Frequently Asked Questions About Membership at Seattle Yacht Club
A. The application process begins when a voting member of SYC checks out an application packet and becomes the sponsor. Each application needs one primary sponsor and three other voting members to serve as recommenders. Candidates have 90 days from the date of issue in which to complete the Application packet. All completed applications must be reviewed by the Membership Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees to be considered for membership. Processing time takes 30-60 days once the completed application has been received.
A. If you are active in boating and get involved with local boating activities, you will most likely meet someone who is a member of SYC and they can introduce you to others - simply start asking around. Social Media, such as Facebook or LinkedIn, can help provide connections based on employers, professional associations and others within your network.
A. For initiation fees and membership dues, please contact the SYC Membership Director.
A. No - the fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Seattle Yacht Club membership is a non-equity membership.
A. Yes - SYC offers new members ages 24 - 40 the opportunity to participate in an initiation fee installment plan. With a minimum 20% down due at the time of membership activation, the balance is payable over 60 months at 0% interest. Participation in the payment plan is by request only and is not automatically processed.
A. SYC does not offer social, family or business memberships. Candidates may apply for an individual membership or a joint membership. Joint membership candidates must be legally married. The initiation fee and monthly dues are determined by the age of the older spouse. SYC welcomes membership applications for junior members starting at age 10. Kids may accompany members as their guests. Guests must be in the presence of members at all times.
A. SYC welcomes applications for membership from Northwest boaters who would like to join our active community. Membership will not be approved if applying for business purposes. For more specific questions, please contact the SYC Membership Director.
A. Use of the Club's casual and fine dining restaurants, banquet and meeting facilities, guest moorage, permanent moorage (subject to availability ~ contact the SYC Moorage Administrator for information on slip availability and rates), Elliott Bay clubhouse facilities and moorage (subject to availability), use of our 10 Outstations (listed below), and reciprocal privileges to more than 200 other yacht clubs around the world.
- Cortes Bay – Desolation Sound, B.C.
- Eagle Harbor – Bainbridge Island
- Elliott Bay – Seattle
- Friday Harbor – San Juan Islands
- Ganges Harbor – Saltspring Island, Gulf Islands, B.C.
- Garden Bay – Pender Harbor, B.C.
- Gig Harbor – South Puget Sound
- Henry Island – Roche Harbor, San Juan Islands
- Ovens Island – Dunsmuir Islands, Gulf Islands, B.C.
- Port Madison – Bainbridge Island
A. You can join, but will pay dues in regular member class (Active or Active-Intermediate) for five years before you can apply for a transfer to the Out of State membership class.
A. Seattle Yacht Club strongly supports our younger members who have made an active commitment to boating in the Northwest. To this end, the Club offers reduced initiation fees for applicants under 24 years of age who have engaged in SYC junior sailing or Washington State Boater Education programs.
If your question hasn't been addressed above, please contact the SYC Membership Director.
Last updated; Tuesday, July 11, 2017