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Old 30 December 2015, 22:18   #1
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The Great Loop

Well, a lot has happened as I prepare for a long 6,000 mile solo journey. I purchased a RIB (Walker Bay Generation 450 DXL) and have begun the process of outfitting her for a planned departure of August, 2016. I have added a chart plotter, vhf radio, depth sounder, am/fm radio, AIS (transponder and receiver).

Then, just had a radar arch and grab rails put on her to provide attachment points for the Bimini and enclosures.

Now i am concentrating on the "stuff" I will need to bring with me and then the obvious question of where to put it.

Anyone interested in following my trip can check out my blog at:
sixthousandmilesinadinghy.wordpress.com

Would be interested to talking to others who can provide insight about traveling solo along the great loop or other thoughts about what to bring or "not" along with me.

Thanks.
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Old 31 December 2015, 02:47   #2
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Good luck with the trip.

Your all-round canvas cover looks great. Snug as a bug!
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Old 31 December 2015, 07:35   #3
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Looks like a pretty cool trip you've got planed!
All the very best.
I'm curious, why such a small boat?
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Good luck with the trip.

Your all-round canvas cover looks great. Snug as a bug!
And a +1 from me too. That cover looks fantastic.

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Old 31 December 2015, 10:14   #5
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Boat Size

Well, I used to have a 42 foot trawler that was great and roomy. Also expensive! I liked the challenge of doing the loop in a small but nimble craft. One that I did not have to worry about bridge height, draft, electrical or plumbing problems. I used to do a lot of back country canoeing but my days for that are behind me. So, I thought a small RIB would be more of a challenge to do the loop in. Also, much more economical that than the big boat that most do the trip in. I will be sipping fuel along the way while most will be comparatively "drunken sailors".

The Canvas people were great (Canvas Innovations) and just entered this project in a trade show competition to show off their creativity and finished product.

If anyone has experience managing a RIB through Locks, I would appreciate any advice or thoughts on the topic. Not sure what to expect or more importantly, how to best protect the RIB from the rough and dirty side walls.
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Old 31 December 2015, 11:27   #6
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If anyone has experience managing a RIB through Locks, I would appreciate any advice or thoughts on the topic. Not sure what to expect or more importantly, how to best protect the RIB from the rough and dirty side walls.
Usually the walls below the water line are slimey so not too much of a problem to a rib provided there are no protrusions - old nails etc. - I use a couple of soft round bouys as fenders, draped over the side. Stay away from the end with the water inrush if possible.

Edit: I've just looked at your blog and the pictures of your rib. When you have the canopy up, if you end up without power I think you are likely to float beam on to the waves - very rocky-rolly and sick making. You might want to test this before leaving and maybe do something about it, possibly a small sea anchor, a mizzen sail or some other alternative.
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6000 miles!...Crumbs!...BIG LOOP?..With that sized/type of RIB and layout any trip of that length is going to be a MAMOUTH TEST!!
Jocky seating (at the very least!) would be a BIG improvement ( in fact a must!) IMO.
Good Luck!
Keep us posted

I did here a Guy on the radio today planning to swim the Atlantic in 16!!....so maybe it's catching!
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I'd recommend taking 2 spare props with you as well as the tools to make the change...and practice changing the prop several times before you set off on your trip.

Honda's are great engines and run like sewing machines...the big killer is dirty fuel and water in the fuel, so if the boat doesn't come with an external spinoff fuel filter like a Racor, have one installed and carry spare filters for that as well as the engine mounted fuel filter.

But your best friend on the trip will be either a Satphone or one of the satellite texting devices like the Deloreme Inreach Explorer, because bad luck seems to strike when you're out of cell range...
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Hi SpiritQuest..

Best wishes for your journey from me too.

I have book marked your website and will follow progress. I have no advice to offer but I fully understand why you are doing it .

Quote from your website
“ I was inspired then and still am by a man by the name of Verlin Kruger. This guy started canoeing in his early forties and paddled over 100,000 miles before his death in 2004.”


I followed Freya Hoffmeister on the web .. as she single handed.. paddled her kayak around the full continent of South America. 27000 km in 30 months. If you are not aware of her blog..perhaps bookmark it and when things look bleak ..or you need inspiration to get going again .. have a read of a few of her posts. Who knows... It may help you get round “The Loop” better than any spare prop .. sprung seat...or larger boat.

IMO ...She set the bar which solo travellers and adventurers can only dream of ..but we can but try.

Freya Hoffmeister: Blog Entries

I wish for 2016 to be a great year for you.
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Old 01 January 2016, 08:03   #10
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6000 miles ! Yikes ! Good luck and take lots of pictures to post on here. Now if only my misses would let me go on a long trip.
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