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Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by my3sons, Aug 15, 2017.
Awesome, congrat's !!!
64 weeks vacation for $22,300.00. Not a bad deal overall.
Congratulations Mark, and Karen! And thank you for patiently tolerating and answering the questions I've dumped on you since we've met.
$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.
Mark, thanks for sharing, it was great meeting you and Karen and following your blog.
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 ???
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!
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.
Thanks Mark and Karen - great trip! I'm real close to 19.1 (maybe a little over)...
Fair point! I think you made the right decision