The Great Loop – Life of a Captain

Two years ago today Albert Bartkus and I left for the adventure of a lifetime!! 5418 miles around the Eastern US in a 1960 all mahogany 50' Chris Craft. It's all documented on the blog https://lifeofacaptain.com/the-great-loop/

The Great Loop – Life of a Captain

Great Loop Boating Safety Provisions on #MissMarianne 1960 50′ Chris Craft Constellation October 14, 2017/in #MissMarianne, Great Loop /by admin Great Loop Boating Safety Provisions on #MissMarianne – Ditch Box, First Aid Kit, Defibulator, Flir, Underwater Sonar, Radar, Life Raft, EPIRB, AIS, HD…

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We’re on Page 21-24 of Great Lakes Boating – October 2018

Pre print sneak peak to an article in Great Lakes Boating magazine about Marianne, Cindy Chebultz and I doing Americas Great Loop. Article is on page 22, 23 and 24. #MissMarianne #GreatLakesBoating

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Great Lakes Boating – October 2018

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5,418 miles later … We switched our burgee to gold #missmarianne Albert Bartku…

5,418 miles later we completed the Great Loop … We switched our burgee to gold

 

Congratulations to Albert Bartkus & Cindy Chebultz, who have crossed their wake and earned the gold burgee aboard their 50′ 1960 Chris Craft Constellation, “Marianne”!

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Back home in Chicago again with #missmarianne 5,418 miles and 18 states later……

Back home in Chicago again with #missmarianne 5,418 miles and 18 states later… More to come, burgee changing ceremy, dock party …with captain Albert Bartkus (sorry the sound is muted in places … “sweet home chicago” is copywritten)

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Back to Chicago with #missmarianne

Back to Chicago with #missmarianne … 5,500 miles and 18 states she’s back home

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Little cross traffic today. The SS Badger. One of the last coal fired steamers i…

Little cross traffic today. The SS Badger. One of the last coal fired steamers in the world. #missmarianne


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Left Frankfort this morning running 16 kts and steering a coarse for Manitowoc….

Left Frankfort this morning running 16 kts and steering a coarse for Manitowoc. Little rain and fog. Spun up the radar and ran across the lake. We emerged from the fog and low and behold we are back in central standard time zone. Its been a while. #missmarianne

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My job entails firing off these big blocks every morning. Sound never gets old. …

My job entails firing off these big blocks every morning. Sound never gets old. Passed under the Mighty Mac also. #MissMarianne

 

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Will make Lake Michigan today. It will be almost 8 months since i have been ther…

Will make Lake Michigan today. It will be almost 8 months since i have been there with Marianne. Hopefully it’s warmer down there because upper Lake Huron is still real cold. Notice the strait track from the stern. 40 plus year old Benmar Auto Helm.



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It was a great layover in Port Huron. Meet many good people again. I hope to ret…

It was a great layover in Port Huron. Meet many good people again. I hope to return in September and see some of you again. We will see. #MissMarianne

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#MARRIANNE on the Great Loop! We are missing Cindy …These guys left Chicago O…

#GREATLOOP! #MARRIANNE! We are missing Cindy. These guys left Chicago October 27th on Marrianne went to Florida now on the final stretch back to Chicago.

 — with Albert Bartkus and August C Etsch.

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Getting closer to home. #missmarianne

Getting closer to home. #missmarianne

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I have a symphony in my engine room. These are 454 Crusader’s with EFI.they are …

I have a symphony in my engine room. These are 454 Crusader’s with EFI.they are running at 3500 rpm’s in this video and doing 16kts. And some of our location sticker collection. She has acquired a cool travel history. #missmarianne

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My method of adjusting packing nuts. I last did it about 3 months ago in 75 degr…

My method of adjusting packing nuts. I last did it about 3 months ago in 75 degree salt water. Now the water is fresh and cold requiring another adjustment. I like to do it while under way always. Not at dock. The saft actually heats a little when running so in my opinion if you do it at the dock and get it just right it may not be the case when under way. This is only my opinion but works for me. #MissMarianne.

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Whipped up a lite lunch on the run. Lake Erie is great today. Won’t be later on …

Whipped up a lite lunch on the run. Lake Erie is great today. Won’t be later on so we are just stepping it up a bit and keep her moving. #MissMarianne

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Erie Canal Day 5



Amazing last day of the Erie Canal run to the Niagara River. Went through many cool little towns. Everywhere there was a lift bridge was worth of an over night stay. We got stalled at one bridge for a Memorial Day Parade. Had to wait for the attractive younger bridge tender so we went to watch the parade and continued on. over 5 days and 35 locks and about 500 miles but don’t quote me on it. We had a great experience in New York State.

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Erie Canal Day 4

Here is Day 4 of the Erie Canal in time lapse. Much more interesting today. The big thing today is we cleared the lowest bridges in the system on this stretch. #MissMarianne

Erie Canal Day 4

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Just paid a brief visit with Miss Marianne as she made her way through my homepo…

Just paid a brief visit with Miss Marianne as she made her way through my homeport of Brewerton NY on her Epic Voyage.





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Erie Canal day 2



Start of the day to the end time lapse of us running the Erie Canal from Amsterdam, NY to Sylvan Beach. 12 locks, lots of fuel and hammer down.

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Erie Canal day 2 – Great Loop

I normally don’t like to post long videos but this one is of today. All day start to finish. Left Amsterdam, NY to Sylvan Beach. About 11 hours of running hard. Also helped not having any other boats around us so we managed 12 locks. Fuel stop in the middle of the video. #MissMarianne

Erie Canal day 2

Start of the day to the end time lapse of us running the Erie Canal from Amsterdam, NY to Sylvan Beach. 12 locks, lots of fuel and hammer down.

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Erie Canal Day 1



Start of the Erie Canal West bound, Day one. Cruised along with a couple Huckins Yachts today so that was pretty cool.

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Erie Canal Day 1 – Great Loop

Today we hit the Erie Canal. This Time Lapse is almost the entire days run west. We had the opportunity to run along with a couple Huckins Yachts Heading to Michigan but not before going through the Trent Severn Waterway first. We had the pleasure of meeting another Chris Craft Boat Club member, Todd Henzell. Marianne took the lead later in this run and we stepped up the pace just a bit. #MissMarianne

— with August C Etsch.

Erie Canal Day 1

Start of the Erie Canal West bound, Day one. Cruised along with a couple Huckins Yachts today so that was pretty cool.

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Time lapse of us running up the Hudson. We passed West Point in this segment

Lets burn some fuel! One more to share for today. Time lapse of us running up the Hudson. We passed West Point in this segment. I kept it short. I time Lapsed the entire 90 plus miles we ran today but shortened it to share here. Current was mild and weather early was interesting. #MissMarianne

1 Hudson

One part of the full day, 90 mile run up the Hudson to Albany, New York.

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