Welcome to America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association (AGLCA).
We are your one-stop-shop for all things "Great Loop"!
What is the Great Loop?
It's a 6,000 mile circumnavigation of the eastern portion of North America that our members cruise aboard their own boats. The route, which is primarily comprised of protected waterways, takes you through 15+ states and provinces, and includes the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Chesapeake Bay, the New York State Canals, the Great Lakes, the Canadian Heritage Canals, the inland rivers of America’s heartland, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Join the Great Loop Cruisers
Whether you're dreaming about, planning for, currently cruising, or have completed the Great Loop, you've come to the place where information, inspiration, and camaraderie abounds! After a $15 joining fee, new one-year memberships are $79, and multi-year memberships enjoy discounted rates of $150 for two years, $213 for three years, or $625 for a lifetime membership.
A small investment for the many benefits of membership
There are many benefits of AGLCA membership and many are listed below. In a nutshell, AGLCA membership offers you more information for planning and cruising the Great Loop, in an easy to digest format, than you'll find anywhere else. And don't underestimate the value of the connections you'll make with other Loopers by joining us. Looper camaraderie is legendary and it can start well before your departure on the Great Loop.
Popular Benefit: Our Forum
AGLCA's members-only discussion forum is the place for accurate, in-depth, Great Loop info. Take a deep-dive into all things Great Loop. Cut through the noise on other sites and social media. Ask questions and get detailed answers from veteran Loopers.
Help When and Where You Need it: Our Harbor Hosts
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. Hosts can be found on the Great Loop interactive map. 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, available here on the website.
What makes us special? Just ask our members!
The benefits are hugely helpful for those dreaming about or planning for the Great Loop, but we think it's the sense of community that makes AGLCA special. Those intangibles are best described by our members. Once you read the comments below, we think you'll find that membership is a must if cruising the Great Loop is your goal.
"A hearty 'Thank You' to AGLCA and to the Loopers we had the pleasure of traveling with, seeing along the way and/or getting to know on the dock. The Gold Loopers we found along the way as well as the Harbor Hosts were invaluable sources of support and information."
"The best thing about AGLCA membership is the friendliness and camaraderie with other Loopers. The burgee is a friendship magnet for Loopers and non-Loopers alike!"
"Amy had to have her right hip replaced so it was scheduled to be done two days before Thanksgiving. Who would have thought a couple whom we met on a boat in Canada would rally around us when Amy came out of surgery and show up at the hospital that day. Not only that but come to our home to cook Thanksgiving dinner and help get her quickly back on her feet."
"The best part of membership in AGLCA is endless useful information, help in planning and nudges to remember your own Loop."
"This forum has been a godsend so many times to aide us along the way."
"Thanks to those flying the white or yellow burgees for just stopping by to swap boat cards and stories. To those who are reading these crossing announcements wondering if they can travel the Great Loop, stop reading…… and just do it!"
"To the Loopers in waiting...time and tides wait for no one...but your job will. Just cast off your lines, go for a boat ride, keep moving forward and if your number of left turns exceeds your right turns, you too can complete America’s Great Loop."