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If your daughters are of the over 18 adult vs 13-18 adult teens, they would have to join in some of the activities with you as a guest(s) as my 4 adult kids 19-25 yrs do. They would not be able to generally speaking join in on the social on there own in most clubs. They would have to join on there own, along with being listed as an owner of the boat. Three do join me racing, the youngest has some sea sickness issues so does not join the boating part often. But does enjoy coming to the xmas party last friday night when voting on and looking at the boats that are lit etc. The two girls sometimes show up on the weekend cruises for a day if the drive is close, watch our dog while we play golf. Altho another member has volunteered to watch him to get her dog itch out of the way!
There are some smaller lower cost, non asset clubs that allow social members to be a part of the club. SloopTYC, CYCEdmonds among some that allow this. The larger ones, like Seattle YC, Edmonds YC they would not be able to use the clubs facilities or social events on there own with out you being present.
Your best bet to figure out "WHICH" local YC that would be best is to ask folks that belong local that you know, look at websites to see activities they have, if ages are listed too per say. Otherwise, frankly, from a forum like this, you will not always get a good feeling unless there are LOTS from the local area. This is not one where you will find a lot of local YC folks. For that, you would need to ho over to sailing anarchy or pressure drop to find more puget sound folks from seattle/tacoma/to everett. You may also want to look up "the grand 14" which is 14 of the bigger older asset clubs. Also the most blue blazer style clubs, they ea have balls ea year honoring the current commodore, womens luncheons between them etc. BUT< these will also usually be the more expensive ones to join too.
There are not right or wrong clubs amongst the ones I know of. A lot will depend upon where you truly live int he area, where you keep or want to keep the boat.......
A friend of mine had his boat at shilshoal, was/is a member of ssyc, met some one, joined Edmonds as she was a PC. Then they joined Meydenbauer, even tho yearly dues are $2400, they save 150% of that in reduced moorage at the club, ie about 150 vs 450-500 for his 40' boat. His boat is now 5 min from his house, vs 30-45 from Bellevue to Shilshoal. So they belong to more than one, for different reasons. Same as I do belonging to the two here in Edmonds. I have also considered STYC for some of the events they do.
If you own a business, and could potentially use the club members as clients, find out which ones have newletters with adds in them or rosters. Example, Maydenbauer does not allow advertising what you do per say, meanwhile, for $160, you can get an add in the Edmonds YC newsletter and annual roster! Not to say I have gotten a lot of biz from these folks, but enough to pay for the dues and advertising etc. Meanwhile, CYCE does almost nothing from this stance too, consider themselves a social along with racing, but reality, with 1-2 cruises, 2 dinner meetings, and a potluck, not much as compared to MBYC or EYC from a cruise social standpoint!
I doubt you will find a "perfect" club per say.
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Last edited by blt2ski; 12-15-2011 at 10:11 PM.