How Do I Join?
We welcome your interest in joining our family of members at the Erie Yacht Club. Established in 1895, the Club has maintained a tradition of serving the Erie boating community for well over 124 years. We offer a number of options for joining the Club. If you or anyone you know would like more information in belonging to Erie Pennsylvania's first and only full service yacht club, please contact the club or download a membership applications. The membership classes are as follows:
This classification is a full privilege membership. The control of the Erie Yacht Club is vested in the Regular Members via their right to hold office and vote at the annual meeting. The initiation fee for Regular membership is $4,500.
Also known as the “Social” membership with an initiation fee of $1,500. This classification has limited boating privileges and full use of the Clubhouse. This class has no voting or annual meeting privileges. Boating privileges include the seasonal rental of a floating mooring, (keg), and the dry sail area.
Junior/ Junior Family Membership
What’s the difference between the two?
A Junior member is a person between the age of 16 and 34 and has no parent as a member or is the child of an Associate member. A Junior Family member is the son or daughter of a Regular member and has joined the club as their own member. These two classifications have all the rights and privileges as the Associate member, which includes limited boats and full clubhouse privileges. This classification has a tiered pricing structure based upon your age at the time of applying.
Once elected, the dues of a Junior and Junior Family member will change in cost as they age, (see chart above).
In the year of their 35th birthday, the Junior member will automatically be transferred to the Associate class. Junior Family members will automatically transfer to full Regular membership.
Which membership is best for me?
Well, if you don’t intend on owning a boat and plan to use the Clubhouse for business or personal reasons then the Social membership is best for you. If you are under the age of 35, you should consider joining as a Junior or Junior Family member as the price structure is more suited for our young families. You will have the same privileges but at a lower cost to you.
If you plan on having a boat, then you should join as a Regular member. That way you can start earning points towards seniority for a boat slip.
If you joined the Club as an Associate, (Social) member and in a few years decide you would like to purchase a boat and obtain a boat slip. All you have to do is submit a letter to the Board of Directors requesting transfer to Regular membership. You’ll then be billed for the difference between the Associate Initiation fee and the Regular member fee, in this case $3,000.00.
I decided to join the Club, what do I do now?
- Download a membership application.
- Obtain the signatures of two Regular members of the Club. If you are new to the area or do not know two Regular members, just give our Club General Manager a call and he can help you.
- Complete the application and submit it to this address along with the appropriate deposit listed in the Club Brochure.
Erie Yacht Club
P.O. Box 648
Erie, PA 16512
Deposits and Initiation fees can be paid with a credit card, supply us with your credit card number, expiration date and we can use that as your deposit. We accept Visa and MasterCard only.
I did all that, what happens now?
- Once the Club receives your application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with the Membership Committee. These interviews take about a half hour and are informal. These interviews allow the Committee to get to know you and your family who are invited to come with you.
- Once accepted by the Membership Committee, your application will be posted on the Club bulletin board. A summary will be submitted to the Board of Directors. At the next regular board meeting your application will be presented and voted upon.
- You will be notified by letter of the results of the vote.
- Once accepted, the Club will bill you the appropriate initiation fee as well as the balance of the dues. If you supply us your credit card information we will process that and you will not be billed. After payment is received, you will receive your membership card and all other appropriate materials such as the Club By-laws and rules.