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Old 09-09-2014, 11:16 AM   #1
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A Chance To See Great Loop Trawlers

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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Old 09-09-2014, 11:28 AM   #2
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Check out islandtimecruiser.com
It sounds like you timed it perfectly. Also search Average Looper, they have a great blog on the loop.
I hope to start my loop next fall after 20 years of planning.

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Old 09-09-2014, 11:35 AM   #3
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Thanks Rafe, I'll take a look now.

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Join the aglca loop group. I believe website is www.aglca.org. There is a daily update going on on the general movement of the loopers.
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Old 09-09-2014, 01:33 PM   #5
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They are having their anual rendevous Joe Wheeler State Park in October . A lot of loopers make it to our marina on TN River on their way .
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Old 09-09-2014, 02:25 PM   #6
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Check out islandtimecruiser.com
It sounds like you timed it perfectly. Also search Average Looper, they have a great blog on the loop.
I hope to start my loop next fall after 20 years of planning.

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IMHO you have a perfect boat for the loop.
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:17 PM   #7
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IMHO you have a perfect boat for the loop.
I know where you might be able to pick one up cheap if you're in the market.
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:48 PM   #8
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IMHO you have a perfect boat for the loop.
I agree, Bob. If this old frame wasn't so stiff and sore, I'd probably have one too. I stayed overnight on one in Stuart, FL, and it took me almost a year to recover from that one night...no kidding. I banged myself bad twice, slept on a mattress that was way too thin for my weight, and then in the morning, brushed my teeth with some real bad water on the boat. Still, with all that misery, I never actually crossed the boat off my list. It's that good of a boat.
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Thanks for the kind words. I agree it is a good choice, and for this reason. It brought us, hillbilly rookies, 2000+ miles in the first six months safely and without incident. Reasonably fuel efficient, reasonable speed, and stable. What more could a person want?

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Try the Grafton Marina, Grafton, IL. Should be several boats their now and more headed that way as soon as the Lockport Lock reopens and the weather improves. There should be a fairly steady stream of boats thru there over the next 2 to 3 weeks.
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PURCHASE PROCESS, I a newbie searching for a nice trawler. Please send web site and advice for purchasing a boat? thanks, bill boy
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Thanks all for the comments, looks like it might be time for a trip to Grafton and see if I can make some friends.
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Join the AGLCA, and go to their rendezvous. They usually have it at Joe Wheeler State Park near Rogersville, AL. You can book a room at the lodge. There will be seminars, informal gatherings, and boat tours. Many of the folks there will be meeting up again with friends they met along the Loop. Just take it in and participate where you can. It's coming up in about a month, so there is little time to waste. If the rooms at the lodge are booked, there should be a near by motel.
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Try the Grafton Marina, Grafton, IL. Should be several boats their now and more headed that way as soon as the Lockport Lock reopens and the weather improves. There should be a fairly steady stream of boats thru there over the next 2 to 3 weeks.

A friend is at Grafton a few days ago he said there was 27 loopers waiting, most were planning on leaving Thursday.
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Join the AGLCA, and go to their rendezvous. They usually have it at Joe Wheeler State Park near Rogersville, AL. You can book a room at the lodge. There will be seminars, informal gatherings, and boat tours. Many of the folks there will be meeting up again with friends they met along the Loop. Just take it in and participate where you can. It's coming up in about a month, so there is little time to waste. If the rooms at the lodge are booked, there should be a near by motel.
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Where is the next logical stop for loopers after Grafton? I'm thinking of heading to Grafton this week but weather is supposed to be bad so I'm not sure.
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Where is the next logical stop for loopers after Grafton? I'm thinking of heading to Grafton this week but weather is supposed to be bad so I'm not sure.
Because of the limited facilities on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, the next "congregation" of loopers will be at Green Turtle Bay. A very nice marina located on Lake Barkley (Cumberland River). MM 31.5. Worth a visit even w/o the loopers there.
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There are a number of boaters leaving here (Grafton) tomorrow some going to Alton for a few days and others to Hoppies. others are still arriving with departures delayed due to operational issues on Lock 52 of the Ohio River with up to 50 tows and their loads backed up.

Best time to get on boats as others have said is one of the two Rendeavous where a special time is set aside for boat walk throughs.

There are also many other loopers still coming down the IL river so good or bad it's going to be crowded on this leg of the loop for awhile.

Our loop will conclude in two weeks at Pickwick Lake when we transfer from Loopers back to cruisers.

Enjoy your trip on the loop it's definitely a trip of a lifetime.
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Join the aglca loop group. I believe website is AGLCA | Thirty Years of Community Building: 1983-2013. There is a daily update going on on the general movement of the loopers.
Interesting link... Alexandria Gay & Lesbian Community Association. Not the loop I was interested in!
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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.
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