We lived aboard Sankaty for ten months, while doing America's Great Loop . South from Wisconsin to Key West via the Illinois, Mississippi, Tennesse, and Mobile Rivers.  Click on the blue words for more pictures and  maps...

North from Florida via the east coast, Intercoastal Water Way (ICW) to Chesapeak Bay, then Hudson River to Lake Champlain, visited Montreal, entered the Saint Lawrence Seaway and then the Trent-Severn Canal to Lake Huron.

We looked at Pearson 35, Pearson 365, Morgan 34 with centerboard, Morgan 38, Tartan 33 fractional rig with scheel draft, Tartan 37 with centerboard, Allied Princess Ketch, and a center cockpit Gulfstar 42 before we settled in on the Mariner 36 from New Hampshire.  The Mariner 36 insides are a lot like the Tartan 37 insides, but more economical and she only needs a 50' bridge clearance. a nice plus on the rivers and the panhandle of Florida.

We used navigation software and found it to be outright dangerous particularly when batteries were replaced in the GPS that was feeding the position information to the software..  The navigation software goes into a dead reckoning mode, but does not appear unusual on the screen.
Contact Markus Ritter, near Green Bay, WI  920-746-1510

or at markusritter@hotmail.com
This page was last updated on: October 26, 2011
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