Our Great Loop Route

Written by The Crew

Rev happily 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...

May 16, 2019

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May 15, 2019 – Day 1 starting point: Cutter Marina, Essex, Maryland (North Baltimore). Baltimore, Maryland to Chesapeake City, Maryland (Wall: no power – total: 1)

May 16, 2019 – #2 Chesapeake City, Maryland to Cape May, New Jersey. Stayed at Utsch’s Marina 3 nights. (Marina – total: 1)

May 19, 2019 – Headed out from Cape May, New Jersey to Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey. Got out to the Atlantic and then had to be towed back to Cape May. The tow took us to Canyon Club Resort Marina where we stayed 3 nights. (Marina – total: 2)

May 22, 2019 – Took the boat out for a sea trial. Works great! Heading back to Cape May, New Jersey to stay at Utsch’s Marina. We decided to lay low, take it easy and finally see Cape May.

May 27, 2019 – #3 Cape May, New Jersey to Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey. We stayed at Hoffman’s Marina. (Marina – total: 3)

May 28, 2019 – #4 Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey to Staten Island, New York. We stayed at Mansion Marina. (Marina – total: 4)

May 30, 2019 – #5 Staten Island, New York to Croton on Hudson, New York. Saw the Statue of Liberty. Wow! We stayed at Half Moon Bay Marina. (Marina – total: 5)

June 1, 2019 – #6 Croton on Hudson, New York to Kingston, New York. Stayed at the Kingston City Marina. (Marina – total: 6)

June 3, 2019 – #7 Kingston, New York to Albany, New York. Stayed at Albany Yacht Club. (Marina – total: 7)

June 6, 2019 – #8 Albany, New York to Schenectady, New York. Big day! We went through locks for the first time. Started with the Troy lock and then went through Locks 2-7. Stayed at Donovan’s Mohawk Marina. (Marina – total: 8) (Total Locks: 7)

June 9, 2019 – #9 Schenectady, New York to Amsterdam, New York. We went through Locks 8-10 on the Erie Canal. Stayed at Riverlink Park. (Wall: Had Power – total: 2) (Total Locks: 10)

June 10, 2019 – #10 Amsterdam, New York to St. Johnsville, New York. We went through Locks 11-15 and stayed at St. Johnsville Municipal Marina. (Marina – total: 9) (Total Locks: 15)

June 11, 2019 – #11 St. Johnsville, New York to Ilion, New York. We went through Locks 16-18 and then stayed at the Ilion Marina. Lock 17 is a monster!!! (Marina – total: 10) (Total Locks: 18)

June 12, 2019 – #12 Ilion, New York to Utica, New York. We went through Lock 19 and then stayed at AquaVino Restaurant. (Wall: Had Power – total: 3) (Total Locks: 19)

June 13, 2019 – #13 Utica, New York to Brewerton, New York. We went through Locks 20-22 and stayed at Winter Harbor Marina. (Marina – total: 11) (Total Locks: 22)

June 15, 2019 – #14 Brewerton, New York to Clay, NY. We went on a short cruise over to Pirate’s Cove Marina. We had to go through Lock 23 to get there. (Marina – total: 12) (Total Locks: 23)

June 19 – July 9 – Flew home to Texas. Went to a wedding, family reunion and had to deal with a million issues. We questioned returning home.

July 16, 2019 – #15 Clay, NY to Oswego, NY. We went through seven locks (Locks 1-3, 5-8) on the Oswego Canal and stayed at Oswego Marina. (Marina – total: 13) (Total Locks: 30)

July 18, 2019 – #16 Oswego, NY to Bath, Ontario Canada. We went across Lake Ontario from the United States into Canada. We were nervous but all went well. We stayed at Loyalist Cove Marina. (Marina – total: 14)

July 19, 2019 – #17 Bath, Ontario Canada to Trenton, Ontario Canada. We stayed at Trent Port Marina. (Marina – total: 15)

July 22, 2019 – #18 Trenton, Ontario Canada to Frankford, Ontario Canada. We started the Trent-Severen Waterways and went through Locks 1-6. We docked right after Lock 6 in Frankford. (Wall: Had Power – total: 4) (Total Locks: 36)

July 23, 2019 – #19 Frankford, Ontario to Campbellford, Ontario, Canada. We Went through Locks 7-12. Locks 11 and 12 are combined into a double lock. Go in Lock 11 and go up 24 feet. Then, move forward into Lock 12 and go up another 24 feet. We tied up with power at the City of Campbellford Chamber docks. (Wall: Had Power – total: 5) (Total Locks: 42)

