We originally intended to pursue the Loop over 2-3 years, taking it quite slowly. When it gets too cold to boat, we’d put the boat in storage and return to our RV-home waiting for us in the warmth of the south.
Reality has been – we just love living aboard & cruising in our boat, and are finding even an slower pace of travel is suiting us better. After 12-years of nomadic travels, we were ready for more relaxation. We find we love actively cruising for a couple of weeks, anchoring out along the way. And then finding our next cool coastal city with a marina with easy access to stuff and a great monthly rate.
At our pace, it may be a decade before we complete the loop, or maybe we don’t at all.
Quality of life is our goal, not ‘earning’ the right to purchase a gold flag from a corporate entity.
But, we’re still documenting the loop itself for now – despite likely taking many side trips. The red line are stops we’ve already completed, and the blue line are upcoming intentions (dates are approximate – we live on NST: Nomadic Standard Time).
Click on the area of the map you’re interested in to start browsing our travelogues & videos about each stop
The map & routing above is provided by the WordPress plug-in Nomad World Map that utilizes all of our blog travelogue entries.
What is the Great Loop?
It’s a circumnavigation of the eastern part of the US by waterways. It’s approximately 6000 miles (plus many opportunities for side trips). It’s typically followed seasonally – winter in the warmth of Florida, spring traveling up the ICW, summer in NY and Canada and then fall heading down the riverways of the mid west. Many loopers complete it in a year.
Here’s the official map as published by the American Great Loop Cruisers Association: