The Great Loop

-the general route is known at this point but numerous specific decisions will be made as to the route alternatives in the NY Canal System as well as whether to enter it or not in lieu of moving North to Nova Scotia and possibly Newfoundland then back down the St. Lawrence River to the Great Lakes.  The trip route is fairly well defined with this one exception.  I'm leaning towards following the Trent-Severn Canal (this route avoids Lake Erie and Lake Huron thus traveling in more protected waters.  This canal will take us to the Georgian Bay and the area of "30,000 islands" then on to the North Channel with pristine water clarity and awesome cruising.  After crossing the North Channel, you enter the top of Lake Michigan (height of vessel must be reduced to 17' or less, preferably down to 15'-6").  We will need to drop our control tower to reach this height requirements and make it under the limiting heigth factor of the entire trip.

For those who are not familiar with the Great Circle, the Great Circle takes you up the East Coast across the Great Lakes and down the Mississippi River and Tenn-Tom Waterway across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida.

Starting with the Spring trip, Florida offers a thousand miles of protected cruising waters. This includes the Intracoastal Waterway, Okeechobee Waterway, Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway and the St. Johns River.

Heading north from Florida to Georgia with Fort Frederica once the largest British fort in America. Then on to South Carolina with Charleston, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head; in North Carolina the waterway is protected by barrier islands, dolphins abound the water and wild horses roam on some of the islands. In Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware you experience the history of the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay area.

New Jersey brings exciting cities such as Cape May, Ocean City and Atlantic City. New York with the Statue of Liberty, Long Island, Connecticut, Lake Ontario, Trent Severn Canal, The Erie Canal, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior has history that speaks for itself.

From the Great Lakes you begin your way back down the inland rivers starting with the Illinois River, the Mississippi River, Ohio River, Cumberland River, Tennessee River and finally the Tenn-Tom Waterway to the West Coast of Florida.

The entire trip is approximately 5000 miles. Although not all points of interest could be listed, as you can see with the States and Cities listed there is plenty to see and experience for people with many different interests.