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Welcome to our Web site!

We completed our Great Loop in 2003!


We are Dick and Diane Hanson, from Woodbury, MN. This Web site is all about our retirement dream, cruising The Great Loop by boat. We hope you find it interesting, convenient, and informative.

Click on any of the buttons above. The Background describes how we became committed to this adventure and prepared for the launch in October, 2002. Our Boat describes our vessel, "Souvenir." Practice Run is a feature we didn't expect, but turned into a fortunate experience. The Great Loop is a multi-layer subset that describes The Plan, and is where we keep Our Log, build Our Story as we go (in ten Stages), and file our digital More Photos. Finally, there is the Links page where we list hyperlinks to other relevant Web sites we pick up along the way. And now that we have completed our Loop, I've added a new page to chronicle Post-Loop Cruises. Please enjoy our adventure with us. We are very fortunate to continue "Livin' the Dream."

Suggestion: Don't overlook "More Photos" and "Links" - the pictures in "More Photos" are larger and generally better quality than the ones accompanying the text in the "Stages," and especially you boaters will find some interesting related websites in "Links."

UPDATE-ONGOING: Since completing our Great Loop and the last complete update, I've been very delinquent in documenting our Post-Loop Cruises. After "summering" at home in Minnesota on the St. Croix River, and "wintering" in the Florida Panhandle the past three years, we brought Souvenir back down to our Winter Home Port @ Baytowne Marina, Sandestin, FL, in three legs taking from September, '06, through January, '07, where we are currently enjoying our retirement "condo-on-the-water" one more time. This means that Souvenir and I have "done the Tenn-Tom" ten times in five years (with various crews). I have lots of photos and notes about all those trips, and "someday" may update this website.........01/29/07.

Meanwhile: We are approaching the Fifth Anniversary of our purchase of Souvenir on 03/01/02. And as much as we love Souvenir, and cruising up and down the river, it was a 5 year plan, and it's time to move on. So, yes, Souvenir is For Sale! Here is the pertinent information (also please click on Our Boat for more photos):


For Sale by Owner


Souvenir’ is a 50’ 2001 Carver 506 Motor Yacht, the perfect long-range cruiser or “floating condo.” The unique design offers the equivalent living/entertaining and storage space of larger yachts. It was purchased new by the current owner in January, 2002, in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. This vessel is a hard enclosed (no canvas, no soft plastic windows, but plenty of all-weather visibility), Command Bridge and Aft Deck Motor Yacht with three staterooms, and three heads. It has four distinct levels, the fly bridge, aft deck, “living” cabin and the staterooms; all can be fully air-conditioned or heated. The spacious living area is a full-width great room that encompasses the saloon with in-cliner seating and entertainment center, galley and dining area with table and chair seating. On the bridge, there’s a wet bar with refrigerator and ice maker, and comfortable seating for captain and guests, including an L-shaped lounge aft and a doublewide lounge on the starboard side. The hardtop, with its retractable sunroof, spans the entire bridge and aft deck/sun-room. The yacht includes an 11’ Novurania hard-bottom, inflatable tender with a 25 hp Mercury motor, cover, power davit and chocks.


Cherry wood cabinetry and trim highlight the great room, including the fully equipped galley and dining area; a microwave oven, three-burner electric range, refrigerator, separate freezer, ‘Karadon' counter tops, trash compactor, and plenty of storage. The master stateroom features a queen-sized walk-around berth, with private head, tub and stall shower, and vanity, each in separate compartments. The forward VIP stateroom features a queen-size berth, private head with separate shower stall, and generous storage including cedar-lined hanging lockers. A third stateroom/utility room provides two crawl-space single berths convertible to a double-size berth, hanging storage and private head compartment with shower and vanity, and separate washer and dryer. The electronics include, Radar, GPS Chart-plotter, autopilot, and VHF Radio.


LOA (length over all): 51’7" (generally referred to as a  50’ boat)

Beam (width): 15’4"

Draft (distance from the waterline down to the lowest portion of the boat): 54"

Bridge Clearance w/arch: 20’ 10" (to top of anchor light, with VHF antenna down)

Weight (w/fuel and water): 47,900 lbs

Water System: 158 US gals

Waste System: 95 US gals (two separate forward and aft tanks)

Fuel System: 510 US gals

Engine Power: Twin Inboards (Cummins 450 diesels); 20 mph cruise/25 tops; 1850 well-maintained hours with proven performance on The Great Loop in 2003 and since. They provide fuel-efficiency at trawler speed (10 mph), with the ability to get up and make time if desired, or required.

Auxiliary Power: 20 kw Kohler Generator with inverter, and twin 50 amp/240 volt shore power cords


                                            Current Location:           Baytowne Marina, Sandestin, FL

                                            Asking:                              $450,000

                                    Contact:                     Dick Hanson, Motivated Seller

                                                                       Cell Phone: 651-249-9541

                                                                       E-mail: rehanson342@aol.com