Please browse some commonly asked questions, and if you need further information please contact us!

Q. How do I become a member of the Bellingham Yacht Club?
A. To become a member, you need to fill out an application (see links at right), and submit it through the website. We strongly recommend you elect Auto-Pay Enrollment option to simplify your initial fees and any future monthly charges you may make at the clubs. Our board welcomes new members each month, as we vote in new members at our board meetings.

Q. How much are dues and initiation?
A. Dues are reviewed by the Board of Directors at least once per year. We strive to keep our initiation fee and yearly dues affordable while still offering the benefits of membership. Dues are currently structured by age and and function. We offer youth (AKA junior), intermediate, active, senior and non-resident membership classes. Of these classes, only active members have the privileges to vote and to hold office. Senior memberships are available only to current members who have reached 70 years of age and apply for Senior status. Below is the current fee structure for the 2019/20 year membership classes.

2019/20 Membership Classes and Prices
Membership Class Initiation Fee Annual Dues
Active $310 $596
Non-Resident $310 $397
Senior: Active member, age 70 or older N/A* $447
Junior: Up to Age 18 N/A* $25
Junior: Age 19-22* N/A* $50
Intermediate: Age 21-25 N/A* $130
Intermediate: Age 26-27 N/A* $160
Intermediate: Age 28-29 N/A* $190
* The Initiation Fee shall be deferred for all incoming Junior and Intermediate members. *Junior up to age 22 applies if still enrolled as a full-time student.

Q. Are there other membership requirements? Do I need to own a boat?
A. Boat ownership is not required to become a member. All that is needed is an active interest in boating. We have members with varied interests, including social, cruising, racing and education. We think you’ll find that we are a diverse and welcoming club.

Q. Do I have to be a previous BYC member to qualify for non-resident member status?
A. No, we welcome all non-resident members to apply.