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Old 05-18-2019, 09:15 AM
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Default Wow, great loop here we go.

We are listing the house this week. We were going to rent for a bit before we bought out next house but my wife just agreed to do the loop before we buy out next house instead of renting. Always wanted to do it and since I work from home it won’t be an issue for me. She gets to go on a leave of absence or quit if they won’t let her do it.

Lots of planning in a short amount of time.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:19 AM
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Awesome. What boat you taking??
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Good for you two! We want to do part of it next summer, NY to Lake Ontario and see how we like it. Where are you starting from and in what boat? Will you keep posting?
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Originally Posted by Trayscool View Post
Awesome. What boat you taking??
2004 Carver 360 Mariner.
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Nice. Keep us all posted
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Originally Posted by kennyboy View Post
Nice. Keep us all posted
yeah. Should be interesting doing it in a gas powered boat
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post

yeah. Should be interesting doing it in a gas powered boat
Displacement speed, the old fashioned way! Even a gas boat gets good fuel economy.
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Originally Posted by Nomans View Post
Displacement speed, the old fashioned way! Even a gas boat gets good fuel economy.
Yeah but every once and a while I want to trade time for money.
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Just pay close attention to the timing--where you're starting from. There's a big Great Looper meeting at Joe Wheeler State Park in North Alabama around March. Many start out that time on the Tennessee River before heading south on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to Mobile.

We often see Loopers on our lake, and we stop and talk to them. Many use 36' single engine trawlers. One last year I talked to had a 39' Mainship with a single Isuzu diesel. Some even use sailboats with the mast removed.

There's a lot of info on the internet, including diaries, etc.
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post


Yeah but every once and a while I want to trade time for money.
Ha, ha, that's most of life. One hint is to do a very, very thorough housecleaning to get as much unnecessary weight out of the boat as possible. It's amazing how stuff accumulates and of course it will be your home so you will need to bring a lot so start with as clean a slate as possible. Also run relatively light on fuel when feasible -- gas weighs over 6 lbs per gallon and 100 gallons less fuel/ 600 lbs less will have a measurable effect on consumptions over long distances.
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Bonanza?
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Originally Posted by boatmanmark View Post
Bonanza?
Or battlestar galactica
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Good for both of you, LG.

We have a friend here who planned on doing that, and bought a bigger cruiser for that very purpose. Two weeks later her husband was diagnosed with cancer. He wasn't taking "no" for an answer, so worked with his doctor to schedule his treatments at various clinic on the route, and went on the loop.

He passed a couple months after completing it...
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Please post photos of your trip with some quick stories.
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Good luck and I'm sure you have gotten your info that you will need. Lots of info out there and several boating groups to get it from.
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Love how you took the moment and went for it, awesome!
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Please start a thread and outline your trip and planning details. This is a bucket list item for my wife and I.
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Good luck but I believe that you are very late in planning this trip for this year if you are headed north from Florida or points south to points north. Timing out of the great lakes is critical from what I have read.
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Originally Posted by sac56fire View Post
Good luck but I believe that you are very late in planning this trip for this year if you are headed north from Florida or points south to points north. Timing out of the great lakes is critical from what I have read.
We live in NC and have done a lot of stuff in NC in the bay so we plan on making time on those parts. Maby two weeks to Delaware. We also agreed if we have to pull the boat for the winter and finish next year that is what we will do.
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Originally Posted by raybark View Post
Good for both of you, LG.

We have a friend here who planned on doing that, and bought a bigger cruiser for that very purpose. Two weeks later her husband was diagnosed with cancer. He wasn't taking "no" for an answer, so worked with his doctor to schedule his treatments at various clinic on the route, and went on the loop.

He passed a couple months after completing it...
My wife is a nurse and hears these stories all of the time but most of them start with we were going to but then” and end with economy took a dive, someone got sick, someone passed away. We have heard enough of those stories to know that being in our late 30’s and early 40’s and we have our health and employment and no children we should be doing everything that we can while we can.
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