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Franklin couple completes America's Great Loop

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Wayne and Jody Carter

Wayne and Jody Carter aboard their 2007 Meridian 459 power boat, “Chasing Eighty°.”

Wayne and Jody Carter of Franklin recently received their BaccaLOOPerate degree from America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association (AGLCA). 

The degree is given in recognition of completing one of the world’s most unique adventures, America’s Great Loop. Boaters doing the Great Loop are on a 6,000-mile journey that circumnavigates the eastern part of the U.S. and Canada, cruising up the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, through the New York State Canals, into the Great Lakes, down the inland river system, across the Gulf of Mexico and around the southern tip of Florida. 

The Carters completed the Great Loop aboard their 2007 Meridian 459 power boat, “Chasing Eighty°.” In addition to facing the challenges inherent to long-distance cruising, the couple enjoyed unparalleled views of the U.S. and Canada from the distinct vantage point of the water’s edge. 

Approximately 100 boats complete the Great Loop each year, making it a feat more unique than swimming the English Channel or climbing Mount Everest. Throughout this trip of a lifetime, they relied on America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association to provide them with information and assistance vital to the successful completion of their journey.

For more information on America’s Great Loop, contact America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association, located at 500 Oakbrook Lane in Summerville, South Carolina, at 1-877-GR8- LOOP (478-5667), go to or email

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