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About Me and What Yacht To Do

Written by The Crew

Rev writes all the posts as "The Crew" at What Yacht To Do. It's just part of the First Mate duties. That list just keeps growing...

April 3, 2019

Sam and Rev Crouse created What Yacht To Do to show how you can be sitting in your living room one day and then living on the water the next.

Sam is a former AF pilot and retiree from American Airlines. Rev’s background is in education and marketing. 

A few years ago on a trip for work, Sam found out about America’s Great Loop. He learned more about it on Captain John’s website and started to get obsessed.

So the search was on for a boat.

We had planned to look for a year and then get ready for the loop in a year.

Well, we found a boat in about three months. In Baltimore. We live in the DFW area.

We bought the boat in November 2017 and immediately winterized it. Did I mention that Rev hadn’t seen the boat before we bought it? But she was 100% in favor of the purchase.

Also, we didn’t know how to turn it on much less move a boat that size from point A to point B. 

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Even though there is so much we don’t know, we aren’t going to let that keep us from going for it.

So, we invite you to come along with us as here on What Yacht To Do as we learn how to turn it on, move it around, live aboard and go around America’s Great Loop.

Maybe someday, we will see you out here.

Contact Us

If you have a question about America’s Great Loop, send us an email at Crew@WhatYachtToDo.com or find us on Facebook or leave a comment on YouTube.

We know what it’s like to search for answers and not be able to find them so if you want to know, just ask.

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37 Comments

  1. I’m so excited for you two and your great adventure! Keep us posted!

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    • Thanks! and Will do!

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    • Loved your crossing video, we did the crossing from Dog River to Tampa over a two day period. So appreciated your perspective. When you get along the East coast of Florida we would love to watch you go by.

      Craig

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      • Fantastic! Look forward to being over there and waving!

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  2. Anxious to hear all about it !

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    • We are glad you are coming along with us on this journey! Thanks for subscribing. 🙂

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  3. I don’t think this falls under more courage than common sense but I could be wrong. I will enjoy watching your travels. And how does an ugly old guy like you get a cute wife several years younger. OH, that’s right, you’re a PILOT.

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    • Hey, I think you are seriously underestimating Sam’s winning personality!

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  4. Safe travels

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    • Thank you, Lois.

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  5. I love it! Great site, we are waiting for your adventure stories!

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    • Thanks Keith. It certainly should be interesting!

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  6. Safe travels Rev and Sam, sure do love you and am excited for you!!!!!!

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    • Thanks Aunt Kaye! We love you, too.

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  7. Great site to share your travels! I can’t wait to see all of the adventure unfold throughout the next 12 months. Congrats, you have worked hard & planned for this.

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    • Thanks, Paul, for keeping us on track! Are you taking any more clients? We would love to promote you here and when we start our YouTube channel.

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  8. Safe travels and keep the stories and pictures coming!
    I envy you.

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    • Thanks, Berrie. We are glad you are coming along with us!

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  9. ENJOY the Fun Adventure!!! Great plan and more to come. Happy Trails to You…..
    Bob & Laura

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    • Thank you, Bob and Laura!

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  10. Hi, wife and I are inspired by your looping. We see your approaching Hammond (where we moor) and have a question on your bridge height? Your BEAUTIFUL boat looks extremely tall . Going down the Cal sag there are height restrictions?

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    • Thanks, Bryan. We just got to Hammond today. The bridge at mile marker 300.6 on Cal-Sag is 19.7 feet. The lowest we can get (folding antennas down) is 17’1″ so we’ll make it. We were tempted to go through downtown Chicago but probably won’t. Thanks for being here.

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  11. Love what you guys are doing. Our boat is at green turtle bay this week , leaving next for Clearwater Fl on the 13 th of October. Hope our paths cross. With our arch down , we were 19”1’ and had a foot of clearance back in August.