July 26, 2019 – #20 Campbellford, Ontario to Hastings, Ontario, Canada. We went through Locks 13-18. Locks 16 and 17 are a double lock. We tied up after Lock 18 in Hastings. (Wall: No Power – total: 6) (Total Locks: 48)

July 27, 2019 – #21 Hastings, Ontario to Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. We crossed Rice Lake. Only one lock (Lock 19). Yay! We stayed at Peterborough Marina. (Marina – total: 16) (Total Locks: 49)

July 29, 2019 – #22 Peterborough, Ontario to Lakefield, Ontario, Canada. We went through Locks 20-26. Lock 21 is the Peterborough Lift Lock. We stayed at Lakefield Marina. (Marina – total: 17) (Total Locks: 56)

July 30, 2019 – #23 Lakefield, Ontario to Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Canada. We went through Locks 27, 28, 30 and 31. There is no Lock 29. We stayed on the lower wall before Lock 32. (Wall: Had Power – total: 7) (Total Locks: 60)

July 31, 2019 – #24 Bobcaygeon, Ontario to Rosedale, Ontario, Canada. We went through Locks 32, 34 and 35. We stayed at the wall after the Rosedale Lock 34. No power but the weather is mild so it’s OK. So far. (Wall: No Power – total: 8) (Total Locks: 63)

August 1, 2019 – #25 Rosedale, Ontario, to Orillia, Ontario, Canada. We went through Locks 36 (another lift lock like Peterborough but smaller) through 41. Then we went across Lake Simcoe and stopped at Port of Ovilla Marina. (Marina – total: 18) (Total Locks: 69)

August 4, 2019 – #26 Orillia, Ontario to Big Chute, Ontario, Canada. We went through Locks 42 and 43. We stayed at Big Chute Marina. (Marina – total: 19) (Total Locks: 71)

August 5, 2019 – #27 Big Chute, Ontario to Midland, Ontario, Canada. We went through the Big Chute Railway (aka Lock 44) and also thought our last lock for awhile, Lock 45. Stayed at Bay Port Marina. (Marina – total: 20) (Total Locks: 73)

August 9, 2019 – #28 Midland, Ontario to Frying Pan Island, Ontario, Canada. No locks anymore but a rough day on the water. Stayed at Henry’s Fish Camp. (Marina – total: 21)

August 10, 2019 – #29 Frying Pan Island, Ontario to Parry Sound, Ontario Canada. We stayed at Big Sound Marina. (Marina – total: 22)

August 11, 2019 – #30 Parry Sound, Ontario to Snug Harbor, Ontario, Canada. First time anchoring. (Anchor – total: 1)

August 12, 2019 – #31 Snug Harbor, Ontario to Britt, Ontario, Canada. We stayed at Wright’s Marina. (Marina – total: 23)

August 14, 2019 – #32 Britt, Ontario to Bustard Island, Ontario, Canada. We rafted up with Whisky Business and Idyll Time III. (Anchor – total: 2)

August 15, 2019 – #33 Bustard Island, Ontario to Killarney, Ontario, Canada. We stayed at Roque’s Marina. (Marina – total: 24)

August 16. 2019 – #34 Killarney, Ontario to Baie Fine, Ontario, Canada. We anchored in The Pool. (Anchor – total: 3)

August 17, 2019 – #35 Baie Fine, Ontario to Little Current, Ontario, Canada. We stayed at Port of Little Current Docks. (Marina – total: 25)

August 18, 2019 – #36 Little Current, Ontario to Gore Bay, Ontario, Canada. We stayed at Gore Bay Marina. (Marina – total: 26)

August 20, 2019 – #37 Gore Bay, Ontario to Aikens Island, Ontario, Canada. We anchored out on our own. (Anchor – total: 4)

August 21, 2019 – #38 Aikens Island, Ontario to Long Point, Ontario, Canada. We anchored out. Two nights in a row! (Anchor – total: 5)

August 22, 2019 – #39 Long Point, Ontario to Blind River, Ontario, Canada. We stayed at Blind River Marina. (Marina – total: 27)

August 23, 2019 – #40 Blind River, Ontario to East Grant Island, Ontario, Canada. We are spending our last night in Canada on the hook. (Anchor – total: 6)

August 24, 2019 – #41 East Grant Island, Ontario, Canada to De Tour, Michigan, USA. Back to the United States! We stayed at Detour Harbor Marina. (Marina – total: 28)

August 25, 2019 – #42 De Tour, Michigan to Petoskey, Michigan. We stayed at Petoskey Municipal Marina. (Marina – total: 29)

