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Old 08-12-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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This is great info

Thanks guys. Now I know I am good up to Mobile, Al.

What is the lowest fixed bridge height from Mobile, Al. to Padukah, Ky?

I am thinking that if my sailboat does not sell in the next 30 or days, I may just decide to put all the upgrades I want for about $12K and trawler my way up there with a sailboat. Another sailboat in drag. Go Figya.

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Old 08-12-2011, 06:24 PM   #2
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If you'll be returning via Mobile maybe pull and leave the mast there pick it up on the return leg I believe Dog River Marina can do that.
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Old 08-12-2011, 07:30 PM   #3
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Thanks Steve

My goal is to NOT remove the mast if I don't have to.
By the way, I am familiar with Dog River Marina. I once took great photos of a sunset looking under the bridge. I stayed there for about 2 weeks while soloing from Slidell, La to Panama City, Fl. during a the winter......very bad idea. Anyway, I stayed there for repairs while visiting old friends in the area.
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RE: This is great info

Wasn't your original plan to do the Loop? You'll need to be under 19'.
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Old 08-13-2011, 03:39 AM   #5
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This is great info

Yes, my original plan is to do the loop but that wont happed till about 2 years from now. If I keep my sailboat, I will have my mast stepped when I actually need to. More than likely, I will sell my sailboat and get a trawler after all. Given the current economy, it is much much easier to convert money into a boat than it is to convert a boat back into money. Life is very uncertain in this economy.

When I do the loop, I dont think there are any really low bridges until I get to the Erie Barge Canal...I think. Then again there is a real low one in the Chicago area....I think. It is difficult getting any info on this. I also read that there is a bridge as low as 15'-6" somewhere.

At this point, we are flexible and plan to go somewhere this coming spring. I still have to work offshore on the rigs so traveling the east coast is out of the question because of hurricane season. We still have to come up with a plan to be able to get me to my car, an airport or a bus station to get back offshore. My normal schedule is that I work 2 weeks and I'm off for 2 weeks.



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Old 08-13-2011, 04:23 AM   #6
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RE: This is great info

I may just decide to put all the upgrades I want for about $12K and trawler

Such as?
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Old 08-13-2011, 05:06 AM   #7
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I may just decide to put all the upgrades I want for about $12K and trawler

Such as?

*Waste treatment unit such as the Electro Scan, additional fuel tanks,* a large 12V/110V frige/freezer in addition to a new compressor and cold plate for my no longer working deep freeze, new dodger, wind generator, solar cells, new propane stove/oven, new cushions, new teak and holly cabin sole, etc.

It dont take much to add up to 12K.

My intentions are to be as self sufficient as possible. I want to stay at marinas from time to time and would like to do this because*I want to rather than I have to.

Actually, most of the improvements I want to add to my sailboat would be the same things that I would have to add to any trawler I bought. Most 2nd hand trawlers that I have looked at have house type appliances which wont work for me. Running a diesel generator at 1/2 gal per hour is not an option. Way too expensive. I want to be able to run everything on DC and use generator for Air Conditioner only.
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Old 08-13-2011, 07:48 PM   #8
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*Thanks Charles

I will do that.

BTW, I drive through Paterson regularly when I go offshore. I fly out of Houma, La.

Maybe we can hook up some time when I pass through.

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Tony, I live in Thibodaux and keep my boat, Gumbo, In Houma. If you are ever there with a couple of hours to kill let me know,
I'm over there two or three times a week.
Same holds for any other members who might be passing through this area.
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:33 PM   #10
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Steve

I will be there Thurs, usually about 5PM at the La Quinta for a Fri 5AM flight to the platform.

I ran into a bunch in Thibodaux several years back and we think we might be related. They are very popular in Thibodeaux - the Bilello's, maybe you know some of them.

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Tony, check your profile page for a message I sent you
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We did the Tombigbee from Mobile to Demopolis in June. There is a railroad bridge with a 52 ft clearance.
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