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Old 30 March 2015, 01:07   #1
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Greetings from Michigan-Great Loop

New to this forum.

Planning to do Solo 6,000 mile USA Great Loop in 2016 in a RIB.

Any thoughts or recommendations appreciated.

Currently looking at 2006 AB nautilus 14 DX with 50 HP 4 cycle Merc.

Want to add Bimini with side curtains to keep weather and bugs at bay.

All comments welcomed!
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Old 30 March 2015, 01:26   #2
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Welcome. That certainly sounds like an adventure! For those of us on the east side of the pond can you tell us more about this loop.
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http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Loop

Welcome. That sounds like a heck of a trip. Is that enough boat? I think I'd want a windshield at a minimum, that's a lot of wind in your face.

So how does the trip work, you have friends and family along the way or you motor from hotel to hotel?

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Welcome. That certainly sounds like an adventure! For those of us on the east side of the pond can you tell us more about this loop.
I'd never heard of it, either. Sounds like quite a trip.

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Here is what Wikipedia says about the Great Loop:
"The circumnavigation of Eastern North America by water is known as The Great Loop. Also referred to as the Great Circle Route,[1][2] the trip varies from 5,000 to 7,500 miles (8,000 to 12,100 km) depending on the options used. The boats used range from personal watercraft (jet-skis) to 60-foot (18 m) yachts. Both sailboats and powerboats are used but the most common boats are 34–45-foot (10–14 m) recreational trawlers. The main factors that govern the size of the boat are the limited draft (5 feet (1.5 m)) in some locations on the loop and the height of one bridge (19 feet (5.8 m)) in Chicago."

For powerboats, there is one leg that requires the ability to go 250 miles. That and the height restrictions are the biggest factors for planning purposes.

Many people do this trip on a regular basis and many take years to complete the cycle once.

Thanks for asking about it:

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