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 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: Vonda Perry-Jackson (206) 226-7619/ Email
Hours 10am to 7pm

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Club News

Des Moines Yacht Club First Mates Award Navigating the Future

Scholarships at Dollars for Scholars Reception


Three outstanding Mt. Rainier graduating students received Des Moines Yacht Club First Mates Navigating the Future scholarships during the annual Des Moines Dollars for Scholars Awards Reception on May 26, 2021. Following social distancing guidelines, this year’s ceremony was held outdoors at the Des Moines Activity Center, where many local and civic leaders welcomed the students and their families. Judging by all the smiles, students enjoyed the unusual celebration, but the First Mates hope to carry on their tradition of hosting this reception at the Des Moines Yacht Club!

Since 2009, the First Mates have awarded 42 scholarships, for a total of $37,500. Scholarships are made possible through the hard work of fundraisers and through a gift-giving program, where donations may be made in honor of an individual or to honor the memory of the individual. This scholarship fund is a 501C3 charitable organization, which allows a tax write-off for donors, and an opportunity for many companies to match contributions.

The First Mates and Des Moines Yacht Club support academic success in the community. Their scholarship fund reflects pride in students and a huge commitment to their ongoing education.

First Mates Navigating the Future Scholarship committee members are: Shelly Arch, Sheila Dahlgren, Joy Feider, Trish Keenan, Patti Linscott, Mindy McClean and Marilee Wamsley. For more information, please email Patti Linscott at scholar@desmoinesyachtclub.com

Here are the three graduating Mt. Rainier students receiving their 2021 Des Moines Yacht Club First Mates Navigating the Future Scholarships! Honor and celebrate these inspiring leaders, and everyone who participates in their success!

 Frank Keenan Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to Anam Hakim, majoring in Engineering at the UW


 Margaret Moreau Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to Dananwit Taffes, majoring in Public Health at the UW


 Navigating the Future Scholarship

Awarded to Joham Chaurra-Valencia, majoring in Business at the UW





DMYC earns 3rd place in TYC 2021 Marine Daffodil Parade