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Major Boat Voyage Answered

Ok, My sister is getting ready to build a hardwood boat. She's an art student and it will be a semester project. She's planning to use Mahogany, Oak and Cedar. She's shooting for a 22' V-hull with a partial canopy. Whatever she does, she always does a great job. I have no doubts as to the fine craftsmanship that will go into this vessel. THe problem is, she's in New York City, and it will need to be moved to west Tennessee or central Arkansas. I could just build her a trailer, but that would be boring. I want to float it to it's destination. How would I go about floating it that far south? I am a fairly good nautical pilot, but that is a massive trip for such a small vessel. I would have about 4 weeks to do the trip, and could probably trailer it a short distance fom NYC to get started. Any Ideas?



10 years ago

The Atlantic intercoastal waterway covers all, or nearly all of the east coast. You'd have the advantage of great access to repair facilities, marinas, Coast Guard, etc. on that route. Even hotels, if you're soft ;-). Better than the northern route, anyway.

I'm assuming (from the V-hull) it's a powered boat, but I doubt if you'd want to push it very hard on the maiden voyage. It's a loooooong way to TN or AR down the coast and up the Mississippi. A month is pushing it...

More forgiving weather / warmer water down south, too (if you avoid hurricane season.)

And If you still need to trailer it at the start and finish... Of course, as an adventure it's a great idea (I'm jealous.)

My parents just (this week!) moved to AR from NC. If they'd stayed there, it would've been much easier!

Durned ~~kids~~, er, parents and their rambling ways...


10 years ago

Well I was looking on Google Earth, and I think it would take quite some time to get the boat down to Tennessee/Arkansas, not counting the varying depths of the river systems..

If I trailered it to western PA, I'm looking at 1200 or so miles on the water. If I go down the coast and around Fla. all the way to the Misisissippi, it'll be quite a bit more. My previous experiences make me want to stick to the rivers, and stay out of the ocean. If I were still young (and foolish) and had a lot more time, I'd love to try the ocean route.

Heh. Young - Foolish. Its like cause and affect... :D

Check out canal and river systems, find a route that is always wide enough and hasn't got much chances of being too shallow... As a suggestion it might be best to try and go up on a similar or smaller sized boat to the meeting place, both can then travel back together with the added insurance of having a helping hand should something go wrong...

That's not a bad idea (the second boat). I might be able to come up with something.

I wonder, how comprehensively-linked are America's waterways? In the UK, Netherlands, France etc, you can get to a lot of places by boat. OK, sometimes it's a round-a-bout route, but it's there. Is a trans-American boat-trip as feasible as a road trip?

Not exactly, you can basically only go North to South, ending up somewhere in the Gulf Of Mexico...

. Most of the Northeast is connected via rivers and canals. Much of it is still in use, but parts have been abandoned in favor of highways and rails. . The Mississippi and its' tributaries are heavily used for freight. Not as "comprehensively linked" as the NE, but there are a few canals (the Illinois & Michigan Canal comes to mind). . West of the Mississippi, low population density precluded much development of smaller waterways until you get to the West Coast.

. I think I'd start looking at the US Coast Guard's site.
. I'm guessing you'll either have to come down the East Coast and around FL to the Mississippi River, or go through the Great Lakes to the Illinois River and then to the Mississippi. I hope there's a shorter route.

I thought I might trailer the boat to PA, and ultimatelhy take the Ohio river from there. It's like 360 miles to Pittsburgh. I think it's navigable from there.