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Introduction to Cruising the Great Lakes

Do you dream about cruising the Great Lakes? Are you thinking about cruising farther afield in the Great Lakes? If so, this webinar is your place to start.

Would you like to create a lifetime of adventures without having to fly around the world?  The five Great Lakes, virtually in your back yard, have more than 10,000 miles of shoreline to explore.  This is the greatest fresh water on earth.  No sticky salt, no dangerous fish, no pirates, just a chance to see a part of this world from the “Fresh Water Sea”.  

Trying to figure out how to get your kids and grandkids back outdoors and away from the computer screen? Cruising the Great Lakes is the way to do it.  This webinar will give you an overview on how it can be done and how much fun and rewarding it will be.

Instructor Craig Murchison has spent a lifetime on the Great Lakes in all sorts of boats with his first mate Pam, has been long distance, big boat cruising since 1993.  Whether you cruise as a couple, or with friends, or even if you single hand, you’ll find that a sail or power cruising boat can become your own personal Great Lakes magic carpet, unlocking experiences that will last a lifetime.  Craig will be talking about how to get started, what you will need, and places near and far on each of the Great Lakes.

While not a prerequisite, this webinar is highly recommended for anyone planning to attend one or more of the many detailed individual lake and lake region webinars offered at

Recording of CG00101-i: Introduction to Cruising the Great Lakes
Recorded: Thursday, November 16, 2023
Instructor: Craig Murchison

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Meet The Instructor

Craig Murchison
Craig Murchison is a retired Dow Chemical Research Fellow and Past Commodore of the Saginaw Bay Yacht Club. He is also active in the Saginaw Bay Power Squadron and serves as GLCC Port Captain for Tawas Bay and Port Austin, on the shores of Lake Huron. Craig and his wife, Pamela, have extensively cruised the Great Lakes, in particular Lake Huron and it's adjoining North Channel and Georgian Bay, plus are 2011 recipients of the Great Lakes Cruising Club's Admiral Bayfield award for cruising all five Great Lakes. They currently cruise "The Shot Rock", their 42 Cruisers Powerboat.