I really, really do hesitate in posting
this. I have picked brains all over the internet
about taking my motorcycle on the Great Loop. I have looked for almost a year for a boat that could hold cargo 4' high, 2 1/2' wide and 8' long and on a beer budget
.....no luck! Found some navy
launches and patrol boats but I fear them as gas hogs, so I'm really looking for efficiency.
I found some plywood
landing craft boats and they appear to be a simple build. I think I could build one of these boxes just a quick as modifing an older boat.
One that I found is only 21', and I'm thinking of 28/30' with a small aft cabin
, big enough for two to survive the Loop. Beam would be about 6'.
These are flat bottom boats and adding a small box keel
I would think help for the chop. I'd like to cruise
at least at 6/8 knots and hit 10/12 maybe a little more. I guess at this speed I'd be keeping up with most cruisers.
I'd like to hit that gal an hour mark as well, as some of Bolgers flat sharpies at 32' claim to make. I'd also like a small OB, 25 hp I think might fit the bill.
would be a tug style, insulated with 6'2" headroom
in the center. A double bed
(airhead or compost of some kind) standing shower
, dinette for at least 2, small galley
with fridge, all in all, about 14' long X 6'.
I need a 500 mile range, so I guess that means about 70 gal with a reserve. 50 gal fresh water
. Need a gen set too. solar
would be nice for a small battery
bank to run gizzmos, radio
, computer. Galley
would be a propane
stove, microwave and small apartment fridge.
I'd like to have the tucks and finish of the Sea Ray
50'er, but will settle for a work boat finish.
Need shoal draft
, high freeboard and hopefully self righting when sealed up.
So, what should I look for, consider and how would you proceed?
Has anyone made the loop in such a craft?