In our previous life we were Coastal and Open Water sailboat cruisers, mostly on the Gulf of Mexico and some Atlantic. Planning a trip was very easy. Across open water, just run a rhumb line from Point A to Point B and go non-stop. On coastal cruising from Tx. to Fl., just look along the beach areas, watch your depth finder and drop an anchor wherever you want. Life was simple.
From our recent inland river experience over the past 1100 river miles from Tx. to Alabama and then northward to the Tennessee River, we found inland rivers have there own set of challenges. Planning and vigilance are the key words of the day. You just cant drop anchor anywhere.
This is not to say that one is better than the other, just different.
I love the water any way I can get it.