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An article in today's NYTimes announced the KYC is folding as the result of low membership and financial problems. Apparently, even on Long Island's little Gold Coast, times are tight and folks are no longer joining YCs. Since there are limited places to keep boats...I'd have to guess that also means the boats are also going away. (YC membership often is a bargain compared to the costs of commercial dockage or mooring.)

Perhaps it is a marketing/management issue, but this is an old established club, in a prime location.
 

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That is really sad. I grew up and learned to race as a member of Kinickerbocker Y.C.. It was one of the oldest yacht clubs in the country. At one time, it was also one of the few yacht clubs on Long Island Sound that accepted Jewish and African American members. In its day it was a great club.

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I expect Island Yacht Club and perhaps one other to fold here in Toronto this year, but with IYC, it's just poor management, not "the recession".
What do you think this will mean in terms the actual club? Do you think someone will take it over? Will TIM add it onto to what they have seeing as they already handle the Hanlan's Point mooring? Would NYC or QCYC add it on? Otherwise where the hell are all those boats going to moored.
 

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I expect Island Yacht Club and perhaps one other to fold here in Toronto this year, but with IYC, it's just poor management, not "the recession".
It would have to be management if the market in Toronto is anything like Georgian Bay. Ours is 100% full with boats actually being stored in the lot waiting for slips. At the boat show they only had a couple spots for smaller boats and shallow draft.
 

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Sorry to hear about Knickerbocker. I stayed there once.
I wouldn't be surprised if there are quite a few more heading towards a similar fate. There are four clubs in City Island, and it wouldn't surprise me to see some of them merge. Each place maintaining a building, travellift, restaurant, launches, etc, with a dwindling membership.
Some clubs are loaded with members, money, real estate etc. Others are running a deficit even during the good times.
 

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This was in Newsday recently. They auctioned off a lot of the clubs items:

Knickerbocker Yacht Club sets sale for closing

There was another story I read recently that was really interesting. It talked about how clubs of all types (Lions Club, garden clubs, hunting clubs, country clubs, etc) have been struggling with aging and declining membership for decades.
There are always exceptions, but people today are less and less likely to be a member of a civic or social club.

I will post it if I can find it.
 

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...There are always exceptions, but people today are less and less likely to be a member of a civic or social club...
I'd bet that forums like sailnet.com and anything-sailing.com have filled the need a bit.
 

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