-  All a "safe boater" needs is a safe seaworthy boat - and a safe seaworthy budget -
-  The Lifestyle of Retiring on your boat & cruising America's Great Loop  -
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Do you have a reluctant spouse?  -  Most reluctant spouses are the first to say: "Let's do it again!"
-  What do we do all day?  -
For those of you that may not be aware, or have a reluctant spouse:
 America's Great Loop is far more than just a 6,000-mile boat ride. You will be cruising through such a vast variety of landscapes chances are about 50% of the time you spend
cruising you will have camera in hand and be rubber-necking at all the beautiful scenery. You will cruise by unbelievable mansions as well as many waterfront cabins and shacks. In
addition, you will boat through some big cities and some small attractive villages you never new existed. In many of these places you will find your most memorable moments. You will
see alligators, manatees, eagles and egrets. Dolphins will swim along as if escorting your vessel along the way. You can even boat a safe distance from whales, including the Blue
Whales, (the oldest and largest living creatures on earth) near Quebec City - and you never have to go out to sea to visit them.
 Everyday brings on a new adventure and a new experience. Between all the wonderful places and sites to see along the way, I promise - you will have to make some very tough
choices, as to which ones you want to stop and visit. From St. Augustine in Florida, the oldest city in America, to Charleston and its antebellum homes, Annapolis with its Colonial
buildings and history, to Washington DC, the Smithsonian Museum, White House, etc. Atlantic City, and New York City. . . You'll find more to do 'off' your boat than on. So, if
anyone thinks this is just a 6,000-mile boat ride, have we got news for you.
 My favorite 'don't miss' stops include Montreal and Quebec City and the whales on the St. Lawrence Seaway at Saguenay River. Cruising through Canada's Heritage Canals is
another, and that takes you to some World Class cruising in Georgian Bay, North Bay and on to Mackinac Island - another 'don't miss' experience. From there, your options simply
run rapid from Leland, Michigan, Green Bay Wisconsin, and on to Chicago.
  From Chicago, it is 'river time'. Eagles soar above while fish are below, and the Illinois river takes you to the mighty Mississippi where you have more options than you can shake
your paddle at. Most of us these days take the Heartland route which departs the Mississippi at the Ohio, and leads us to the beautiful 'Heartland of America' where Kentucky Lake,
Cumberland Lake, and the Tennessee River winds through the beautiful heartland. This is the area of Daniel Boone, the Cumberland Gap, the Cherokee Indians, and all of it has the
great Smoky Appalachian mountains in the background. Here you will find lots and lots to do and see, including North America's only natural fresh water Pearl Farm. From Shiloh to
Mobile Bay, just when you think you've seen it all, you discover you haven't.  
Truthfully. . . Only the voyage itself is more fun than the planning.
   After you get the boat, equip it the way you want it, and you are about to toss those lines and shove off on this fantastic voyage - planning your route and stops along the way is half
the fun. Changing your plans is the other half.
   Don't worry, we all change our plans, make unscheduled stops, take unplanned detours and linger longer in fascinating places. Inevitably we all come across something along the
way that is just too tempting & inviting to pass up. These numerous 'hidden gems' along the way are what makes this voyage so memorable and so much more than just a boat ride.  
For sure, they will convince you there are some places in this world that are best seen and visited from the water.
   A typical day consists of cruising about 50 miles. Aside from 'slow is best and safest' on the water, there are many reasons for going slow. The biggest reason for many of us is that
it saves fuel. Additionally, regardless of how fast your boat 'can' go, there are speed limits and wait times at Locks and Lift Bridges that restrict the safe distance we can cruise in
daylight. On America's Great Loop, with very few exceptions, it is never a good idea to cruise after dark. Most of us want to be safely tucked away into a safe anchorage or marina
before the sunsets. This is one place where the Tortoise & Hare end up at the same Marina or Anchorage overnight.
   For those that like to fish, the best opportunities are early morning before shoving off, and late evenings after you've anchored. It is easy to have a 'fresh catch of the day' at least
2 or 3 times a week if you want. We often have a fishing line trolling behind our vessel.
