Joining Seattle Yacht Club

  

Seattle Yacht Club welcomes applications for membership from Northwest boaters who would like to join our active community. Seattle Yacht Club is incorporated for the purpose of encouraging yachting and boating of all kinds, along with the development of recreational marine advantages of the Pacific Northwest.  

The application process begins when a voting member of SYC checks out an application from our Membership Director and becomes the candidate's sponsor.  There are several levels of membership available based on the age of the candidate. Members of the Club are entitled to use our outstations, participate in a wide range of regattas and cruises, and enjoy activities and dining events at the Club.

Downloadable Membership Brochure and Benefits of Membership Video

For an overview of the club and its members, download the glossy the Seattle Yacht Club Membership Brochure (PDF, 5 mb).

Enjoy this five minute video of the Benefits of Membership showing the club, it outstations, our activities, and some of the people who make the club special.
 



More Information and Details?

Below you will find detailed information regarding Fees and Dues, an initiation fee Payment Plan option and a list of Membership Frequently Asked Questions with related answers. Simply pull down the section of interest by clicking on the little red down arrow to the left of the section name.

Ready to Join?

Prospective members are also invited to submit a request directly to the Membership Director by completing the online Prospective Members Interest Form.  For additional information, contact our Membership Director.

Last update on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

 


  • Fees and Dues
    • Membership Initiation Fees and Dues




      For 2016

      Updated Wednesday, April 13, 2016

      Classification Age Fees Dues & Assessments
      Junior 10 - 16 50* $10.30/Month
      Intermediate 17 - 20 100** "
      Active-Intermediate 21 - 23 100** $30.90 / Month
      24-25 1,000 "
      26 - 29 1,000 $66.25 / Month
      30 1,000 $88/Month
      31 - 35 2,000 "
      36 3,500 $135/Month
      37 4,200 "
      38 4,900 "
      39 5,600 "
      40 6,300 "
      Active 41 7,500 $175/Month
      42 8,000
      43 8,500
      44 9,000
      45 9,500
      46 10,000
      47 10,500
      48+ 11,000
      *Requires completion of SYC Junior Sailing Class or WA State Boater Education Card
      **Requires WA State Boater Education Card

  • Payment Plan
    • Installment Payment Plan for
      the SYC Initiation Fee


      SYC offers new members 24 years and older the opportunity of an installment payment plan for the initiation fee. With 20% down, the balance is payable over a five-year period at 0% interest. For example, a 36 year-old would pay $700 down, plus $46.67 per month for five years. Monthly dues are in addition.

      The following table shows the initiation fee, down payment, amount financed, and monthly payment for each age group.

      Age Initiation Fee
       for 2013
      20% Down Amount Financed Monthly Payment
      10-17 $50.00 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
      18-23 $100.00 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
      24-30 $1,000.00 $200.00 $800.00 $13.33
      31-35 $2,000.00 $400.00 $1,600.00 $26.67
      36 $3,500.00 $700.00 $2,800.00 $46.67
      37 $4,200.00 $840.00 $3,360.00 $56.00
      38 $4,900.00 $980.00 $3,920.00 $65.33
      39 $5,600.00 $1,120.00 $4,480.00 $74.67
      40 6,300.00 $1,260.00 $5,040.00 $84.00
      41 $7,500.00 $1,500.00 $6,000.00 $100.00
      42 $8,000.00 $1,600.00 $6,400.00 $106.67
      43 $8,500.00 $1,700.00 $6,800.00 $113.33
      44 $9,000.00 $1,800.00 $7,200.00 $120.00
      45 $9,500.00 $1,900.00 $7,600.00 $126.67
      46 $10,000.00 $2,000.00 $8,000.00 $133.33
      47 $10,500.00 $2,100.00 $8,400.00 $140.00
      48 $11,000.00 $2,200.00 $8,800.00 $146.67
      49 $11,000.00 $2,200.00 $8,800.00 $146.67
      50 $11,000.00 $2,200.00 $8,800.00 $147.67
      51 $11,000.00 $2,200.00 $8,800.00 $147.67
      52 $11,000.00 $2,200.00 $8,800.00 $147.67
      53 $11,000.00 $2,200.00 $8,800.00 $147.67
      54 $11,000.00 $2,200.00 $8,800.00 $147.67
      55+ $11,000.00 $2,200.00 $8,800.00 $147.67

      Last updated Tuesday, April 12, 2016


      Testing of new table - RJM

      Membership Initiation Fees & Dues

       

      Classification                Age                  Fees     Dues & Assessments

      Junior                            10-16                 50*            $10.30/Month
      Intermediate                  17-20                100**              

      Active-Intermediate       21                    100**         $30.90/Month

                                          22                    100**              

                                          23                    100**              

                                          24                    1,000               

                                          25                    1,000               

                                          26                    1,000          $66.25/Month

                                          27                    1,000               

                                          28                    1,000               

                                          29                    1,000               

                                          30                    1,000          $88.00/Month

                                          31                    2,000               

                                          32                    2,000               

                                          33                    2,000               

                                          34                    2,000               

                                          35                    2,000               

                                          36                    3,500          $135.00/Month

                                          37                    4,200               

                                          38                    4,900               

                                          39                    5,600               

                                          40                    6,300               

      Active                          41                    7,500           $175.00/Month

                                          42                    8,000               

                                          43                    8,500               

                                          44                    9,000               

                                          45                    9,500               

                                          46                    10,000             

                                          47                    10,500             

                                          48                    11,000             

                                          49                    11,000             

                                           50                     11,000             
                                           51                     11.000             

                                           52                     11,000             
                                           53                     11,000             
                                           54                     11,000             
                                           55+                   11,000             

