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 member of SYC checks out an application packet online and becomes the sponsor. Each application needs one primary Sponsor and three other members to serve as Recommenders (all must be voting or Surviving members of SYC). 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. If you find that you do not know any members of SYC, you can attend one of the Prospective Member Open House events held at SYC to meet members.
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 SYC's Membership Director.
Q. Is the initiation fee refundable if I decide to resign my membership?
A. 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 SYC's Membership Director for terms and conditions.
Q. Is there a social membership, family membership or business membership?
A. SYC does not offer social, family nor business memberships. Candidates may apply for an individual membership or, if legally married, a joint membership. 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 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 SYC's 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 225 other yacht clubs around the world.
- Cortes Bay – Desolation Sound, B.C.
- Eagle Harbor – Bainbridge Island
- Elliott Bay – Seattle
- Friday Harbor – San Juan Islands
- Ganges – 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 SYC's Membership Director.