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We completed our Great Loop in 2003!
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We are Dick and Diane Hanson, from Woodbury, MN. This Web site is all about our retirement dream, cruising The Great Loop by boat. We hope you find it interesting, convenient, and informative.
Click on any of the buttons above. The Background describes how we became committed to this adventure and prepared for the launch in October, 2002. Our Boat describes our vessel, "Souvenir." Practice Run is a feature we didn't expect, but turned into a fortunate experience. The Great Loop is a multi-layer subset that describes The Plan, and is where we keep Our Log, build Our Story as we go (in ten Stages), and file our digital More Photos. Finally, there is the Links page where we list hyperlinks to other relevant Web sites we pick up along the way. And now that we have completed our Loop, I've added a new page to chronicle Post-Loop Cruises. Please enjoy our adventure with us. We are very fortunate to continue "Livin' the Dream."
Suggestion: Don't overlook "More Photos" and "Links" - the pictures in "More Photos" are larger and generally better quality than the ones accompanying the text in the "Stages," and especially you boaters will find some interesting related websites in "Links."
UPDATE-ONGOING: Since completing our Great Loop and the last complete update, I've been very delinquent in documenting our Post-Loop Cruises. After "summering" at home in Minnesota on the St. Croix River, and "wintering" in the Florida Panhandle the past three years, we brought Souvenir back down to our Winter Home Port @ Baytowne Marina, Sandestin, FL, in three legs taking from September, '06, through January, '07, where we are currently enjoying our retirement "condo-on-the-water" one more time. This means that Souvenir and I have "done the Tenn-Tom" ten times in five years (with various crews). I have lots of photos and notes about all those trips, and "someday" may update this website.........01/29/07.
Meanwhile: We are approaching the Fifth Anniversary of our purchase of Souvenir on 03/01/02. And as much as we love Souvenir, and cruising up and down the river, it was a 5 year plan, and it's time to move on. So, yes, Souvenir is For Sale! Here is the pertinent information (also please click on Our Boat for more photos):
For Sale by Owner
is a 50’ 2001 Carver 506 Motor Yacht, the perfect long-range cruiser or
“floating condo.” The unique design offers the equivalent
living/entertaining and storage space of larger yachts. It was purchased new by
the current owner in January, 2002, in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. This vessel is
a hard enclosed (no canvas, no soft plastic windows, but plenty of all-weather
visibility), Command Bridge and Aft Deck Motor Yacht with three staterooms, and
three heads. It has four distinct levels, the fly bridge, aft deck, “living”
cabin and the staterooms; all can be fully air-conditioned or heated. The
spacious living area is a full-width great room that encompasses the saloon with
in-cliner seating and entertainment center, galley and dining area with table
and chair seating. On the bridge, there’s a wet bar with refrigerator and ice
maker, and comfortable seating for captain and guests, including an L-shaped
lounge aft and a doublewide lounge on the starboard side. The hardtop, with its
retractable sunroof, spans the entire bridge and aft deck/sun-room. The yacht
includes an 11’ Novurania hard-bottom, inflatable tender with
a 25 hp Mercury motor, cover, power davit and chocks.
wood cabinetry and trim highlight the great room, including the fully equipped
galley and dining area; a microwave oven, three-burner electric range,
refrigerator, separate freezer, ‘Karadon' counter tops, trash compactor, and
plenty of storage. The master stateroom features a queen-sized walk-around
berth, with private head, tub and stall shower, and vanity, each in separate
compartments. The forward VIP stateroom features a queen-size berth, private
head with separate shower stall, and generous storage including cedar-lined
hanging lockers. A third stateroom/utility room provides two crawl-space single
berths convertible to a double-size berth, hanging storage and private head
compartment with shower and vanity, and separate washer and dryer. The
electronics include, Radar, GPS Chart-plotter, autopilot, and VHF Radio.
Baytowne Marina, Sandestin, FL
Dick Hanson, Motivated Seller
Cell Phone: 651-249-9541