August 26, 2019 – #43 Petoskey, Michigan to Leland, Michigan. We stayed at Leland Township Harbor. (Marina – total: 30)

August 30, 2019 – #44 Leland, Michigan to Frankfort, Michigan. We stayed at Frankfort Municipal Marina. (Marina – total: 31)

August 31, 2019 – #45 Frankfort, Michigan to Ludington, Michigan. We stayed at Ludington Municipal Marina. (Marina – total: 32)

September 2, 2019 – #46 Ludington, Michigan to Grand Haven, Michigan. We stayed at Grand Haven Municipal Marina. (Marina – total: 33)

September 5, 2019 – #47 Grand Haven, Michigan to South Haven, Michigan. We stayed at the Northside Marina. (Marina – total: 34)

September 7, 2019 – #48 South Haven, Michigan to Michigan City, Indiana. We stayed at Washington Park Municipal Marina. (Marina – total: 35)

September 11, 2019 – #49 Michigan City, Indiana to Hammond, Indiana. We stayed at Hammond Marina. (Marina – total: 36)

September 13, 2019 – #50 Hammond, Indiana to Joliet, Illinois. We went through 2 locks (O’Brien and Lockport) and then stayed on the free wall. (Wall: power – total: 9) (Total Locks: 75)

September 14, 2019 – #51 Joliet, Illinois to Marseilles, Illinois. We went through 2 locks (Brandon Road and Dresden) and then stayed at Spring Brook Marina. (Marina – total: 37) (Total Locks: 77)

September 16, 2019 – #52 Marseilles, Illinois to Peru, Illinois. We went through 2 locks (Marseilles and Starved Rock – where we lost the bow thruster) and stayed at Spring Valley Boat Club. (Marina – total: 38) (Total Locks: 79)

September 17, 2019 – #53 Peru, Illinois to Peoria, Illinois. We stayed at National Marine. (Marina – total: 39)

September 18, 2019 – #54 Peoria, Illinois to Beardstown, Illinois. The Peoria lock was flooded so we went over the dam side. We stayed at Logsdon Tug Service. (Wall, no power – total: 10) (Total Locks: 80)

September 19, 2019 – #55 Beardstown, Illinois to Hardin, Illinois. We went through the La Grange lock and stayed at Mel’s Riverdock Restaurant. (Wall, no power – total: 11) (Total Locks: 81)

September 20, 2019 – #56 Hardin, Illinois to Grafton, Illinois. We stayed at Grafton Harbor. (Marina – total: 40)

September 23, 2019 – #57 Grafton, Illinois to St. Charles, Missouri. We took our boat over to Polestar Marina to get it hauled out and have our bow thruster fixed. We decided to leave it there and have them fix other items on our list and order a couple of spare props. We flew home to DFW. (Marina – total: 41)

October 17, 2019 – #58 St. Charles, Missouri to Alton, Illinois. We left Polestar Marina and went to Alton Marina. (Marina – total: 42)

October 23, 2019 – #59 Alton, Illinois to Kimmswick, Missouri. We went through two locks: Mel Price and Chain of Rocks (#27). We stayed at Hoppies. (Marina – total: 43; Locks – total: 83)

October 24. 2019 – #60 Kimmswick, Missouri to Kaskaskia, Illinois. We stayed at the wall at the Kaskaskia Lock. (Wall, no power – total: 12)

October 25, 2019 – #61 Kaskaskia, Illinois to Cape Girardeau, Missouri. We anchored/rafted up in Little Diversion channel with Whisky Business and Saltaire. (Anchor – total: 7)

October 27, 2019 – #62 Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Paducah, Kentucky. We stayed at the Paducah City Dock. Olmsted Lock was not functioning so we drove over the dam side. (Marina – total: 44; Locks – total: 84)

October 28, 2019 – #63 Paducah, Kentucky to Grand Rivers, Kentucky. We stayed at Green Turtle Bay Marina. We went through the Kentucky Lock. (Marina – total: 45; Locks – total: 85)

November 4, 2019 – #64 Grand Rivers, Kentucky to Buchanan, Tennessee. We stayed at Paris Landing Marina. (Marina – total: 46)

November 5, 2019 – #65 Buchanan, Tennessee to Clifton, Tennessee. We stayed at Clifton Marina. (Marina – total: 47)

November 6, 2019 – #66 Clifton, Tennessee to Counce, Tennessee. We stayed at Grand Harbor and went through the Pickwick Lock. (Marina – total: 48 and Locks – total: 86)

November 8, 2019 – #67 Counce, Tennessee to Fulton. Mississippi. We stayed at Midway Marina and went through three locks – Whitten, Montgomery and Rankin. (Marina – total: 49 and Locks – total: 89)

