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"Honey, Let's Get a Boat...": A Cruising Adventure of America's Great Loop Paperback – April 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Raven Cove Publishing (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966914007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966914009
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,231,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the best stories about powerboat cruising that I have ever read. -- Joseph F. Janson, Seaworthy Publications, Nov. 1998

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"Honey, Let's Get a Boat..." won first place in the Travel Book category in the 1999 North American Travel Journalists Association Awards Competition.

It is hard to find a group of cruising skippers today that doesn't include someone who has just completed, is planning to make, or knows a person who has just made the Great Loop trip. (From Waterway Guide-Great Lakes 1994 Edition article featuring Walter Cronkite)

And there's hardly an issue of a magazine that doesn't include travel adventures of someone cruising America along the water's edge. Every year hundreds of boaters complete the Great Loop Cruise while thousands more dream of doing it in their lifetime. Many wait until retirement, while others bail out at an earlier age to embark on a lifestyle where lawnmowers don't exist and the sun always sets over sparkling water.

Honey, Let's Get a Boat... is for the hopeless romantic as well as the serious boater eager to learn about America's Great Loop (or Great Circle) trip. Honey.... also appeals to the suburban banker and the corporate executive eager to leave their jobs for adventure aboard boats.


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If your you're going to or are just thinking about boating the Great Loop you must read this book.
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The book relates as much about the history and culture of the places visited along the way as it does the process of navigating the waterways.
Bonnie Neely
An easy read that is also entertaining as well as a reference book for many locations along the way.
Richard Irwin

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Kane on February 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
There is not a day that goes by when I don't eat, sleep, and dream about boats. Whether you're an avid fan of boating or just enjoy a day on the water, "Honey, Let's Get A Boat" is a must read.The Stob's have the uncanney ability to describe every detail in such a way, it makes you feel as though you are on board with them. From one who reads as many boating books as I can lay my hands on, none are written better than "Honey, Let's Get a Boat!"Once you start reading this book, you won't be able to put it down. There's only one problem with it though - By the time you're finished reading this book, you'll want to cruise America's Great Loop. Buy the book and you won't stop talking about it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "ewhiteh" on April 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have a nautical library of over 450 books dealing with all aspects of boating. This is one of my favorites. If you want technical, try Chapman's, If you want to capture the "why" we go boating, get this book.
I have been a sailor all my life, well, except for the Navy, which was powerboating, so to speak. Anyway, I had not heard of the "Great Loop" until I read this book. Now my wife and I will be buying a power catamaran in January of 2004 and starting our own great loop trip. Thank you Ron and Eva Stob. How many books have you read that spur you to spend a small fortune, risk becoming a boat bum, just so you can enjoy the experiences of the author? A precious few I suspect.
It's nice to see so many other people have read and enjoyed this book and I hope you'll be the next one because that way, I'll see you out on the loop along with us.
"Honey, Let's Get A Boat" is fun, it's practical, and it's humorous: what more could you want? A great read!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard Irwin on January 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
A fine informative book. An easy read that is also entertaining as well as a reference book for many locations along the way. Spelling out restaurants, marinas, anchorages,costs for the trip ,etc.Any boatman or would-be boatman will enjoy this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Neely on January 8, 2005
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Honey, Let's Get a Boat"

by Ron and Eva Stob

Here is a must read for not only boating enthusiasts but all those who ever imagined themselves pulling up stakes and setting out on a year or more adventure of travel. Ron and Eva Stob do a wonderful job of recounting their year-long journey on a forty-foot trawler, which began in Florida and circled up along the intercoastal waterway to New York and then up the Hudson River to Lakes George and Champlain to the Saint Lawrence River in Canada and on to the Great Lakes and Chicago and then down the river systems to the Gulf of Mexico and back to Florida. This route, known as "America's Great Loop," took them through waterways, locks, scenery, history, and cultures as varied as one could find anywhere.

Even though the book is written in the first person by Ron as the narrator, I can assure you, on the basis of having had the good fortune of meeting this delightful couple, Eva had a big part in helping relate the experiences encountered throughout their year of traveling these waterways. The book is a great read from start to finish and includes an appendix, which is a guidebook to anyone contemplating a similar venture. From the interesting and humorous aspects of just how this couple took the leap of quitting their jobs and finding and purchasing the trawler to their final encounter with the tropical storm Gordon,( becoming Hurricane Gordon,) as they returned to Florida after their year of cruising, the reader will be fascinated by vivid descriptions of places and cultures, as well as the difficulties and near disasters. Ron's "tongue in cheek" satire and humor and his honest self-criticism enhance the imagery of the book and bring alive the characters and places.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James Clausen on February 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
How many books could send you out the door to spend your life savings. The only one I know of is "Honey Lets get a Boat." We first found the Stobs at a boat show in Florida, we heard of their book and bought a copy, we read through it in one night and we were hooked. We bought a boat of our own, a 46 footer and we started in Florida last summer (2000), we left it in New York on the Erie Canal for the winter. I should say here that we only can travel in the summer during school break, we're on the move with 4 kids ages 9 to 13. And this is not a race, it is an adventure of a lifetime. We bought 6 more books from the Stobs, their book explains better than we could what we are doing. One of the people we sent it to took one month to read it, he would read a few pages each night, just to make it last. James Clausen, Motor Vessel "Summer School".
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on April 17, 2003
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There are lots of technical boating books out there and they are easy to find. This book chronicles one couple's own adventure on the "Great Loop" in their first cruiser, a 40' (wow) trawler. I loved the writing style--great humor and sometimes romantic descriptions of the goings on (Mr.'s descriptions of Mrs., their married kids' near "marital conflagration" on deck, the story of the chocolates, cruising with the senior ladies. The descriptions of the travel are very well written. The experiences aboard will be appreciated by addicted boaters and non-boaters alike. This is an adventure story. When I finally retire and head for the Great Loop in my cruiser, I will think often and fondly of the Stob's and this delightful book.
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