And the Chicago bridges are prepping for the 1 April start.

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And the Chicago bridges are prepping for the 1 April start.

Post by dlandersson » Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:49 am

And the Chicago bridges are prepping (shutting down for maintenance) for the 1 April start (boats will come down the river to Lake Michigan). :)

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Re: And the Chicago bridges are prepping for the 1 April sta

Post by sailboatmike » Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:45 pm

I wish we had bridges that opened, our small minded infrastructure planners never even thought about bridges that actually open to allow boats through, some are high enough to let small power boats under but forget sail boats, up to the point that a new private marina built a few years ago had to make a canal over the road (well they dug the road down under sea level) to allow sail boats in.

The problem being that there is nowhere to run for cover on the eastern side of the bay (which just happens to be the worst side as the prevailing NASTY winds come from antarctica), this seriously limits trailer boat sailing on the eastern side because if the wind blows up you are basically in a world of pain.

Even our second biggest (soon to be biggest) city in Australia (Melbourne) which is built on a bay AND has a river run through the middle has very limited sailboat access as some of the bridges are so low I seriously doubt that a Mac Powersailer could get under them even with the mast down.

We even have a bridge on the eastern side of Westernport (our home sailing grounds) that is not high enough to get a Mac under with its mast up unless its low tide (we have around 14 foot tides), meaning that if you wish to get out the eastern side you have to make a 15Nm detour.

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Re: And the Chicago bridges are prepping for the 1 April sta

Post by dlandersson » Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:13 am

Or go thru with the mast down. I did that one year when the bridge was down for repairs - and no one told us. Yet another reason to have a Mac. :P

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