October 2020 Vagabonder Vice Commodore — Denny Ertler

Summer is over and Fall/Winter is fast upon us. September was a busy month with some good weather early on for cruising and getting things done. Our sink hole is finally filled and the entrance to the property has been repaired. An $18k capital expense repair. Thank you all for putting up with the 48-hour closure to let the asphalt cure. Superior Asphalt Inc. did a really good job in my opinion. I do believe we should next spend some capital dollars to have these areas sealed and help prevent water intrusion and cracking again. It has been numerous years since the whole parking area was last sealed and cracks have developed in many areas. Superior’s Asphalt recommendation is to have the whole area cracked dug up and new asphalt laid down. Our capital account may not be able to afford this now; but to have the whole area resealed would help extend the life of the asphalt. Discussion for the board to consider.

September’s work party was very productive. We had a much better turn out then I expected and numerous things got done. I would like to thank you all for turning out and chipping in, especially several of our new members. Thank you. My big item was getting six light poles installed with LED solar motion lights. This has been on the 5-year planning committee to do list for a while. Hopefully, these lights will help deter and prevent thieves from breaking in and stealing items. Past Commodore Don Masoero has been a big help in obtaining bids and organizing workers to do repairs to the mobile home. Hopefully, in the near future, the Club will have a new resident caretaker to replace the function Margaret Moreau had performed for the club for decades.

Lastly, I am slowly getting the new backyard rules and agreement signature page out to those who rent stalls in the backyard. Backyard tenants, when you receive your copy please read and then sign and return the last page to me by email, mail, or just place under the door at the office upstairs or in the mail box on the southwest corner of the clubhouse. Additionally, please inspect your stalls and remove any unnecessary items/trash/vegetation and weeds. Keep it clean. Thanks.

September 2020 Vagabonder Membership — Debbie Minniti

Hello Vagabonders!

I have had a busy summer working with people interested in joining our great DMYC. When it was clear we were not going to be able to have normal activities, I approached the BOT asking for a temporary solution during COVID 19 to help prospective members gain membership. I created a committee of 5 to interview prospective members which has gone very well, and I plan to continue the interview process while I hold the position of Membership Chair. After the interviews, the committee made recommendations for membership. Each new member still needs to accomplish the normal requirements and will have a year to complete them since we currently cannot have gatherings. We emphasized involvement in cruising, our social activities and work parties so you will be seeing everyone around when we can gather again. Over the course of the summer, the board voted in 12 new members. Our current membership total is 307, not too far from our maximum membership of 325. I held detailed orientations explaining the rules of DMYC. We wore masks and sat well over 6 feet apart to stay in compliance with our State’s regulations.

Since I have 12 new members to introduce, I will list them here and will add additional information on the DMYC Website under Board and Membership. Please log in and read about the great new members we gained.

  • Terry & Lesley Bate
  • Darth & Andrea Castan
  • Jeff Crosetto & Dr. Karen Brantman 
  • Jeff Dickson & Gail Rongey
  • Paul & Liz Ellis
  • Kirk & Becky Hamblen
  • Steve & Deanne Jacobson
  • Patrick & Emma Kelley
  • Eric Reddik & Shannon Thomas
  • Zach Schulte
  • Mark & Kazumi Stueck
  • BJ Warner

If you see our new members around the club, please give them a warm welcome!

June 2020 Vagabonder Membership — Debbie Minniti

Happy June Vagabonders!

I hope you and your families continue to be healthy and safe from the COVID 19 virus. Viking Yacht Club lost one of their Past Commodores and long-time member Bill Bryn. Thankfully, his wife Inca has recovered from the virus. Please continue to be cautious when going out.

I would like to introduce Billy and Charlie Ikeda to DMYC as new members! They are Bill and Nancy Coleman’s grandsons. Many of you already know them and have watched them grow up in the Club. They have attended many cruises and worked around the facility with their grandparents for many years. Billy and Charlie have a 15 ft Saber. Please give them a heartwarming welcome when you see them! I love how generations of families are part of our club!

I continue to receive many inquiries about membership and hope to begin helping them achieve our club requirements to become members.

We have a lot to consider keeping our club thriving under the crazy era we are living in. Our club is going to need to adapt to continue in this pandemic. I am trying to come up with ideas to help our club continue to grow.

Safe boating!

Club News


A drive through scholarship celebration was held on May 27th at the Des Moines Senior Center …. signs, balloons, car parade, cheering ,honking and many Pix!

The Jean Atwell Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Dulcemaria Baez. She is a leader at school and a volunteer in our community. She will attend UW in the fall taking classes in English and Pre-Law.

The Margaret Moreau Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Hamreet Kaur. She is an ideal student, volunteer and mentor for younger students. She will attend UW taking STEM classes and looks ahead to Computer Engineering.

The Toni Overmyer Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Minh Quan Nguyen. He is an artist, scholar and volunteer. He will attend UW in the fall taking STEM, business and architectural classes.

FIRST MATES contribute to the betterment of our local community by providing scholarships to graduating students from Mt. Rainier High School. Awards are made possible by the hard work of fund raisers and through our Gift Giving Program.

The DMYC FM NAVIGATING THE FUTURE SCHOLARSHIP FUND is a 501c3 federally recognized organization. Donations are tax deductible and matching funds from many employers are possible. A donation may be made to recognize an individual, or to honor the memory of an individual. First Mates send an acknowledgement card to the person honored or to the bereaved family, informing them that a donation has been made in their name and will include the name and address of the donor. A scholarship can be established in the name of a person or family member. Forms for the Gift Giving Program are found in the foyer or by contacting a committee member.


