America’s Great Loop

  • 9 Boat Maintenance Tips: Keep Your Boat in Ship Shape

    9 Boat Maintenance Tips: Keep Your Boat in Ship Shape

    After spending three years owning, living aboard, and cruising 10,000 miles on our 1989 34’ Trawler, we learned the specific actions to keep our boat in ship shape. These boat maintenance tips kept our engine healthy and our boat floating and made our boating life enjoyable! If you’re new to boat ownership like we were,…

  • Boating Guide to the Big Bend in Florida

    Boating Guide to the Big Bend in Florida

    This is a guide to Boating the Big Bend in Florida, also known as Florida’s Gulf Crossing Rim Route. Boating in some of Florida’s most beautiful Gulf waters, with landscapes that take you back to Old Florida and unique things to do that leave you with lasting memories. The Big Bend in Florida is a…

  • Everything you need to know about Great Loop boats

    Everything you need to know about Great Loop boats

    Many factors make a boat feasible for the Great Loop. Like most things in life, there is “no perfect boat.” Boats are a series of compromises, and Great Loop boats are no exception. We’ve compiled everything you need to know about Great Loop boats, including the minimum requirements, the top current Great Loop boats, how…

  • The Best Marine Weather Apps for Boating

    The Best Marine Weather Apps for Boating

    After spending two years living on the water aboard our trawler, PIVOT, we quickly learned the best marine weather apps for boating. Since our lives were driven by the weather, it was important for us to learn and understand the weather because it was crucial to our comfort and success on the water. Understanding how…

  • Giving Tuesday Guide to Boating Nonprofits on the Great Loop Waterways

    Giving Tuesday Guide to Boating Nonprofits on the Great Loop Waterways

    Post summary: Giving Tuesday Boating Organizations: Great Loop Waterways and Boating Nonprofits. Throughout the two years we lived aboard our boat, PIVOT, we encountered many organizations committed to doing good in our communities. Whether you want to donate to an environmental organization from one of the many waterways on the Great Loop or support organizations…

  • 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 2023

    101 Gift Ideas for Boaters and Loopers 2023

    Post Summary: Best Gifts 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 guide features the 101 best gifts for boat lovers. This list has been organized by price range,…

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

    The Ultimate Guide for the Chattanooga Side Trip (Boating the Tennessee River with Travel Itinerary)

    The 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 Chattanooga side trip, including tips we received for those boating to…

  • 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 items to keep in your dinghy! Note: We…

  • Everything you need to know for Boating the Nashville Side Trip (with travel itinerary)

    Everything you need to know for Boating the Nashville Side Trip (with travel itinerary)

    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…