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Old 16-01-2018, 16:54   #16
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Re: Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC) Worth It?

Invaluable in the North Channel where nothing but shipping charts are available. The member harbour reports are the only way to access the remote bays and anchorages safely. Most other places on the Great Lakes are well supported by other resources. Camaraderie and fun...go for it.
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Old 16-01-2018, 17:13   #17
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Re: Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC) Worth It?

I've never understood why a cruiser needs to belong to some group or other to enjoy the camaraderie that they speak of so often. We get all of that we want by simply going around an anchorage being friendly to our fellow cruisers. Flying a burgee wouldn't change that very much, so we generally don't.

Ann and I are now lifetime commodores in the SSCA. When we joined many years ago they were a fairly unique source of offshore cruising info and that was their primary role. Obviously, there are countless alternative sources these days, but SSCA has morphed into a different beast, with all sorts of activities and programs that may be of interest to yotties, especially newcomers... internet based info, lessons, equipment reports, community support efforts, local "cruising stations" to help out visitors and so on. We don't have the need for lots of these features, but still retain membership (free for us old timers) and support their efforts where appropriate. Each cruiser must decide whether they get value for the reasonable fees... and lots do join.

From what has been posted here, the GLCC is quite a bit dearer and offers a smaller benefit package to members. For the OP, you might investigate the SSCA and see if it is a better fit for you.

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Old 25-01-2018, 10:48   #18
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Re: Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC) Worth It?

For the Canadian side of the lakes the Ports Cruising Guides have been invaluable for information on everything, including anchorages and how to get in and out of the tricky spots. I've used one ( actually on 3rd now) for Georgian Bay and they are well worn pages.
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