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Old 05-15-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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Single hand the loop

Have a 43 sundeck and would like to have input about single handling the loop?

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Old 05-15-2012, 08:06 PM   #2
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Go for it...! Lot's of help out there for the asking.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:29 PM   #3
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I have always heard the biggest issue with sigle handling the loop is the locks....assuming you can anchor and dock singlehanded.

Weather and some places the current will catch a singlehandler in a bad spot...just be VERY weather/wind/current conscious.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:32 PM   #4
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A friend from here in Cypress Landing single-handed a 30-something Pearson sailboat around the Loop a few years ago. He had a few "guests" for some segments of the run, but basically did it himself. Definitely an experienced mariner before he took the plunge.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:35 PM   #5
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Just spent two weeks around Deltaville VA and found as long as I had a dockmaster could get around well. Anchored out in Mobjack Bay for a few days and it was great.

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Old 05-16-2012, 11:30 AM   #6
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DT, I would recommend you visit the AGLCA website and consider becoming a member. There is lots of info from folks that have actually done the loop and some have done it a couple of times. It's a great group and even if you don't join, many of their blogs are available through the website. Tell them Chuck sent you if you decide to join. Chuck
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:53 PM   #7
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Thanks, my wife does not want to stay on the boat for weeks at the time so will study passages I can handle by my self so that it does not takes more than 18 months to do the loop.

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Old 05-16-2012, 10:13 PM   #8
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If you have a full lower helm that also has a door to the side decks next to said lower helm and a good midships cleat you should have no problem single handing through most of the locks. Some up in the NE are done via holding on to 2 ropes hanging down from the lock wall- those may be challenging to do alone but no problem on the southern locks provided you have a lower helm WITH a door next to it.
Definitely join the AGLCA and participate in their forums and this fall they are having their annual rendezvous down in Alabama on the TN River that would be worth going to.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:51 AM   #9
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o that it does not takes more than 18 months to do the loop.

If you keep moving 5 months is more realistic.

Everyone has different tastes , but if we were running it again FL to Charlavoy MI would be out return point.

You might consider the Right loop ,(2-3 months max) which is far shorter , in Canada go East thru the canals Rideau , Richeaeau and eventually exit Lake Champain back into the Hudson River.

Done both and found the Mississippi boring and small boat unfreindly , and the Ten Tom pretty , but again boring.

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I'm reviving this old thread to add a picture of me singlehanding KaJen through the Wilson lock on the Tennessee River. I am 4,200 miles into the loop and can say that it is a lot of work to do this singlehanded but totally worth it.



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Arch: Your timing to be in the Tennessee tells me you may have camped-out at the AGLCA reunion this year, yes? By now, I imagine you've got just about everything worked out lock routines.
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