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The outstations are heavily utilized by members whose age, family size, and boating interests vary quite widely. The following rules have been developed in an effort to insure maximum enjoyment of the outstations by all members. The Resident Managers are required, as a provision of their employment, to call members attention to these rules as necessary and to report violations to the outstation committee chairmen for appropriate action.

  1. The privacy and rights of others, be they children or adults, must be respected. Members will be held strictly responsible for the conduct of themselves, their families and their guests, and will be required to reimburse the Club for any damage to outstation facilities. The responsibility of parents to exercise effective control over the behavior of their children is particularly emphasized. Abuse of the facilities will be strictly monitored and may lead to suspension of outstation or other Club privileges as provided in the SYC bylaws.
  2. All boats, except dinghies as defined in paragraph 18, must correctly display the SYC burgee as detailed in the Flag Etiquette section of the Yearbook. There are no reciprocal privileges with other yacht clubs. SYC membership cards will be shown when requested.
  3. Members are responsible for proper completion of the sign in register as soon as practicable after arrival, but not longer than two hours.
  4. Outstation facilities are restricted to boats operated by a SYC member or spouse. Permanent or semi-permanent moorage is not permitted. Boats cannot be left unattended over night; a club member or spouse must be aboard. Boats may not fly the burgee, may not moor, raft off, or use outstation facilities when on charter or loan to a non-member. The use of outstations for loading and unloading for charter use to non-members is prohibited.
  5. Length of stay may be restricted at a given outstation because of crowding during periods of peak usage. Any restrictions in place for the current year are contained in the supplements to these rules.
  6. Outstation moorage is on a “first come” basis. Members may not reserve space at the floats. Boats should be moored as closely as possible to each other to conserve dock space for later arriving boats. Members are expected to assist in relocating their boats if necessary to accommodate as many as possible. When dock space is not available, members are also expected to encourage other members to raft along side when conditions allow. In order to encourage rafting, whenever feasible, members will place fenders on both side of their boats upon arrival at the outstation. The outstation manager will not assign moorage locations but is expected to assist members in mooring and/or moving boats when necessary.
  7. As a courtesy to other boaters, generators (year round) and diesel furnaces (in July and August) shall not be operated before 0700 or after 2200 hours.
  8. No sleeping is allowed in the outstation clubhouses without prior approval of the appropriate outstation committee. No children under twelve years of age may use the outstation clubhouses or grounds (except for sleeping on the grounds) after 10:00 p.m. (2200 hours) without adult supervision.
  9. Outstation property will not be made available to any outside groups, even though the meeting or group activity may be sponsored by a member of SYC. Private par-ties are not permitted at any outstations, even if sponsored by a SYC member.
  10. Skippers of each vessel with pets aboard will be held responsible for the actions of their pets at all times aboard and ashore. Dogs MUST be kept on a leash at all times when off the boat. This includes floats, docks, lawns, etc. No pets are allowed in the clubhouses, rest rooms, or showers at any time.
  11. No loose garbage, bottles or cans of any kind containing bilge oil or other flammable liquids shall be emptied into outstation trash containers. Please refer and adhere to specific outstation rules as posted near collection site.
  12. The use of conventional marine toilets with overboard discharge of untreated waste is prohibited while moored at any outstation.
  13. Outstation ice machines are for the temporary and supplemental needs of visiting members, one bag of ice per boat per day. Ice to stock ice boxes or chests should be obtained from commercial sources prior to or during a visit to an outstation. Children may not use or play around ice machines.
  14. Members shall not reprimand or violate the privacy of the residential manager. Any complaints concerning the resident manager or facility should be made to the SYC club manager in writing.
  15. At all of our outstations we have neighbors. It is imperative, if we are to retain our present outstations and acquire new ones, that we conduct ourselves as good neighbors. In particular, it is important that SYC members and guests not trespass on neighboring property and that noise be controlled. The use of boat loud-hailers is prohibited except in case of emergency.
  16. Changes, variations, or exceptions in the above rules require specific approval of the outstation committee and concurrence of the Board of Trustees. Individual outstation committees may adopt and publish specific station rules approved by the Board of Trustees. These rules will be updated and published in each yearbook edition.
  17. Power hookups are available at some stations based on one outlet per boat. A second outlet can be used only if there is a vacant slip and then this must be disconnected if a boat takes that slip. All power must be shut off before connecting or disconnecting power cord to prevent receptacle burn out.
  18. It is not intended that tenders occupy dock space or impede rafting. Tenders should either be kept aboard the mother vessel, tied to the stern if the mother vessel is in a slip, or tied in a designated dinghy area.
  19. If a member observes a rule violation at an outstation, the member should inform the outstation manager, if available, and the Outstation Committee Chairman verbally or in writing, as indicated by the circumstances. Further appropriate action will be initiated by the contacted authority.
  20. Spirit rule: any activity by a member appearing to circumvent the specific rules or operating outside the “spirit” of the Seattle Yacht Club and/or our outstation rules as written in this yearbook will be considered as serious and take the same resolution path as a violation of specific outstation rules.
  21. Non-member guests visiting by dinghy from their own boats are to be accompanied by the host and should not utilize the laundry, shower, or ice facilities. Non-member guests aboard a host member’s boat are, of course, welcome to use all the out-station’s facilities.
  22. This rule provides a limited exception to Rule #4, which currently provides that boats cannot be left unattended overnight. The exception provided by this rule is applicable only at Port Madison, Friday Harbor, Henry Island, Garden Bay, and Cortes Bay. These outstations, with Board approval, may adopt specific rules to clarify this general rule, or designate a small boat cruising area. Small cruising boats under 30 feet in length as defined by the boat manufacturer, without adequate living facilities, may be left unattended overnight for a maximum of 18 hours, subject to meeting the following conditions:
  1. The member skipper must stay overnight in the local area, and enter his local phone number in the sign-in register.

  2. The member skipper will advise the outstation manager/caretaker of his overnight plans, and obtain his manager’s approval of the boat location if other than in a designated small cruising boat area.

  3. The member skipper is in charge of, and fully responsible for, his own boat at all times.

  4. Such a boat shall not be left unattended overnight for more than eight total days at any one outstation from the start of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

  5. Compliance is required of all other outstation general and specific rules, including maximum stay limitations.

In implementing this rule, remember that accommodation of as many boats as possible is central to our policy. Boats should be moored as closely as possible to one another, rafting is to be encouraged, and relocation of boats when necessary is expected.