Would anybody consider going the opposite way, up the river through Chicago this spring? We have ruled it out because of the flooding and closure of the lock July 1st. We do not want to get trapped in Kentucky. No offense but that would make a tough commute for me to get to work. Capt J, I’m afraid without the support railing around the top of the windscreen attached to the arch I run the risk of cracking the screen if we get any wind or just plain movement. It’s only a few extra screws and caulk so not a big deal. I have a captain running the boat with me so I’ll have time as we near the canal to do what needs doing to be ready. What is going to funny is the look we’ll have with all of the railings, windscreen and arch piled on the upper fantail. Kinda Sanford and Son sorta thing.