We were published in Cruising Odyssey

http://cruisingodyssey.com/2017/11/26/taking-on-the-great-loop-on-a-1960-chris-craft-constellation-and-loving-it/

Taking on the Great Loop on a 1960 Chris-Craft Constellation and Loving It

How’s this for a modern-day adventure, although with a tip of the hat to a golden oldie? Albert Bartkus and Cindy Chebultz have joined a growing number of cruisers who are taking on the Great Loop, and they’re doing it on a classic 1960, 50-foot wooden Chris-Craft Constellation named MissMarianne. And to prove they’re totally up to date, Cindy is taking pictures and posting them on their blog, lifeofacaptain, just about every day.

They left Chicago, their home port, on Oct. 27, and figure that by the time they’re through with the Loop, plus side trips, they’ll cover 7,000 miles, cruising through 20 states in the U.S. and two provinces in Canada. So far, they’ve gone down to Mobile, which isn’t a bad start. That’s Cindy with a friend from another boat, above left, and Albert on the Chris-Craft in Chicago, above right.  For a great sense of what life on the Loop looks like, read more: http://lifeofacaptain.com

Dinner cruise in Petey (the Torpedo) aka TT #missmarianne Albert Bartkus had t…

Dinner cruise in Petey (the Torpedo) aka TT #missmarianne Albert Bartkus had to clear out some cobwebs


Dinner cruise in Petey (the Torpedo) aka TT #missmarianne Albert Bartkus had to clear out some cobwebs

Posted by Cindy Chebultz on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Some videos of the ride back to Burnham Harbor this morning (spent the night at …

Some videos of the ride back to Burnham Harbor this morning (spent the night at Marina City last night) #missmarianne Albert Bartkus

Some videos of the ride back to Burnham Harbor this morning (spent the night at Marina City last night) #missmarianne Albert Bartkus

Posted by Cindy Chebultz on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Chicago on #MissMarianne (second half of video – the internet cut out at the loc…

Chicago on #MissMarianne (second half of video – the internet cut out at the locks)

 — with Albert Bartkus.

Chicago on #MissMarianne (second half of video – the internet cut out at the locks)

Posted by Cindy Chebultz on Monday, September 17, 2018

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Soldier Field to downtown Chicago and a tour of #missmarianne (sorry for the par…

Soldier Field to downtown Chicago and a tour of #missmarianne (sorry for the partial muted sections, silly facebook copyright rules)

 — with Albert Bartkus.

Soldier Field to downtown Chicago and a tour of #missmarianne (sorry for the partial muted sections, silly facebook copyright rules)

Posted by Cindy Chebultz on Monday, September 17, 2018

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My helm hi jacked again. Getting her wheel time on. Standing by for a lift below…

My helm hi jacked again. Getting her wheel time on. Standing by for a lift below the Amtrak bridge. #MissMarianne

My helm hi jacked again. Getting her wheel time on. Standing by for a lift below the Amtrak bridge. #MissMarianne

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Sunday, September 16, 2018

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Just like the good ol Days … Back home in Chicago #missmarianne

Just like the good ol Days … Back home in Chicago #missmarianne


Just like the good ol Days … Back home in Chicago #missmarianne

Posted by Cindy Chebultz on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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1960 Chris Craft 50 Constellation – Marianne in 2014



1960 Chris Craft 50 Constellation – Marianne in 2014 #missmarianne before she was brought to Chicago

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Someone else shot some aerial of us last weekend. #MissMarianne Got some video o…

Someone else shot some aerial of us last weekend. #MissMarianne

Got some video of you guys as you came by us in Playpen South the other day

Someone else shot some aerial of us last weekend. #MissMarianne

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Friday, August 17, 2018

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Marianne back in her element in Chicago. Prodly sporting our Gold Great Loop burgee.

Marianne back in her element in Chicago. Proudly sporting our Gold Great Loop burgee.



Marianne back in her element. Prodly sporting our Gold Great Loop burgee.

Posted by Albert Bartkus on Saturday, August 11, 2018

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