The best houseboats for the Great Loop - a planing, displacement, or a trawler?

by Jim
(Long Island, NY)

Best houseboats to travel the Great Loop?

Best houseboats to travel the Great Loop?

The best houseboats to travel the Great Loop, do I get a planing, semi displacement, or a trawler? That's a question that gets discussed often.


I'm thinking of doing the great loop in the next few years. What is the best house boat in your opinion? I was looking at the 52 Bluewater, or another type of Pilot House. I am not a fan of a trawler (slow and large draft in my opinion).

Thanks Jim.




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Reply - Answer
Well Jim, congratulations on your decision to do the Great Loop, it should be an unforgettable, and possibly a life changing experience.

As to what houseboat that I think is the best to travel the loop, hmmm, there is definitely some models that would get my vote. I think your choice of a Bluewater or a Pilot House model are good and sound choices.

You could also consider a Harbor Master, a Pluckebaum, a Carri Craft catamaran, or even a Gibson would be suitable if you kept an eye on the weather forecast.

The topic of using houseboats to travel or cruise the Great Loop is a popular one, and you may find of particular interest the following articles on our site.

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In closing, if you get a houseboat and start doing the Loop, be sure to take some pictures and do come back and post some of your experiences since I'm sure many readers are in your same situation, and they would love to see and read about your trials and tribulations.


Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their Great Loop houseboat experiences. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found near the bottom of this page.


Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats


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