Originally I come from Pittsburgh, up the Allegheny from the Ohio, so I've been on that water. There aren't nearly as many barges traveling there as I remember (is "Rocket" still rolling?), but damn, I'd really, really hate trying to both keep my keel out of the slurpy muddy banks and keep my "sailboats have right of way" with a barge!

Good luck, and remember, an adventure is never, ever what one expects: that's the rule!
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Re: New Sailer Looking for Sage Advice

Guys, the OP hasn't posted in 2-1/2 months. I doubt he's even on SN anymore.
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