November 9, 2019 – #68 Fulton, Mississippi to Columbus, Mississippi. We stayed at Columbus Marina. We went through four locks – Fulton, Wilkins, Amory, and Aberdeen. (Marina – total: 50 and Locks – total: 93)

November 13, 2019 – #69 Columbus, Mississippi to Sumter County, Alabama. We anchored at Sumter Recreation Area and went through two locks – Stennis and Bevill. (Anchor – total: 8 and Locks total: 95)

November 14, 2019 – #70 Sumter County, Alabama to Demopolis, Alabama. We stayed at Kingfisher Bay Marina and went through the Gainsville/Heflin Lock. (Marina – total: 51 and Locks – total: 96)

November 16, 2019 – #71 Demopolis, Alabama to Silas, Alabama. We stayed at Bobby’s Fish Camp and went through the Demopolis Lock. (Wall, power – total: 13 and Locks – total: 97)

November 17, 2019 – #72 Silas, Alabama to Tensas River, Alabama. We anchored at the Tensas River and went through the Coffeeville Lock. It’s the last lock! (Anchor – total: 9 and Locks – total: 98)

November 18, 2019 – #73 Tensas River, Alabama to Mobile, Alabama. We stayed at Dog River Marina where we have to be concerned now with tides since we are finished with locks for awhile. (Marina – total: 52) We decided to fly home to DFW for Thanksgiving.

December 5, 2019 – #74 Mobile, Alabama to Gulf Shores, Alabama. We stayed at Homeport Marina and went to Lulu’s. (Marina – total: 53)

December 6, 2019 – #75 Gulf Shores, Alabama to Orange Beach, Alabama. We cruised about 3 miles down the ICW to stay at the Wharf Marina. (Marina – total: 54)

December 8, 2019 – #76 Orange Beach, Alabama to Pensacola, Florida. We stayed at the Bayou Grande Marina. (Marina – total: 55)

December 9, 2019 – #77 Pensacola, Florida to Niceville, Florida. We stayed at the Bluewater Bay Marina. (Marina – total: 56)

December 10, 2019 – #78 Niceville, Florida to Panama City, Florida. We stayed at the Lighthouse Marina. (Marina – total: 57)

December 12, 2019 – #79 Panama City, Florida to Apalachicola, Florida. We stayed at a city wall with power. (Wall, power – total: 14)

December 13, 2019 – #80 Apalachicola, Florida to Carrabelle, Florida. We stayed at the Moorings of Carrabelle. (Marina – total: 58)

December 14-15, 2019 – #81 Carrabelle, Florida to Tarpon Springs, Florida. We left the Moorings of Carrabelle at around 4:45 p.m. to begin the crossing through the Gulf of Mexico. We traveled all night and arrived over 19 hours later around 12 noon on Sunday at Port Tarpon Marina in Tarpon Springs, Florida. (Marina – total: 59)

December 23, 2019 – #82 Tarpon Springs, Florida to St. Petersburg, Florida. We anchored in Maximo. (Anchor – total: 10)

December 24, 2019 – #83 St. Petersburg, Florida to Sarasota, Florida. We stayed at Marina Jacks. (Marina – total: 60)

December 27, 2019 – #84 Sarasota, Florida to Venice, Florida. We stayed at Fisherman’s Wharf. (Marina – total: 61)

December 30, 2019 – #85 Venice, Florida to St. James City, Florida. We anchored out. (Anchor – total: 11)

January 1, 2020 – #86 St. James City, Florida to Cape Coral, Florida. We stayed at Cape Harbour Marina. There is a tiny lock to get into this marina. I’m counting it! We are going to have to go in and out of it about 6 times but I’m only counting it once. (Marina – total: 62 and Locks – total: 99)

February 1, 2020 – #87 Cape Coral, Florida to Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. We had planned on going to Naples but hit something while on our way to fuel up in Ft. Myers Beach. We had to stay at Snook Bight Marina until we could get a mechanic to look at our issue. (Marina – total: 63)

February 7, 2020 – #88 Fort Myers Beach, Florida to Marco Island, Florida. We got our props fixed at Gulf Marine and due to weather had to stay a couple of extra nights there. This was one of our worst travel days since we started. The Gulf was not kind to us today. We stayed at the Marina at Factory Bay. (Marina – total: 64)

February 8, 2020 – #89 Marco Island, Florida to Key West, Florida. Another rough day on the Gulf. This one was worse because it was longer. Eight and a half hours most of the time getting banged around. We stayed at Boca Chica Naval Air Station. (Marina – total: 65)

