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Old 07-17-2021, 07:36 AM   #1
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Planning way ahead

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New here. Just turned 50 and the wife and I are beginning to plan ahead for retirement. We are committed to doing the great loop, so I am beginning my research on what boat will make that journey with us. Currently spend summers in a 23í travel trailer in a park, so I donít know how big of a boat we will need.

Look forward to researching all I can and eventually make the plunge into our new boatÖ..preferably when the prices drop againÖ.I realize the pandemic has inflated prices, so I am glad that when we go to buy, things should be a little more reasonable.

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Welcome and good luck with your hunt for a boat. You will find a wealth of information here.
Thank you! I have already been reading for a few days and I know I have come to the right place. So many questions, but I am searching for the answers here as I am sure they all have been asked. 😊
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Start with "Boat Search 101" at the top of the "General" forum.
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Well, your mission is to complete the loop. That's a start. I'd suggest a mid 30ft to mid 40ft length boat. Will you be happy traveling at 5 mph (trawler hull) or do you want to go faster (semi-displacement)

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Well, your mission is to complete the loop. That's a start. I'd suggest a mid 30ft to mid 40ft length boat. Will you be happy traveling at 5 mph (trawler hull) or do you want to go faster (semi-displacement)

What else?
Yep, will be in no rush to go anywhere. Really want to take our time and enjoy the trip,m. Currently we have a 23ft RV we weekend in and although itís small, it suits us fine. But I currently have no boating experience, so I am unsure if buying a starter boat to learn on would be best, then buy the loop boat closet to the trip when we know what we truely need and have some experience.
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Start with "Boat Search 101" at the top of the "General" forum.
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Read all 12 pages! Sure is a lot of views and lots of great advice. Will continue reading all I can, and learning all I can before making the jump.
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Charter a boat with a captain for a week then, you will have boating experience.
Study up on Rules for (safe) navigation. If you are headed north, generally speaking RED makers on your left. Dont rely on that.... read the charts and if you have display follow that too. If you are unsure, park the boat and study the display and charts.
IF you exit the ICW, and you cross the COLREG line, things are different. If you cross a river feeding the AICW, things are different and and and. LOL My point is, study the rules and chart when planning.
Boating can be fun but, at times it is not a "Road Trip". Take your time, pester your training captain.... An over night trip can be fun.... anchoring is necessary and mooring on a ball.... You can I (we all) can only learn from experience. Let's hope our mistakes are small ones.
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First thing is to get some boating experience and training whether from friends or through organizations or then by renting and/or chartering. Also think of budget as boating is far more expensive than a 23' RV. If you charter, you can then research the cost to buy and own a similar boat to the one you were in. I'd recommend for you something in the 30-40' range. A site I'd also recommend is https://www.captainjohn.org/GreatLoopcruising.html . However, I'd largely dismiss his boat recommendations as he often tries to do the loop as cheaply as possible, not in the most enjoyable way.
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Charter a boat with a captain for a week then, you will have boating experience.
Study up on Rules for (safe) navigation. If you are headed north, generally speaking RED makers on your left. Dont rely on that.... read the charts and if you have display follow that too. If you are unsure, park the boat and study the display and charts.
IF you exit the ICW, and you cross the COLREG line, things are different. If you cross a river feeding the AICW, things are different and and and. LOL My point is, study the rules and chart when planning.
Boating can be fun but, at times it is not a "Road Trip". Take your time, pester your training captain.... An over night trip can be fun.... anchoring is necessary and mooring on a ball.... You can I (we all) can only learn from experience. Let's hope our mistakes are small ones.


Is chattering a more American thing? I am in Toronto Canada and it seems around here that just means some dude in a big boat will take you out for a few hours to drink with buddies.

And looking in the US, that seems to be a costly endeavour. Wouldnít it make more sense to buy a smaller boat and use it for a few years learning to do some shorter trips around usÖtaking classes and maybe hiring a captain for the first bit, then sell it and buy the loop boat?
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First thing is to get some boating experience and training whether from friends or through organizations or then by renting and/or chartering. Also think of budget as boating is far more expensive than a 23' RV. If you charter, you can then research the cost to buy and own a similar boat to the one you were in. I'd recommend for you something in the 30-40' range. A site I'd also recommend is https://www.captainjohn.org/GreatLoopcruising.html . However, I'd largely dismiss his boat recommendations as he often tries to do the loop as cheaply as possible, not in the most enjoyable way.


Oh I am sure the costs are greater for sure . Only pay my seasonal site costs and maintenance is much easier. I was more thinking size and that I didnít really feel uncomfortable here so I donít think I need a 44í boat to be happy.

Will check out the site you recommended.

