Welcome to the Des Moines Yacht Club

Welcome to the Des Moines Yacht Club situated on the Puget Sound since 1957 and boasting more than 300 memberships. Our club, originally known as The Vagabond Outboard Boating Club, is steps from the beautiful City Marina, restaurants and shops. Our 3,600 sq ft club house is host to frequent balls, parties and weddings.

The DMYC principal goals are to intertwine beginning members with the seasoned, promote camaraderie, share boating experiences, provide a family safe environment, respect and encourage all levels of boaters, and enjoy exploring the Puget Sound.

The reasons to join our club are abundant

  • Seasonal events and family activities
  • Monthly cruises to destinations throughout the Puget Sound
  • Centrally located between Seattle and Olympia
  • Private boat launch with wash down station
  • Dry storage for 100 boats
  • Reciprocal privileges in Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands
  • Free showers, ice and WiFi
  • Facility rental at a discounted rate for members
  • Enjoy the second story lounge and outdoor deck, with a mini kitchen and spectacular sweeping views of the Puget Sound
  • Marine repair facilities nearby

For Membership information, go to the  Membership page… or contact

Membership Chair: Debbie Minniti  (253) 905-6237/ Email

For information about the reciprocal moorage, see the Facilities page

For information about renting the facility for an event, see the facilities page for rules and forms, or contact:
DMYC Venue Coordinator: Mindy McClean (206) 679-8692/ Email
Hours 10am to 7pm

Featured Post

Club News

Lighted Boat Parade 2020 video

On the first Saturday of December, the Des Moines Yacht Club has traditionally hosted a Lighted Boat Parade. This year, Three Tree Point Yacht Club, Poverty Bay Power Squadron/America’s Boating Club, and Marina Tenants joined boats from DMYC.

Turnout this year was outstanding, with 21 boats participating. In the lead position was a spectacularly decorated “Viajera,” captained by Vice Commodore Denny Ertler. The parade started at the Marina Pier and proceeded north to Three Tree Point, then south past the Marina and on to Redondo.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions this year, the Waterland Blog shared a Facebook Live video feed of boats leaving the Marina. This allowed people to watch the lighted boats from the safety of their homes. In addition, Destination Des Moines and its partners promoted the parade in their “Lighting Up the Waves” poster, distributed via social media.

The Lighted Boat Parade continues to be a great holiday activity for DMYC and the City of Des Moines. 

Click on the title for a short video collage of photos from the parade.