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Welcome to Great Lakes Grand Banks Association

The Great Lakes Grand Banks Association (GLGBA) consists of about 100 families who own or admire Grand Banks cruising yachts. Grand Banks has been building yachts for over 50 years, and is recognized as one of the highest quality brands in the "trawler and cruising yacht" category. Each boat is unmistakably a Grand Banks in appearance, but unique in some interior and mechanical features.

Our membership of past, present and future owners of these traditional yachts is united by the quality, dependability, and timeless style of these diesel powered vessels. Our members' boats range from 28 to 58 feet in length and from 1 to 43 years in age. Some of our members are just beginning to look for a Grand Banks, while others have owned them for decades.

Non-owners who appreciate timeless quality are also welcome to join us. Our association provides a meeting ground for social and technical interaction which results in a true "family" atmosphere among Grand Banks owners and admirers. We hope this website will encourage you to contact us.

Typically the club organizes two events each year. A cruising rendezvous is usually held in late July or early August and a short land rendezvous held in December in concert with an Officers/Board meeting where everyone is invited to attend.


2024 Annual Rendezvous - Gore Bay, Canada
August 8th - 12th

Gore Bay 2016
Save the Date!

The 2024 GLGBA Rendezvous will be held in Gore Bay, Ontario from August 8, 2024 - August 12, 2024.

If you are a current member, sign onto the site and click on the 2024 Rendezvous tab for additional information or simply Click Here to go directly to the page.

If you are not a member of the GLGBA and would be interested in attending the event, then click here to contact the   

The event consists of interesting speakers, seminars, our annual meeting, sites of interest in the area, & great food and fellowship.  After the event concludes on Sunday morning, those interested will then cruise to the Benjamin Islands area for two nights of anchorage before departing back to our home ports.  

The cost of the event is $245.00 US per person plus either lodging or marina slip fees.

GLGBA Bulletin Board

2023 October Newsletter has Arrived

Hal Gilpin - 10/25/2023

The Fall 2023 GLGBA newsletter is now posted to the site.  If you would like to preview part of the newsletter, simply click on the link.  The entire newsletter is only available to our members.  If you would like to read more simple click on the "Become a Member" tab to join.    

This month's issue covers the following topics:

- When Anchoring Goes Wrong
- The recently completed Sister Bay Rendezvous
- The new and improved GLGBA website
- Latest from the Grand Banks Marine Group
- Recipes & more

For a preview of the current edition of our October Newsletter, simply click on the link below:

2023 October Preview

Recent Articles
Recent Postings


Our 180 members hail from all corners of the Great Lakes and beyond. Some of our members have moved to coastal areas but maintain their GLGBA memberships to stay in touch with fresh water cruising. Most of our members own Grand Banks, but we have a few members with other lovely cruising yachts. Some of our members are temporarily "between boats".

Here is a look at the geographic distribution of our member's homes: