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  • Boating Florida’s Gulf Crossing vs. Big Bend
    Boating Florida’s Gulf Crossing vs. Big Bend

    Post Summary: Boating Florida’s Gulf Crossing or Big Bend The Gulf Crossing is an open water section of the Great Loop that all boaters must complete. The Great Loop is known for being a boating adventure that goes around the Eastern portion of the United States in protected waterways, with a few exceptions of open…

  • 101 Gift Ideas for Boaters and Loopers 2024
    101 Gift Ideas for Boaters and Loopers 2024

    Post Summary: Best Gift ideas For Boaters Under $25, Under $50, Under $100, luxury, budget-friendly, and more! We lived onboard our boat for almost 3 years and these items were either critical to our enjoyment, or ones we wanted! This gift ideas for boaters guide features the 101 best gifts for boat lovers. This list has…

  • The Ultimate Guide for Boating the Tennessee River (Chattanooga Side Trip)
    The Ultimate Guide for Boating the Tennessee River (Chattanooga Side Trip)

    The Tennessee River (Chattanooga side trip of America’s Great Loop) is a must-see. There are dramatic landscapes, cute small towns, and some of the most beautiful scenery on the mid-west rivers! In this post, we’ve compiled all of the tips and tricks we learned during our trip on the Tennessee River, including tips we received…

  • Dinghy Essentials – Everything You Need to Keep In Your Dinghy
    Dinghy Essentials – Everything You Need to Keep In Your Dinghy

    After living aboard our 34-foot trawler for two years, anchoring most of the time, and using our dinghy daily to take our dog to shore multiple times a day, we learned what crucial items to keep in our dinghy. In this guide, we go over the must-have dinghy essentials to keep in your dinghy! Short…

  • Everything you need to know for Boating the Cumberland River (Nashville Side Trip)
    Everything you need to know for Boating the Cumberland River (Nashville Side Trip)

    Discover scenic landscapes, charming small towns, and one of the best big cities while experiencing the beauty of the Cumberland River on a side trip to Nashville, Tennessee! One of the pieces of advice we received from a Gold Looper was to take all of the side trips along the Great Loop. We took that…

  • Can’t Miss Attractions in Clarksville, TN
    Can’t Miss Attractions in Clarksville, TN

    Looking for a cute small town in western Tennessee? Look no further than Clarksville, Tennessee. Clarksville is a cute town located on the Cumberland River side trip on the way to Nashville. It’s a great, affordable stop for a night with many fun things to do. We share the can’t-miss attractions of Clarksville, TN, in…

  • How Much it Costs To Do  America’s Great Loop in One Year
    How Much it Costs To Do America’s Great Loop in One Year

    In this blog post, we share our total expenses as we traveled around America’s Great Loop in one year. After sharing detailed, month-by-month expenses, we have totaled up the past 12 months in this post. By sharing our monthly Great Loop expenses, it will inspire prospective loopers that you don’t need to be retired or…

  • How to Lock a Boat (Our Step-By-Step Process)
    How to Lock a Boat (Our Step-By-Step Process)

    A large part of cruising on America’s Great Loop includes traveling on waterways with locks. In this post, we discuss how to lock a boat and all of the tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way. We go over locking gear, the Five Steps to Locking, locking agencies, unique locks on the Great Loop,…

  • MONTHLY EXPENSES ON AMERICA’S GREAT LOOP – FEBRUARY 2023
    MONTHLY EXPENSES ON AMERICA’S GREAT LOOP – FEBRUARY 2023

    In this blog post, we share our monthly expenses as we travel around America’s Great Loop – a 6,000 nautical mile journey around part of the US and Canada by boat. This month was a perfect example of the power of anchoring and why anchoring is our best tool to saving money on the Great…

  • MONTHLY EXPENSES ON AMERICA’S GREAT LOOP – JANUARY 2023
    MONTHLY EXPENSES ON AMERICA’S GREAT LOOP – JANUARY 2023

    This is our second to last Monthly Expense on our Great Loop. When we first set out to share these monthly expense reports, we were unsure if they would be helpful to other people. Over the past year, we’ve gotten a ton of great feedback which really makes the work that goes into writing these…