SailNet Community - Reply to Topic

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Out There > Destinations > Gulf of Mexico > milwaukee to gulf of mex
 Not a Member? 

Gulf of Mexico US Coastlines, excluding Florida


Thread: milwaukee to gulf of mex Reply to Thread
Title:
  

By choosing to post the reply below you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Topic Review (Newest First)
03-01-2013 11:05 AM
captainmurph
Re: milwaukee to gulf of mex

Most of the information you'll need will be found here: America's Great Loop

I'm going to make the Great Loop trip in my boat next fall and plan on leaving the Michigan shore to cross over to Chicago and then down the Illinois, Missippi, Ohio, Tennessee and TenTomm to Mobile in the fall.

You can also benefit from buying the "Skipper Bob - Cruising from Chicago to Mobile printed guide (about $20.).

If you draw more than 5', you will likely have a problem. Less than that and you may here and there, but it has been done by many sailboats in the past.

Captain Murph
s/v Amalia
1965 Cal 30
03-01-2013 09:58 AM
PorFin
Re: milwaukee to gulf of mex

Quote:
Originally Posted by jlaprad View Post
I would like to do this sometime as well. It would be quite an adventure. My boat is CB shallow draft ketch rig. The masts are 26', would I still have to take them down?
Short answer: Yes.

Longer answer: You will definitely need to drop the mast to get off of Lake Michigan. Check the bridge clearance heights for both the Chicago River and the Cal-Sag. After that, you need to check air draft clearance numbers for all of the bridges and structures all the way down to the Gulf. Keep in mind that those numbers are based on normal pool height (chart datum, kind of like the inland equivalent for MLLW) and can vary greatly depending on rainfall.
03-01-2013 09:07 AM
jlaprad
Re: milwaukee to gulf of mex

I would like to do this sometime as well. It would be quite an adventure. My boat is CB shallow draft ketch rig. The masts are 26', would I still have to take them down?
03-01-2013 08:58 AM
sailortjk1
Re: milwaukee to gulf of mex

Quote:
Originally Posted by MSN2Travelers View Post
you drop the mast to the deck in Chicago and turn back into a sailboat once you hit the Gulf. I have also read where some people drop the mast, ship it to the Gulf and step the mast when they get there.
Pretty funny, but I know personally of two contributing members here; one that has already responded to this thread and each did it differently just as you described.

Xort and Chris dropped and trucked while Porfin carried his on deck.
03-01-2013 08:17 AM
avenger79
Re: milwaukee to gulf of mex

huh sounds like not so whimsical of a thought after all. Doesn't sound like a fun journey at all. the certain time of year part won't bother me as if I go I'm not coming back up here. LOL I'll be down there all year from that point on.

thx for the replies guys.
02-28-2013 11:44 PM
PorFin
Re: milwaukee to gulf of mex

We did the trip in the fall of 2009. With weather delays and a detour a fair way up the Tennessee River to visit family, it took us about six weeks from Holland, MI to Mobile, AL. It wasn't the most exciting part of the Loop, but wasn't the worst either -- mostly it was just long days motoring towards warmer climes.

There's plenty of data on the web -- as MSN suggests, do a search with "great loop" in your definition.

FWIW, I posted random travelogue kind of updates over on AnythingSailing when we were doing the trip -- they may still be there.
02-28-2013 10:17 PM
MSN2Travelers
Re: milwaukee to gulf of mex

I would suggest you start looking for info at America's Great Loop Cruisers' Assn - America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association

I researched this once and came away with the impression that you drop the mast to the deck in Chicago and turn back into a sailboat once you hit the Gulf. I have also read where some people drop the mast, ship it to the Gulf and step the mast when they get there.

Along the, you have to time your trip so you don't arrive below a certain south latitude during hurricane season or you will have all kinds of insurance problems.

There are quite a few blogs out there that report on indiviual trips people have made doing the Great Loop and the Lake Michigan to the Gulf is just one portion of that adventure.
02-28-2013 05:06 PM
avenger79
milwaukee to gulf of mex

just a whimsical thought right now.....but has anyone done it? sailed from Lake Michigan to the Gulf of Mexico? I would imagine down the Mississippi. difficulties, scenery, points of interest? how long did it take? would you do it again?

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:50 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.