Benefits of Club Membership
Located on the largest of the Apostle Islands, Madeline Island Yacht Club, Inc. was organized in 1977 by a group of boat owners who loved the Apostle Islands and desired a beautiful, quiet and tranquil marina for their yachting home. The Madeline Island Yacht Club, Inc. (MIYC) is a private, non-stock yacht club incorporated in Minnesota in 1977. The MIYC operates on a non-profit basis for the benefit of its 140 voting members who collectively own the Club and facilities, and direct the operation through its elected Board of Directors.
Although the Madeline Island Yacht Club offers its services to the general public, the Club's primary mission is to support and serve its members. Membership in the Club guarantees a preferred slip space and substantial discounts on dockage rates, launching, haul-out, storage fees, shop repairs and fuel. Keyed access to a private member's lounge, WiFi and shower/bathroom facilities are included with membership. (Plane owners should note that it's easy to get here by flying to the Madeline Island airport!)
Club members participate in a seasonal schedule of social events and races, and work together on a 4th of July parade entry. On Saturday mornings during the season, look for fellow members, coffee and pastries in the member's lounge.
633 Fort Road
PO Box 41
La Pointe, WI 54850
Daily 8:00am – 5:45pm
VHF monitored: 16
The Madeline Island Yacht Club currently has memberships available and is offering interest free financing to qualified boaters. The current membership fee is $16,500. The MIYC will finance the cost of membership interest free, with a $3300 down-payment and up to 3 years to pay the balance. Enjoy the benefits of membership now. Receive your Certificate of Membership and Member voting rights when the full cost of membership has been paid.
We appreciate your interest in MIYC. For more information and a full list of member benefits, please contact Cile Naumann in the MIYC office.
Frequently Asked Questions
ANSWERS TO SOME QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE…
HOW IS MIYC SET UP AND WHO RUNS IT?
The Madeline Island Yacht Club, Inc. (MIYC) was incorporated in 1977. It is a private club owned by its membership of 140. The management of the Club is vested in the Board of Directors, consisting of nine (9) elected members. This Board has general charge of the business affairs, policy and properties of the corporation. The day-to-day operations of the Club rests with a three person inter-departmental team (Ship Store, Service Department and Business Office), responsible to the Board of Directors. Provided all members have been assigned priority slips, the Club may allow rental to non-members and visitors if space is available. The Ship Store is open to the public.
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER AND WHAT IS THE FEE?
A written “Letter of Introduction” and a completed application with the signatures of two sponsoring members or letters of recommendation from two sponsoring members must be submitted to the Board of Directors through the MIYC Business Office. The “Letter of Introduction” must address the following points:
1) An introduction of you and your family members;
2) Why you wish to join the Club;
3) A description of your boating experience;
4) A description of your boat. In addition, a $500.00 non-refundable deposit must accompany your application. This deposit will be credited against your membership purchase fee upon membership approval. Your application is then placed on a prospective member waiting list. When your name comes to the top of the list you will be notified and your application submitted to the Board for their review at the next scheduled meeting. Should you decline membership when notified, your name goes to the bottom of the prospective member waiting list. The membership cost is currently $16,500, which consists of a $13,200 membership fee as equity to the member and a $3,300 initiation fee which is retained by the Club. When your application comes up for review, the $16,500, less the application deposit, must be submitted to the Business office.
WHAT DOES A MEMBERSHIP OFFER ME???
Membership in the MIYC offers you the following amenities:
- Guaranteed slip rental space.
- Reduced rates on dockage, storage, and repairs.
- Priority status for launch, haul-out, and repairs.
- Keyed access to members’ lounge and shower/restrooms.
- One vote at the Annual Business Meeting.
- Periodic discounts on fuel, purchases and services.
- Reciprocal docking privileges at other YCA clubs.
- Participation in Club sponsored social events.
- Club newsletter and industry updates.
- Membership Manifest and Fleet Register
WHAT OBLIGATIONS DOES A MEMBERSHIP ENTAIL?
A member of the MIYC is obligated to lease a slip space each spring at the current member rate. Slip spaces are assigned at the discretion of the management according to the boat size and seniority. Fees are based on length of slip or boat, whichever is greater. A signed slip rental agreement and proof of boat insurance must accompany the slip fee. Any account balance must be paid in full prior to boat launch or use of the slip. Members are charged a flat per/foot rate each fall for haul-out, storage and spring launch. Assessments for Capital Improvements to the Club may be levied by the Board of Directors as needed for major projects. Since 1977, the membership has had thirteen assessments ranging between $100 and $2500.
CAN I SUBLET MY SLIP TO OTHERS?
Club By-laws allow only the MEMBER’S boat to be docked in his assigned slip. In the event that an active member has a boat, but will not be able to use his slip for all or part of the season, the member is still obligated for the slip rental fee and compliance to the lease agreement. However, the member may notify the Club office of the availability of his/her slip for use, and the Club will try to sublet the slip on behalf of the member, retaining 30% of the sublet income as a service fee, and crediting 70% of the sublet income to the member’s account in the subsequent month against future goods and services. Subleasing can only be done through the Club. Members may not individually sublet their slip or allow others to use their slip.
Active members who have NO BOAT and wish to sublet for the SEASON, will be pooled with other “no boat” members in the same situation. Their “sublet pool” slip fee will be based on the combined slip fee footage of all pool members divided by the number in the pool. 70% of the sublet rental income generated from these pooled slips will then also be divided among the pool members and credited to their accounts mid-summer against future goods and services, provided the sublet pool slip fee has been paid.
RETIRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Memberships may be transferred only through the Club. Should a member wish to retire his/her membership, a written letter of request to retire should be addressed to the MIYC Board of Directors and sent to the Club office. Your request will be placed on a waiting list and retired in the order received. The price at which the Club repurchases a membership will be at the same price then being charged the new member, less the current initiation fee.
If you have further questions regarding membership in MIYC, please contact Cile Naumann in the MIYC office.