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Grand Banks 42 Starts the Great Loop from Madisonville Louisiana
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Meet the "Loveliest" loopers in Louisiana. Dave & Jane are ready to start the adventure that most of us can only dream about...the GREAT LOOP!

The Lauves (Pronounced LUVs) will be cruising along the ICW any day now in their classic Grand Banks 42 named BISCUIT.

Intending to start the loop from the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville LA they have no real schedule except to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family somewhere along the east coast. They recognize that schedules can be a problem while cruising and are prepared for changes in their plans.

We were invited aboard for a few days of Building Cruising Confidence  and to help them meet their goals to work better together as a team. With two eager students and weather better than forecasted, we managed to cover a lot of timely topics including trip planning, anchoring, running a range and launching the dinghy using the mast and boom. Clear communication is essential and we practiced that during our crusing time as well as during docking maneuvers.

Keep an eye out for these Lauvely loopers and maybe you'll get to hear about some of their amazing adventures along the waterways.

This marvelous marina is along the Tchefuncte River in Louisiana.
A lower helm station is equipped with everything you need including VHF radio, two separate chart plotters and great visibility.
Jane took some time to get more comfortable at the helm. They both recognize that it's important for each crew member to learn to drive.
Alyse & Jane spent time honing traditional mate duties and discussing many of the live-aboard topics you just can't read about in a book.
This couple has terrific team work skills in life but needed a few tips on how to translate this to boating success.
Anchor retrieval is easier for Jane when she uses arm signals to let Dave know where the anchor is and which way to steer the boat.
Ta-da! Anchor is up with NO yelling!
You may see this photo on a boat card! Standing on the side deck of this full walk around classic trawler, smiles abound at the end of a successful day trip.
Sweet! The right boat for the right couple...Let's go cruising!
     

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