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Old 08-05-2010, 08:32 AM   #3
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City: Missourah
Country: USA
Vessel Name: M/V Scout
Vessel Model: Sundowner Tug 30'
Join Date: Jul 2010
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RE: Preparing for The Great Loop

We've been working towards the same for several years. I can say that didn't really start enjoying life until we were debt free. I mean everything. Then we could start socking the $$ away for a few years. I retired in April and life is good.
Hopefully we'll get the boat completed next spring and plans are to splash in the Mississippi and get a slip for a year. I grew up on the river so I know the area but it will give us chance to really get to 'know' the boat and work through all the systems as everything will be new.
Then we're off.
I've done enough off-shore and coastal cruising to know what's important to me. Up-to-date chartplotter, radar, AIS, auto-pilot, comfortable reliable dinghy*and enough creature comforts to keep my old bones rested.
Good luck.
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