Thanks for everyone’s input to date - posted here on the board, and those that sent private messages.
After reviewing a number of personal items with the wife, to include her job opportunities, we have come down on the side of GLMA.
Personally, I had a great visit to TAMUG a number of months ago, and have found the staff there to be very helpful and encouraging. Of great news is the fact that it appears that TAMUG will be getting a new training ship in the fall, as well as adding some vessels to their small boat fleet.
In the end, however, MI is my home state, I am an older, second career guy, I don’t mind snow, and I like the idea of learning how to squeeze a ship with no bow thrusters into some of the small ports of the Great Lakes. My wife and I will be headed up in a few weeks to drink some wine, watch the fall colors change, drink some wine, do some hiking, drink some wine…and finalize my application with an interview.
Again - thanks for the help…