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Old 22-05-2012, 19:47   #1
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Great Loop in a 14.5 footer

Earlier today I took the short walk, which I frequent, from where my boat sits on the hard over to the dock that sticks out into the ICW. There's usually something interesting to see tied up or passing by here at Bock Marine just North of Beaufort NC.

Today a sailing dingy was tied up and as I looked it over it became obvious that it was a fairly capable cruising rig. I soon met it's owner, John Guider, who is on his way North to New York City. His journey began in Nashville TN and has taken him over to and down the Mississippi river and then around the Gulf coast to the Florida keys and now up the East coast, all in a 14.5 foot rowing/sailing boat. He wasn't here long and I didn't get to learn much more than that from him but have enjoyed looking over his site and great photography, much which was taken on this journey. On this page you can see his current progress up the East coast:

John Guider - Photographer & Author - The River Inside - The Great Loop

A few interesting details that I did learn were that he sleeps in the boat around 30% of the time and he has only turned the boat over a few times.

Encounters like this one, which are a regular part of boatyard life, certainly make what has turned into a few year refit much easier to enjoy.

I grabbed a photo with my cell phone as he shoved off:
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Old 23-05-2012, 20:41   #2
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Re: Great Loop in a 14.5 footer

And here's a guy who did the entire Loop in 8 WEEKS! Now that's moving.

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Old 23-05-2012, 21:09   #3
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Re: Great Loop in a 14.5 footer

Boy, and here I'm thinking the 32 footer is way too small and I should have gotten the 38 or 42.
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Old 23-05-2012, 21:20   #4
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Re: Great Loop in a 14.5 footer

ha,, I'm with you kthoennes,,

My 28 footer is one of the smaller boats in the yard and I often wonder if it will work for cruising. John's 14.5 footer puts that into a whole new perspective though. If only the yard were full of boats smaller than mine! ha ha.. After considering sleeping in John's little boat I think I'll be glad to "rough it" with my choice of three berths below decks, or if I feel really tough in the comfy cockpit.
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