AMERICA`S GREAT LOOP CRUISERS` ASSN.
PO Box 168
Greenback, TN, United States
Eager for a change and deaf to the admonitions of their children, Ron & Eva Stob, non-boaters living on California?s Central Coast, take a year away from their jobs, purchase a forty-foot trawler, which they name Dream O?Genie, and cruise the 6300 miles and 145 locks of the Great Loop. They catch the excitement of visiting sea ports, the fear of plowing huge bodies of water, the thrill of moving through locks, and the delight of wandering down the inland rivers. When they did their Great Loop Cruise in 1994, there was not much information available about the cruise so they had to depend on their own resourcefulness. No one cruised with the Internet, blogs, cell phones or online banking back then.
Their eleven-month cruise begins one stormy February morning in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and nearly ends three days later in Cocoa where they begin the task of nursing their ?magic carpet? back to health after serious problems were discovered. Three weeks and thousands of dollars later, they were back on the water where their adventure became a litany of humorous mishaps and heart-warming episodes.
Following spring along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway they arrived at the foot of the Statue of Liberty by Memorial Day. They caught the current up the Hudson to Albany and the New York Canal system to Lake Champlain and the Saint Lawrence Seaway and crossed the province of Ontario by way of two heritage canals, the Rideau Canal and the Trent-Severn Waterway. Lake Huron?s Georgian Bay and the 30,000 islands of the small craft channel presented some of their biggest challenges and fondest memories as they traversed into the North Channel. Dodging summer storms along Lake Huron and Lake Michigan they arrived in Chicago by Labor Day weekend. On the Illinois, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers the progress was speedy, then the pace slowed as they savored the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to Mobile, Alabama.
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