One of my bucket list items for 50 is to float the Mississippi from the head waters to the delta... I've read a few books on it but most are coming from a story telling point of view or kayaking... whereas I'm wanting to know about the nuts and bolts of such an venture in a more substantial boat. Can any of you offer up some tidbits of knowledge and such they have surrounding the river and traveling along it. Couple questions to start, are there any sections of river where small water craft are banned. And is there licensing I need to look at in different states.
My initial plans are to use a pontoon boat with a few modifications, hopefully keeping it around 20 or so feet... It will be kitted with two outboards: the main for really booking it down the river or back up and a 15ph for backup and manoeuvring when drifting. For food prep and storage a propane fridge and stove. I'm guessing but I don't think I need a large food storage area as civilisation will never be far away. Land transport will consist of bicycles.
My wife wants to name it 50 shades of gray as a celebration of my hair color and my age.
Or! the other option is to buy a stupidly big jet ski and see how fast I can get down it without dying along the way.
Please if you have anything you can offer as food for thought don't hesitate.