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Welcome to the “The Great Lakes Loopers”, a show that scours the great Midwest to find bellwether athletes, coaches, leaders, and sports legends that have helped shape our belief in competition, hard work, and gritty attitude. Whether raised here, shaped here, or simply find themselves here, we find out what makes these folks tick.
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This week we wrap up our 2024 update series by talking about marine insurance. Jon Horton with Jack Martin and Associates joins us to discuss what to expect when seeking insurance for your Great Loop boat in the coming year. The Great Loop is the boating adventure of a lifetime. Loopers follow the 6,000-mile route in their own boats, cruising up th…
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The results are in! Listen to find out how many boats completed the Great Loop in 2023 and which boat makes were most popular. Brent Bowlin and Michael Martin of Great Loop Yacht Sales join us to share some of the features of the top boats for the Great Loop in 2023 and what makes them so popular. We'll also share details of the smallest and larges…
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This week we talk about the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) and the work they do to keep the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway navigable. Brad Pickel, AIWA's Executive Director, is our guest and he'll share details of why the AIWA was formed, its mission, how dredging projects are funded, and come creative ways the materials removed …
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Join us as Cindy Lewis of Sterling Associates shares her insight on what to expect if you're considering financing a boat in 2024. Are interest rates really that high? What kinds of terms can I expect? What are some of the limitations on the age of the boat if I hope to finance? Cindy answers these questions and more as she shares why financing may…
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Curtis Stokes of Curtis Stokes & Associates is back as our guest to provide an update on what to expect if you are buying our selling a boat in 2024. Our discussion includes marketplace trends, pricing, insurance concerns, and what Loopers are looking for in boats for their Great Loop adventure. The Great Loop is the boating adventure of a lifetime…
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Join us as the Home Port Crew from America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association gives a recap of happenings on the Great Loop in 2023 and previews what's to come in 2024. We'll talk about upcoming AGLCA efforts like Fleet of 2024 T-Shirts, Advocacy Fund Raising, recognition for Harbor Hosts, 2024 events, lock closures, and more.…
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The Gulf of Mexico crossing brings apprehension for many Loopers as they prepare for the Great Loop's longest open water crossing and seek a suitable weather window. Assistance is available to AGLCA members! Dave Fuller, former AGLCA Volunteer of the Year, and Tsali Bentley, AGLCA's current Harbor Host of the Year, are our guests this week. They'll…
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On this week's episode, current Looper Dan Pease shares his unique perspective on dealing with commercial traffic on the Great Loop. Dan is a former tow captain who joins us from his Looping boat currently in Florida. Dan will share what you should know about communicating with tow captains based on his commercial experience and his time on the riv…
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The America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association Home Port Crew tackles some of the special considerations and skills to master before cruising the Florida segments of the Great Loop. Our discussion includes information on: Marina ReservationsThe Gulf CrossingSojourners Permit/Temporary RegistrationRequired Everglades Boating CourseCourteous Passing/…
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Tom & Joyce share the story of their Great Loop adventure. They and their friends, Lee & Jan, Looped aboard a 45' Californian. Two couples...one boat. Can it work? Tom & Joyce explain how with the right attitude, the right personalities, and lots of communication, two couples can share one boat for the Great Loop and have the time of their lives. T…
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What's it like to travel 7,000 miles on a jet ski? Find our when Gold Looper Mike Straub shares the details of his Great Loop adventure aboard his personal watercraft, "Y Wait". Mike shares how he handled basic needs like where to sleep, when to eat, and what to wear to protect himself. He'll also talk about logistics like what gear to carry, ensur…
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Bruce and Maggie share the story of their Great Loop adventure that begins when they emerge from Covid isolation worse for the wear. They set out on the Great Loop in hopes of rediscovering their adventuresome spirits aboard "Currently" a Ranger Tug 29. This episode covers their journey and their new book, Currently Away. The Great Loop is the boat…
