Hey everyone, I started this thread to document a trip that my mother and father have just left on. it is called the "1090 trip". in the boating world, there is a route known as the "great circle loop". It is an established loop that is designed to be 100% navicable by boats of just about any size. only limitation is how daring you want to be. it allows you to see a great veriety of land and waterscapes across a good part of the country. It is roughly 6000 miles to complete.
here is a map of the great circle loop, or "the greatest loop" as titled in the map:
My parents have intentions to complete the great circle loop, hopefully in the next 5 years or so, but they are wanting to sell the current boat and get a slightly larger one beforehand (something you can sleep on).
what they left for today is the 1090 trip. it is a 1,190 mile "warm up" trip that goes from Miami, Fl. to Hampton, Va. they are making the journey in a completely open 22 footer.
The trip has been in the works for about a year, when the planning started.
Below is a map of their projected daily progress. originally the plan was to start in virginia and end in florida, but they are now going the other direction, so the mileage numbers are added in the wrong direction, however the dailt legs remain the same.
here is another map that's easier to see, jsut without the mile markings
though their trip only started today (4/15/2012), the boat's journey started in january. I towed the boat 900 miles from their house vienna, virginia, to where i live in melbourne, florida. I stored, maintained, and of course had a little fun with the boat for a few months.
they flew into melbourne, saturday 4/14, and sunday 4/15, we left at 7:00am to trailer the boat the last 180 miles from melbourne to miami.
after a quick lunch at a delicious hole in the wall cuban resturaunt, we launched the boat and they may they got on their way to Ft. Lauderdale.
here are the pictures from 4/15/2012 (melbourne to miami to ft lauderdale)
picket them up at their hotel
a good hearty Cuban meal before they hit the water
last minute loading and prep before launch
glamour shot of the truck
last time the boat will see it's trailer for over 1000 miles of water.
sending off my arguably insane parents.
Last communication was a picture showing they had made it to the marina in Ft. Lauderdale via a picture of what i can only assume was a rum punch and pina colada filled dinner
on a side note, i faced a little challenge of my own. I will be headed back up to virginia with the boat trailer in about a month to pick them up, and spend the summer up there. the challenging part......i have an off road trailer i pull to transport all of my tools, equipment, and "toys" back and forth. i have to get both the 900 miles north, but didn't want to mess around with pulling a road train. so it was off to the drawing board to figure out how to load my trailer onto the empty boat trailer.
first attempt didn't work out so hot. if the tires were to drop off past the loading ramps there would be a risk of damaging the boat trailer.
lowered it back down and pulled it up the ramps a second time with no wheels, just rolling on the hubs. now it's all set to be loaded up and trailered back
My father is a professional photographer, so in his normal fasion, will probably be taking thousands of pitures. i will sort through what he sends me and update this thread with each completed leg of their trip.
hopefully this is entertaining to some of you, and for any boaters out there, maybe even a catalyst for the planning of your future adventure
"keep it between the navigational beacons"