   One of the biggest mistakes most boaters make on this voyage is
stocking up on too much food when leaving home. We're NOT crossing oceans here, and with very rare
exceptions, you will have almost daily opportunities to stop and shop. Many are surprised to discover the endless amount of waterfront restaurants along the way and end up eating
out more than they planned. When cruising the Loop, with very few exceptions, you are as near all the conveniences as you are from home. So a typical day consists of determining
where you are going to stop that day. If you are accustom to dinner out and a movie on Friday nights, chances are good you won't have to change your routine much at all.
   Cooking on the boat is easy to do these days, as most galleys are as well equipped as your kitchen - you just won't have near enough space! Normally, meals on the boat are kept
simple. Cold, finger foods are best during the day for lunch and snacks, while just about anything is open game when anchored out or docked at a marina. Most boats however simply
do not have enough fresh potable water storage, so chances are, if you and your spouse maintain the same bathroom or 'head' habits on your boat as you do at home, you will be
stopping more often to fill your fresh water tank than for fuel.
   Anyway you look at it - don't make the mistake of thinking this is just "a boat ride". This is exploring and discovering all the very best America has to offer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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America's Greatest - Longest - Safest - Attainable - Affordable - Adventure
This Website is all about living aboard & cruising America's Great Loop
The Greeks may have said it
best when they first
described the original
Seven Natural Wonders of
the World.

They used the word
"theamata" which translates
into English as:
"Must See! Must do!"

America's Great Loop
is just such a
"must see - must do"
ADVENTURE!
             Retirement - Travel - Exploration - Discovery - Romance - Memories -
                           All in one easily attainable & affordable adventure:

  A cool breeze lightly caresses your face as the sun sparkles on the gentle waves. It's an experience you'll encounter most every day when
your cruise America's Great Loop in your own boat, at your own speed. It's no wonder this (one of America's best kept secrets), is fast
becoming one of the Worlds Top Cruising Destinations.
  Beyond doubt, for a safe boater in a safe boat, there is no better or safer way to explore America. Instead of speeding 75 miles an hour to
keep up with the traffic on a smog filled dusty highway, you are quietly relaxing while cruising about 10mph on an uncrowded protected
waterway where you can pull over, stop, drop anchor, and even swim with the Dolphins if you are so inclined. As you cruise counter clockwise
to spend the best of the boating season in each sun-draped region; you will cruise through this planets most scenic waterways. From clear
clean aqua waters and tropical landscapes in the south to the crystal clear waters of Canada's thirty-thousand islands in North Bay, and on to
America's Heartland awash in bright hues of colorful Autumn. . . You will be settled in the comfort of your own boat where you can eat well on
board or eat out at one of the hundreds of magnificent waterfront restaurants along the way.
  Before you make this cruising dream come to life, you may have a few questions.
  We have the answers.        
For Baby Boomers:
  We Baby Boomers joke about 65 being the new 45. We are young at heart, we have the passion for travel and adventure. We have empty
nests and we are armed to the gunwales with an inventory of things to do we’ve always dreamed about, but never had the time, money or
chance. We are not the sedentary senior citizens of our parent’s generation. We are not satisfied to spend our golden years on Golden Pond,
nor in a silver haired Assisted Living Condo or looking out the windows of a guided tour bus. No, not us! We have to knock some pretty
exciting things off our bucket list. We want to travel. We want some real memorable adventures. We want some unique and wonderful
experiences.
 Cruising America's Great Loop in your own boat, offers just such a safe and wonderful retirement opportunity. It is a 5,600-mile (plus)
continuous boating adventure that will take you safely to some amazingly unbelievable places you never thought possible to reach in your own
boat. While living on your boat, you will cruise along 22 U.S. States (or more), where you can stop at the top 11 Beach towns in the U.S.A. You
will boat right to 38 of the top 50 tourist attractions in ALL of America. You can cruise through Canada's Heritage Canals and across miles of
amazingly beautiful 'World Class' cruising grounds. You can even see Blue Whales without ever facing the perils of a wide open sea.
