7 Things Every Great Looper Should Know
Ever dreamed of cruising the Great Loop? Don’t loose your lines without this critical knowledge.
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Join the Club
The America’s Great Loop Cruisers Association (AGLCA) is an indespensible resource for boaters planning or dreaming about doing the Loop. Here are three key reasons to join:
1. Their forum provides day-to-day information posted by people currently doing the Loop, and you can register to receive these posts via email. If you follow the forum the year before you leave, you can copy a wealth of information on marinas, anchorages, border crossings, shallow spots, etc., into your planning document.
2. You can fly a distinctive burgee. The white burgee, the membership burgee, is flown on boats currently on the Loop. The gold burgee is flown by members who have completed the circuit. So, when you stop at a marina, it’s easy to identify members of AGLCA. Before you know it, you’ll be making lifelong friends. Other boaters are the best ways to learn about cruising and get information on what to expect on the way.
3. You’ll be able to attend the AGLCA Rendezvous, normally held in Norfolk, Va., in the spring and in Rogersville, Ala., in the fall. These gatherings feature exhibits, seminars and expert speakers and are a great place to meet and learn from other Loopers. One of the best events is the Looper Crawl, where you can tour many of the boats attending the rendezvous. If you’re planning to do the Loop but don’t yet have a boat, you can see the many sizes, types and brands available and talk to the owners.
For more information on the AGLCA, visit www.greatloop.org.