Yacht clubs, especially a self help club like the one I belong to is the better way to go. The members do most of the work themselves from building docks to upkeep of the clubhouse. This is all on a voluntary basis. When I started sailing I joined a club because I figured I would sail at least five years and if I amortized the initiation fee over five years it would end up cheaper than a marina. Twenty five years later I'm still there and it's much cheaper than a marina. Also being in a club, there is an element of camaraderie that you will not find in a marina not to mention all the help and advice you get as a novice
from the "old timers". If you've got a problem there's usually someone who's had that problem and fixed it. I don't know what happened but it seems I've gone from a "new member" to an "old timer" or "old member" in what seems a blink of the eye.
Time really flies when you're having fun.[/quote]
Can you or anyone else in this forum recommend a Yacht club in Southern California
? Do they offer dockage or just activities? It seems like a great idea. thanks.