This is my 20 foot Hydrostream Venus, which has a small cabin and handles rough water relatively well… With the new Evinrude 150 HO outboard, it gets great fuel mileage – 5.5mpg at 30-40mph, which makes the Great Loop somewhat affordable. Being smaller, marina fees will be considerably less also. This year, 4 of the locks in the Illinois River will be closing June 1, for 4 months – so, I plan to be in Chicago before June 1, going the ‘wrong’ way – clockwise. The speed of this boat will allow for that, even with some lay days for weather.
CHANGE OF PLANS – FELIX partially sank in Hurricane IAN, SO – Taking a different (WAY DIFFERENT) boat on the LOOP in 2023
The start of documenting my 2020 Great Loop trip (which never happened because of COVID).
SkeeterCat – the boat I will use for the 2020 Great Loop…
As you will see next, SkeeterCat was not used for the Great Loop – changed my mind and decided to use FELIX for 2022.
Since I did not complete the Great Loop this year, stopping in Norfolk and trailering the boat home, I decided that I did not want to miss the Erie Canal, so I signed up to do the Cycle the Erie Canal 2019 bike ride. It is a 400 mile ride over 8 days from Buffalo to Albany on trails and roads right next to the Erie Canal. I am going a day early to do an optional pre-ride from Buffalo to Niagra Falls and back before the ride starts on July 8. When the ride is complete, I will take the shuttle that brings me and my bike back to Buffalo so I can fly home.