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Ever wondered what it would be like to experience the Great Loop boat trip? For those of you who are not familiar with this unique boating adventure, it's a circumnavigation of the Eastern United States from the Heartland Rivers to the North Atlantic Seaboard, Canada and the Great Lakes.

We started this blog while cruising the Great Loop; we've been around it almost twice. Our mission in creating and maintaining a blog on the Great Loop is to share our experiences through posts and photography. Click on one of the areas above or see below for the latest post.  – Jim & Lisa Favors

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Please Bear with Us as We Update Our Blog to be Mobile Friendly

We are in the midst of upgrading our blog theme to be mobile friendly. If you are having problems viewing our blog, this may be why. Stay tuned or check back to see the new look. In the meantime please be patient. Thanks, Jim and Lisa

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PassageMaker Magazine Book Review

Living the Dream– by Milt Baker– PassageMaker Magazine– Upside of Downsizing to a Trailerable Trawler– Reading this e-book, I couldn’t help but wonder how many cruisers might be tempted to follow the example set by Jim and Lisa Favors, a couple with thousands of miles of Great Loop cruising experience…

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A Simple Sailor Man

on January 27th, 2015 in CRUISING, Florida, Uncategorized by | No Comments A Simple Sailor Man

Tribute to a Friend: We lost a good friend. Tom Conrad passed away recently and the boating community lost one of its best. We met Tom and Patsy Conrad many years ago through AGLCA (America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association). If the Great Loop boating adventure did not exist, we probably would never have met – with the Conrads…

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Thinking of Doing the Great Loop Boat Trip?

on December 9th, 2014 in AGLCA, GREAT LOOP ADVENTURE, Prep for Great Loop Trip, Rendezvous by | No Comments Thinking of Doing the Great Loop Boat Trip?

One of the First Things to Consider is Joining America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association Completing the Great Loop boat trip is a big accomplishment for any boater, experienced or not. We have completed the trip 1.75 times, in different boats. One of the first things we did just before leaving…

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Blog Reader’s SPECIAL on Both Books

on December 8th, 2014 in BOOKS by | Comments Off on Blog Reader’s SPECIAL on Both Books Blog Reader’s SPECIAL on Both Books

$29.95 for Both Paperback Books When the Water Calls… We Follow and Women On Board Cruising (Regularly $44.90 for both books) Christopher Shustak (above) When the Water Calls… We Follow Charlotte Snider (below) Women On Board Cruising  

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Memorable Moments in New York State

on June 1st, 2013 in GREAT LOOP ADVENTURE, Hudson River, New York City by | No Comments Memorable Moments in New York State

We experienced a lot of memorable moments while cruising the Great Loop boat trip. One of the most thrilling was when we entered New York City’s Harbor and saw the Statue of Liberty, we were humbled and extremely subdued as we took in the grandeur of its symbolism. Anchoring behind the…

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Slow Down in the Chesapeake Bay

on May 8th, 2013 in Chesapeake Bay, CRUISING by | 1 Comment Slow Down in the Chesapeake Bay

(Tangier Island – above) On our first Great Loop boating adventure, we somewhat skirted through the Chesapeake Bay, in hindsight, we discovered what a big mistake that was. So, while on our second Loop trip, we decided to stop and smell the roses. (Tangier Island – above & below) We…

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Back to Kentucky Lakes and Tennessee River

on October 8th, 2012 in AGLCA, CRUISING, GREAT LOOP ADVENTURE, Rendezvous, River System, TRAILER TRAWLER LIFE by | No Comments Back to Kentucky Lakes and Tennessee River

After trailering our Kismet south 680 miles, we launched her at Green Turtle Marina in Grand Rivers, Kentucky, a place we’ve had the pleasure of visiting twice before while on both of our Great Loop trips. We felt a little sheepish driving in to launch our boat at the marina…

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Third Time’s a Charm

on September 23rd, 2012 in AGLCA, CRUISING, FAVORS FAVORITES, Rendezvous, River System by | 2 Comments Third Time’s a Charm

We first cruised the Tennessee River in 2005 when we were on our inagural Great Loop boat trip. Back then everything about “Looping” was new to us and we were both wide-eyed newbies as we took in all the new experiences. The second time we cruised the Tennessee River we…

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Hoppies Needs Your Help!

on August 10th, 2012 in AGLCA, GREAT LOOP ADVENTURE, River System, Uncategorized by | No Comments Hoppies Needs Your Help!

