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Thinking about a trip from Ft Myers up the Western coast of Fl , then up the Mississippi river.
Has anyone had experience on this route?
As the Mississippi cant be sailed much I wil hve to rely on the outboard aux.
Im wondering of the currents going up the river
As our aux motor is smaller {8hp} and our boat is 24 ft Im wondering on speed on asent
up the river
Any help would be thankful for.
 

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do not do it in a 8hp motor you never make it up old man river. you be fish baite. but going to La up to lake pontitranine is a very nice trip
 

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jerryhouston is right. The Mississippi is a huge river with extremely powerful currents. Heavily used by commercial shipping (read ocean vessels and tugs with 6-18 bargesVery few anchorages and lots of trees floating around. not a good place to be. i live in Baton Rouge. I''ve heard that the trip up through Mobile, Al to the Tenn-Tom is a nice trip.
 

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Check out the book "All Goes Well" by E. Claude Morgan at http://morgansailing.tripod.com

He sailed several rivers through the heartland of America and wrote a book about it.
 

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Hey Bob,
I''m not sure how far up the river your wanting to go, but let me tell ya.
I''ve been stuck here in Mississippi for the past few months. Not knowing anyone here and getting bored quite often I find myself heading to the casinos in Vicksburg way too often.
After being abused at the craps tables I get my lunch or dinner comp and head to the resturaunt overlQQking the Mississippi river. I always get a window seat so I can observe the action on the water.
Some things I''ve notice are; the current is too swift to sail it upstream. The size of debris comming down stream can be massive. Bunched up masses of trees being the biggest obsticle. Let me emphasize "TREES" not shrubberys, not twigs, But huge blunt waterlogged projectiles. Also, the trees I have seen stuck and not moving are all pointing downstream, just waiting to inpale a non suspecting fiberglass boat comming upstream.
Things also to consider about going up river with a single 8hp, the shear key for the prop is very small on a 8hp. You will have this baby winding RPMs you never thought it was capable of and the slightest little branch and your shear key is history, leaving you helpless and at the currents mercy.
If there happens to be a heavy rain up north the debris increases and so does the current. I would be suprised if a 8hp would be able to push a 24 footer upstream.
There are sights on the web that give up to date details and information on river conditions.
If you like your boat, have it hauled up and sail it down. If you do decide to try the trip be sure your insurance is paid up.
DNG
 
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