They completed the Loop in November 2014 in Florida after 14 years of boating in stages up the Atlantic coast, through the Great Lakes, and down the Mississippi and other rivers to the Gulf of Mexico.
The trip covered some 7,200 miles (with side cruises) and 25 states. Because the route avoids open sea, boaters are usually within sight of land and close to harbors. They also can branch off into the Caribbean Sea or the Canadian Heritage Canals.
Most boaters cover an average of 50 miles a day, leaving time to visit beaches and other attractions. Some of the sights encountered included the Statue of Liberty, downtown Chicago, steamers in the Mississippi, and divers in the Gulf of Mexico. Generally, the Loop's travelers proceed counter-clockwise, starting in the Intracoastal Waterway.