Your Guide To The Great Loop

Have you ever thought of leaving behind all your schedules and going cruising to the Great Loop on your boat? If you think so then it would be the most marvelous adventure you’ll ever experience in your life. But despite all, we are sharing some of the guidelines for you to follow before going to have an experience of the Great Loop.

What Is The Great Loop?

The Great Loop is a system of waterways that allows the boater to explore the Eastern coast of North America, including the parts of the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Coast, the Canadian Heritage Canals, the Great Lakes, and the river system of the American Midwest.

Around 150 people from all over the world complete the Great Loop which covers an area of approximately 5,000 to 7,000 miles depending on the routes. Estimated, it takes 1 year to complete the whole journey of The Great Loop.

Your Guide To The Great Loop

Before going on the Great Loop adventure, one should follow the guideline given below:

1:  You have to set a date and select the season you want to go on.

2:   Go for towing insurance as it will rescue you anywhere or anytime if you are in a problematic situation.

3:  Use electronic charts to locate the area you are passing on.

4:  The fuel requirement depends upon the type of boat you have selected for the trip, like:

  • Patrol boats require a range of 250 miles.
  • Diesel boats require a range of 376 miles.
  • Gasoline boats require a range of 450 miles.

5:  While crossing the bridge between Chicago and the Illinois River, your boat must have a height of 19.1 feet. If it exceeds the limit, remove the objects like antennas, bimini tops, and masts.

6:  You must have approximately 90 to 500 gallons of water for indoor usages such as showering, or flushing.

7:  On the cruise, you will need around 30 to 50-ampere power connection with 2 reducers – one of 30 amp and the other of 15 amp.

8:  You must have a filtration system on the boat so that you can filter the water for drinking purposes.

9:   Don’t forget to have GPS Navigational System along with you.

10:  Other than that, a Secondary depth finder, Waterway guides, and VHF radio are highly suggested to take with you.


The Great Loop is a system of waterways that covers an area of about 5000 to 7000 miles and allows you to explore Eastern North America for a maximum period of 1 year. Based on your choice, you will either select a small economical, or large expensive boat to enjoy the lifetime adventure. But before going on a journey, we have shared some of the guidelines for you to follow, to make your adventure easy and memorable.

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