What is a Harbor Host?
Harbor Hosts are volunteers who lend a helping hand to other Loopers as they pass through their home ports. Members in need of local knowledge or assistance, or who just want to say hello to a Harbor Host on their way through, reach out via phone or email. Harbor Hosts provide advice and information on local services and things to see and do. Some go above and beyond by offering rides for provisioning, or will meet you at a marina to enjoy Docktails. Many Harbor Hosts have also provided written Harbor Guides about their areas. Please don't hesitate to contact a Harbor Host. They are waiting for your call or email!
Find a Harbor Host
Search geographically on our Great Loop map.
Search by name, state, city, or other database fields and the results will be shown in a table and on a map.
Become a Harbor Host
There are some basic guidelines for this voluntary program and you will be emailed those guidelines within a few weeks. Your participation in the program will vary based on the amount of time you can commit to it but potential ways to assist as a host can include: offering navigational aid, suggesting local things to see and do, recommending boat vendors, etc. Many Harbor Hosts also offer a written guide for their area, called a Harbor Guide. Please note, though, host services must remain completely non-commercial so if you earn a living in the marine industry, products or services cannot be mentioned in your capacity as a host. If you are willing to serve as a host, please sign up and we will post your information in the Harbor Host section on the website. Most importantly, you will gain the satisfaction of knowing you have reached out and helped fellow Loopers fulfill their dream.
To become a Harbor Host, visit your account areas and select "My Profile". Near the bottom of that page, find the field for "Is a Harbor Host?". Check that box and then scroll to the bottom, and hit Save. You will now be listed in Harbor Host searches on the website.
Each year, AGLCA members nominate Harbor Hosts who have gone above and beyond to assist them in the previous year. The membership then votes from among the finalists to select the True North winner. This prestigious award was named for Tom & Patsy Conrad, our first Harbor Host of the Year winners whose boat was "True North".
Nominations are accepted year-round with a stronger push for nominations in the first quarter of each year. Nominees are usually announced in late February/early March followed by a few weeks of voting. The winner(s) is announced and invited to attend the Spring Rendezvous to receive the award. Use the form below to nominate someone. You will only see the form if you are logged in as a member.