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Loopers on the inland rivers this year have experienced lock closures, low water levels, and a few other obstacles, but they have persevered! Planning, organization, and attitude make all the difference! Join the Home Port Crew as we share what you need to know about this year's journey on the inland rivers and what those still in the Great Loop pl…
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Find out why Nebo is a Looper favorite app! Nebo is part automated log book and part social sharing app. Loopers use it to find one another on the water, send messages, and share information while we cruise. Stephen WInter, Nebo's Managing Director, is our guest. What is the Great Loop? It's a 6,000 mile route that circumnavigates the eastern part …
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Join us as Bill & Molly share the story of their Great Loop adventure aboard their 25' Rosborough. They tell us why they selected that boat and how they made their small boat more liveable for the 300+ days they stayed aboard. They'll also share some of the highlights and challenges of their Great Loop.…
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The AGLCA Home Port Crew fills you in on what to expect as the 120-day lock closure on the Illinois Waterway comes to and end and traffic starts moving. Looper Flotillas are expecting to start through the area on October 1st. This episode helps you understand the process of locking through after re-opening and explains how AGLCA helps our members g…
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The Boat U.S. Foundation was just awarded a large grant to help resolve the growing issue of abandoned and derelict vessels (ADVs) on our waterways. Join us as Alanna Keating, the Foundation's Director of Outreach, gives the details of the grant including how it will help remove many derelict vessels and hopefully prevent the addition of more ADVs …
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Mike & Lisa share the story of their Great Loop adventure aboard their 40' Sea Ray. Lisa started off as a reluctant spouse, but after attending an AGLCA Rendezvous, finding a boat, and getting some training from a captain, she became their primary boat handler for all close quarters maneuvering including docking and locking! Learn more about their …
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Robert Rice is back this week to talk about AIS for the Great Loop. He'll cover the different types of AIS, price points for some of the options, and why you should consider adding AIS for the Great Loop if your boat is not already equipped with this helpful technology. Want to learn more about the Great Loop? How about building camaraderie with ot…
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The Upper Mississippi (from Port Charles to the Twin Cities) is a Great Loop side trip that may be considered "the road less traveled". Join us as Dick Heusinkveld shares the details of the side trip he and Louise took aboard their Endeavor Cat, Nine Lives, last summer. Dick joins us from the Ohio River which is this year's side trip to his Great L…
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Reviewing anchorages and marinas helps all boaters coming behind you and is also a great way to "pay it forward" for help you received along the way. Ted Stehle from Waterway Guide is our guest this week. Ted shares how to post reviews on Waterway Guide and the process he goes through to vet all crowd sourced information received. The Great Loop is…
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The International Seakeepers Society joins us this week to tell us how Loopers can help with marine science research while Looping. They'll also share details on how Loopers can be more environmentally friendly (and save money!) with tips from their Green Guide to Boating. The Great Loop is the boating adventure of a lifetime. Loopers follow the 6,…
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Our "Story of our Loop" series continues with Lee & Bake. They share the story of their Great Loop adventure aboard their 42' Grand Banks. Former sailors, Lee & Bake Looped in segments over three years. They'll talk about why they opted for a power boat for their Loop, how they handled the logistics of returning home and leaving the boat behind at …
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Cruising the Great Loop can be strenuous for the body and mind. Soon-to-be-Looper and live aboard fitness expert, Kevin Williams, joins us this week to discuss how to stay (or get) fit while Looping. Whether you're looking to increase strength and balance for line handling, lifting things on and off the boat, or other Loop-y tasks, or you're alread…
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This year's Loopers may have time for extra side trips while they wait for the Illinois Waterway locks to reopen. Mike & Deb Hervey, who have made multiple trips to the largest of the Great Lakes, tell you why you should consider cruising Lake Superior. They'll share the details on visiting the south shore and what you'll find there, as well as the…
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Listen to hear the stories of Karen & Dave's Great Loop adventure aboard their Maine Cat P47. Karen & Dave talk about why they wanted to cruise the Great Loop, how they found their boat, how they prepared for the trip, and their highlights and challenges. Listen now! America's Great Loop is a 6,000-mile boating route that includes the Atlantic Intr…
