RV touring Canada and the USA and Cruising America's Great Loop are dreams and bucket list items for those who long for adventure on the land and water. RVers that love touring will want to learn about the Great Southwest, Florida, Newfoundland, Alaska, and many other areas. Cruising America's Great Loop takes boaters circumnavigating eastern North America by water, a distance of over 5,000 miles.   The purpose of this website is to provide information about these adventures delivered as stories (blog posts), digital programs, and books.  The authors include Bob & Mavis Duthie, Ron & Eva Stob, and Fred Myers. 

Touring America's Great Southwest

RVers can learn from the many daily trip posts in the RV stories section of this website. In addition, we can now provide a new program, What to Expect Touring America's Great Southwest, a downloadable MP4 video program that covers the Duthie's four RV trips in Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.  Buy now.

 "This is a wonderful travel guide for anyone in an RV to explore the Great West."  John & Margaret Lester

No internet access required

RVers know that internet access is often not available in rural areas. You can take the program with you on your trip and let it become your tour guide. 

The photos and narration will let you pick and choose what you want to see. The program covers what Bob and Mavis saw on their visits to five states in the Southwest, CO, NM,UT,AZ & NV. Click to see a sample showing the visit to  Buckskin Mountain State Park, AZ

Includes 81 places, 3.5 hours narration 

The program runs for 3.5 hours covering 81 places, with 1,186 photos and maps.  The program is divided into 13 segments of 15-20 minutes each. A searchable PDF copy of the 34,000-word script makes it easy to find places you want to review. The program uses 720p HD MP4 video and runs on a variety of devices that can play MP4 video including computers, smartphones, tablets, DVD players, and digital TVs. Click for a PDF brochure or  Buy now

"We have been to several of the locations covered in this series. We have traveled some of the routes they covered. However, Bob and Mavis have showed us sights, histories and flowers we missed on our travels."  Bob & Pat Koehler, Belmont, NC   (more)

America's Great Loop Cruise

The adventure of circumnavigating eastern North America by boat is known as “cruising the Great Loop.” Some adventurers set out wanting to be surprised. Bob Duthie developed a digital program for those who prefer knowing what to expect on the trip. Click to see previews or learn from the daily trip posts found in Cruising Stories.

What kind of boat is required?

Not everyone does the loop in a 30-60 ft trawler. People are doing the loop on jet skis, kayaks, row boats, fishing boats, a solar powered canal boat, and sail boats.

Do the Great Loop on your tablet

The digital program What to Expect Cruising America's Great Loop contains over 2,400 maps and photos to show what awaits you. Each photo is captioned, narrated and associated with a map. The photos were taken by Bob and Mavis Duthie between October 2003 and July 2005 as they cruised the Loop in the Katy Leigh, a 36-foot 1981 Grand Banks classic trawler as pictured above. This unique program provides you with valuable information on what to see and do while cruising the Great Loop. Instead of dreaming about the Great Loop, boaters can now experience the loop through this narrated slide show in 6 hours!  Buy now.

“I believe it's the best available preview for anyone planning to cruise the Loop and will prove to be a most helpful companion when they finally get underway.”
--Fred Myers, CruiseGuide Author, Florence AL

“I'm mad at you Bob! I got your CD yesterday and I can't stop watching it. I always say just 5 more minutes and 2 hours later I'm still watching. The pictures are nice in that it's more like family vacation pictures rather than professionally staged boring photos. I find the commentary, short, sweet, and right to the point and it seems to always hit the important points.”
-- Michael Shields, Bradenton FL

Great Loop Side Trips

In addtion to the Great Loop, Bob & Mavis cruised the Tennessee River and the Cumberland River, the two most popular side trips for cruisers doing the Loop.  The digital programs What to Expect Cruising the Tennessee River  and What to Expect Cruising the Cumberland River are now available from this website. The Tennessee River program is a 3.5-hour narrated slide show with 1,000 photos and maps. The Cumberland River program provides 800 photos in a 2- hour narrated slide show. Each program includes a PDF copy of Fred Myers' Cruise Guide for the corresponding river.  Buy now Tennessee River. Buy now Cumberland River.

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This half day seminar will be on October 4th at Bay Bridge Marina in Stevensville, MD. Bob Duthie will present what to expect cruising America's Great Loop joined by Joe Pica,an 8 year live-aboad who will show two side trips; the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.     

Three New Chartbooks

The US Army Corps of Engineers has stopped selling print copies of the two chart books for the Tenn-Tom Waterway and the Lower Mississippi. In addition we have a Chicago to Grand Rivers Chartbook that can replace 5 USACE books.  Copies may be ordered online from Shop here.

As both a planning tool for your trip and a great remembrance of what you have seen, this video series is something you will be glad to have."  Kent & Sandy Gardam   Buy Now

Fred Myers Cumberland River CruiseGuide Update

We have created an update for this cruiseguide. Click here to download a copy. We will soon be out of the original spiral bound books and at that point we will begin shipping the perfect bound books that include the update.

Great Loop Route


The January 2014 Heartland Boating has two new stories by Bob. Read the feature story Great Loop Prep  and a news item about the New Docks at Ditto Landing.  More of Bob's stories listed under Resources.

Read Bob's story about a Solar Powered Canal Boat doing the Great Loop in Passagemaker Channels.