Frequently Asked Questions About Membership at Seattle Yacht Club
A. To become a member you need to be sponsored by an SYC voting member, have two Seconders and know 4 other members for total of seven. The Seconders may be Voting, Non-Resident or Out of State Members and 4 members who know you may be voting, Non-Resident, Out of State or Spousal Members. You will need two letters of recommendation (not necessarily from SYC members) to complete the application. A Junior, under age 17, needs only a total of two SYC voting members (one Sponsor, one Seconder) and two additional letters of recommendation. The sponsor should have known the applicant for at least one year. Your sponsor needs to obtain the application from the membership office Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or the sponsor may call and have it mailed. The application needs to be completed within 90 days. Then it must be approved by the Membership Committee and the Board of Trustees. After the application is completed, it takes 1 or 2 months to be approved for membership.
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". If you only know one voting member who will sponsor you there is a Provisional Membership Application procedure that allows you to join the Club for a trial period while you get acquainted with more members. Your sponsor can get details from the Club Office.
A. See Fees and Dues
A. No - the fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Seattle Yacht Club membership is a non-equity membership.
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.
A. No - there is only an individual membership. The membership extends to a spouse but not to children or other family members.
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)
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
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.
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 is as follows:
If your question hasn't been addressed above, please contact the Seattle Yacht Club
Last updated; Thursday, March 06, 2014