An investment in yacht club membership can be the most fun and cost-effective "accessory" one might ever purchase for a boat.

Yacht & Sailing Clubs

It’s been said that owning a boat without belonging to a yacht club is like owning a bat and ball but never joining a team. While it’s possible to enjoy the sport on an individual basis, new opportunities for fun and friendship begin opening up when joining a club.

Some boaters react strongly to a long-outdated stereotype at the mere mention of the term “yacht club”. The image of effete snobs parading around in brass –buttoned blazers and white slacks has never represented 99% of yacht club members. Most clubs will have occasions when the officers will adopt formal attire, but the overall atmosphere in Pacific NW yacht clubs is casual, relaxed, and friendly. Fans of “proper nautical decorum” will find clubs in some of our larger cities where more formality is observed- but even in those organizations everyone involved is having a tremendously good time.

Membership in most clubs is not prohibitively expensive, and as a result the membership represents the majority of pleasure boaters in the Pacific NW. Yacht club members typically are people who have had to prioritize and save in other areas of expenditure to justify affording a boat. Many yacht clubs accept boats under 20-feet in length, so even a fairly humble vessel will be welcome in a club in most communities.

Yacht club members enjoy free, or very lost cost overnight moorage at facilities belonging to reciprocal clubs. Many NW cruisers save their yacht club dues in moorage fees every year. Many clubs have permanent moorage available for members, and “outstation” facilities at cruising destinations open only to club members only.

Membership in a yacht club might be the most important “accessory” that can be purchased for a boat.

For more information about nearby yacht clubs, contact one of the Puget Sound Area yacht clubs on the following list:

Puget Sound Area Yacht Clubs

Club Name Location Phone
Anacortes Yacht Club Anacortes 360-293-4555
Bellevue Yacht Club Bellevue 206-730-0302
Bellingham Yacht Club Bellingham 206-733-7390
Bremerton Yacht Club Bremerton 360-479-2662
Brownsville Yacht Club Brownsville 360-692-5498
Carver Cruisers Yacht Club Puget Sound none
Corinthian Yacht Club Bellingham none
Corinthian Yacht Club Seattle 206-789-1010
Corinthian Yacht Club Tacoma none
Day Island Yacht Club Tacoma none
Des Moines Yacht Club Des Moines 206-878-7220
Duwamish Yacht Club Seattle 206-767-9330
Edmonds Yacht Club Edmonds 425-778-5499
Everett Yacht Club Everett 425-259-8178
Fidalgo Bay Yacht Club Anacortes 360-299-9123
Flounder Bay Yacht Club Anacortes none
Fox Island Yacht Club Fox Island 253-549-2063
Friday Harbor Yacht Club Friday Harbor 206-378-4581
Gig Harbor Yacht Club Gig Harbor 253-851-1807
Hat Island Yacht Club Hat Island 253-355-8004
Hidden Harbor Yacht Club Puget Sound none
Kingston Cove Yacht Club Kingston 360-297-3371
Lake Sammamish Yacht Club Sammamish 425-837-0988
Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club Bellevue 425-454-8880
Mukilteo Yacht Club Mukilteo 425-355-6002
Navy Yacht Club Everett none
Oak Harbor Yacht Club Oak Harbor 360-675-1314
Olympia Yacht Club Olympia none
Orcas Island Yacht Club West Sound none
Point Roberts Yacht Club Point Roberts none
Port Angeles Yacht Club Port Angeles 360-457-4132
Port Ludlow Yacht Club Port Ludlow none
Port Madison Yacht Club Bainbridge Island none
Port Orchard Yacht Club Port Orchard 360-874-9366
Port Townsend Yacht Club Port Townsend none
Poulsbo Yacht Club Poulsbo 206-842-2200
Puget Sound Yacht Club Seattle 206-634-3733
Quartermaster Yacht Club Vashon none
Queen City Yacht Club Seattle 206-323-9602
Rainier Yacht Club Seattle 206-722-9576
Roche Harbor Yacht Club Seattle 253-927-6034
San Juan Island Yacht Club Friday Harbor 360-378-3434
Seattle Singles Yacht Club Seattle 206-938-3187
Seattle Yacht Club Seattle 206-325-1000
Semiahmoo Yacht Club Blaine none
Sequim Bay Yacht Club Sequim 360-683-1338
Shelton Yacht Club Shelton 206-426-9476
Sloop Tavern Yacht Club Seattle 206-782-3330
South Sound Sailing Society Olympia none
Swinomish Yacht Club LaConner 206-752-3555
Tacoma Yacht Club Tacoma 253-752-3555
Three Tree Point Yacht Club Des Moines 206-824-3674
Totem Yacht Club Tacoma 206-759-9062
Tyee Yacht Club Seattle 425-408-0239
Viking Yacht Club Tacoma none
West Sound Corinthian Yacht Club Olympia none