It is quite funny to go down a river with a boat set up and loaded to cross an ocean. At it’s very first moment it sounds like a quick and easy run. Step the mast, fire up the diesel and go. Daytrips, made of boring hours following a buoyed path to get somewhere. Then: exiting new sights into the heartland of America. Who thought about how challenging this might become right after the first few days.
Drawing six feet is not a problem. Not even now that some of the Waterways are on a “low water watch”. Low Water for barges and tows means still more than nine feet and in freshwater I draw – learned that the hard way – more six than the five I draw in saltwater. Weiterlesen →
The first hundred miles of river disappeared in Paulinchens keel wake and it looks like it is time to speed up a little on the way south. Storms and rain made the last trip to Ottawa, Illinois a little less comfortable.
But I appreciate the weatherchange as every drop of rain raises the water level a little bit. And that is more important than I thought in the beginning. Doing all the research I before heading this way I was tempted by reading the about a controlled depth of nine feet all the way down. Now I found what I have overseen in the planning. This does not apply to the facilities for pleasure craft. Weiterlesen →
Sailing the US Heartland sounds a little uncommon and in fact bridges and Powerlines make it impossible to use the wind to head down for the first part of it. And I am still wondering how many german boats might have ever taken this route after crossing the ocean at all. I know of three (one of them a powerboat that started it‘s trip where I did). So I know I am not the first but at least the attention the flag at Paulinchen‘s stern draws, provides a little insight to the fact that boats from overseas are not too common here.
The mast is stepped and Paulinchen has been converted to a powerboat in Chicago to begin traveling the rivers. The Trip startet right downtown Chicago with Lock Number „one“. At least I will refer to „Chicago Lock“ as „Number one“ counting how many I will have to pass until I reach the Gulf Coast. Weiterlesen →
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