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Re: Sail down Mississippi Into the Gulf...?
I don't know if one can actually "sail" the Mississippi.
We did the trip from Chicago to New Orleans and the majority of the way there were 30' levees on both sides. As we had to take down the masts to get into the Illinois River, "sailing" was a moot point for us, but my memory of the thousand miles or so of river was pretty windless. Not so for garbage, from docks to dead animals, as mentioned above.
It wasn't anything but damn hard, tiring work and not a trip I'd undertake again. Best have some pretty robust ground tackle when the garbage begins piling up on it when you are sleeping at anchor, in a pretty swift current. Obviously, you can not navigate at night.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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