Cruising the Great Loop

This Webinar Will Be Offered in 2014
For the adventure of a lifetime consider the a cruise encompassing the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, the Great Lakes and Mississippi.

Would you like to learn more about North America’s Great Circle Loop? Maybe you’re planning on doing the Loop in the future and want some tips? Are you looking for a year long cruise that will take you through canals, rivers, lakes, swamps, the Atlantic Ocean and even a ditch? Do you want an adventure of a lifetime filled with fun, challenges and camaraderie?

If so, join Bob and Peggy Olsen as they share their 7,200 mile long life-changing adventure aboard their 32 foot Grand Banks trawler, Baby Grand, from 2008 to 2010. As former sailors, they can also speak to the advantages and challenges of doing the Loop in a sailboat. You can start and stop anywhere along the 5,000 to 7,500 mile Loop, just follow the seasons to enjoy extended cruising and a chance to see and experience the sights and history of North America by water.

Our Loop took us from the Great Lakes counter-clockwise down the Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland, Tombigbee and Black Warrior Rivers down to the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile. Proceed east along the Florida Intracoastal Waterway and wait for a weather window to cross the Gulf to the west coast of Florida. Our trip took us down to Marathon in the Keys and then to an exciting side trip out to the Bahamas for six weeks. The Loop then resumes in West Palm Beach FL to start heading north along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) to the Chesapeake and then all the way up to New York City. Most Loopers then go up the historic Hudson River and take the Eire Canal to Lake Ontario. We did this in our 2005 boat delivery trip, but in 2010, we took the alternative route of Lake Champlain to the Canadian Richelieu and Rideau Canals. Either route takes you to the Trent-Severn Canal where you and your boat will be hoisted 65 feet above land in a thrilling ride that you will never forget.

This webinar will focus on suggestions for the choice of boat, timing of your trip, preparations needed, working as a couple and lessons learned. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion of the many side trips possible.