Tag: Boat Life

  • The Best Boating Essential Toolkit for Full-Time Cruisers

    The Best Boating Essential Toolkit for Full-Time Cruisers

    After living on a boat and doing all the maintenance ourselves for 2.5 years, we upgraded our tools to find the essential boating toolkit. Boats (Break Out Another Thousand) always require work, and having the right tools will save you time, money, and headaches! We listed all the tools below in our tool kit and…

  • 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…

  • Our Experience Living on a Boat For 3 Years

    Our Experience Living on a Boat For 3 Years

    We bought an old Trawler in January 2021 and lived on that boat until we sold her in September 2023. Our boating lifestyle consisted of full-time cruising, where we would stay in place for one night, all the way to our longest stay of three months! We traveled across the Eastern United States while journeying…

  • Everything you need to know about Boat Cards

    Everything you need to know about Boat Cards

    Boat cards are common amongst full-time cruisers and loopers. It’s part of the boating community experience. In this post, we discuss why you should have a boat card, where to buy boat cards, what to include on them, what information not to include, and where to store boat cards once you receive them. This post…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…