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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 08 Sep 2016 22:33 #1

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We started on the Allegheny River outside of Pittsburgh on our '07 Discovery 288 and plan to complete The Great Loop (over 6,000 miles). You can follow the trip at oneifbylandtwoifbyseablog.wordpress.com/ .

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 08 Sep 2016 23:16 #2

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Enjoy yourselves and have a safe trip. We just finished doing the triangle loop, it was great.
trianglecruise.wordpress.com/blog/

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 21 Sep 2016 23:27 #3

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We've made it 900 miles from Pittsburgh to the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers. Unbelievably, we've come across another Discovery 288 (from Idaho no less) here in the Marina on the same Great Loop adventure and will cruise together to Mobile.

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 22 Sep 2016 09:42 #4

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Please keep posting, I'm taking notes... :cheer:

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 22 Sep 2016 13:01 #5

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Well heck I should have waved ! Good luck on your trip.
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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 11 Oct 2016 23:50 #6

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We took some time off, but will be back on the boat later this week. Check our blog for news oneifbylandtwoifbyseablog
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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 12 Oct 2016 15:58 #7

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Great adventure keep it up and the postings. :P

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 12 Oct 2016 19:10 #8

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Glasply1 wrote: We started on the Allegheny River outside of Pittsburgh on our '07 Discovery 288 and plan to complete The Great Loop (over 6,000 miles). You can follow the trip at oneifbylandtwoifbyseablog.wordpress.com/ .


I'm curious, did you add fuel tanks to your boat? Is it a diesel?

i'll be following you.

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 12 Oct 2016 19:24 #9

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Also... i wish I would have came across this sooner. I see that you were at our dock in Marietta, OH a month ago.
Have a wonderful trip.

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 17 Oct 2016 21:10 #10

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Read your blog last week.Great site.Want more pictures.Tell us more about some of the marinas you stop at.That would be helpfull for those plannimg the trip.Good boating to you.

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 17 Oct 2016 23:53 #11

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Our boat is a 350 gas I/O. We're carrying two 5 gallon tanks strapped to the bow. There are really only two tricky spots for our comfortable cruising range (180 miles) that we need to manage (and one of those we don't need to worry about until next fall). Our first challenge will be crossing the Gulf from Carrabelle, Florida. We'll add another gas can and are establishing just how far we can go at various rates of speed. We do about 1.5 mpg at 20 knots. I think we can get up to 2 mpg if we slow to 10 knots, but that feels so slow I struggle to do the test! Wind is a wildcard and can cost us .2 to .3 of mpg performance. In the absolute worst case we'll dinghy to shore with our gas cans and get enough gas to carry us through.

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 17 Oct 2016 23:54 #12

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Thank you. Sorry we missed you. Marietta was a really nice stop for us.

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 17 Oct 2016 23:57 #13

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We're going to try to put more pictures up as we go. This blog stuff is actually a lot of work! If you haven't found it already, ActiveCaptain is a great FREE resource on marinas. There are a lot of posts from boaters for most stops together with an up to date description.

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 17 Nov 2016 01:21 #14

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10 mph is terrible for mileage. You will get your best at hull speed or well on plane. At 10 you will plow and most likely get less mileage than on plane.
In your spare time check out some mags that do boat tests. They will show mileage at all different speeds. All boats perform basically the same as you will see.
Btw, when you get to Georgian Bay and North Channel, plan to spend as much time as possible. I think you will find this area the best cruising of your trip.
We will be in the area for about 3 months. Early June through early Sept.
Boat name is Shannon.
Google Cruisers Net. They broadcast at 9am July and Aug. Lots of info and boats call in and give their location. We always call in.
Been boating this area for over 50 years and can give you some tips of places to visit.
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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 17 Nov 2016 03:43 #15

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My 2858/7.4B2 does best @ 7.4 knots, yielding 4 GPH burn. 10 mph might be working just fine for him.

Forget the mags. Trust your Floscan.
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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 19 Nov 2016 18:23 #16

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I agree on-plane is best way to go (and we can't get and stay there much below 20mph). You can hear the engine "get happy". I also believe there is a slower speed at which we may get better fuel burn, but 10 to 15 knots is about the worst for us as we simply plough through the water. It is remarkable how close our fuel burn is relative to the other 288 we're traveling with. We have a dinghy tilted on the swim step while they are towing theirs. As a result they travel about 2-3 knots slower than we do but burn about 10% more fuel. I have heard a lot about Georgian Bay and we're looking forward to spending time in the area next summer.

