Your hosts are Joe and Barbara Huber from Lexington Ky and Fort Myers Beach Florida. Our loop wake is starting around February 1st 2019. We were exposed to the loop by our dear friends Mike and Leann Rowe on their boat ROWE BOAT. The Rowes lived in Lexington back in the 80’s and Leann and Barbara worked together at WVLK radio station. We have traveled all over the world through the years together and have enjoyed every trip, their company and more importantly their friendship. So why not follow their lead on looping. They crossed their wake and completed the Loop in 2016. Now, as Gold Loopers their advise and council have helped us through the process. I went to my first AGLCA meeting with them in 2015 when they stayed with me at our condo in Fort Myers Beach only 3 miles away from the Pink Shell complex. We have attended Rendezvous and Trawler Fest since then to learn more about what boat we wanted and needed. We also attended classes and took on boat training with Captain Chris.
The boat shopping took us to several cities around the country and quite a few models and brands. Whenever we were at a marina with the Rowes on their loop Mike would go on and on if there was a Fleming docked there. We toured a Fleming at one of those stops. So when a Fleming came up for sale less than 8 miles away from our Condo it seemed like it was meant to be. It cost lots more than we had budgeted but we are only doing this once and love the space on this Fleming 55. We bought the boat 15 months prior to our departure date. We have updated the electronics and went through most all of the systems on the boat. Added hand held remote controls for the bow/stern thrusters and windless. Replaced canvas, isenglass, motor on dinghy and lots of other things. So here we are just 3 weeks away from casting off our lines. What have we forgot? what did we not do in our prep?…well follow along and will find out together.
As far as what did we do to fund this event. Joe retired from a family farm equipment dealership started by his dad in 1972. He started working in the family business in 1967 at another dealership at the age of 12. Fast forward to today the dealership is being run by our son Ryan and our nephew Jason. Barbara has worked in the advertising business since 1978 at 2 radio stations and several advertising agencies over the years. She now owns her own agency which she intends to run during our loop trip. So internet is a big need through the trip. We think we have that covered as well. If we go for a long period without posting it’s either we were wrong about that or we are having too much fun to find time to share. Please comment and we will answer as we can.
So the most often question we hear is where did the name come from. Well at one of the agencies where Barbara worked they hired a temporary receptionist for a few days. On the temp’s first day when Barbara returned to the office she introduced herself and said my name is Barbara Huber and I am expecting a phone call I’ll be in my office please forward the call. Not 15 minutes later a call came over the intercom BALAHULA you have a call on line 1. Well that became her nickname… many people still call her that or even shorten it to Bala. When it came time to name our boat there was not much discussion, we knew the name. (Actually Joe knew the name, he wants me to love this. The jury is still out 😉 🤞🏻)