Boat for cruising the Great Loop

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by fred breyer, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. fred breyer
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    fred breyer Junior Member

    Hello all

    This is my first post but I have been lurking around on this forum for quite some time. I will get right to the point. I want to build this boat( see attached images) or one very much like it with very beefy 2x wood framing with either plywood/fiberglas or c-flex planking construction. Primarily I would be building just the hull in this way. The boats over all dimensions would be approx. 65' X 16'. Big for a loop boat but I plan to live aboard as well.
    Also (maybe off topic) would like some opinions on how this boat might do in more open water like the great lakes and 5 to 10 miles offshore in the gulf. I would like to use it to do the great loop route.

    Looking forward to any and all input and advice

    Thanks

    Fred
     

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  2. narwhal
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    narwhal Junior Member

    That looks a little tall for the Great Loop. Regardless of windage concerns on open waters, depending on the route taken to do the Loop, you'll encounter various fixed bridges with low vertical clearances ranging from 15.5' to 19.1'. There's a lot of group knowledge to be gained from members of the America's Great Loop Cruising Association: http://www.greatloop.org/ .
     
  3. fred breyer
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    fred breyer Junior Member

    Thanks for the input narwhal. We wont be using the wood superstructure as you see it on there. We are planing on not more than 15' above the water line.
    My concern on the open waters is if there is enough freeboard. I also want to mention that we are planing on 1 or 2 degrees deadrise so that the bottom is not completely flat
     
  4. dreamer
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    dreamer Soñadora

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe there are offshore legs of the Great Loop, not to mention the Great Lakes portion could almost be considered offshore. That boat at first glance does not appear to be offshore-worthy.
     
  5. El Sea
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    El Sea Junior Member

    I agree with Dreamer, you have some serious offshore waters to navigate. While you can pick your weather window I wouldn't chance it.
     
  6. tom28571
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    A significant portion of the NJ coast must be taken outside although there are a number of safe harbors along the way. All are fed by inlets that are not kind to bad boats in any weather that might force you to seek shelter. NY Harbor can be challenging as well as the Great Lakes, the Chesapeake, NC Sounds and Delaware Bay. The longest exposed open water is between Apalachicola and Clearwater, FL. There is a possibility of breaking this run in two at Cedar Key.

    The Loop is not difficult but should not be taken lightly. It's been done in small open outboards by young girls.
     
  7. KnottyBuoyz
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    She'd be right at home on the Rideau, Trent-Severn or Erie canals. I think she'd handle some of the smaller lakes, Champlain, Lake St. Francis, etc. The rivers, St. Lawrence, Ottawa etc. might be a challenge if she's under powered especially going upstream.

    I think the question is, would I feel comfortable crossing Lake Ontario on it? Hmmmm? I think I'd take a pass unless it was dead calm.
     

  8. dreamer
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    dreamer Soñadora

    There's a good article in this month's Passagemaker magazine that talks about the Great Circle/Loop.
     
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