Captain James Lowe
USCG 200 Ton Licensed Master
Having spent a decade as a delivery captain on the Great Loop adventure, I've amassed over 100,000 miles navigating its waters in both directions, aboard various vessels. While I've successfully and repeatedly completed numerous substantial segments of this journey, a few short gaps remain to achieve my personal goal of 'Crossing My Own Wake.'
The Great Loop
So what is The Great Loop?
The Great Loop is a circular boating route, unbroken and stretching up to 6,000 miles, with occasional shorter variations, as it spans the eastern United States and parts of Canada. This breathtaking adventure allows boaters to explore the country's wilderness expanses between numerous sights, including hundreds of small towns and several major cities.
Boaters typically begin a circular journey, often traveling counterclockwise to avoid challenging river currents. This route spans approximately 5,200 to 6,000 miles and ultimately brings them back to their starting point. It's important to note that the Loop can be completed in either direction. The duration of this adventure varies depending on the pace of travel and the chosen stops along the way. Furthermore, there is the option to explore additional side trips during the journey, such as the Dry Tortugas and the Bahamas. The possibilities for side trips and the overall duration are quite flexible, with no strict limitations. The only timing limitation pertains to planning for winter, as numerous northern marinas and canals operate only seasonally
This remarkable journey navigates diverse waterways, from offshore routes along the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico to inshore passages along the Intracoastal Waterways, because the loop is a sightseeing adventure most of the loopers will be on the ICW where applicable.
The Loop consists of various water routes, including the Great Lakes, New York Canals, Inland Rivers Mississippi River, Ohio River, Hudson River, Tennessee Rivers, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Florida Keys, Okeechobee Waterway, and 1300 miles of Florida’s coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. During this journey, boaters visit lively cities such as Atlantic City, New Orleans, Tampa, Chicago, New York, Miami, Charleston, and St. Louis, as well as many 100’s small towns.
if for any reason you need to leave your vessel while on The Great Loop and require assistance in securing your vessel or getting it back home, Captain James Lowe and his Crew are available to assist you. With their boat handling expertise, they can assist in safely securing your vessel or providing vessel relocation services to transport your boat safely back to your home port. Whether you have encountered unexpected circumstances or simply need to cut your journey short, Captain James Lowe and his Crew are here to help make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.