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Great Loop Cruising on the Honey Badger

About the Honey Badger
By Deborah Kristmann
Posted on 12/20/2018 7:59 PM
Honey Badger as she sits at Snead Island Boat Works on Snead Island in Palmetto, Florida. November 2017 during our maiden voyage bringing her to Naples, Florida.


1986 Nova Heritage East Sundeck
- 36′ LOA, 13.5′ Beam
- Single Ford Lehman 120 hp
- bow thruster
- stern thruster
- 300 gallon fuel capacity
- top speed 10 knots (yup, we aren’t going anywhere fast!)

Interior space features 2 state rooms each with queen size beds, 2 heads with showers, galley, salon, helm.

Kurt and I first started talking about doing the Great Loop a little over 2 years ago. We talked a lot about what kind of craft we thought we would need. Fast and comfortable was our first impulse. After much research and discussion we realized “fast” was not going cut it. The Great Loop being over a 5,000 mile journey with approximately 145 locks . . . you just don’t go anywhere “fast”. If you do go fast you have much waiting ahead of you and economy of travel will sky rocket. That is why many who do the loop choose trawlers or tugs with semi displacement hulls and diesel engines. We began to think more realistically about changing our mindset to slow and easy!

Comfort remained a key criteria for our Loop boat. If we were going to be on the water for a year we felt it was important to have as much interior and exterior space as possible. BUT, we had to factor in the overall length of a boat that we would feel comfortable handling and docking (at times in inclement weather). With the intention of having family and friends join us along the way on this trip two comfortable staterooms was a must. The Sundeck style trawler are known to have a maximum both interior and exterior space and seemed to fit the bill. 

“What did the snail say while riding the turtles back?”

Snail: “Wheeeeeeeee!”

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