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Membership Etiquette

I'll be blunt: how does one join a yacht club? Is it appropriate to inquire or better to wait for an invitation? Many thanks!
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Re: Membership Etiquette

It is perfectly acceptable to enquire, and apply for membership in most clubs. Around here most clubs are desperate for new blood. Some clubs want your name to be proposed and seconded by existing members, and may ask for character references. Some clubs will let anyone with the money join wheras others want to be sure that you are an active participant in the boating community.
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Re: Membership Etiquette

Less formal yacht clubs or "sailing associations" simply want you to pay an initiation fee and annual dues.

The venerable Annapolis Yacht Club, founded in 1886 requires that you petition the club as to why you should be accepted, and what qualities you bring to the club. You must have a sponsor, and be seconded into the club.

So as you can see, exclusivity, and difficulty of joining ranges from 0---------->10 and everywhere in between.
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Re: Membership Etiquette

To keep this in perspective, though, recommendation and seconding is really a way for the club to encourage you to get to know other members. Since many are largely social organizations, this seems to make some sense to me.
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Re: Membership Etiquette

.. and in others you need to be proposed, seconded, vetted and approved..

OTOH there are many less formal yacht clubs and sailing associations that offer all kinds of benefits - in our experience the fewer assets the 'club' actually has the less politics and hassle involved in its running. I think this helps to drive the prevalence of what are now called 'virtual' clubs.. just a loose association of like minded boaters, without real estate, mooring facilities or other assets to complicate things.

Our own Gulf Yacht Club is one of these.. the main qualification for membership is to have piloted a sailing vessel across Georgia Strait (aka 'the Gulf') and back including an overnight stay.

Gulf Yacht Club - Gulf Yacht Club, We are the friendliest sailing club in Vancouver , BC
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Re: Membership Etiquette

Yes there is the virtual club option, but the benefits of a "real" yacht club are what make membership worth while. Mooreage tends to be cheaper and docks better maintained and more secure than a marina. Clubhouse facilities and offshore stations are a big bonus too. If those things don't interest you, don't waste your money on a "brick and mortar" yacht club.
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Re: Membership Etiquette

Aren't we all a member of a virtual yacht club? Granted, when they let me in, they set the bar a little lower than normal, but still...
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Re: Membership Etiquette

Most "real" clubs have some sort of website, on which they have a tab for Membership. If the information isn't spelled out clearly enough there, just find out the hours of operation for the club, and go there when it's open. Walk up to the front desk and say that you would like to inquire about membership. They probably have a packet of information for you. The requirement for being proposed by existing members is often accomplished by someone on the membership committee contacting you, meeting you in person and then taking care of the member recommendations, if you don't already know a someone who is a member.
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Re: Membership Etiquette

What was that quote, "I would never want to be a part of a club that would have me as a member."

My experience is pretty much as above. I have never been a part of a yacht club (other than the Red Neck version), but we have actually begun looking into it. It appears that some YC's have reciprocal stays (ie, a free night at the marina for certain YC members all over the coast). For a cruiser, I could save a lot of money that way.

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Our own Gulf Yacht Club is one of these.. the main qualification for membership is to have piloted a sailing vessel across Georgia Strait (aka 'the Gulf') and back including an overnight stay.

Gulf Yacht Club - Gulf Yacht Club, We are the friendliest sailing club in Vancouver , BC
I wondered why there was such a large diesel haze over Georgia Straights... (hehehe)!

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