This page highlights a few of the excellent resources we have found helpful for cruising any part of the Great Loop.
Marine Medicine & Cruising Health: Dr Jerry Reves, MD provides important health information for cruising boaters. Jerry is a frequent speaker at AGLCA rendezvous. He sponsors a Cruising Health Medical Survey that lists medical problems encountered by long distance cruising boaters.
America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association is an organization of people who share a sense of adventure and a curiosity about America's Great Loop and its many side trips. The association's primary purpose is to disseminate information and enhance the overall experience for those learning about, dreaming of “ as well as exploring and safely cruising -- America's Great Loop.
Great Loop Prep: Things you need to know to prepare your boat and yourself before leaving on the Great Loop (or any long cruise).
7 Things Every Great Looper Should Know before doing the loop such as "Set a firm date for the start" and and "Get Towing Insurance".
Marina Profile of the new Clarksville Marina on the Cumberland River.at Mile 127.4
Marina Profile of Leatherwood Marina on the Tennessee River at Mile 73.6
New Docks at Ditto Landing: on the Tennessee River near Huntsville, AL at Mile 333.3
Plan to Cruise the Tennessee River: This article has the highlights of a fall cruise of the Tennessee River in 2006.
Raven Cove: Check out Ron & Eva Stob's Great Loop products including the book that started AGLCA " Honey Let's Get a Boat", a map of the loop, placemaps, and a logbook for loopers. It's all at www.greatloop.com
BoatUS Towing Service: Everyone cruising the loop has either run aground or will run aground somewhere. Our turn was on the route north from Beaufort NC. Click here to hear the story and get the details. TowBoatUS helped us on another occasion. We had to enter the dangerous Little Egg Inlet near Beach Haven NJ because Atlantic City was closed. Inlets are not charted as the shoals move about after each storm. I called TowBoatUS for instructions and the operator said it was a slow day and he would be happy to escort us through the shoals to the ICW. 'Just meet me at Buoy LE' he said. Wow! What great customer service!
Skipper Bob Guidebooks are by far the handiest to have aboard while doing the loop. The Marinas and Anchorages books are low in cost and complete. We used the Intracoastal Guides, the Erie Canal, and Chicago to Mobile. Sadly, Skipper Bob Reib passed away in December 2006. Waterway Guides is continuing these publications.
Books for Small Boats Planning the Great Loop
Dreamrider, Larry Harcum, Jet Ski: Larry came through our marina, Kenlake, in 2002 a year before Mavis and I left on our Great Loop trip. Larry did the loop on a jet ski. He pulblished his book in December 2006. There are some really interesting alternatives on the loop in this book including a bypass route around Port Huron Michigan that I had never heard of. Sure enough I zoomed in on it on Google Earth and could see the canal clearly as well as the shoals on Lake Huron that Larry had to jump over. Just 2 days after I met Larry at Kenlake he had a real shocking surprise. You will have to read the book to see what happened.
On the Water by Nathaniel Stone - rowboat
River Horse - William Least Heat Moon - C-Dory
On Celtic Tides: One Man's Journey Around Ireland by Sea Kayak - Chris Duff - Chris practiced for Ireland by doing the Great Loop
Coastal Cruising Under Power: How to choose, equip, operate, and maintain your boat is covered in this excellent book by Gene and Katie Hamilton.. Gene and Katie have written articles and stories for the boating press for many years. John Wooldrige now managing editor for Passagemaker magazine wrote the Foreward.
What Does it Cost to Cruise America's Great Loop? This is a frequently asked question. I use three slides in my Great Loop talks to discuss this point. You can download a PDF copy here. Arch Fonken wrote, "I am a CPA and spent a fair amount of time gathering information and projecting costs to see if I could afford to retire and do the loop. The costs presented by the two trawlers in Bob's presentation are very close to my projections (adjusted for current fuel costs and my traveling single).
This resource is a little off the topic of America's Great Loop but a very interesting website with good information on cruising the Mediterranean around Croatia, Greece, Italy and beyond by sail and power. Click here.
