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Old 11-04-2019, 07:56 PM   #1
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Troll as looper

Love the looks of the Camino Troll, anyone loop in one?
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Old 11-04-2019, 08:04 PM   #2
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Love the looks of the Camino Troll, anyone loop in one?
Haven't, but I think it would make an excellent loop boat for an individual or a young couple.
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Old 11-26-2019, 04:48 PM   #3
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Pretty sure several have looped. I remember reading a blog on a big portion of it anyways.
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Old 11-26-2019, 06:32 PM   #4
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I think it would be a good couples boat, and I have spent some time looking at it myself. If I were getting one of the original Camano's (prior to Helmsman) there are a few small changes I would make.

Storage is somewhat limited, as the beam is only 10'6". It does, however, have a large flybridge, that I think would be perfect for one or two dock boxes for storage. I would also find a place for a large Engel portable fridge/freezer.

The holding tank is pretty small, at only 15 gallons. If I had this boat I would replace the head with a composting toilet.

I saw one owner mod in the saloon that I really liked. They replaced the settee with a pair of recliners and a mounted folded table. Most folks seem to hate this mod, but I love it for this boat.

Unfortunately, the narrow side decks are pretty much a deal breaker for me as my wife is not a very good swimmer and I couldn't see sending her forward to work on the lines, especially while locking.

There seems to be some really good prices on-line for some of these boats!

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Old 11-26-2019, 11:18 PM   #5
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Dream of doing the loop in a Camano!

Did three weeks with three (old) guys on board in desolation sound / broughton islands last summer...as an example....No problem.

In almost 700 hours running in two years, I cannot speak more highly of the Camano.

These are rock solid boats and as long as you understand and can cope with the size I think it would be an ideal candidate for looping.

Low maintenance, no frills and top quality boat....can’t go wrong if it fits what you are seeking imo.
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Old 11-27-2019, 02:11 AM   #6
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Get a boat similar to mine (at least 35 feet in length that comfortably sleeps two with toilet, shower, refrigerator, stove, and with decent fuel-range) but without a high profile.
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Old 11-27-2019, 11:01 AM   #7
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While I don't disagree with Mark's comment that a boat of at least 35' would be more comfortable, I think in the end it all depends upon the potential buyer's needs and wants.

I, personally, would like a boat bigger than a Troll for such an adventure, but for someone on a budget the Troll may be a great candidate. I can't think of many other newer boats (20 years of so) with a single diesel that can cruise at 12 - 14 knots (when desired) all for about 85k.

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Old 11-27-2019, 03:06 PM   #8
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Troll would be great.
Many smaller boats would be great too and some to many would be even better.
I view the Trolls as a bit over kill for what’s required on the loop.
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Get a boat similar to mine (at least 35 feet in length that comfortably sleeps two with toilet, shower, refrigerator, stove, and with decent fuel-range) but without a high profile.
What kinda boat do you have Markpierce
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Old 11-30-2019, 07:37 PM   #10
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Here we go.....
“Need 35 ft”.....
I spend 3+ months a year on my Camano and could easily do way more.
If I was a “looper”... I’d take it in a second.
You asked..
Answer is YES!
Less fuel if you keep the speed down
Easier anchoring out...not as big
Easier to get a dock if busy...shorter boat
Less dockage fees....shorter boat
Steer inside on crappy days
Steer up on the bridge if nice out
Best of everything for a couple!
End of rant ��

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Old 11-30-2019, 07:40 PM   #11
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I'm sure several of those boats have looped. I wouldn't hesitate to take it on the loop
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Old 12-02-2019, 01:20 PM   #12
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Camano Looper yes

Two currently doing the loop now.
Our Camano we purchased from a couple who did the loop and Bahamas
So yes very capable of doing the loop and economical too.
We did not buy the boat to do the loop but rather the great lakes, Rideau, Trent Severn Canals and St Lawrence down to Quebec City.
We have not reconsidered and will most likely do the loop starting in 2021/22

Simply awesome boat.

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When considering the loop, note the official depths and reports of shoaling in South Carolina and Georgia. The Camano has a draft advantage there. The full keel, skeg under the prop are important, too. I saw a new 77 foot Riva on delivery to Florida that bent both props and shafts coming through the Aligator/Pungo canal before it ever got to its new owner. I bought my Camano in Rhode Island, spent 15 days on it, 11 for the dellivery in 2017, took New Jersey off shore, trip was a delightful experience. I'm 6'2", wife is 5'10", v-berth is great. Fuel use is great at hull speed, not bad at 8 kt., and it will do 14.4 kt, but I very rarely do that. Pacific Camano group site has fuel charts to help you estimate range and costs. East Coast Camano has pics of modifications. "Admiral's seat" is one we will likely do. Ample storage under v-berth, to starboard in engine room under helm seat, to port of transmission, in flybridge boat box, room for more under flybridge helm, under oven, under sink and forward in that space, and settee. More can be added to starboard in the salon. Lazerette is huge. Use the the small spaces well, and you'll be fine. Volvo engine is smooth and reliable, very popular in commercial applications. Delighted with mine, looking forward to spring!
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