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What We Do

We help each other.

The GLCC was founded in 1934 to share cruising information among its members. It is still our core purpose. Our famous Log Book and Harbor Reports contains decades of detailed observations by our members, who have personally visited the areas, anchorages, harbors or waterways described in the individual reports.

Not all places have restaurants, grocery stores, medical facilities, and fuel docks. Just as when the club was founded, there are still wilderness and uncharted areas of the Great Lakes. Our reports are sometimes the only ones available for a particular location, including this anchorage in the Whalesback Channel, and this harbor in the Bay of Islands.

The harbor reports are viewable, printable, and saveable to your computer for off-line use while cruising.

Unlike commercial products, our harbor reports are constantly updated. They are maintained by our members in this "wiki" format on the Web. All GLCC members are, of course, encouraged to contribute their own observations, so we can continue to keep the reports up-to-date and state-of-the-art.

About 200 harbors have GLCC Port Captains. These dedicated individuals take special care of visiting members, and represent the club in a variety of ways. They are a great resource, especially when you are cruising outside your normal area.

Our collective experiences on the vast Inland Seas also provide great material for boating discussions and stories, wherever we get together. Besides our annual Rendezvous, we have rallies, flotilla cruises, and social events. However, most GLCC meetings just happen, because several members just find themselves in the same anchorage at the same time. We like having fun together.

Over 1000 Harbor Reports

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One of the great member benefits of joining the Great Lakes Cruising Club is access to our detailed Cruising Guides for over 1000 harbors of the five Great Lakes as well as Lake St. Clair. Our Harbor Reports are continually updated by fellow GLCC members, and the latest versions are immediately available on this website.

Tuesday in the GLCCSchool – A Cruising Guide to Lake Ontario’s Bay of Quinte and the 1,000 Islands

Stretching for almost 100 miles in northeastern Lake Ontario the Bay of Quinte and the 1,000 Islands offers boaters a wide range of possibilities. Whether your preference is a secluded anchorage away from the crowds, a night on the town within walking distance of your boat, or just being one with nature in a national park, this eastern Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River cruising area has everything you are looking for. Join Eric Sunstrum Tuesday, January 31st for his wonderful presentation of A Cruising Guide to Lake Ontario’s Bay of Quinte and the 1,000 Islands.

Thursday in the GLCCSchool – The GLCCSchool Electrical System Package: Solar Power Systems and Lithium Battery Technology

Want to upgrade your boats electrical system? Want to learn more about solar power and lithium batteries? Join Tom Trimmer on Thursday, February 2nd as he kicks off his outstanding GLCCSchool webinar series with Solar Power Systems for Great Lakes Cruising Boaters. The second webinar in this series, Lithium Batteries Technology for Cruising Boats will air two weeks later on February 16th. You can choose to watch either of these webinars separately or sign up for the series to save some money and gain lots of knowledge.

GLCC at the 2023 Toronto International Boat Show

The GLCC will be at the Toronto International Boat Show January 20-29, 2023. We have an updated look at the show this year with our all new booth and four of our members are presenting seminars at the show's main presentation venue.

2023 Spring Launch Weekend

It seems like most of us on the Great Lakes just finished putting our boats away for the winter. But, as all cruisers know, it’s never too early to start thinking about launching again in the
spring. For years, part of the spring launch ritual was the annual GLCC April Launch meetings.
After unsuccessful attempts to meet since 2020 due to the pandemic, we are confident about meeting in person in 2023. Hold the dates May 5–7 for our Spring Launch meetings at the Marriott Fallsview Hotel in scenic Niagara Falls, Ont.

2022 Harbor Report Updates

Consolidation of the 2022 Harbor Reports with significant changes during the year. And now we start on 2023 - Happy New Year!

Port Captain Introductions: Dan Kerpelman

Our newly appointed Port Captain, Dan Kerpelman, for Rochester, N.Y. (O-6) was introduced to sailing at five years old on his father’s 14-foot wooden dinghy. He was immediately hooked and progressed through many phases of sailing from there. He learned to solo on a Sunfish at seven.