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Old 11-12-2018, 07:51 PM   #1
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I benefited in my planning from this discussion, and am underway.

Reverse Great Loop?

I'm in Alton heading southbound and my current plan is to go down the Mississippi to the Atchafalaya. I'm travelling solo and slow. Happy for advice, guidance and concerns.

For those interested I post a daily blog.
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Old 11-12-2018, 11:36 PM   #2
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Just spend some time digging through your blog; well put together!


Looking forward to following along as you progress south.
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:01 AM   #3
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Good luck with your trip. It will be a challenge single handed.
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Old 11-13-2018, 06:46 AM   #4
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Good luck with your trip and stay warm. Enjoy reading your blog!
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:14 AM   #5
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I benefited in my planning from this discussion, and am underway.

Reverse Great Loop?

I'm in Alton heading southbound and my current plan is to go down the Mississippi to the Atchafalaya. I'm travelling solo and slow. Happy for advice, guidance and concerns.

For those interested I post a daily blog.
https://boatingadventuresblog.wordpress.com/
Nice blog, Jeff. I will continue to follow. You just passed through some of my old stomping grounds.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:54 AM   #6
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Nice blog Jeff
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:21 AM   #7
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We did this same trip about eight years ago and logged all our comments on Active Captain, I have not kept up with where AC is now so those may be lost. It was a great trip, only Greenville and Memphis are fuel stops and no fuel on the Atchaflaya until Morgan City. We anchored on oxbows and other river cut outs and had no problem with planning 100 mile days, our trawler speed was 8 mph plus current speed, which at times was as high as 7 so the 100 miles/day went by easily. Good luck, BTW I am planning a trip from FT Benton Mt on the Missouri to St Louis with my 1980 Bayliner Explorer.
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Old 11-14-2018, 09:10 AM   #8
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BTW I am planning a trip from FT Benton Mt on the Missouri to St Louis with my 1980 Bayliner Explorer.
Now that sounds fun. I'm envious. Any low water impediments foreseen? If not already planned, the famous L&C Journal is a great reference.
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Old 11-15-2018, 04:35 PM   #9
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Where are you going when you get to the end of the Atchafalaya ???
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Old 11-15-2018, 05:23 PM   #10
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Just read a few pages of you blog and noted your A/C heat woes. I will bet anything that debris in the r/w side blocks up the strainer and reduces water flow. Then with the reduced water flow the system freezes up with outside temps near 0 C.

So clear the strainer frequently. The A/C will ultimately freeze in any case when the inlet water gets down to about 5 C, but it will run a little longer with no debris blocking the strainer.

Also note as the inlet water temp drops the reverse cycle loses efficiency, but still better than direct resistance heat until it freezes up, then you have to use resistance.


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Old 11-15-2018, 06:11 PM   #11
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Thanks for the comments. WRT my plans, I'm going to leave my boat in LA somewhere and head home for a few weeks for the holidays. Then I have tentative plans to go down to the Florida Keys in January, then back to Mobile and up the Tenn Tom in Feb/Mar and back up the rivers to Chicago with some side trips along the way.

David, thanks for your comments re AC. I haven't been measuring water temperatures but they may be pretty low given the cold weather. The first time it failed I think it was because of debris, but when it failed in Alton I think it just froze up. It was -7C air temp. In any case I have a 5 kw generator and now have 4.5 kw resistance heat which is keeping things very comfortable. My circ pump also is somewhat suspect, I've ordered a top end rebuild kit.
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Old 11-18-2018, 07:59 AM   #12
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We did this same trip about eight years ago and logged all our comments on Active Captain, I have not kept up with where AC is now so those may be lost.
I'm using AC and it's been very helpful. Lots of good stuff. I planned yesterday's stop well in advance using AC user reports.
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Hi Jeff, Did you make Memphis safe yesterday afternoon?
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Old 11-19-2018, 09:29 AM   #14
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Hi Jeff, Did you make Memphis safe yesterday afternoon?
Yes, I'm at Memphis Yacht Club.
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Yes, I'm at Memphis Yacht Club.


Keep up the blogging. Fun to read about trips I hope to do someday.

Cheers and stay safe!

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Really look forward to your blog each day Jeff. Very interesting to follow your progress as nearly being onboard. Smooth sailing, Paul, from PEI
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Good Morning Jeff, Are you going to head out today? Any luck on the generator? Have a great day!
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Generator is fixed. Waiting for the fog to clear.


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Great news on the generator. Have a great day and hopefully the fog will lift soon.
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It is a nice simple trip including all the way to NOLA via the Industrial Canal. Switch to channel 12 for Vessel control below Baton Rouge(as noted on the charts).
This trip with the current is no fuel problem given the extra kick however a couple must guard potable water consumption as it is not readily available unless resourceful. Good anchoring is available most everywhere on the river on the off channel side. The tows command the River and if you get into trouble ask them for help they will help! When we went down they repeatedly told us that if we need help to call. Of course I'd only do that if a real serious need. Enjoy, we did.
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