Yes, this is truly a fascinating voyage of adventure and discovery. On this website you will discover your
best and most popular "Great Loop" boat choices and options. You will also learn about the maximum boat
size restrictions, and minimum fuel range requirements. You will learn about each leg of the entire voyage
including your route options with the best detours and side trips to take.
    We give you both the best and most frugal places to stop, eat and stay. By the time you complete your
visits here, you will have learned exactly how you can make this voyage easily, safely, confidently,
comfortably, and with minimum stress and maximum fun. Yes, we include advice, tips and suggestions so
you can do it even on a frugal budget if need be.
    23 years, 7 Loops, over 50,000 Great Loop miles of experience has gone into this website.
              
It is ALL about you and how far YOU can go - on America's Great Loop.       
                                                                                                                                                                                              -  Capt John
This website contains 80 pages and over 400 pictures (plus two slide shows). We also have 42 maps
and illustrations.
 It is ALL about how to prepare and what to expect when cruising the America's
Great Loop. We provide you the most
complete and essential information you will find on the Internet
about living aboard & cruising the Inland Rivers, the Great Lakes and the Erie Canal, as well as the
Gulf & Atlantic ICW and Canada's Heritage Canals.  
We cover the Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio,
Cumberland & Tennessee rivers as well as the Tennessee-Tombigbee waterway to the Gulf of Mexico
and Canada's Trent-Severn & Rideau Heritage Canals.  In other words, we cover the entire Great
Loop.
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Imagine. . .  Spending 6 months, a year or longer living and cruising on your very own boat for more
than 5,600 miles through 22 States (or more), on the safest most scenic, exciting and continuous waterway in
the world. It is without doubt the boating adventure of a lifetime.
People from all over the world come here to make this voyage. Not only is it as close as America's "backyard"
(so to speak) . . . You can do this in your very own boat.
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Come on!  Check it out! America's Great Loop offers over
5,600 miles of safe, scenic and historic waterways that will take you to
places you never dreamed possible to reach in your very own boat. It
is a safe and marvelous adventure around a
Great Loop. That's how
you can end your voyage right where you started and never make a
U-turn. This website tells you all about "How you can make this
wonderful journey - even on a frugal budget.   So come on in . . .
The waters' fine!    If your a first time visitor, the best way to view this
entire site is to just keep clicking on the "NEXT" button.  
You bring your own Boat.
We show you how!
This website gives you:
1. The Great Loop (leg by leg) route
2. Maximum Boat size restrictions
3. Minimum Fuel range requirements
4. Bridge Heights & water depths
5. Best places to stop, stay & linger
6. Best route and side trip options
7. Best boat options for cruising the Loop
8. Costs of cruising the Loop
9. Tips on frugal voyaging
10. Living aboard secrets to make your voyage
safe, comfortable, stress free and fun!
You have just dropped your anchor at the very most popular Great Loop boating website on the
Internet. This is where over 4.2 million boaters have made us their destination of choice for actual,
factual, and "usable" information on living aboard & cruising
America's Great Loop.
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       This website went public in 1993. At that time I had already been around the Loop twice. The motivation for starting this website
was simply to 'spread the word' about America's Great Loop. I felt passionate about telling every boater about this rather secret and remarkable
boating adventure.

       Aside from 'spreading the word', I was also motivated by boating magazine articles that left readers with the undeniable impression that
cruising the Great Loop was
only for the very rich. Between Boat Manufacturers, Boat Dealers, their advertisers and sponsored websites they all
seemed to be
advertising $500,000 "Fast" Trawlers as "The Perfect Great Loop Boat" while mentioning the 10 plus gallon an hour fuel burn at 14
knot cruise speeds
was a small sacrifice for the additional speed. While I agree, such a boat would be "the perfect" Great Loop boat, it's no
wonder so many
would get the impression such a voyage was a dream only affordable by the wealthy (especially when fuel was $4.00 a gallon).
       
Now, as I'm planning my 8th voyage around the Loop: Am I rich? No, far from it. What I am is blessed! For me it was a forced early retirement
that served up
a huge sour lemon in my life. One in which the Lord turned into the most delicious lemonade. No, I'm not talking of riches from
book sales, I'm talking about
the realization I was suddenly able to live my dream. My retirement income turned out to be comfortable enough for
me to support my quirky passion for adventure cruising the Great Loop. Frugal?
Yes! You bet I am. With marine fuel hovering around $3 and
$4.00 a gallon - I have to be.


      Fact is, I've never paid $50,000 for a boat. I've taken five boats around the Loop. The most expensive was $46,000. In my constant quest
for more fun than fuel, my current vessel is the only one I've taken around the Loop twice. I've gone from a twin screw Chris Craft Cabin Cruiser
to a single screw Chris Craft Cavalier, and from a twin engine Trawler to a single engine Trawler, and from a 28' sailboat to a 36' sailboat.
Additionally, I've never had boat payments. Ask me and I will tell you cruising the Loop
does not require a $50,000 boat much less a $500,000 boat
unless your lifestyle and comfort zone demands it; and that's a critical point
. You can do this for less. How much less (or how much more)
depends on your lifestyle and circumstances. I'm in no way trying to tell you my way is best. It is only best for me. I'm here to give you all your
options, so you can decide what is best for you.

     
No, the purpose of this website was never to sell books. I'm not here to sell you books. I'm here to encourage you to live your
dream. It wasn't until this website grew to over 2 million readers that I was asked to write a book. The proceeds of which all go to charity.
You
can learn more about that if you wish, from a link on our Links page.
     
     Yes, there are two sides to every story and the Great Loop is no exception. My side of the "Great Loop" story is a more "affordable" side. It
is for those (like me) who are not
wealthy, yet comfortable with their finances. It is for those who can choose not or can't afford a $500,000 boat
and
still afford to go cruising. My side is the one that says I'm no smarter, better or richer than you, and if I can do this, certainly you can too!
      The only advantage I have
at this moment is experience. I've "been there and done that" seven times in five different boats. As a result, I
know probably more so than you do
, that you can make this voyage safely. In fact, because of today's technology and communication ability,  
cruising the Loop is much safer and easier than ever before. If you are a good safe boater in a good safe seaworthy boat - and have a safe
amount of financial resources - you can do this!
      If you are inclined to think I'm rich and not practicing what I preach - think again. I guarantee that if and when we meet on the Loop (and I

sincerely
hope we do), I will be the one in the most humble of boat. That's because my dream is the voyage not the boat. My boat is simply the
tool that gets me where I want to go and back again
, comfortably and safely.
      My dream also includes helping others make this dream come true.

     If this is your dream. . . You can live it!