There’s a reason Seattle is known as one of the best yachting towns for boating enthusiasts. The lack of humidity, cool temperatures and the fact that it stays light later are all good, but the city’s thriving arts scene and a whole lot of good-looking boats are awesome. If you’re considering a move to Seattle – or are new to yachting and looking for a club – here are a few of the favorites. (For more, see Finding the Right Yacht Club: A Quick Guide.)

Seattle Yacht Club

If you’re looking for the top-tier yacht club in a certain city, you can often start with said city’s name. The Seattle Yacht Club was officially formed in 1892 and looks like most of the top-tier clubs around the world, with a full-service dining room and bar area featuring both formal and family-friendly dining spaces as well as plenty of room for private events. The club also has more than 60 committees to organize events such as book clubs, kids’ activities, excursions, comedy night, and a scotch-and-cigar smoker, to name just a few. What’s more, the racing scene is alive and well for both adults and juniors. Like most clubs these days, it’s not reserved for only sailors. Powerboat owners as well as those who own the more traditional yacht or sailboat are welcome.

Queen City Yacht Club

Established in 1916, Queen City now has a membership of more than 500 active sail and powerboat enthusiasts. The club caters to all types – the racing community and families looking for activities and community-oriented events. The clubhouse accommodates up to 225 people and includes three outstations. The group hosts races and cruises for all age levels and offers 229 slips, both covered and open, along with reciprocal moorage, just as most clubs do.

Puget Sound Yacht Club

The Puget Sound Yacht Club was established in 1954, but the current facility was purchased in 1960 and offers a beautiful view of Lake Union and downtown Seattle. The clubhouse is suitable for gatherings of up to 100 people, with a kitchen for preparing meals. There’s also a second-floor lounge area with a large deck. Somewhat unusually, PGYC is a cruising club rather than a racing-oriented one, where people who enjoy spending time on the water unite in a family-friendly environment. If you’re looking for a place that is affordable and don’t mind a limited number of events compared to other clubs, Puget Sound is a good fit.

Rainier Yacht Club

Rainier is another club designed for the person who isn’t looking for the country-club amenities of a high-end organization with five-figure initiation fees and substantial monthly dues. Formed in 1947, Rainier sponsors many cruises, but its members are also active in the racing scene. The club hosts and participates in inter-club races and community activities, including parading decorated boats around Lake Washington during the holiday season. You won’t find formal dining facilities or other high-end amenities, but with a $250 initiation fee and dues of $225 for a single membership and $400 for a household one, it’s affordable for just about anybody. (For more, see How to Get a Loan on a Boat or Yacht.)

Corinthian Yacht Club

Check out Corinthian Yacht Club and you’ll find a place very much into racing yet with a social scene that’s alive and well. The club hosts races for all types of boats as well as a number of leisurely cruises for its members. There are plenty of social and educational activities, and the clubhouse is available for rent for special events.

The Bottom Line

Seattle doesn’t offer the most robust year-round sailing environment compared to cities in warmer climates, but there are plenty of opportunities for boating enthusiasts to join one of the city’s boating or yachting clubs.




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