Information On Cruising The Great Loop



Exciting interviews and information on cruising the Great Loop!


  • Great Loop Radio: Preparing a Fresh Water Boat for Salt Water

    25/08/2017 Duración: 29min

    On this week's episode of Great Loop Radio, we'll discuss what to do to prepare your fresh water boat for the salt water found on parts on the Great Loop route.  Our guests, Captains Chris & Alyse Caldwell, will share tips about your engine coolant, anodes, and the age old question of whether fresh water boats hold their value better than salt water boats.

  • Great Loop Radio: Safe Boating in Chicago

    18/08/2017 Duración: 30min

    On this episode of Great Loop Radio, Larry Dostal of the Chicago Harbor Safety Committee will join us to provide advice on safe boating to Loopers heading to Chicago.   

  • Great Loop Radio: Fire Aboard

    11/08/2017 Duración: 25min

    On this week's episode of Great Loop Radio, Tom Hale joins us to talk about common causes of fire aboard.  Tom also shares what to do if fire breaks out. 

  • Great Loop Radio: What to Expect During the Boat Buying Process

    28/07/2017 Duración: 32min

    After the popular thread in the forum this week regarding when a sea trial should happen on a boat you're interested in purchasing, we thought it was a great time to do an episode of Great Loop Radio on what to expect from the boat buying process.  Curtis Stokes of Curtis Stokes & Associates joins us to explain the ins and outs, including details on the sea trial, the survey, the closing, and more.

  • Great Loop Radio: Clearing Canadian Customs

    21/07/2017 Duración: 31min

    Join us as Chris Kealey of the Canada Border Services Agency explains the procedure to follow when arriving in Ontario by boat. 

  • Great Loop Radio: Boating Infrastructure Grants

    14/07/2017 Duración: 29min

    On this week's episode of Great Loop Radio, Boat U.S. Vice President of Public Affairs, Scott Croft, shares details about  boating infrastructure grants (BIG) just awarded for facilities that cater to transient boaters.  We also discuss two important current issues, electric shock drowning and keeping your outboard and electronics safe from theft.

  • Great Loop Radio: Both Sides of Lake Michigan

    07/07/2017 Duración: 52min

    This week's episode is a rebroadcast of two episodes that originally aired in 2016 covering cruising both sides of Lake Michigan. Foster Schucker and Susan Wilson cover cruising the Wisconsin side, while Pat & George Hospodar cover the Michigan side.

  • Great Loop Radio: The Trent-Severn Waterway and Canada's 150th Birthday

    23/06/2017 Duración: 28min

    Join us as Chad Buchner, Manager of Canal Operations for the Trent-Severn Waterway, tells us what to expect along this historic canal as they prepare to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. 

  • Great Loop Radio: New Transient Dock in Paducah, KY

    09/06/2017 Duración: 22min

    A new transient dock will soon open in Paducah, Kentucky, providing a much needed fuel stop for Loopers.  Paducah's Director of Park Services, Mark Thompson, will be our guest on this episode to tell us more about the new facility and what services will be offered there.

  • Great Loop Radio: The Great Loop of Europe

    02/06/2017 Duración: 29min

    AGLCA members, Captains Ed & Sue Kelly, are two prairie-raised Iowans who sold everything, bought a boat, and sailed off into retirement.  Sounds familiar to many Great Loopers, but this couple's first Great Loop was not in North America.  It was the Great Loop of Europe!  Listen to learn about this fascinating 6,000 mile trip aboard their 40' catamaran.  

  • Great Loop Radio: Safe Boating Week

    26/05/2017 Duración: 21min

    It's National Safe Boating Week and Rachel Johnson, Executive Director of the National Safe Boating Council, is our guest!  Rachel will share information on staying safe on the water, including tips on finding the right life jacket, the importance of safe boating courses, technology that can help keep you safe, and more!

  • Great Loop Radio: Cruising FUNdamentals-Your Perfect Boat

    19/05/2017 Duración: 31min

    On this week's episode of Great Loop Radio, Captains Chris and Alyse Caldwell share tips on what to consider when searching for your perfect boat. They'll teach you how to KNOW whether a boat is perfect for you, including tips on considerations for  budget, guests aboard, engine room access, boat handling, and more.  

  • Great Loop Radio: How to Finance Your Dream Boat

    05/05/2017 Duración: 32min

    On this week's episode of Great Loop Radio, Cindy Lewis of Sterling Associates gives tips on how to finance your dream boat.  Cindy was one of the most highly rated speakers at our recent Spring Rendezvous, and she'll cover everything from requirements for obtaining financing to tax benefits and consequences, plus much more.

  • Great Loop Radio: Norfolk Waterfront District Re-Opens

    21/04/2017 Duración: 26min

    This week's episode of Great Loop Radio features a discussion with Tom Van Benschoten of Waterside Marina in Norfolk.  The waterfront area of Norfolk has undergone a complete revitalization with the new Waterside District set to open.  The marina has also completed several improvements and more are planned.  Join us to learn more about this new not-to-be-missed destination for Loopers.

  • Great Loop Radio: Why You Shouldn't Go Easy on Your Diesel Engine

    14/04/2017 Duración: 24min

    On this episode of Great Loop Radio, marine systems expert Steve D'Antonio tells us why we shouldn't go easy on our diesel engines and explains the damage that can happen when running at a light load for extended periods of time.

  • Great Loop Radio: Celebrating the Erie Canal's Bicentennial

    07/04/2017 Duración: 21min

    Join us on this week's Great Loop Radio podcast for a discussion on the Erie Canal and its bicentennial celebration.? Our guest is Steven Gosset of the New York Power Authority.  The NYPA assumed ownership of the NY State Canal Corporation, including the Erie Canal, earlier this year.

  • Great Loop Radio: All about AIS

    31/03/2017 Duración: 32min

    Join us as Jim Healy discusses AIS, what it is, and how to use it.  He'll also cover best practices for when to use (and not use) this technology.

  • Great Loop Radio: Update on Efforts to Fight Anchoring Restrictions in Florida

    17/03/2017 Duración: 29min

    Several recreational boating associations have come together to ensure that boaters' rights to anchor in Florida's public waterways are preserved.  The coalition has retained Jerry Paul of Capitol Access to lobby on our behalf.  Join us for this episode of Great Loop Radio as Jerry, along with Mike Bodin of the Marine Trawler Owners Association, gives us an update on the current status of the bills filed in Florida.

  • Great Loop Radio: Kids on the Loop

    10/03/2017 Duración: 19min

    Join us for this week's episode of the Great Loop Radio podcast with guests 10-year old Lucas Pronk and 7-year-old Marcos Pronk.  The boys will share details of their Great Loop adventure so far and talk about some of their highlights.  We'll also talk about a new program AGLCA is introducing to facilitate the sharing of information among special interest groups like families doing the Loop.

  • Great Loop Radio: Contaminated Fuel and Oil

    24/02/2017 Duración: 30min

    What color is your engine oil?  Join us as Captains Chris and Alyse Caldwell of Captain Chris Yacht Services tell us what to look for to determine if your fuel and oil are contaminated.  We'll include causes and cures for several common engine oil and transmission fluid problems.

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