  All total, this is a fantastic and amazingly safe, scenic voyage through America's history. From Pilgrims to Pirates to Pioneers and even Civil
War battlefields, this is a voyage that will surpass your greatest expectations. You will discover some wonderful travel destinations and you
will see and experience America in new and beautifully exciting way. It is a voyage that promises to be the adventure of your lifetime.
You will be "Romancing the Rivers"...
  With a quite rumble of your engine(s), you toss those dock lines and give a toot on your horn, you
sit back in your Captain's chair with one hand on the helm and with a slight bump on the throttle
your vessel moves slowly away from the dock.
  You turn and smile at your 1st Mate as she hands you a fresh brewed cup of morning coffee, and
in one long deep breath you're entire being is consumed with the feeling of ultimate freedom. As the
river beckons you forward, you are about to enter the longest, safest most wonderful "Water
World" adventure on the entire planet.
  This is America's Great Loop!
  It is a 5,600-mile voyage of amazing discovery. It is also much more than just a boat ride. As the
protected rivers and inland waterways guide your journey past big cities, charming villages, small
towns, antebellum homes, historic landmarks, famous lighthouses, magnificent mansions and
elegant waterfront shanties - you will be mesmerized by the sights and sounds of your journey
around the most historic and legendary portions of America. From the historic Hudson to the Inland
Rivers of America's Heartland, from New Orleans' French Quarter to Canada's French Quebec, you
will visit majestic fortresses, museums, castles, lush vineyards and window shop in fairy-tale towns
with spellbinding streets. All along the way you will experience a kaleidoscope of changing colorful
landscapes, culture riches, regional foods and tantalizing places to stop and visit. Truly, this is a
wonderfully safe, amazing and unforgettable adventure you and your spouse or 1st. Mate will
cherish forever.
The great news? It's right here in your backyard. This is America! You don't have to cross oceans to
get here, and there is no better, safer way to see it than from the water.
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Cruise your way on the ultimate American getaway!
 Imagine. . . A 5,600-mile (plus) safe boating adventure that takes you (in your own boat) via
inland waterways, lakes, canals and rivers, to and through 22 States or more, and (optionally) a
wonderful portion of Canada. Additionally, you are never out of sight of land, seldom more than a
stones throw from it, and always near shopping, restaurants, airports, rental cars, pharmacies,
hospitals, and never 'that far' from home.
Is is a 'safe' voyage? You bet it is! Any safe boater in a safe suitable boat can make this journey. It
is almost impossible to get lost, and almost never are you more than a few hours from a Marina.
Currently, there’s a sweeping Baby Boomer trend in retirement, and it’s not the luxurious life dripping with luxury Yachts and champagne
breakfasts. It is a much simpler, frugal and more modest lifestyle. It’s a downsized lifestyle with fewer luxuries, fewer possessions and the
result is less stress and fewer worries and best of all - affordable. Based on numerous studies, the surprising result of this trend is that
Baby Boomers on frugal budgets are reporting a far greater amount of life satisfaction than ever before.
It is documented truth: We are living longer and healthier lives. Because of this, living arrangements in retirement require more planning
than before. Now, it is very likely that our retirement will last as long, or nearly so, as our working years. According to a recent CDC
study, we should be planning for a retirement that lasts between 20 and 40 years. This of course, is the biggest reason for downsizing, and
for enjoying life. Since most of us have a retirement income that is much less than our working years, cutting our monthly overheard
expenses is the best and only way to go. When we decrease our monthly overhead, we increase our ‘fun money’ - and who does not want
more of that?
While we know this lifestyle is not for everyone, for most of us, living & cruising on our own boat is a dream come true. We're here to tell
you it is safer and more affordable than you think. While there are many options and places where you can go cruising, We are going to
tell you about the one that is perfect for retiring Baby Boomers. Perfect! Because it is safe, close to home, family, friends and especially
our Kids & Grand kids.
America's Great Loop - It is your chance to get up and go... It is an opportunity to live the long-distance voyage of your dreams -
locally - right here in "our" America. It just doesn't get any better. It just doesn't get any safer, and it just doesn't get any more wonderful
than this.
Cruising America's Great Loop