"Honey, Let's Get a Boat!"

This book by AGLCA's founders, Ron & Eva Stob, has been the impetus for many to get in the Loop. Eager for a change and deaf to the admonitions of their children, the authors purchase a 40-foot trawler. They catch the excitement of visiting sea ports, the fear of plowing huge bodies of water, the thrill of moving through 145 locks, and the delight of wandering down the inland rivers. The classic Great Loop book about the cruise aboard a 40-ft trawler. Planning Guidebook in Appendix. Paperback and includes two 8-page color inserts. Illustrated throughout with B&W photographs. 6”x9” 304 pp.
Book Cover of Honey Let's Get a Boat

This is the definitive book that popularized the movement of cruising America’s Great Loop. First published in 1999, it is the story of a couple who encounter each other and a quirky boat as they discover America from the water's edge. Their nautical ineptitude is evident from the beginning, but pulling from their personal and collective strengths, Ron and Eva overcome doubt, a lack of experience and real and imagined horrors. The odyssey is told the way life hands out its portions--sometimes humorously, sometimes tragically, but always memorably.


The writing is light and appealing, but there is a serious strain running through the book for those who relish history and graphic descriptions of the landscape. Eva, astute and attentive to detail, chronicled the adventure and kept an accounting of expenses, equipment and charts. As a result, the appendix which is updated with each printing, is worth the price of the book for anyone interested in planning their own Great Loop Cruise. It contains information on the boat and equipment, costs of the cruise, recommended guidebooks and where to become educated about boating.


Raven Cove Publishing’s first book, it is presently in its seventh printing with over 20,000 copies having been sold. Both the authors are excellent photographers and the book is eye-catching with full color inserts and black and white photographs throughout. This award-winning Amazon.com bestseller is considered a “must read” for those planning to cruise America’s Great Loop.


Appendix/Guidebook is updated with each printing and includes:

  • How to buy the boat
  • Financing the cruise
  • Planning the route
  • Choosing equipment
  • Recommended guidebooks
  • Where to get charts and guidebooks                 
  • Information on Customs

Whether you are a hopeless romantic, vicarious traveler, or serious boater, you will find this book both instructive and entertaining.



  • First Place: 1999 Travel Book, North American Travel Journalists Association
  • Finalist: Travel Essay, 2000 Benjamin Franklin Awards, Publishers Marketing Association (now The Independent Book Publishers Association)
  • Consistent Bestseller in various categories on Amazon.com such as Outdoors & Nature/Outdoor Recreation/Sailing Narratives; Biographies & Memoirs/Regional Canada/Territories