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I am considering doing the loop solo with my dog, Bode.  I have little boat experience.  My plan would be to get a boat and and slip near my house in TN.  I would train, hire a captain for some training, on the boat until I either felt capable to set out on the loop or else I would sell the boat and move on to something else.  I am curious on your thoughts to doing the loop solo as well as what steps you would recommend to see if this is something that I should try to do?

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hi

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cookies

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are you want it?

 

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Greg,

 

Many have done, and are currently doing the loop solo.  Just make sure you select a boat you can handle on your own.  Visit www.greatloop.org.......it has tons of good info to point you in the right direction.  

 

Cheers!!

 

Wayne 

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