February 14, 2020 – #90 Key West, Florida to Marathon, Florida. Continuing on in the Florida Keys, we stayed at Slipjack Resort and Marina. (Marina – total: 66)

February 28, 2020 – #91 Marathon, Florida to Islamorada, Florida. We moved up north on the outside to an anchorage by Islamorada. (Anchor – total: 12)

February 29, 2020 – #92 Islamorada, Florida to Miami, Florida. We anchored about 1/2 mile off the shore of downtown Miami. (Anchor – total: 13)

March 1, 2020 – #93 Miami, Florida to Pompano Beach, Florida. We stayed at Sands Harbor and Resort Marina. (Marina – total: 67)

March 2, 2020 – #94 Pompano Beach, Florida to North Palm Beach, Florida. We anchored at North Lake Worth. (Anchor – total: 14)

March 3, 2020 – #95 North Palm Beach, Florida to Vero Beach, Florida. We stayed at Vero Beach City Marina. (Marina – total: 68)

March 4, 2020 – #96 Vero Beach, Florida to Titusville, Florida. We stayed at Titusville Marina. (Marina – total: 69)

March 6, 2020 – #97 Titusville, Florida to Daytona Beach, Florida. We stayed at the Halifax Harbor Marina. (Marina – total: 70)

March 7, 2020 – #98 Daytona Beach, Florida to St. Augustine, Florida. We stayed at River’s Edge Marina. (Marina – total: 71)

March 8, 2020 – #99 St. Augustine, Florida to Jacksonville, Florida. We stayed at Lamb’s Marina and kept it there for routine maintenance while we flew back to DFW for a couple of weeks. (Marina – total: 72)

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18 Comments

  1. We’re loving that you’re doing this adventure and thank you for “taking us along!”

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    • I’m just glad you are going with us!

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  2. Hope all goes well with the repairs at the marina and at the lake house! You will be back on the water befor you know it!

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    • Thanks, Cousin Rus!

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  3. Thought my hunch on what happened to the Bow thruster was correct! Glad you found a Marina that could accommodate your repairs. Great to also get some spare Props as insurance! I think you will enjoy your cruise of the Mississippi !

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    • Hi Tony! I think we have changed our minds about getting the extra props. We had our two props taken off. They straightened out the dings and shined them up. They look brand new. Another factor leading to our decision is that the props cost $5,000 each. Ouch!
      We are really looking forward to being on the Mississippi more.

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  4. Really enjoying your travels and happy to see my customers following their dream.

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    • Thanks, Trey!

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  5. Wondered if you were going across Fla. or around. Glad to see your back in the loop. Enjoy

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    • Yes, we decided to go down to the Keys even though it will take us longer. Thanks so much for following our journey.

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  6. Hi! We love watching your You Tube videos and have traveled with you through them. Can you do a video or post regarding the various electronics you have on board? From the cameras and headsets you use to the electronics for the boat and your engine room details – engine & generator size, hot water heater, fuel and various holding/storage tanks. Topping it off with burn rate and MPG. How do the engines run at low RPM, etc.? One comprehensive video would be awesome! So much valuable information has been attained from your videos and blog. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Just in the planning stages now. Educating ourselves and doing various trawler training until we purchase our boat in 2 years.

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    • What a great idea! I think we can make it happen. Thanks so much for coming along on our journey and we will be excited to hear all about yours!

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  7. What is the age of the oldest loopers you have met on your trip? What size boat were they traveling on? We have a 42′ Chris Craft Motoryacht on Lake Champlain in Vermont. We are 73 years young. We are thinking of doing part of the trip on the northern end. The north channel looked very appealing…from Chicago south not so much. We have cruised from New England to Florida on a 42′ Grand Banks so we have previously covered that area. Have just binge watched your videos through to Key West.

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    • We have met loopers of all ages. If you want to do it. Do it. Sounds like you have a wonderful boat and a fantastic plan to get started. Canada was beautiful and I think you’ll really like it. Thanks for watching!

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  8. I really want to thank you on behalf of everyone that watches your videos and visits your web page. You have shared some much valuable info and allowed us to travel the Loop vicariously through you. I love your attitudes and your demeanor. You have inspired us all! Awesome job!

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    • Thank you, Rick. We really appreciate you taking the time to leave this comment. It means so much to us. Really.

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  9. Hope your flight tomorrow goes well. I am really looking forward to seeing new videos. We are planning to start this fall, depending on where we find a boat and your videos keep us inspired.

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    • Thanks, Dan. We are really looking forward to making new videos. So tired of being stuck here! Good luck with your boat search.

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