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Paul if it's only a few hundred bucks a year, once you start cruising in the summer you'll get most of that back in moorage charges you'll save due to the reciprocal moorage rights that Jack referred to. Most BC yacht clubs have an extensive list of reciprocal arrangements with other clubs up and down the coast. Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Silva Bay (Pages), Esquimalt, Schooner Cove, Maple Bay, are a number that come to mind that aren't too far from you. At an average of $1.50/ft/night and up, these charges can add up.
Other benefits would include arrangements such as the one you are currently seeking, possibly eventually much more economical moorage if the club has that.
Another alternative is one of the various 'virtual' yacht clubs.. We belong to the Gulf YC - cost $100/yr - no facilities, monthly meetings in rented space and monthly cruise/rendezvous March to November. Good camaraderie, support, socializing without the politics that inevitably arises when real money is involved.
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