I am reading a lot about chartering but from what I can see that is approx $10k US a week and that just doesnít seem worth it to me.
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A TRAINING Captain does just that, TRAIN you and maybe one other person. He/she is not your drinking buddy. For training, once on the water, the captain may stand at your left shoulder to react if you are in trouble.
Start with a smaller boat, sure. IF for no other reason than to see if you actually enjoy the experience. That is why we suggest you charter a boat.
RVing and boating are not the same other than you cant take much stuff with you. RVing, if it breaks down, finding help is much easier than breaking down a mile or more off shore. If you break down in a well marked waterway, ie. the ICW, you want to get you and your crew out of harms way while waiting for help. Weather turns sour when out in the water away from shore, is not the same as bad weather while RVing.
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What one might consider "little wake" has forgotten that wake builds as it move away from your boat AND you are liable for any and all damage to boats tied to docks and to boats underway and medical expenses.
If you elect to slow down when seeing an approaching, your wake may very well rock them dangerously. Your wake may do damage after you are gone.
The ICW is no place to go fast.
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Is chattering a more American thing? I am in Toronto Canada and it seems around here that just means some dude in a big boat will take you out for a few hours to drink with buddies.

And looking in the US, that seems to be a costly endeavour. Wouldnít it make more sense to buy a smaller boat and use it for a few years learning to do some shorter trips around usÖtaking classes and maybe hiring a captain for the first bit, then sell it and buy the loop boat?
We keep going through this discussion, no fault of yours, but do you really want to buy a boat, any boat, without knowing whether you and your spouse even like boating? Have you ever spent a week on a boat? The two of you? I'm not saying chartering is the only answer but somehow you need to find out if you even enjoy boating. What about the first waves tossing you around, will you get deathly seasick? Find a friend to go boating with or something. My first boating was as a child and I loved it. However, I've known of many adults who bought nice new boats without the problems of an older cheap boat but realized quickly they'd rather be on land. You know you could do the loop in an RV at a small percentage of the cost, not subject to sitting due to bad seas days, covering the ground much faster at 50 mph vs. 10.

Not at all wanting to discourage you. Just don't know how one with zero boating experience decides a 9000 mile trip on the water is perfect for them. My imagination and boating dreams were fed by previous experiences. Those fed by fantasies may be disappointed qucikly. I hope you're not.
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We keep going through this discussion, no fault of yours, but do you really want to buy a boat, any boat, without knowing whether you and your spouse even like boating? Have you ever spent a week on a boat? The two of you? I'm not saying chartering is the only answer but somehow you need to find out if you even enjoy boating. What about the first waves tossing you around, will you get deathly seasick? Find a friend to go boating with or something. My first boating was as a child and I loved it. However, I've known of many adults who bought nice new boats without the problems of an older cheap boat but realized quickly they'd rather be on land. You know you could do the loop in an RV at a small percentage of the cost, not subject to sitting due to bad seas days, covering the ground much faster at 50 mph vs. 10.



Not at all wanting to discourage you. Just don't know how one with zero boating experience decides a 9000 mile trip on the water is perfect for them. My imagination and boating dreams were fed by previous experiences. Those fed by fantasies may be disappointed qucikly. I hope you're not.


Well, I guess I should say that although I havenít driven a boat, I have been on plenty during my younger days as my friends had them, so I grew up around them . My one uncle ran a chartered fishing business and my other uncle owned a marina.

Now, I realize that being in an RV is different than a boat and I realize I could of course do this in an RV, but itís a different experience.

This statement is what I really find odd ďJust don't know how one with zero boating experience decides a 9000 mile trip on the water is perfect for them.Ē

Itís an adventureÖ.I donít retire for 15 years and have a hell of a lot of time to learn if I do or donít like boating. Seems to me, if you donít after buying a smaller boat, you sell it and move on. But the idea of not dreaming about an adventure when I retire seems silly to me. Why not think about the next step, and how can one ever know truly if they like something if they donít just go do it? And sure I can charter a boat, but what does that really do? Teach me how to do a few things, I have friends that can show me thatÖ.it might help me narrow down a boat, but again is a week enough time?

I appreciate the welcome and I will continue to read here and learn all I can, but I think itís just a matter of going for it and seeing for myself.
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Buying a smaller boat and getting experience with it is a great way to go. After you are confident, rent a boat on the Rideau for a week and see how you both like the cruising life.
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Is chattering a more American thing? I am in Toronto Canada and it seems around here that just means some dude in a big boat will take you out for a few hours to drink with buddies.
There is a fairly large charter operator in Gore Bay. Mostly sailboats but a couple of power. https://www.cycnorth.com/

But yeah, not much north of the border and east of the Rockies.
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By the time you buy a "smaller" boat and then resell it to get the "bigger" boat, that $10K week long charter with a a day or two with an experienced captain will look like chump change. You may well indeed enjoy the first boat and learn good stuff, but you will not recoup the costs associated with buying and then reselling a boat probably at some price reduction to boot.
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There is a fairly large charter operator in Gore Bay. Mostly sailboats but a couple of power. https://www.cycnorth.com/

But yeah, not much north of the border and east of the Rockies.


Thanks. That seems a lot better for pricing and something we may consider when looking at a loop boat as the GB32 seems like it could be a good fit.
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