Hudson River Boat Clubs Welcome New Members

One and one-and one half years after Superstorm Sandy battered the lower Hudson River, boat clubs here have recovered and opened their doors for the 2014 boating season.

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The Hudson River Boat & Yacht Club Association, Inc. (HRBYCA), representing 33 clubs from New Jersey to Poughkeepsie, NY, is extending a welcome call for new members. Anyone interested in being on the water, or looking for great social and family activities, has affordable boating options with HRBYCA member clubs.

“Hudson River access can be more affordable than many folks understand,” said HRBYCA President Scott Croft. “That’s often because the members at Hudson River clubs do much of their maintenance and upkeep with volunteer labor, but there are other options for those who just want to try a club out.”

Croft said many clubs offer associate-type memberships for those without a boat that gives people a way to be on the water with a minimal time commitment, and enjoy a great social outlet for their families. It can also help test the waters on future boat ownership.

“You don’t have to own a blue blazer,” he joked. “Membership is generally low-key and clubs are looking to get beyond that stereotype. We want to help anyone get on the water and enjoy boating. Many enjoy the kinship a club offers, with members helping other members out.”

Croft suggested those interested to visit to a boat or yacht club on any Saturday morning from now through May, when most clubs have work parties. “Ask any club member for details on membership and they will be able to point you to the right person who can help” said Croft. A list of HRBYCA member clubs is here.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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