Membership Application

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About Membership in the GTYC

The Grand Traverse Yacht Club is interested in recruiting members who are committed to our mission of promoting, protecting and encouraging boating and it's environment. Applications for membership must be sponsored by a current member and submitted to the membership committee. If you do not have a sponsor, contact the membership chair who will arrange for an interview and assign a sponsor. Upon approval by the Board of Directors, a membership number and card will be issued by the Club Secretary. Membership in the Club is open to anyone who is at least eighteen (18) years old.

Membership Categories:

Full Voting Membership: Mooring rental, dry-sailing, small-boat & dinghy storage, and a key to the clubhouse are additional privileges of membership that are available only to this class. Regular members receive one vote per membership in Club elections. Limited to 150. This class of membership requires payment of a Building Fee.

Social Membership:
 Anyone who has not been a member of the Club may join and pay 60% of the regular dues. Limited to two (2) years unless the Full Voting Memberships are full. The Full Voting Members Initiation Fee is waived for Social Members in good standing. Membership in this category includes use of the club for all scheduled social functions, reduced fees for certain club functions and first rights to be upgraded to Full Voting Membership when openings in that category occur.

Junior Membership: Anyone between the age of eighteen (18) and twenty-four (24) may join and pay 60% of the regular dues. Upon reaching the age of twenty-four (24), Junior Members are required to become Full Voting Members, if available, or Social Members otherwise. The Regular Member Initiation Fee is waived for Junior Members in good standing.

Cost of Membership

Membership Type Annual Fee
Full Voting Member: $ 450.00 *
Senior/Social/Junior Member: $ 270.00
* New members are usually placed in the Social Membership but are expected to move to the full category within two years or when space becomes available. When moving to the Full category, members are required to make a payment into a building fund in an amount set by the Board of Directors. Currently this fee is $200.

Volunteering is a long GTYC tradition

As a not-for-profit organization, the GTYC relies on volunteers to keep fees affordable and to improve programs and operations. When you apply for membership, we expect that you will commit your interests and talents to the mission of the club. Volunteering is also a good way to quickly get to know other members.


The GTYC welcomes boaters of all types. The club is open most Wednesday and Friday nights for social programs year-round. Our racing  programs offer fun for all levels of sailors on Wednesday nights and some weekends from May through September. The GTYC also regularly hosts national and regional regattas for various classes of sailboats. Our cruising fleet consists of powerboats and sailboats. The Cruising fleet meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month for dinner and a program.


The GTYC facilities include a spacious dining area, friendly bar, bayside patio, private beach, showers, a children's playroom and a Mezzanine overlooking Grand Traverse Bay. The club offers dry storage for trailerable boats and dinghies. On the water, the GTYC has launch ramp and moorings for 17 boats. The Club is also available to members for private functions. See the club rental page.

Membership Application

There is normally a waiting list for GTYC membership. We encourage all prospective members to use our on-line application. We collect certain information in part to better plan for and organize appropriate activities for adults and families. Please take special care with the biography section of the application as it helps the membership committee and the board of directors determine what talents and interests you bring to the club. If a vacancy occurs (usually in May of each year), you will be contacted by a member of the Membership Committee regarding your application..

Dues Payment

No payment is due at time of application. You will be advised of fees due if accepted for membership.

A Word About Privacy

The GTYC respects your privacy. We do not collect personal information from you unless you voluntarily provide it.  You have the ability to control who sees the information in your profile. For more information on this subject, check the Conditions of Use and Privacy Policy on the links at the bottom of this page.

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