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The Great Loop will take you through some busy waterways, including New York Harbor. Our guest this week is Joseph Moceri, a Tug Captain who operates in New York. Joe will share his background and some insight into what his job is like. He'll also share what he wants Loopers and other recreational boaters to know about encountering commercial traff…
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Robert Rice with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary joins us this week to talk about the Basic Rules of the Road. This is must-know information before starting the Great Loop. Whether you're a new boater or ready for a refresher, don't miss this episode. Want to learn more about the Great Loop? How about building camaraderie with others who have done the…
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AGLCA's Director, Kim Russo, shares one of her favorite areas on the Great Loop, the Thousand Island. This area along the St Lawrence River near where it meets Lake Ontario straddles the U.S./Canada border and includes scenic cruising, quaint towns, and castles you can tour. Here are some additional resources about the Thousand Islands: Great Loop …
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With Hurricane Season upon us, we brought in John Fitzgerald, President and CEO of Saunders Yachtworks, to share what you should do now to be ready in case a storm heads your way. We'll talk about options like hauling out, moving to a safer location on the water, what to remove from a boat that is in the path of a storm, and more.…
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AGLCA Director, Kim Russo, shares why the Hudson River was one of her favorite parts of the Great Loop. She'll share suggested stops and things to see and do along this 150-mile stretch that takes you from New York City to the start of the Erie Canal. Want to learn more about the Great Loop? How about building camaraderie with others who have done …
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Chris & Roger share the story of their Great Loop adventure aboard their Mainship 400 including details about the boat and why it was the perfect Great Loop boat for them. They'll also share how they went from being new to boating to being comfortable and competent handling their boat and what they think are the highlights of cruising the Great Loo…
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Are you (or your partner) reluctant to jump aboard for the Great Loop? This episode of our podcast offers advice for those who may not share their partner's enthusiasm about the Great Loop. Jacque Bentley and Claudia Fuller are our guests, and they give their best suggestions on how to address some of the fears or apprehensions some have about crui…
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What's the best boat for YOUR Loop? Brent Bowlin and Michael Martin of Great Loop Yacht Sales share some things all Loopers should consider when buying their Great Loop boat and talk about some of the more popular makes and models. They also talk about specific makes and models for different non-negotiable needs, like those cruising with a family, …
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Curious about the best way to stay connected on the Loop? This week, Ben Stein of Panbo.com join us to talk about Starlink. He'll share which service plans and which hardware options are applicable for Loopers. We'll also cover Starlink's recent changes and what could be down the road as the service continues to evolve.…
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At the request of one of our listeners, this week's episode talks about what a "standard" day is like on the Loop, what makes a great day, and what makes a stressful day. Michael Martin is our guest and the two of us tackle this topic by sharing experiences on our own Loop. We'll also update you on the status of my planned wake crossing.…
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Wendy & Hal share the story of their Great Loop adventure aboard their Grand Banks 42 Classic, Patriot. They'll tell why they chose the Grand Banks, what they did to prepare for the trip, their cruising preferences like how many miles they traveled per day and at what speed, and offer their best advice to future Loopers. America's Great Loop Cruise…
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Cindy Lewis of Sterling Associates brings us up to date on the details of financing your Great Loop boat in 2023. Our discussion includes information on how the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes are affecting boat loans, what requirements the banks have, and what you can expect for loan terms.Bởi AGLCA
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Captain Alyse Caldwell of Ask Captain Chris joins us this week to share details on celebrating the holidays aboard your boat. We'll discuss how to adapt your holiday traditions from your "dirt life" to life aboard, decorating tips, ideas for gift giving, and how to spearhead a group gathering to celebrate with other boaters.…
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