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How Much it Costs To Do America’s Great Loop in One Year
25 responses to “How Much it Costs To Do America’s Great Loop in One Year”
Hi! A inexpensive way to get out and see things most people don’t and have fun doing it and at a low cost how much would it cost you to live on land in a apartment or a house and get to see nothing like you did. Still waiting on your next adventure. I still hope it’s a board pivot. If it’s in there somewhere that you put it that didn’t stand out I may have missed it that is your next adventure. Get the next flag!
Just found you guys ! A little confused watching your videos, did you do the loop twice ??
We are future loopers for sure. In fact we just found a 34 MT that we like. Decks done, alumimum gas tanks, and a sub 2000 hour 120 Lehman with a hydraulic stern thruster. It is unusual though, it has two doors from salon to decks directly across from each other. Looks factory ??
So glad you did such a great job with the expense sheets. We would have thought diesel would have topped the list.
Your thoughts on the MT 34 as a looper. If you were to do it again would you have went bigger ?
Thank you !
Just want to say thank you both for your weekly updates and vlogs this past year. We are about to start to our adventure on our 1985 Monk 36 – Renown II. We live in Anchorage, Alaska so its been a wee bit difficult to get to her on a regular basis but she has been in a marina in Murrels Inlet SC. Our plan at the moment is to leave Myrltle Beach (she’s getting her bottom done right now!) April 15 and go to the Spring Rendezvous (that’s are only schedule as i know everyone advises DON”T HAVE A SCHEDULE but this is something we would like to attend).
Have enjoyed and appreciated your stories. THANKS.
Hey guys, I enjoyed watching your videos and reading about your email letters with your expense reports. I have a few questions for you so if you had to do it again is the size boat the right size for you and was the speed the right speed for you. And I was just curious to see what your budget was when you purchased a boat and if you had to put any additional money into it to get it running .it’s a possibility that we would like to be doing the same thing and I’m just trying to see what an accurate budget would be to purchase a boat and insure it definitely looks like a trip of a lifetime. Did you ever get bored being out there especially in the evening? And was safety ever a problem especially anchoring Thanks for your info Paul &Cathi Stuart Fl
Thanks for sharing this.
Just ran across your site while looking for cruising around Florida. You guys are brave and remind us of us when young (We are late 60’s now), but were in our 20’s when we started our adventures. Our first were not in a boat but a 17ft Toyota motorhome, with our 2 year old daughter. Still remember getting a thousand miles down the Baja in Mexico when the State Dept had tourista warnings up for banditos and finding there was not a part to be had for a Toyota on the whole Baja in those days (1982). Our Toyota, like your boat came through like a champ.
Since then we have retired and have had every boat you can think of, but you have given me a renewed interest in cruising the East Coast. We are West Coast and have cruised the San Juans, Puget Sound, Oregon and Washington, and California coast and rivers like the Columbia so if you are planning on continuing cruising and have any of these in mind hit us up for info! Thanks for the sterling detailed blog!
I really enjoy your videos and can’t wait to see the rest, especially concerning the Tennessee. My question is whether the Loop imposes a lot of time pressure on you. Getting from Waterford, Ny to Chicago by September 15th seems like a rush. Would it be better to go to Winter Harbor at Brewerton, NY and stay for a few years, cruising the Triangle Loop, the Trent-Severn and Georgian Bay before moving on? That probably would be ore expensive, yet less pressured.
I have thouroghly enjoyed following your journey. Before stumbling across your videos, I had never heard of the Great Loop. My wife and I have spent the last 25 yrats living in ,and traveling through, Europe and North Africa. We are nearing retirement and are anxious to reaquaint ourselves with North America, and the loop seems to check-off many of our adventure seeking boxes. Your detailed expense records are wonderful. They add some concrete rreality to the dream. While I know little to nothing of the used boat market, my question woukd be, do you think that one can recoup a large portion of the boat cost should one try to sell the boat after a year or so of cruising?
OMG. I am trying to convince my wife to take the dive and purchase a boat and try the loop. Maybe not the full year as a year from home might not interest her. We currently have been retired for a few years and are living in a condo here in Miami. Never owned a boat but could tile a Buick as we are retired home builders and very handy. Been wanting a boat since our retirement but haven’t yet taken the plunge, pardon the puns. After reading your blog and summary about your adventure I am ready. We have looked at a few boats ranging from 35′ to 48′ SeaRay, SeaLions and Carvers and a few others. We have no real boating experience but the Loop sounds so exciting I need to try it. We both are very capable, tech savvy and learn fast. So glad I found this site just googling the Great Loop and will be a faithful follower. Any ideas, thought sor comments would be great. Thank. you for all your efforts for providing such valuable inside and information.
I watched all videos on you tube you guys are great. I live in Rochester ny.
We follow you on Youtube, and your webiste, and thank you for taking the time to document everything, it has been so helpfull, and informative for us. We are planning on starting the loop next year, but probally wont be till 2025. Your documentation has been a great help to share with my wife who is now all in.
thanks again great job and congratulations on completing the Loop
Thanks for providing all this fabulous information, we are looking at the idea of doing this over a several year period, such as leaving mid summer, doing a couple of months and leaving our boat (Mainship 390 Trawler with single Yanmar 370 – similar fuel burn) for winter storage wherever we are at and then the next year resume and go another couple of months, etc. We currently pay for winter storage at home so this wouldn’t really impact our budget to a large extent we think. By splitting up the costs over a few years, we think we could get closer to normal out of pocket expenses we’d normally incur with our yearly mid-range cruises (grocery, marina, fuel, etc.) and local cruising although clearly still more than usual. Do you think this approach is feasible? Also, is the insurance cost you list your normal yearly insurance or an add on for looping? Thanks again
Elliot – thanks for the info, very helpful. I wish we had known of the Loop ten years ago and also had the same boat then (had a 32’ Catamarran that was seriously under powered) but still am hoping we (my wife and I) can come together on a decision. Unfortunately I’m not getting any younger and not sure we have the budget to do this, need to do some serious pencil sharpening. Again, thanks for the reply