What do the Great Loop, a professional folk musician and America’s Funniest Home Videos have in common? Dave Rowe and Stacey Guth, that’s what!
Stacey and Dave have created time lapse videos of the Great Loop accompanied by soundtracks of Dave’s folk music, which you can find on their Folk on the Water YouTube channel.
I’ve been following Our Adventures on Stinkpot on Facebook for a while. They’ve occasionally posted little snippets of their financial back story. I asked if they would be interested in adding to our collection of stories here…and they made a video! How fun is that! “How poor people can finance a long boat adventure!” I love it!
In fact, they’ve made a whole new YouTube channel about “How to Live on a Boat”.
Watch their video to hear how they were able to make their dream come to life from a financial perspective. It is pretty inspiring!
Oh, and what about the America’s Funniest Home Videos? Check out this video that landed them a spot in the finalists of the March 29, 2020 episode. Then check out their after-party live video.
I’ve seen a lot of interest lately in the concept of looping
in segments. That is, taking more than one year to do the loop. Why would
someone decide to do it that way? What
are the benefits?
Lance and I have discussed an itinerary which would include
storing the boat for a winter somewhere in northern New York after exploring
Lake Champlain, the Rideau Canal, and the Thousand Islands. This would give us
time to enjoy the area while putting us in a good position to enter the Trent
Severn as soon as it opens the next year and then take our time in North Channel
and Georgian Bay.
Naturally, I keep an eye out for mention of Loopers who winter their boats in New York.
AGLCA member Charles Williamson’s forum comments about where he stored his trawler for the winter(s) caught my attention: New York and Ontario over two consecutive winters.
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.