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 19 Nov 2016 18:55 #17

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Watching the Looper board, looks like there was some good weather windows.

It's been awhile since your last wordpress update, did you make it across the Gulf?
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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 29 Nov 2016 02:48 #18

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Nope, we left our boat at Eastern Shore Marina (Fairhope, AL) and returned home for Thanksgiving. Will be heading back on Wednesday to continue the trip with the other 288. We're hoping to get some reasonable weather (it's pretty bad now) as we plan to get to Dunedin, FL, via Carrabelle and Steinhatchee before Xmas when we'll fly home one more time before continuing in early January. We have no plans to fly home after that. We're going to go through the Keys and hopefully to Cuba before heading north for the spring on the eastern seaboard and the Great Lakes in the summer.

We're only blogging when we're on board. Thanks for reading! I know you're active on the AGLCA forum as I see your notes.

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 03 Feb 2017 17:20 #19

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The boat has run GREAT from Pittsburgh down the rivers to Mobile, along the Florida panhandle to Carabelle, then across the Gulf and down the west coast to Fort Myers. BUT, now we have a problem. I was warned of weak transoms on these boats and sure enough, we've developed a transom leak. It's not from around the transom assembly, the exhaust bellows, or shift cable housing. We've resealed every through hull screw including the drain plug. I've tasted the bilge water to ensure it's not a freshwater leak. Any problems across any of those would have been good news as this repair requires pulling the engine and drive and probably two weeks to fix. I guess we'll have a nice clean bilge when done and I'm assured a better transom than new.

I've seen mentioned somewhere here on the forum about a Bayliner lifetime hull warranty. Is that true? Is it relevant in this case?

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 03 Feb 2017 18:17 #20

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I'll have to keep an eye out when you reach the Trent canal system in Canada. That's where we do our boating, and we see many people doing the loop!!
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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 03 Feb 2017 23:59 #21

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We look forward to getting there as we understand the cruising in the area is fantastic. Of course it all depends of keeping the back of the boat attached!

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 04 Feb 2017 00:22 #22

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Have you been able to pinpoint the source of the leak? Our previous boat was a 1998 2858, an leaks I had other than on the engine were from some place on the out drive. I would want to definitively know the source of the leak before pulling the motor. The swivel shaft seal on the steering is a typical source for water ingress. If you can't see an actual leak on the transom, and the access is good on the 288, I would recheck the out drive area.
Good luck on the rest of your journey, the 288 is a great boat.

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 11 Feb 2017 12:47 #23

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We've found the leak! It is indeed a cracked transom just below the outdrive. I guess this is the CLASSIC issue known to afflict Bayliners. A guy in the boatyard told me a coast guard guy on Lake Erie told him once that nothing sinks like a Bayliner and I was totally warned by friends about this Bayliner issue in general and on this model in particular. So what to do? Obviously we'll need to fix it and I'm told it'll be better than original, but we still have 4,000+ nautical miles to travel and well over 400+ more engine running hours before we're done. That's years worth of normal boating for some people. Remember this is an '07 purchased with only 175 hours so we're talking about putting "years" worth of use on her. At the same time, Floridians tell me we're crazy to be doing the loop with an I/O. We love the lines on the boat, the performance and space, but wonder about the on-going extraordinary investments (beyond normal maintenance) that might be required to get this otherwise modestly valued boat around the loop. I know this is the Bayliner Forum so expect most are brand fans, but I'd appreciate some honest perspective on whether we're trying to coax too much out of the boat. At the same time, have others had transom repairs done and how did it work out?

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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 12 Feb 2017 02:00 #24

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get her fix and carry on.When you get to lake Simcoe on your way to Georgian Bay.....give us a call.We plan on starting the loop in July
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Discovery 288 on The Great Loop 12 Feb 2017 13:10 #25

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Been following the blog. Love the detail you guys put into it. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

Just curious, but why is an I/O not recommended for the loop?
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