      * Requires completion of SYC Junior Sailing Class or WA State Boater Education Card
      ** Requires WA State Boater Education Card


      Class #     Class                  Dues &                Yearbook             Binnacle               MinFood

                      (Age)                 Assessments        $27.55/yr             $34.50/yr              $25/mo

       

      01*        Active (41+)        $175.00/mo         Y                          Y                          Y

       

      02*        A-I (36-40)          $135.00/mo          Y                          Y                          Y

       

      03*        A-I (30-35)          $88.00/mo           Y                          Y                          Y

       

      04*        A-I (26-29)          $66.25/mo           Y                          Y                          N

       

      05*        A-I (21-25)          $30.90/mo           Y                          Y                          N

       

      06          Jr-Int (17-20)       $30.90/qtrly         N                          Y                          N

       

      07          Junior (10-16)      $30.90/qtrly         N                          Y                          N

       

      08*        Life                      $0                         Y                          Y                          Y

                                                                                                                         (waiver available)

             Non-Resident              $124.00/mo         Y                          Y                          N

                    (41+)

      9            Non-Resident      $124.00/mo         Y                          Y                          N

                    (21-40)

             Out-of-State $41.00/mo           N                          Y                          N

                    (41+)                          

      30          Out-of-State        $38.25/mo           N                          Y                          N

                    (21-40)                       

      11          Remarried

                    Survivor               $175.00/mo         N                          Y                          Y

       

      12          Survivor               $0                         N                          Y                          Y

                                                                                                                         (waiver available)

      13          Temporary           $12.50                  N                          N                          N

       

      14          Honorary             $0                         N                          N                          N

       

      15          Honorary Life      $0                         Y                          Y                          N

       

             Reciprocal    $0                         N                          N                          N

       

      21          Furlough              $100.00/yr           N                          N                          N

                                                                                           

      22*        AI Student           $30.90/qtrly         Y                          N

       

      26*        Service Leave      $0                         Y                          N                          N

       

      45*        Cruising               $489.00/yr           N                          N                          N

                                                

       

      *Voting Memberships                                                                               Revised 11/1/15

  • Membership FAQ's
    • Membership FAQs


      Frequently Asked Questions About Membership at Seattle Yacht Club


      Q. What do I need to do to become a member of SYC?

      A. To become a Member, a Candidate must be sponsored by an SYC voting Member. Your sponsor will need to obtain the Application Packet from the Membership office Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; additionally, Application Packets can be emailed and writable PDF’s may be obtained through the Member’s only portion of the SYC website.  You have 90 days in which to complete the Application Packet.   All applications will be reviewed by the Membership Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees. Processing time takes 30-60 days once the completed Application Packet has been received. 


      Q. What if I'm new in Seattle and I don't know any SYC members?

      A. If you are active in boating and get involved in the local boating activities most likely you will meet someone that is a SYC member and they can introduce you to others - "start asking around".  Social Media, such as Facebook or LinkedIn can help provide connections based on employers, professional associations and others within your network.  Follow our pages and join the conversations.


      Q. How much does it cost to become a member?

      A. See Fees and Dues


      Q. Is the initiation fee refundable if I decide to resign my membership?

      A. No - the fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Seattle Yacht Club membership is a non-equity membership.


      Q. Does SYC offer a payment plan?

      A. Yes - After your membership has been approved by the Board of Trustees, you will receive a letter from the Club Secretary indicating the Board's decision.  Enclosed with the letter is a "Final Application".  This is to be returned with the initiation fee.  Upon the candidate's request, a payment plan is available in which 1/5 of the entry fee is paid down and the remaining 4/5 is financed for up to 5 years at 0% interest.


      Q. Is there a social membership, family membership or business membership?

      A. As of February 1, 2014 SYC established Joint Membership which allows for both parties in a marriage to be equal Members.  The membership classification for purposes of determining the initiation fees and dues of the Joint Membership couple shall be determined as follows. For couples joining the Club after the Effective Date, initiation fees and dues shall be based on the age of the oldest member of the couple.  A candidate may also elect to join as an Individual Member.


      Q. What are membership requirements?

      A. An active interest in boating. Boat ownership is strongly recommended for applicants over age 36. Membership will not be approved if applying for business reasons. (For more specific questions, please contact the SYC Membership Director)


      Q. What does a SYC membership include?

      A. Use of the Club's restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, banquet facilities, guest moorage at the club, permanent moorage subject to availability (refer to moorage office for more specifics on slip availability), reciprocal privileges to other major yacht clubs around the world, Elliott Bay clubhouse facilities and moorage (subject to availability), and use of our ten outstations:

      • 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

      Q. I live out of state, can I join as an out of state member?

      A. Yes you can join but will pay dues in the Active Member classification for 5 years before you can apply to the Membership Committee for another membership category. Those categories with a reduced dues structure are:

      • Non-Resident – a member that lives & works outside of a sixty (60) mile radius of the Portage Bay Mainstation-"as the crow flies"
      • Out-of-State – a member that does not reside, have a place of business, or moorage in the state of WA. Members in the out of State Category cannot use the outstations.

      Q. What is the initiation fee schedule for younger members?

      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:

      • For applicants between 10 and 17 years of age, the special rate of $50 requires either the completion of an SYC Junior Sailing Class (including race team) or possession of a Washington State Boater Education Card. Otherwise, regular rates apply.
      • For applications between 18 and 23 years or age, the special rate of $100 requires the possession of a Washington State Boater Education Card. Otherwise, regular rates apply.


      The Club’s regular rates for these age levels can be found in the Fees and Dues section in the tab above this one.


      If your question hasn't been addressed above, please contact Josie Weiss, Seattle Yacht Club Membership Director.

      Last updated; Tuesday, April 12, 2016


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