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Old 06-09-2012, 09:36 PM   #21
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Jeffnick,what is the closest place for us to put in to head toward the coast?I am thinking Moultrie or Savanna.
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:50 PM   #22
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Jeffnick,what is the closest place for us to put in to head toward the coast?I am thinking Moultrie or Savanna.
Are you in Inman?

Down I26 to Charleston is about 200 miles for me. Savannah is farther. You can splash into Lake Marion, go thru Lake Moultrie and lock down to the Cooper River to get to Charleston. There's a RR bridge you'd need to know about on that route...or put in at the ramp off 17A on the Tailrace for a clean shot down the Cooper.

I've also splashed at Georgetown, Hilton Head and Skidaway Narrows a little south of Savannah.

Best, safest, easiest bet for a first timer is the ramp at Isle of Palms...very protected, no current and floating docks - but unlike most other Charleston ramps, there is a charge.
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Are you in Inman?

Down I26 to Charleston is about 200 miles for me. Savannah is farther. You can splash into Lake Marion, go thru Lake Moultrie and lock down to the Cooper River to get to Charleston. There's a RR bridge you'd need to know about on that route...or put in at the ramp off 17A on the Tailrace for a clean shot down the Cooper.

I've also splashed at Georgetown, Hilton Head and Skidaway Narrows a little south of Savannah.

Best, safest, easiest bet for a first timer is the ramp at Isle of Palms...very protected, no current and floating docks - but unlike most other Charleston ramps, there is a charge.

Thanks and yep,Inman.I live right off 26.What I was think was leaving the tow pig as far inland as possible, when I set off to do the loop.I'll be out during hurricane season and would like to feel that it's safer than being on the coast.I also considered dropping the boat at a marina,leave it on the hard,and get someone to drop me and my gear off a few days later.


Sorry for hi jacking the thread. Send me to the Bahamas to walk the plank.Preferably in shallow water close to a tropical isle.
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I think your nearest point of navigable waterway would probably be Tulsa, Ok. The MeClellan-Kerr Waterway I believe begins/ends in Tulsa. It is the Arkansas River and not part of the Great Loop itself but it will get you to the Mississippi, which is part of the loop. The ride through Arkansas is pretty and several locks and dams. Tulsa is porbably around 1,750 miles from SF Bay.
I believe the next closest point would be Houston/Galveston Texas area which is near the ICW. You can take it south to Mex. or north and east to the loop. Some people consider the Texas coast as part of the loop because of the ICW, but it is not the actual loop itself. This will probably be about 2,000 miles from your area.
There is a point about 150 miles or so south of St.Louis, Mo. where you can get off the Mississippi and swing over to Ky, Tenn, Ms and Alabama and get to the Gulf to complete the loop. This is the scenic route and officially part of the loop.
We are an older couple, 65 and 71. and will probably do the loop in a few years from now.
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thanks Tony, I was thinking Galveston, if I ever go.

Jeffnick thanks for the info on your likes and dislikes. It is good to get a realistic idea. Your photos are great!
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