Originally Posted by watermanmax
The wife and I just visit a yacht club in Tampa FL. and it looks like real fun and then I found out when we are going to be sailing next year you can go in and out of other yacht clubs and park there for awhile.... my questions ... what are the pro and cons of being a member
and is there one better than the others
If one belongs to a Club that is a member of the Florida
Counsel of Yacht Clubs, club members are granted reciprocal privileges at other Counsel clubs. That typically includes one night at a guest dock
or slip per visit without charge and subsequent nights at reduced rates, generally in the range of $1.25 per foot, which is quite a bit less than charges at municipal or private marinas
. Further, if one can get a slip in the Club's marina, which often takes one to three years on a waiting list depending upon boat size, the costs of one's slip plus related charges (power, water
, etc. depending upon the club) plus club dues is generally about the same as what one would pay for a slip, alone, at commercial marinas
. One also commonly has a "spending minimum" at the Club's restaurant/bar, generally in the range of $75-$100 per month, but one will commonly spend that amount anyway so most don't consider that a factor.
As to whether one Club might be better than another, that depends upon what you are looking for. Some clubs are "Country Clubs" that happen to have marinas. Some have become little more than Dining Societies that grudgingly operate their marinas to subsidize the eating habits of the non-boat owning members; and, some are true yacht clubs, organized and oriented to support sailing and yachting that also happen to have a restaurant/bar. One can get a pretty good sense of which is which by looking at their memberships, their calendars of events/activities; and, the size/elaborateness of their restaurant menus/wine lists. Then pick the one that works for you.