Captain's Choice completes the Great loop

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by my3sons, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    Awesome, congrat's !!!
  2. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    64 weeks vacation for $22,300.00. Not a bad deal overall.
  3. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    Congratulations Mark, and Karen! And thank you for patiently tolerating and answering the questions I've dumped on you since we've met.
  4. Pyrojodge

    Pyrojodge Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    May 1, 2011
    Lake Erie Ohio
    1989 Sea Ray 340 DA
    twin 454 Mercs
    $22k for over a year long trip sounds fantastic to me. I hope to make this exact trip at least once in my life time but wow. Sounds amazing.
  5. J.Wilt

    J.Wilt Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 29, 2010
    W. Mich. / Lake Michigan
    420 Sundancer 2005
    Cumming 6cta V Drives
    Highfield 310 , 15hp Mercury
    Mark, thanks for sharing, it was great meeting you and Karen and following your blog.
  6. JimmyDubai

    JimmyDubai Member

    Oct 13, 2015
    Dubai, UAE
    Sundancer 290 1996, one big block Mercruiser 7.4 LT
    Simrad Go9 XSE + 3G radar
    One, Mercruiser 7.4 V8, 310 HP
    Mark & Karen, congratulations!! hats off for such a great adventure. This is also in my bucket list.

    Couple of questions: I can see that your boat is a 400 sedan bridge.... did you have any issues because of the height under the various bridges along the corridor?. Also, I can see that most boats doing the loop are trawlers..... did you ever feel that you were in the wrong boat ???
  7. tdschafer

    tdschafer Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    Congrats on completing the loop!! Great summary too!
    I just wanted to add that your wife's writing is excellent. What a great read! I will enjoy reading how it went from the beginning. Great pics too!
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2017
  8. my3sons

    my3sons Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2009
    Upstate NY (lake Erie)
    2004 400DB, Onan 9 kw Gen, Highfield RIB,
    Cummins 6CTA
    A boat must be able to clear 19.1' on the Cal-Sag south of Chicago in order to complete the loop. The lowest bridges we encountered were in the western Erie Canal - 15.6', which we clear when I fold down my Radar pedestal. The rest of the Erie Canal is 21'. Most loopers do not travel in the western Erie. My boat's air draft is 16.5' to the top of the radar and 15.1' to the top of the bimini with the radar down.
    We never thought we had the wrong boat. We were the only sea Ray 400 sedan bridge in the looper class of '17 that I am aware of but there were other sedan bridges. We traveled with loopers in everything from Big trawlers that draft too much water to do the Canadian canals to sail boats to twenty-something express cruisers. We did not travel with but there were 2 guys on jet skis doing the loop last year. What you do the loop in is a personal choice. You are right that most do it in trawlers, but there is life after the loop, and a trawler may not be what you want then. That is why many loopers buy a trawler to loop and then sell it right after. Many of these folks don't own a boat that they could loop with. There's a lot to think about if you are going to buy a boat to do the loop and then keep it afterwards. We were lucky that we didn't have to buy a boat to loop in, we had one that worked perfectly.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2017
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  9. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    Thanks Mark and Karen - great trip! I'm real close to 19.1 (maybe a little over)...
  10. JimmyDubai

    JimmyDubai Member

    Oct 13, 2015
    Dubai, UAE
    Sundancer 290 1996, one big block Mercruiser 7.4 LT
    Simrad Go9 XSE + 3G radar
    One, Mercruiser 7.4 V8, 310 HP
    Fair point! I think you made the right decision
  11. Bottom Line

    Bottom Line Active Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Table Rock Lake(Branson MO)
    2003 360 Sundancer
    2002 Sea Doo GTI
    Twin Mercruiser 8.1L
    Westerbeke Generator
    Mark....sounds incredible!
  12. Jodi Cavanaugh

    Jodi Cavanaugh New Member

    Jul 25, 2018
    2004 Sundancer 300, Raymarine series 9 HD
    350 Mercruisers w/ bravo drives
    Congratulations! Plan on doing it in 6 years

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