Originally Posted by ctbarbarian
Soon to be retiring DDS.
Living by the Mississippi, boating and camping
but now I want to start the next phase.
I would like to find a nice Trawler, and take it
to Fl to winter in and than return in the spring.
Maybe even try the Loop someday.
I'm starting as a blank slate and hoping to learn
about living and traveling on a boat.
Conan the Dentist
One trip to FL and back and you've done the loop.
How much boating experience do you have and what type of boating have you done?
Just from where you are you could do a nice 15 month loop or take two or three years. Don't overlook all in between. Don't just run the boat to FL, enjoy everything you can along the way.
Now, if loop is in your plans, that puts two confining factors into the equation. Draft and Air Draft. Most recommend no more than 5' draft and some recommend less. Other than the ICW we haven't seen much that is limited by draft. Air draft there's a 19'1" limitation in Chicago that can't be circumvented.