Getting ready

Today I established a blog for when Hank and I depart on the Great Loop cruising adventure.  It was not as difficult as I thought it would be.   So the first step is complete.

Boats are female.  I have often wondered why that is so….??   Is it because sailors of long ago wanted to be reminded or their mothers, wives, mistresses, daughters,??  Or is it because boats can be testy machines creating much frustration and therefore, just have to be female in the Captain’s eyes?  Provided that the Captain is of the male species!

Our boat is named Salt Lick.  This name is neither male nor female, but Salt Lick is still referred to as a “she”.  I did not choose this name, although Morton, the dinghy, is my choice and that dinghy is “male”!!

We are in the prepping stage of “getting ready” to go.  For those of you who are not familiar with boats, this means that Salt Lick is presently being buffed and puffed and checked and all systems reviewed, and new equipment, such as a wi-fi and cell boosters, is being installed.  Once “she” departs the big time boat yard and spa, we will spend several days stocking and provisioning food, drink, clothing and navigational items required.  This will take about a week.  THEN we will let the lines loose from the dock, wave good bye to Hilton Head Island, cruise a short way down Broad Creek, connect with the Intracoastal Waterway , and set our course  heading North.

This adventure will take approximately one year  to complete, cruising around 6,000 miles.  We invite you to come along with us via our blog – “”.



14 thoughts on “Getting ready

  1. How exciting! You have spent lots of time preparing and now you are on the brink of a grand adventure. Best of luck and have fun!


  2. Jan and Hank,(Mates) may you have a wonderfull time, and a safe travel, and may the wind always be at your back, God Bless. Where are your travels going to take you in this next year?


  3. Janet and Hank, Safe travels! The only thing I can say about boats and women is that they both are very expensive! See you up north.


  4. Janet, I just read your first post and am already hooked. It will be an exciting adventure and I am eager to follow you step by step (or should I say wave by wave). wishing you fair skies and smooth seas. Bon Voyage! Pam


  5. Lovin’ Buc’s updates…and yours too. Glad to know Salt Lick is in tip top shape!
    Enjoy every minute and mile. xo


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