One strategy to do America’s Great Loop is to use the boat you already own.
In 2009 I followed a blog of a couple who cast off their lines from their Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway home to do the loop on their 26 foot Glacier Bay Catamaran. I watched with fascination as it seemed like such a small boat to live on for the better part of the year. At one point, when someone asked them why they chose that boat, they answered, “It is the one we had.”
Sam and Rev Crouse created What Yacht To Do to show how you can be sitting in your living room one day and then living on the water the next.
(You have to say “What Yacht To Do” with a Texas accent to get the full effect…“What ya ought to do”.)
The Crouses are, at this writing, about three months into their loop. They have a series of entertaining blogs and YouTube videos to document the trip, both the ups and the downs.
Is there any looper out there who has not read at least some of Captain John’s many Great Loop webpages?
He has had a website almost as long as there has been an internet!
His first loop was in 1971. He’s owned boats his entire adult life.
Captain John has been looping and living on a boat since he retired in 1995. With 10+ loops under his belt, he has plenty of opinions and views on various aspects of cruising the Great Loop, including the financial aspect.
When I start reading a new Great Loop blog, I go right to the first post. The first ever post. The “this was our planning and how we were able to do the loop” post. Sometimes I have to scroll through years of archives to find it, but I go back to the beginning.
I’m always a bit disappointed when the first post is Day One of the trip.