Des Moines Yacht Club Says Goodbye to Margaret Moreau

By Schelleen Rathkopf , NW Yachting Magazine

Des Moines Yacht Club is grieving the loss of their longtime club steward, Margaret Moreau, who passed Margarets-BD-2018-3away in February. She was just a couple months shy of her 95th birthday. “She was a really special lady that was admired by all,” shared Troy Childs, a longtime member of the club. “I have so many memories of her chasing us kids around at the club back in the day. She was always trying to keep us out of trouble!” Moreau was the club steward for over 40 years and DMYC was her extended family. She was born Electa Margaret Petrie on April 16, 1925, in Willowbrook, California. She married Everett Moreau on January 24, 1947, and they had three children together; Laura, Larry and Lynn. Margaret joined the Army Nurse Corp during World War II, and continued her work in nursing throughout her entire career. Margaret and Everett Moreau joined DMYC in 1974 and were active boaters and caretakers. Every
year, they would head out on their 25-foot Bayliner Nisqually, often with their grandkids on board. They cruised all over the Puget Sound region, frequently meeting up with other DMYC members. A favorite destination was Desolation Sound. “She had a memory like a computer, and after a while, we all just quit fact checking her because she was always right,” shared a longtime club member, who appreciated that all her records were handwritten in her notebooks. “We were all so spoiled.” Margaret handled most administrative functions for DMYC, including the creation of seating charts at DMYC functions. “She knew who wanted to be seated together and who should be seated apart!” The Des Moines Yacht Club misses Margaret’s presence tremendously, and has a respect and appreciation for what Margaret did to take care of the club and foster community with all club members.
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Des Moines Yacht Club History

Charles E. (Mac) McCurdy and his wife Toni founded the Des Moines Yacht Club in 1957 as the Vagabond Outboard Boating Club, with eight charter members. Waterfront property, approximately 50′ X 350′ was purchased late that year providing the membership with a clubhouse, caretaker’s cottage and existing buildings. The efforts of the membership the next several years brought about many improvements including a launching ramp with a dredged channel, parking facilities and a remodeled clubhouse. The membership, recognizing the material gains and broadened interest in the boating fraternity, changed the name to the Vagabond Yacht club in 1963. In 1970, the Des Moines Marina was constructed encompassing the club waterfront within its breakwater. Wishing to be defined geographically and oriented with the marina, the membership once again elected to change the club name to, “The Des Moines Yacht Club”.

With the construction of the marina, the members fell heir to 350’ of fill, approximately doubling our property and, in turn, increasing the value of the investment. The clubhouse was doubled in size in 1975 to accommodate the rapidly expanding membership, which had grown to over 200 members. In 1977, more pilings were installed in the marina area, allowing the club to substantially increase the club dock area. At that time, improvements were also made to the dock power, water and lighting systems. In the spring on 1978, it once again was becoming apparent that due to increases in membership, we were outgrowing our clubhouse facility. A building committee was formed for the purpose of determining whether we should remodel and expand our present facility or build a complete new clubhouse. In July of 1979, approval was given for construction of a completely new clubhouse. Also, the club membership was limited to 300 active members. The beautiful new facility was completed and dedicated in the spring of 1980.

Members of the Des Moines Yacht Club are privileged to fly its burgee, connoting many years of courteous conduct and safe boating habits. They benefit from the well-earned reputation, recognized by the boating community, both on and off the water. In addition to the fraternal benefits of the clubhouse and grounds for members and their friends, it boasts a launching ramp, docks, limited dry storage and moorage. Members can enjoy facilities at other yacht clubs on Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Lake Union and British Columbia.

There are approximately nine club sponsored dances and twelve cruises a year. Cruise activities are family-oriented, including children’s games, dingy races, sailing, pot lucks, softball, horseshoes, etc. As part of the annual activities, there is a Special Peoples Cruise, children’s Christmas party and lighted Boat Parade. The highlight of the land-oriented activities is the Commodore’s Ball held each year honoring the newly elected Commodore and First Mate.

The Des Moines Yacht Club participates in the Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day the club organizes and sponsors the South Sound Opening Day and annual Swap Meet. The Des Moines Yacht Club is a member of the Northwest Boating Council and Interclub Association, both of which are concerned with legislation of interest to boaters. They are members of the National Outboard Boating Council, as well as the International Power Boat Association and affiliated with the Pacific International Yachting Association. The ladies are encouraged to join the First Mates Organization if their interests are more than water oriented. They sponsor annual events benefiting the community and the club. The First Mates also has an active organization called, “The Swabbies”, for member’s children up to age 18. Events are organized and run by the children themselves with adult supervision. These events include a sports day, dingy races, a fishing derby and game nights.




2020 Swap Meet Registration


March 21st 2020 from 8AM to 2 PM

Registration deadline is Saturday, March 14th 2020
Mail Registration form and check payable “DMYC First Mates” to:
Joy Feider/ Swap Meet
22737 Marine View Drive S
Des Moines WA 98198



Indoor spaces – $35.00 rental fee

  • Indoor spaces are approx. 7X9 feet, 5ft round banquet tables provided with 2

Outdoor spaces – $15.00 rental fee (reduced fee for being outside)

  • Outdoor spaces are about 10X20 feet,  on gravel, no tables available.
  • Oversized items such as small boats, dinghies, large tools and trailers are good for Outdoor space rentals.
  • Tents are OK, must bring own.

Commercial Vendors $ 100 . 00/Indoor;   $ 75 . 00/Outdoor

  • The DMYC First Mates want to maintain the spirit of this event to provide individual boaters and boating clubs a venue for buying and selling used boat items. Spaces for Commercial/Business vendors are limited .

If you want more than one space, please complete one form for each space

Make checks payable to: DMYC First Mates
Call Todd (253) 336-4880,
or email

Complete the form online or using the PDF and mail the check to the address above.

The downloadable PDF form can be filled in using your computer and then printed. 
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