Joining SYC

Seattle Yacht Club welcomes applications for membership from Northwest boaters ages 10+ who would like to join our active community.  Several levels of membership are available based on the age and marital status of the candidate(s). Candidates may apply for an individual membership or, if married, a joint membership. If a member of a married couple decides to apply for an individual membership, the spouse may accompany the member as a guest. 

Members of the Club are entitled to use our Portage Bay Clubhouse and10 Outstations, participate in a wide range of regattas and cruises, and enjoy activities and dining events at the Club. 

The application process begins when a voting or surviving member of SYC checks out an application packet and becomes the sponsor.  Each application needs to be supported by one sponsor and three other voting or surviving members to serve as recommenders.

Interested in learning more?

Please submit the online Prospective Member Interest Form and we’ll help you navigate through the process.  

Membership Brochure & Benefits of Membership Video

For an overview of the Club, download SYC's Membership Brochure. 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 (FAQs) with related answers.  

Questions?

Contact our Membership Director.

Last update on Wednesday, November 01, 2017


  • Fees and Dues
    • Initiation Fees & Membership Dues

      For an individual membership, the initiation fee is determined by the age of the new member on the date of joining.  Monthly dues adjust throughout the life of a membership as it advances from one class to another.

      For a joint membership, the initiation fee is determined by the age of the older spouse on the date of joining.  Monthly dues are determined using the birth date of the older spouse.  As with an individual membership, monthly dues adjust throughout the life of a membership as it advances from one class to another.

      To request a chart of initiation fees and membership dues, please contact our Membership Director.
  • Payment Plan
    • Initiation Fee Payment Plan

      Seattle Yacht Club offers new members the opportunity to pay the membership initiation fee over 36 months by participating in a payment plan.  Contact our Membership Director for terms and conditions.

  • 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. 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. 


      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 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. 


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

      A. For an individual membership, the initiation fee is determined by the age of the new member on the date of joining.  Monthly dues adjust throughout the life of a membership as it advances from one class to another.For a joint membership, the initiation fee is determined by the age of the older spouse on the date of joining.  Monthly dues are determined using the birth date of the older spouse.  As with an individual membership, monthly dues adjust throughout the life of a membership as it advances from one class to another.To request a chart of initiation fees and membership dues, please contact our 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. Seattle Yacht Club offers new members the opportunity to pay the membership initiation fee over 36 months by participating in a payment plan.  Contact our Membership Director for terms and conditions.


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

      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.  Membership will not be approved if applying for business purposes.  


      Q. What are membership requirements?

      A. SYC welcomes applications for membership from Northwest boaters who would like to join our active community.  For more specific questions, please contact the SYC Membership Director.


      Q. What does a membership with SYC include?

      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. 

      SYC 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 a regular member class (based on age) for five years before you can apply for a transfer to the Out of State membership class.

      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; Wednesday, November 01, 2017