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.  

Several levels of membership are available based on the age and marital status of the candidate. 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 based on the birthdate of the older spouse.  If a member of a married couple decides to apply for an individual membership, the spouse may accompany the member as a guest. Guests are permitted to enjoy all the facilities of the Club so long as they are accompanied at all times by their member host and properly registered in the guest book. 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. 

Prospective members are invited to submit a request directly to the Membership Director by completing the online Prospective Member Interest Form (please be sure to include the names of any SYC members who you already know). The application process begins when a voting member of SYC checks out an Application Packet and becomes the candidate's Sponsor.  Additionally, in order to apply for membership, you will need to know three voting members who will act as Recommenders.  

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 a five minute video of the Benefits of Membership featuring the Club, our Outstations, activities, and some of the people who make the Club special.

More Information and Details

Below you will find a list of Membership Frequently Asked Questions with related answers.  

Contact our 
Membership Director.

Last update on Tuesday, October 18, 2016


  • Fees and Dues
    • Initiation Fees & Membership Dues

      To request information about initiation fees and membership dues, please contact our Membership Director.
  • Payment Plan
    • Initiation Fee Payment Plan

      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 more information, please contact our Membership Director.

  • Membership FAQ's
    • 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 one SYC voting member and recommended by three SYC voting members. Your sponsor will need to check out an Application Packet from the Membership Director or online.  Additionally, Application Packets can be mailed to a sponsoring member.  You have 90 days from the date of issue in which to complete the Application Packet.   All completed 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 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, 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.  Follow our pages and join the conversations.

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

      A. For initiation fees and membership dues, please contact the SYC Membership Director.

      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 - 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. 

      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 people 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 eldest 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 in the Northwest. 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 membership with SYC include?

      A. Use of the Club's restaurants, bar, meeting rooms, banquet facilities, guest moorage at the Club, permanent moorage subject to availability (contact the SYC Moorage Administrator for information on slip availability and rates), 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. You can join, but will pay dues in the Active Member classification for five years before you can apply to the Membership Committee for a transfer to the Out of State membership category.

      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.

      If your question hasn't been addressed above, please contact the SYC Membership Director.

      Last updated; Tuesday, October 18, 2016