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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

Dolphins 60 miles from shore in the Gulf of Mexico



Dolphins 60 miles from shore in the Gulf of Mexico in crystal clear water. Farthest we were out was about 60 miles out and deepest water was 227 feet. Crossed the gulf from Mobile to Tampa in 51 hours total even with fog and wave delays and mostly all during the daylight hours. Had the coolest dolphin experience ever.

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Just keeping it between the red and the green… Mobile to Gulf Shores #MissMari…

Just keeping it between the red and the green… Mobile to Gulf Shores #MissMarianne #greatloop

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Prepping for a haul out at Dog River Marina in Mobile – Great Loop travels



http://www.lifeofacaptain.com – Prepping for a haul out at Dog River Marina in Mobile – Great Loop travels

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Last of the Tombigbee River – Mobile Bay Ahead – Great Loop travels



http://www.lifeofacaptain.com – Last of the Tombigbee River – Mobile Bay Ahead

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Pulling into Mobile AL … back to civilization – Great Loop travels



http://www.lifeofacaptain.com Pulling into Mobile … back to civilization #missmarianne great loop

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14 mile bridge in Mobile was not in 3 of our 4 books – Great Loop Travels



http://www.lifeofacaptain.com 14 mile bridge in Mobile was not in 3 of our 4 books… It had been open for three hours and just closed for maintenance before we got there. Luckily they lifted it for us after waiting maybe 10 minutes. The book that mentions it says its normally closed but to call whether the bridge is up or down. They are on channel 13.

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14 mile bridge in Mobile was not in 3 of our 4 books… It had been open for thr…

14 mile bridge in Mobile was not in 3 of our 4 books… It had been open for three hours and just closed for maintenance before we got there. Luckily they lifted it for us after waiting maybe 10 minutes. The book that mentions it says its normally closed but to call whether the bridge is up or down. They are on channel 13.#MissMarianne #greatloop

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Made it to Mobile… 7 states, 11 rivers, 26 locks and 1155 miles in 18 days #Mi…

Made it to Mobile… 7 states, 11 rivers, 26 locks and 1155 miles in 18 days #MissMarianne #greatloop

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Stealth battleships in Mobile #MissMarianne #greatloop…

Stealth battleships in Mobile #MissMarianne #greatloop

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Stealth battleships in Mobile #MissMarianne #greatloop

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