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Old 04-29-2015, 04:41 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by jacks88 View Post
Age and style of boat doesn't matter to us. We'd like to do the Loop, so I suppose no wider than 21 feet. Prefer 2 engines. Prefer as close to turnkey as possible (as little refit and repair as possible).
What experience do you have? How many people will generally be on board? How long at a time will you generally be staying on the boat? Prefer Marinas or Anchoring?

For the loop, the two significant factors are draft and air draft. They should be kept in mind as eliminating factors. While the loop can be done with slightly more draft than 5', I wouldn't want to go higher if selecting a boat for that purpose. Absolute air draft limitation is 19'1" (Chicago) and lower numbers cause some limits in your choices from NY through the canals.
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