For more information: The Kadey-Krogen 48, with a cruising speed of 8 knots, has a striking profile with a beautiful sheer line and open flybridge.
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To complete the circle, Loopers head up the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, a beautiful but often challenging route that runs from the Florida Keys to Norfolk. According to America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association, at any time, about 300 “Loopers” are tilting at completing the full circle of about 5,000 miles — or more, depending on specific route choices. Every year around a hundred boats prove this point by completing a circumnavigation of the entire eastern U. via the Great Loop, a continuous waterway connecting lakes, rivers, sounds, canals, the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. In the fall, the boats flock downstream with the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers and cross to Florida in November after hurricane season has passed. Vte Av Vb0j8F The shallow-draft Beneteau Swift has a cruising speed of 16 knots, an enclosed pilothouse, an open flybridge and a stern swim platform. The next leg goes through the Erie Canal and on to the Great Lakes for the summer months. Vk4g9Fb0j8E The Newport Offshore combines two 800 hp Volvo Penta diesel engines with a hydrofoil-enhanced hull to provide a smooth and stable ride.