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“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.”
-- CruiseGuide Author Fred Myers, Florence AL
“Your CD is a valuable information resource for our trip planning. Actually, we consider it as audio-video encyclopedia.”
-- J.R. Normand Vallée, Quebec City, Que
The Great Loop CD is great! I haven't watched it all but the photos are so clear and beautiful I feel like I'm cruising again. The script is also well done & informative. I am enjoying seeing some of the side trips we missed. MY Oil & Water Cruised Loop 2003-2004 from their Eddy Creek Marina & Resort
-- Ginny Harbison, Great Loop Cruiser
“I must have watched that CD, "Cruising America's Great Loop" 10-15 times last year. It got me into a 40' trawler. We start the Great Loop from Morehead City within the next two weeks. You have an outstanding product that shows a lot of pride and hard work.”
-- Lewis Wade, Leasburg NC
“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 seems to always hit the important points.”
-- Michael Shields, Bradenton FL
“I took my interactive cruise of the Tennessee River today during my mandatory 72 hour circadian rhythm shift period for all pilots returning to theater. So I have been hanging out in my room a lot. What a fantastic voyage. I watched it from start to finish, with only a slight delay around the 600 mile marker. I am fairly certain I am the only person to view your CD that had to take a pause due to a rocket attack. I miss my boat, Kenlake, and the marina lifestyle terribly already. Thanks again for the CD's, they are a reminder of the good times to be had upon my return.”
-- Matt Cole, U.S. Army Pilot, Afghanistan
"I’m a couple of years away from an early retirement and have been reading about the “Great Circle Loop” as my first potential big adventure. Out of all the materials I had gathered on this adventure your CD was the best at allowing me and my wife JoAnn to appreciate what we might experience taking such a trip. My wife JoAnn was very reluctant about taking such a trip, as we have never ventured out of the Great Lakes area of lower Michigan in our boating experiences, but after watching the CD she is starting to talk to friends about the trip. The CD is very well organized, the pictures and commentary are very professionally done and the ability to interact with the trip through the various points in the route was a great way for us to go through the material, and will provide a quick reference for us to use when actually making the trip."
-- Ben Schmidt
We began our first Great Loop trip in October 2003. The most interesting finding was that only by water can you see America the way it was when discovered. The country developed along the coasts and rivers. We traveled in the Katy Leigh a 36 ft Grand Banks trawler for 6 months over a 2 year period.
We will never forget the people we met and the small towns we stayed in. Since that trip we cruised the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. In 2007 we decided to continue the adventure this time in a small 23 ft Winnebago View motor home making Great Loops from Nashville to Newfoundland, to Vancouver Island, California, and Florida. Alaska is next. See more of our photos of the Great Loops in the slideshow below.
This afternoon I clicked through all of your fine photos. Seems to me your account would have great value to anyone contemplating the trip and as a memory stimulator for those of us who have already done the trip. I walked through the photos and can appreciate the homework you did and the photographic attention you mustered. Navigating the CD was intuitive and I had no trouble with the viewing process, Your photos were wonderful and the trip segments were explained in clear detail. We who have made the trip are undoubtedly members, by default, of a small unique boating fraternity.
-- Pete Kopsak (1994 Looper, Former CEO, Ingram Barge)
I had my Mom look at Great Loop CD-ROM over the weekend. The content is "incredibly engaging" once she started watching the content, I couldn't pull her away. In fact, she watched the tour until she exhausted the battery in my Powerbook (almost 2 hours), and still wanted to see more. Later, when cousins stopped in for a visit, she insisted that I get the Powerbook out and show them parts of the tour as well.
-- Gary Hornbuckle (former Duthie Learning employee)
I love it. It was great. I think you had the right mix of water and history. I spent way too much time going through it. I thought it was very easy to navigate, and fast moving. It was educational and entertaining. It got my imagination going and made me want to go cruising. I see lots of possibilities. Good Work
-- David Benson, Nashville Yacht Brokers
My wife, Jane, expressed interest in viewing familiar portions of the Great Loop CD namely the 30,000 Islands region so we sat together last evening, ate cheese and crackers, drank cocktails, and sat back to enjoy the Great Loop Cruise (on the lap top - while sitting at the kitchen table). By the time we stopped watching, we'd traveled from Parry Sound, past Mackinac, across Lake Michigan to well past Chicago. The fact that was interesting to me about last evening's experience, as we watched your CD, was Jane's reaction. Long after we'd left the portion of the Great Loop that she knows so well (and only wanted to see at first), she wanted to keep watching and watching to see where you went next. I think that experience should tell you something namely that your Great Loop CD really held her attention and this morning she was asking me how much time I thought we would need if we cruised from our cottage in Parry Sound to Mackinac and back (while spending lots of time in Killarney). She's got the bug (now all I need to do is convince her that we need a Nordhavn 43 to get us there.)
I think you're on to something with your Great Loop CD we didnt come across any glitches or technical problems all ran smoothly and its easy to stop and start and go back over previous pictures/segments, etc. My fathers birthday is coming up soon we want to buy him a copy as a gift.
-- Bruce MacDonald, Music City Power Squadron
I congratulate you on a job well done. The photography is technically and esthetically solid. All too often, such a presentation is strong in one respect but weak in the other. But that doesn't happen here. I was particularly impressed by the consistently good composition. Your pace and balance hit squarely in the middle. There's something for everyone but not too much of any one subject. You keep things moving without hurrying too much or glossing over significant information and impressions. The give and take narration between you and Mavis is about right, too. Input from you both add what I consider a necessary dimension. You skillfully and smoothly blended all information. Nothing grates or irritates. And after watching a segment, you know what you have seen and heard is an accurate portrayal of reality. 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