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    • Hey Keith! Hopefully, we will be back to St. Louis soon and then heading south next week. Looking forward to being at Green Turtle Bay. We have heard such great things about it. And we will be going toward Clearwater in November or December so our paths could cross. See you out there!

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  12. I really enjoy all your videos, some make me laugh! You gave my daughter your business card back in July I believe she worked at the Rosedale lock on the Trent canal.
    Anyways keep them coming guys you’re great! ❤

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    • Yes, we remember her! It was so beautiful. We spent the night there and thoroughly enjoyed Canada. Parks Canada has done such a great job hiring friendly staff. It left such an impression on us we can’t wait to get back! Tell your daughter that we said hello. Thanks so much for the encouragement!

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  13. I came across the great loop idea last year. The more I read up on it and videos I watch, the more I want to do it. Your videos have been great! Be safe and have fun

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    • Hey Brian! Really glad you are joining us until you can go yourself. Welcome aboard.

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  14. Thanks for recording your cruise!

    Although I’ve been a captain of a fishing boat (17’) on the upper Mississippi River for the last 15 years, yachts are new to us. I’m not interested in The Loop yet but am interested is seeing your experiences with the hopes of leaving Red Wing MN and traveling to Lake Michigan.

    Since our Lake Pepin is frozen, I felt it was the perfect time to get pneumonia and catch up on your videos!

    Happy sailing on the rest of your journey and watch out for the other guy!

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    • Hey Captain! So sorry to hear about your illness. Sounds like you have a whole lot of experience on the water. So much more than we do! We appreciate you coming along on this journey with us. You take care and get well asap!

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  15. Thanks! Remember the Captain in the Rooster Bridge accident had a ton of experience.

    Hey two questions for you. Now remember I haven’t had a chance to view all of your videos.

    Do you have radar installed?
    Also I noticed in two videos you port engines throttle “looked” at about 1/2 and the starboard appears to be in the idle position. It also appears you were in a fairly narrow channel judging by the channel markers.

    Is it just the angle of the camera?

    Thanks for the tip about the whisky compass! My lower helm compass is right on but the fly bridge is off about 10 degrees.

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    • Hi Brian, Yes and the last words from the Captain of the Edmund Fitzgerald was…. “We are holding our own”
      Yes, I put a new Garmin Radar on when I did the plotter, cameras and autopilot upgrade.
      The synchronizer (if selected) requires the port throttle to be full forward, then the port RPM slaves to the starboard throttle position to keep the RPMs matched.
      Regarding the whisky compass, in the airplane business, we called the difference “installation error” and it had to be compensated each time a new piece of equipment was installed that might affect the magnetic field. I have seen a difference in it, since installing the new equipment. The “error” will not be the same on all headings. It will vary depending on E W N or S.
      Cheers, Sam

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  16. Great following you all along your trip. Jeri and I have a sailboat which we are selling but will be buying a trawler style to do the loop in ’23. See you are close to St. Augustine now. The public marina is nice and walking to lots of stuff. Harry’s right on the ICW is nice and about 300 yards from the marina. Best ice cream is at “Bucket of Burgers” Obviously everything is order out. My best to you two as you continue on this adventure.
    Patrick Felderman

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    • Thanks, Patrick. Glad that you and Jeri are coming along with us. Your plan sounds fantastic and hopefully, we’ll still be doing the loop in 2023 and see you out there. Thanks for the recommendations. We are always looking for great places.

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  17. Greetings from South Carolina…….I did not know Sam’s back ground when I first found you guys as I told my wife “this guy has some sort of military flight back ground..” . Then I heard you talk about your Air Force career! ( Thank You for your service) Your back ground came in handy on this journey for sure.. Found your channel by accident and have been there ever since. Congrats as the trip is winding down…. . It has been incredible to watch! Thanks for sharing!

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    • So glad that you found us, Jon. Sam has really mastered this boating thing! I’m really impressed with him. Thanks for watching.

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