Filed under: Yachts & Sailing
As we all know things are tough in the Detroit area but now even the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in posh Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan seems to be struggling. The yacht club sent out mailers last month offering new members a deal that lets them dock their boats for free during the 2009 season and put down only 25% of their initiation fee and defer the rest over 36 months with no interest. The club's general manager told the Detroit Free Press that the club is still doing well although membership stand at about 850, down from 900 to 950 in recent years. Local marinas are also finding the wait lists for boat-well rental space getting shorter and shorter. The yacht club offers swimming, tennis, bowling, an outdoor bar and fine dining. The Grosse Pointe Yacht Club's roots reach back to 1914 and the 18th century Italian Renaissance style clubhouse was dedicated on July 4, 1929.