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Great Loop

The Great Loop is a system of waterways that includes the eastern portion of the United States and part of Canada. We are navigating through  both natural and man-made waterways, including the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great Lakes, the Trent Severn , and Hudson,Mississippi and Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The entire loop is approximately 6,000 miles long.

Traveling the Great Loop

There is no single route or itinerary to complete the Loop. In order to avoid winter ice and summer hurricanes, boaters generally traverse the Great Lakes and Canadian waterways in summer, travel down the Mississippi or the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in fall, cross the Gulf of Mexico and Florida in the winter, and travel up the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in the spring. Depending on speed of travel, the route may take as little as two months, although more often people take a year to complete the trip.

The first recorded instance of someone completing the Great Loop was three boys who did it in a sailboat in the 1890s.


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