Selecting the right Yacht for the LOOP
Salty Stan recommends...a Grand Banks Trawler
The America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association assists Great Loop cruisers with various needs such as safety, sharing navigational and cruising information, and networking among loopers. The networking through the daily e-mail blast provides updates and local advice. The boaters can broadcast information requests for anything such as docking, anchoring, water depth, hazards, repairs,
fuel prices or dinner reservations.
Most Great Loop cruisers travel the Loop counterclockwise, taking advantage of the downstream currents on the Illinois River, Mississippi River, Tombigbee River and Black Warrior River to Mobile, Alabama. To avoid summer hurricanes and winter ice, most Loopers head north in the spring, spend the summer in the Great Lakes region, and head south on the rivers in
the fall, arriving in Florida after the beginning of November.
A typical Yacht of choice should have maximum draft of 4' 6",
It should have maximum bridge clearance of 15'
It should be Diesel powered for long range distances.
Grand Banks has produced dozens of models over the last 50 plus years. In each model, Grand Banks has sought to capture the spirit of a nautical ideal and combine it with state-of-the-art equipment, meticulous craftsmanship, and superior construction techniques. It is the reason Grand Banks yachts have become such icons around the world, and why they continue to meet the high standards
of discerning, demanding boaters today.
Some of the pluses of this brand are:
Ease of operation, even by a sole Captian.
Great performance and efficientcy.
Lower cost of ownership
Safety and Security