Today is June 17, 2019

Port Captain Introductions: Mike Kohut

Cindy - May 30, 2018

Mike Kohut, who spends his winters in the in the Florida Keys and summers aboard his trawler, Blue Chip, has been appointed as the new Port Captain for Mackinaw City, Mich. (H-76.5). Let's give him a cheerful, "welcome aboard"!! Here's a bit about he and his wife's cruising experiences. Please click here to read more!

New US Customs & Border Patrol Reporting System App - ROAM

Joann Mead - May 21, 2018

The US Customs and Border Patrol have announced a new cell phone or tablet app for pleasure boater for reporting their arrival into US.  This app, CBP ROAM (Reporting Offsite Arrival - Remote), can be downloaded from Google Play Store or Apple App Store at no cost.  One will need to set up an account at to create profiles about the travelers and conveyances. It can be used by all travelers coming into the US via private vessel no matter the nationality of the traveler or the vessel.  Please see  Also, an article on theboatgalley website has additional information:

For a complete review of check in requirements for both US and Canada, please see the revised article by Brad Somers, Rear Commodore (Ret), US and Canadian Boarder Reporting Requirements.

Port Captain Introduction: Thomas Buckley

Cindy - May 19, 2018

If you're heading through the Detroit River, please stop at Gross Ile, Mich. (D-74) and say hello to newly appointed Port Captain Thomas Buckley. He has been boating for over 50 years. His first boat was a 12-foot plywood kit by Montgomery Ward. He moved up from the 12-foot to present 47-foot Bayliner. He has spent time cruising the Great Lakes mostly on Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Lake Huron and the North Channel. He is a prior Marine Deputy and Boaters safety instructor, as well as a Boating Accident Investigator. He completed USCG 100-ton Master Licensing Course. Tom and his wife Carol live aboard their 47 Bayliner Motor Yacht from April to November. He is a Past Commodore for the West River Yacht & Cruising Club (2014).

2018 Lake Erie Rally

Cindy - September 6, 2018

Attention: Gondoliers and Mates!!! Are you planning to attend the famous TUSCAN NIGHTS Lake Erie Rally? You need to register TODAY! Time is running out to get your registration in on time! We need our final numbers - so don’t delay! You don’t want to miss out on this tantalizing Tuscan weekend! Our hotels, the Quality Inn and The Best Western have rooms blocked at special GLCC rates, but will be released by May 14, 2018. Because this is a very popular summer destination, these rooms will go very quickly! Go to the Lake Erie Rally event page and sign up today! Fabulous food, wonderful wines, magical music, the best of boating friends, and a very memorable weekend await! Be sure to contact Lynda Leque if you need dockage for your boat at or 330-844-0726. We have several first timers signed up and would love for you to attend with them! Register today!!