Because each sailing club is different and all offer different amenities, the cost of joining can vary greatly from club to club. Many factors can affect membership prices -- even within a club -- including membership level, whether you own your own boat (and if you want them to store if for you), your age (there are often youth prices), whether you're joining as an individual or family, and whether you're a resident or non-resident. While it's hard to say what club dues you'll expect to encounter, many clubs range between $150 and $2,500 per year for an individual membership. There's also often a one-time initiation fee of between $250 and $500 that you pay when you join. Classes and special events can incur additional costs, as well.
If you're looking to join a local sailing club, the best way to find one is through the Internet. Many clubs have Web sites that will give you information about what they offer and how to become a member.
To learn more about sailing, boats, sailing clubs and other family activities, visit the links below.
- Augusta Sailing Club. "Membership Information." (July 31, 2011) http://www.augustasailingclub.org/membership-information
- Coconut Grove Sailing Club. "Adult Intermediate Sailing Courses." (July 31, 2011) http://www.cgsc.org/adult-intermediate
- Discover Boating. "The Benefits of Joining a Sailing Club or Organization." (July 22, 2011) http://www.discoverboating.com/resources/article.aspx?id=322
- Encyclopædia Britannica. "Yacht." 2010. (July 31, 2011) http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/651096/yacht
- Harbor Yacht Clubs: San Diego and Long Beach. "Sailing Club." (July 31, 2011) http://www.harboryc.com/sailing-club-san-diego-long-beach.htm
- Hoover Sailing Club. "Membership Application." (July 20, 2011) http://www.hooversailingclub.com/pdf/hscapplication.pdf
- Legacy Boating Club. "Fleet." (July 27, 2011) http://www.legacyboatingclub.com/fleet.htm
- Manhattan Sailing Club. "Membership Info - 2011." (July 20, 2011) http://www.myc.org/mem_info.htm
- Palm Beach Sailing Club. "Application for Membership." (July 24, 2011) http://www.pbsail.org/2011/2011-Membership_App.pdf
- US Sailing. "US Sailing Organizations: Profile Study of Yacht Clubs August 2010." (July 25, 2011) http://organizations.ussailing.org/ycsurvey2010.htm