Plan on doing the Great Loop boat trip someday? Please think about signing AGLCA’s petition to help Save Hoppies. Hoppies, located on the Mississippi River at Kimmswick, MO, is an important part of American river history. For several decades they have played a major role in helping boaters transverse the…

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We Chose the Erie Canal

on June 12th, 2012 in Erie Canal, GREAT LOOP ADVENTURE by | No Comments We Chose the Erie Canal

If it’s June and if you’re on the Great Loop you’re probably in upstate New York heading for the Erie or Lake Champlain. Lake Champlain is still on our bucket list, however Lisa and or I have been through the Erie Canal three separate times and have enjoyed it immensely. Not…

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Time for the Big Apple & Mighty Hudson River

on May 22nd, 2012 in CRUISING, FAVORS FAVORITES, GREAT LOOP ADVENTURE, Hudson River, New York City by | 2 Comments Time for the Big Apple & Mighty Hudson River

When people ask us about some of our favorite Great Loop experiences, we both agree that the night we anchored overnight behind the Statue of Liberty with the light of the statue shining above the trees and NYC as the backdrop was pretty spectacular. Whether you’re running up the Jersey…

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Steep Yourself in History Along the East Coast ICW

on May 2nd, 2012 in East ICW by | No Comments Steep Yourself in History Along the East Coast ICW

While cruising up the east coast you’ll have plenty of chances to bask in history, from the James Olgethrope 1733 designed Savannah Squares, Charleston’s charm and George Washington’s Dismal Swamp, just to name a few. To read more and view photos click on the EAST COAST ICW icon above. Once…

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Paddling the Great Loop for Charity: Water

on April 6th, 2012 in AGLCA, FAVORS FAVORITES, GREAT LOOP ADVENTURE by | No Comments Paddling the Great Loop for Charity: Water

We thought this was interesting. Josh Tart is paddling his way around the Great Loop route in a Kayak. Starting in Cincinnati, Ohio, he worked his way down the river system and is currently in Florida. From looking at his BLOG we think this is a very interesting way to do…

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AGLCA’s Spring Rendezvous & Reunion SPECIAL

on March 27th, 2012 in AGLCA, East ICW, GREAT LOOP ADVENTURE, Rendezvous by | No Comments AGLCA’s Spring Rendezvous & Reunion SPECIAL

  NORFOLK, VA., MAY 7 – 10, 2012:  America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association will once again be holding its annual Spring Rendezvous & Reunion in the vibrant and exciting waterfront city of Norfolk, Va. This event, held at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel and the Waterside Marina, was attended by over…

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Our Favorite Links – Weather, Cruising & Navigation

on March 23rd, 2012 in CRUISING, FAVORS FAVORITES by | No Comments Our Favorite Links – Weather, Cruising & Navigation

Weather Wind Mapper Passage Weather Sail Flow Ikite Surf Weather Underground Grand Traverse Bay Weather Buoy Old Mission Point Weather Buoy Little Traverse Bay Weather Buoy Lake Michigan Surface Wind Nowcast Lake Michigan Surface Wind Forecast Grand Traverse Light Weather Data Mackinac City Weather Data NOAA Weather Broadcast Stream This…

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Boating Music We Love

on March 8th, 2012 in CRUISING, FAVORS FAVORITES, Great Lakes, GREAT LOOP ADVENTURE, Inland Lakes by | Comments Off on Boating Music We Love Boating Music We Love

Click on the album covers to find out more about Scott’s music.   “They say this is cruisin’, travelin’ the world by sea.” Scott Perkins lives the life he expresses in his music, exploring the world aboard the 32-ft DownEast sailboat Chip Ahoy. His 6,000-mile trip around America’s Great Loop…

