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Old 07-01-2014, 08:15 AM   #1
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Little Loop

We just completed what he have called the Little Loop from Lake Huron to Lake Champlain and back through the Canadian and American canals.

Not the Great Loop, but a Pretty Good Loop

If you would like to do some deck chair cruising visit our blog here:

Part 1 Outbound

Part 2 Return
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:44 AM   #2
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Very cool it's nice to see someone actually cruising with their trawler. I looked at your blog looks like a great "little" trip.
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Fantastic blog, thanks for sharing!
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Great to see. There are quite a few such loops in the country, a Florida loop, one in NC, plus rivers like the TN and Ohio. Great to see done.
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Great to see. There are quite a few such loops in the country, a Florida loop, one in NC, plus rivers like the TN and Ohio. Great to see done.
So many loops - so little time. Tell me about the NC loop.
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Kinda like the "what is cruising" thread...and what some people view as good "cruising"....

Most boaters know they could spend darn near a lifetime just doing a loop of the Cheasapeake....yes.... there are as many "loops" as a person wants to imagine.

This particular loop appeals to me way more than the "great loop" and I'm happy captrigney had a good and safe loop. For too many doing certain "cruises" or "loops" is just a badge whether they really enjoyed it or not...just bragging rights at the club.
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Great blog! Did you get by Dooher's Bakery in Campbellford for the best cream filled glazed donuts ever?

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Great trip, some wonderful country. Was this done all this year?
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My plans include doing at least one "loop." Is it just for the bragging rights? I don't know. Maybe. As the song says "You did it for the stories you could tell."

But it's also just to go places I wouldn't otherwise get to see.

My sights are on the Down East Loop; up the Hudson, then the Champlain and Richelieu to the St. Lawrence, around Nova Scotia and back to Maine.
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My plans include doing at least one "loop." Is it just for the bragging rights? I don't know. Maybe. As the song says "You did it for the stories you could tell."

But it's also just to go places I wouldn't otherwise get to see.

My sights are on the Down East Loop; up the Hudson, then the Champlain and Richelieu to the St. Lawrence, around Nova Scotia and back to Maine.
the big difference is you want to do it rather than feel the need to "check it off the list"...to feel you are in a "club" of certain cruisers....
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YOUR loop sounds quite interesting. I have NO desire what-so-ever in doing the "Great Loop".
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Great blog and trip!

I'd love to see this thread "creep" it's way into a listing of all these "mini-loops". As a left coaster I've never heard of any of them.
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That looks like a "loop" that would interest me. I really want to do Lake Michigan again and could add that on. I used to want to do the loop years ago when I was on a inland lake. Now that I've been on the Mississippi and have enjoyed it, the Illinois and the lake I don't have any desire to go farther south than I need to escape the harsh midwest winters, Alabama, Mississippi or Georgia will do.
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We plan to do a "Loop" next Spring from Maine, down (up, as they say here) to NYC, up the Hudson, Erie Canal to Oswego Canal, across eastern end of Lake Ontario, to the St. Lawrence, down the St. Lawrence to the Richelieu River - Chambly Canal - St. Ours Canal to Lake Champlain, then Champlain Canal back to the Hudson, etc back to Maine.

Hope Don's new thread reveals someone who has done this route, at least the from NYC and back part.
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Great trip, some wonderful country. Was this done all this year?
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We did the Canadian canals last fall and the return through the Erie Canal this spring storing the boat on Lake Champlain over the winter. We love the off-seasons.

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Great blog! Did you get by Dooher's Bakery in Campbellford for the best cream filled glazed donuts ever?

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Nope, The Admiral's Paleo diet (and mine by association) doesn't include donuts. Had I known at the time, though, I may have snitched some.

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My plans include doing at least one "loop." Is it just for the bragging rights? I don't know. Maybe. As the song says "You did it for the stories you could tell."

But it's also just to go places I wouldn't otherwise get to see.

My sights are on the Down East Loop; up the Hudson, then the Champlain and Richelieu to the St. Lawrence, around Nova Scotia and back to Maine.
We normally boat Lake Michigan and the North Channel of Huron. But we were interested in the Trent-Severn, Rideau, St Lawrence "loop". So we locked up the boat, got in the car and did it all in a week. Checked out all the little towns, the more picturesque locks, the various marinas. Stayed in nice hotels, did a bunch of little side excursions that you couldn't do on a bicycle. Nice drive through the Canadian country side that cost about one twentieth of doing it by boat. So now I wonder if we're entitled to bragging rights and perhaps one of those ultra cool little pennants that all the looper groupies fly....
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YOUR loop sounds quite interesting. I have NO desire what-so-ever in doing the "Great Loop".
From what I gather on the Looper message board, Georgian Bay's North Channel (which we haven't done yet), the Trent Severn, Rideau, Chambly, Lake Champlain and Erie Canal are the best part of the "Great Loop". PLUS, it's very economical cruising. The Erie Canal is mostly FREE once you pay the $75 season pass for the locks. The Canadian canal season pass was around $700 which included the locks and docks in the entire Parks Canada system. I consider it a good deal. Canadian fuel is high, though. We managed to avoid fueling by the litre, though.

Speaking of locks, we did 158. That feels like an accomplishment.

Six weeks for us is a comfortable amount of time on the boat away from home. After 30 days of not paying bills, they start to go to collection.

Since we were in the area, we thought of continuing on with the Down East Loop or heading down the Hudson to the Chesapeake, but family plans dictated otherwise.

We love rivers, bays, and canals. Open water for us is just to get there, though we have had nice times on our crossings.

If you're thinking of cruising any of these waterways, feel free to contact me with any specific questions. I'd love to help you plan your trip.

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My sights are on the Down East Loop; up the Hudson, then the Champlain and Richelieu to the St. Lawrence, around Nova Scotia and back to Maine.
Read all about it.... http://www.mvtanglewood.com/2012/05/plan-complete-downeast-loop.html
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