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Old 09-14-2014, 06:11 PM   #21
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On Friday, we bumped into a Great Looper from Canada who put in at Manistee because of bad weather on Lake Michigan. He said they had been planning the trip for 9 years. I kind of chuckled when I saw a Home Depot type outdoor barbeque grill and two bicycles on his sun deck. I was thinking this guy is in for a world of hurt once he hits salt water. He was gone yesterday morning.
Why? Lot's of loopers have just the same setup.....

Toss them after a year or two...sounds familiar....and the comparison is to buy stuff that is supposed to survive and doesn't....
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Old 09-14-2014, 08:19 PM   #22
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Any Ranger Tugs going to be in Grafton/Alton next weekend?
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Old 09-14-2014, 08:33 PM   #23
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Interesting link... Alexandria Gay & Lesbian Community Association. Not the loop I was interested in!


How about this organization?

America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association

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Old 09-14-2014, 09:59 PM   #24
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We bought two $100 Walmart bikes and will leave them at the homeless shelter once we finish the loop in a few weeks or once we don't need them anymore, they have lasted well.

Same with a BBQ bought a medium George foreman which has worked awesome and is a keeper.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:03 PM   #25
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A couple of loopers are in our marina now waitng for the big buuch to come thru.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:23 PM   #26
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Go to the annual rendezvous in Northern, Al. at Joe Wheeler State Park.
We are live-aboard cruisers and left Texas this past winter and will be spending the winter here at Joe Wheeler, We are not Loopers, at least not at this time.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:52 PM   #27
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Any Ranger Tugs going to be in Grafton/Alton next weekend?
That would be awesome if they were. I'd love to see the Rangers, it always struck me as a really good Loop boat.
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:20 AM   #28
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it always struck me as a really good Loop boat.

Very little is required from a loop boat , it has been done with outboards and jet skis.

If you can be comfortable , and it moves , its a looper.
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:46 AM   #29
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it always struck me as a really good Loop boat.

Very little is required from a loop boat , it has been done with outboards and jet skis.

If you can be comfortable , and it moves , its a looper.
As I have read books and web posts and talked to people, I find there are two kinds of "loopers" or potential loopers. Those who do it or want to do it to be able to say they've done it and those who do it to to experience the towns and cities and people along the way. Those in the second group are going to take more time and want a better suited boat for the trip. Something seaworthy for the rougher portions of the trip, something relatively self contained as far as food, cooking, showering and toilet facilities. Trawlers fit these needs pretty well.
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As I have read books and web posts and talked to people, I find there are two kinds of "loopers" or potential loopers. Those who do it or want to do it to be able to say they've done it and those who do it to to experience the towns and cities and people along the way. Those in the second group are going to take more time and want a better suited boat for the trip. Something seaworthy for the rougher portions of the trip, something relatively self contained as far as food, cooking, showering and toilet facilities. Trawlers fit these needs pretty well.
Well stated. One must know the category in which they fall to make a good decision.
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You should be able to carry enough fuel for at least a 300 statute mile range. Between some areas, fuel is scarce or if you miscalculate a fuel stop - like in 'out of season' or out of business, it might not be fun.
The weight of extra fuel will cut down your fuel economy, however, fuel stops are also time consuming.
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Also, remember that she needs to be under 19 feet tall.
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Old 09-20-2014, 01:06 PM   #33
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Hello all. I first read about the Great Loop back in the spring and haven't been able to stop thinking, reading, and learning as much as I can about such an amazing adventure. Being landlocked, it just never occurred to me that such a trip was possible.

I'm in Southern Illinois, about two hours east of St. Louis and if what I'm reading is correct, those traveling the loop should be making their way down the Illinois river to St. Louis about now. So, since I'm dying to see loop boats up close for the first time, I thought this forum might be a good place to ask....... Is there a place and time where I could go and have a pretty good chance of seeing some trawlers and meeting some people who are currently completing the loop?

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I think there is a spring rendezvous, near Norfolk, and a fall one which would be a perfect opportunity to see boats that do the loop and to talk to the people doing them. Another opportunity is one of three trawlerfests held each year by Passagemaker.
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