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2012 Third Annual Looper “Sunset Celebration”

on February 25th, 2012 in AGLCA, CRUISING, Florida, GREAT LOOP ADVENTURE, Rendezvous by | No Comments 2012 Third Annual Looper “Sunset Celebration”

The 2012, Third Annual Looper “Sunset Celebration” was a huge success with over 120 in attendance. It was a little windy (not a problem for Loopers) – lots of good food was shared along with a chance to reacquaint ourselves with old friends. Thanks Patricia & George Hospodar for organizing the…

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Don’t Miss the Looper Sunset Celebration – Marathon, Florida

on February 24th, 2012 in AGLCA, Florida, GREAT LOOP ADVENTURE, Rendezvous, TRAILER TRAWLER LIFE by | No Comments Don’t Miss the Looper Sunset Celebration – Marathon, Florida

If you are in Florida – the Keys or near the Marathon area and you are a Looper – you are invited to attend our 3rd Annual “Sunset Celebration” Sunday, February 26, 2012 5 p.m. Banana Bay Resort and Marina Gulf-side beach pavilion Banana Bay is located at 4590 Overseas…

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AGLCA Fall Rendezvous – Rogersville, AL

on October 26th, 2011 in AGLCA, GREAT LOOP ADVENTURE, Rendezvous by | No Comments AGLCA Fall Rendezvous – Rogersville, AL

As “Loopers,” we were excited to be able to tow our boat from Lake Powell to Rogersville, Alabama for the AGLCA (America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association) 2011 Fall Rendezvous. Little did we know that, not only would we make new friends, we’d run into a few Loopers that we did…

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Some of Our Favor “ite” Things – Useful Boating Products

on October 16th, 2011 in FAVORS FAVORITES, Prep for Great Loop Trip by | 2 Comments Some of Our Favor “ite” Things – Useful Boating Products

It can be maddening trying to find, buy and then store all those chart books we boaters need for long-distance cruising. We’ve always felt it was important to have paper charts as a back up to our GPS chartplotter as well as for route planning. The downside of paper charts/chart…

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Gig Harbor, Washington

on August 31st, 2011 in CRUISING, PACIFIC NORTHWEST, Summer in Puget Sound - 2011, TRAILER TRAWLER LIFE by | No Comments Gig Harbor, Washington

It was a short drive from the boat launch at Point Defiance to our destination of Gig Harbor. Well, it did take a little longer than needed because the water was smooth, the wind was so warm and we yearned to just cruise – but our schedule dictated that we…

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New Boat, New Places, New People

on August 8th, 2011 in CONSTRUCTION OF KISMET, PACIFIC NORTHWEST, Summer in Puget Sound - 2011, TRAILER TRAWLER LIFE by | 4 Comments New Boat, New Places, New People

Jim and I have been long-distance cruisers for five years. Most of that time has been spent on good sized boats, most recently our Fathom 40, but last year we decided it was time for a change. After redefining our cruising goals we came up with a plan to buy…

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Loopers Love the North Channel

Loopers Love the North Channel

on July 10th, 2011 in AGLCA, Canada, FAVORS FAVORITES, GREAT LOOP ADVENTURE, North Channel by | Comments Off on Loopers Love the North Channel

When asked where one of their favorite Loop cruising territories were many Loopers will talk about the time spent in Canada’s North Channel. Packed with countless anchorage possibilities in glacier formed coves surrounded by beautifully rugged terrain and crystal clear water these are (in our opinion) waters you’ll enjoy spending…

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Canadian Wonderland

on June 20th, 2011 in GREAT LOOP ADVENTURE by | Comments Off on Canadian Wonderland Canadian Wonderland

July’s the perfect time to be cruising Canada’s Trent-Severn Waterway – it’s a real treat to visit the many harbor towns that line the waterway. Sometime during these summer months it seems like every town – Trenton, Campbellford, Peterborough and Fenelon Falls, to name a few – have festivals to…

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