A number of "loopers have created websites that tell the story of their trip. The links to a number of these are listed here:
There is an interesting Great Loop map of the trip taken by Capt John. He did the loop without entering Canada. He took the shore route around the Gulf of Mexico making 8 stops. It's a planning tool but it only works if you have an Internet connection. Click here to see this map.
If you would like to see Betty and Rusty Hughes blog on cruising Lake Superior on the Cooper click here.
Seahorse's Great Loop Adventure This is the first blog I have encountered where the trip starts on the Ohio River above Cincinatti. Seahorse is a 1999 Mainship trawler crewed by Dan & Angie. Their first leg is to go even farther up the Ohio to Pittsburgh. At that point they will start the Loop.
Why Not on the Great Loop is a blog about Darrell and Lisa Grob, the crew of MV Why Knot, a 45 foot Thompson Nelson diesel trawler. They are Gold Loopers and coastal cruisers. Home port is St. Louis, MO. They operate two different blog sites. This one emphasizes cruising exploits with a 642 photo gallery. The other, www.theonboardlife.com, emphasizes boating lifestyle content. There is a good map showing each place they stayed. Unfortunately they skipped the Cumberland River and most of the Tennessee River which offer some of the best cruising anywhere in North America.
Egret Travels America's Great Loop documents the boating adventures of John & Regina King on their 37 ft motor catamaran. :Lots of photos.
What Ever it Takes IV is Dick West's 53 ft,1967 Matthews, cruising the loop since 2011. Lots of photos.
Sunny Days: a blog by Terry & Lola Fitzpatrick currently on the loop on the East Coast. Terry says "We are having a blast on our journey--a little behind most of the loopers (we don't like the temp to dip below 60 degrees)"
Tanya's Great Loop Adventure: Leaving April, 2014, Tanya embarked singlehanding on a nine month journey, on her Ranger Tug, Annabelle. A well written blog with lots of photos.
Ted & Sarah Aboard Krogen Manatee - This couple have done the Great Loop 23 times!!
http://greatloopadventure.com - Captain Jim Koningison, family and friends leave May 1, 2014 from Boston to do the loop.
www,katieandjessieonaboat.com - Two young women Katie and Jessie have a great blog on their great loop cruise on a 27 ft sailboat. Setting out from Northpoirt MI, as of spring 2014 they are in the Florida Keys. Lots of fun photographs in their blog.
www.adventuresofgreatlaker.blogspot.com - Larry and Anne are currently doing the loop as of July 2013 and have an excellent blog.
www.favorsgreatloopblog.com - Jim and Lisa Favors are looping for the second time on Kismet, a brand new Fathom trawler, starting in April 2008 on Lake Michigan.
www.beersexcellentadventure.blogspot.com/ - This is about Pete and Carolyn circumnavigating the eastern third of the US and parts of Canada, aboard their 39 Nordic Tug Humbug. They leave Memorial Day 2013 from Mystic CT.
http://www.mvlastdance.blogspot.com/ - This blog archives the adventures of Glen and Jill Moore aboard a DeFever trawler named Last Dance. The photography is excellent and the page layout unique.
http://www.aboardcbay.com - CBAY is a 48 ft Bayliner 3988 owned by Rusty & Jan Carlisle. They completed the loop in October 2012
www.rosetta.talkspot.com - M/V Rosetta is 41 foot DeFever trawler owned by Kathy & John Jeidy. They completed the loop on January 17, 2006.
dubheiii.blogspot.com - Ron, Jean and Gilligan are very active bloggers since early 2007 about Nordic Tug, Dubhe III.
voyageofsimplicity.blogspot.com - Linda and Alan set out from Lynn Haven, FL in early April 2008.
grovesboat.blogspot.com - Joy@Sea is a 42 ft Grand Banks sundeck cruiser doing the loop from Ft Myers, FL and captained by Madison Groves.
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