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Great Loop Gallop

Beneteau is promoting its Swift Trawler 34 on a four-month passage of the route around eastern North America

The Beneteau Group is known for innovative boats, but for its Swift Trawler 34 it has also cooked up an inventive marketing campaign: Race it around the Great Loop in only four months, get the marine industry to share expenses, bring boating writers on board for different legs to maximize publicity, and then sell it at the end of the trip.

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About the Great Loop and The Greatest Loop

The Great Loop is a circumnavigation of eastern North America that includes the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Hudson River, the Great Lakes, the Canadian Heritage Canals and the inland rivers of America’s heartland. Depending on the route taken, it can run anywhere from about 5,000 to 7,000 miles and some “Loopers” take years to complete it.

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A new adventure every day

Geography lessons from the trawler clan

Destination: a new horizon on board a Nordic Tug 32.Bob and Sharon Bond bought their Krogen 42 in 2007 and named her Big Run. They spent their first three summers on Chesapeake Bay, upgrading gear, repairing systems and, mostly, just learning about their boat, which they love.

Now retired, they cruise to the Bahamas to escape the Pennsylvania winter — and to further their education. In March, they learned one of their biggest lessons yet.

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Trawler talk about cruising grounds

Kevin and Donna Steele, Nordic Tug 39 Carefree
On weekend cruising and beyond

Kevin and Donna Steele cruise on their Nordic Tug, Carefree.The good: The solar panels on the pilothouse roof allow us to keep Carefree on a mooring all season and have enough juice to keep all of our food and beverages cool, so when we come on board, it’s plug-and-play. And the boat has a combination of liveability, solid construction and reliability, seaworthiness and fuel economy that make it the right boat for us.

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Easy cruising at 65 mph

You can cover a lot of miles with a trailerable trawler

Story and photos by George Sass Sr.

Until recently, most of my cruising has been done on trawler-style boats designed for crossing oceans or at least capable of serious coastal cruising. Crossing over to the “dark side” of powerboats after years of sailing, I became a devout convert to trawlers, espousing the many virtues of such brands as Nordhavn, Grand Banks, Fleming and Great Harbour.

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