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we have a 45 ft Columbia motorsailor,50.8 in mast,85 hp Perkins Diesel,5ft 3 in draft are we crazy thinking we can navigate currents and such going upstream from eastern coast of Fl,round tip to Gulf ,up the Mississippi to ohio river to Cincy
 

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lower mississippi is prety hostile to cruising boats. very industrial. most boats drop the mast and go by way of the ten-tom waterway, starting in Mobile Ala. Very doable that route.

Your trip will be better if you avoid the spring rains, wait until late May or June to start out.
 

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I have been up the Ten Tom, but not the Mississippi. I would not try the Mississippi. You ain't gonna believe that current!

The Ten Tom is controlled by locks and dams, but moving around at night is not recommended. You'll make about 50 miles a day, and you'll enjoy it.
 

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Why would you want to go up the mississippi??? Go the TennTom route... far safer.
 

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Definitely take the Tenn-Tom in Mobile. It will put you in the Ohio River about 15 or 20 miles east of the Mississippi River along the Illinois/Kentucky border. It's a much shorter trip.
 
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