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Ketchikan Yacht Club (KYC)
P.O. Box 6694
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901

Roger Maynard

The Ketchikan Yacht Club (KYC) is a domestic non-profit corporation, registered and licensed to do business in the State of Alaska. The Ketchikan Yacht Club blog is an information service for members and guests, and a public advertisement for the Ketchikan Yacht Club.

Boating and navigation information in this blog is published in good faith based on the best information available including local knowledge, but is not intended to replace authoritive sources. Mariners are cautioned to use all authoritive sources when planning trips or operating a boat.

The Ketchikan Yacht Club is organized as a social and recreation club under section 501(C)(7) of the U.S. Tax Code; contributions are not tax deductible.

Maintenance | Safety | Tourism

Thomas Basin Remodel Starts

Yacht Club users still in town will have noticed a big change in access to the float 2 location and the KYC clubhouse. This week has marked the start of the much needed rebuild of the Thomas Basin bulkhead and wall behind the Salvation Army building, starting at the ramp leading to Float 2 and […]

Safety | Sailing |

Sailing Program Update for Aug 7

From Sail Fleet Captain Jim Dahl:

Hello Sailors,

I have been alerted to a weather warning regarding “Thunder Storms” Predicted in Ketchikan Area. The winds are predicted at 10 to 15 and rain showers. The danger of thunder storms is possible lightning. I have been asked to alert Sailors.

I have had one boat skipper […]

Maintenance | People | Safety

Quick Action Saves a Life

Help! Help! Help!

Robert Davis was sleeping on the Davis’s sailboat in Thomas Basin when he awakened to someone calling for help. He investigated, and found an intoxicated person had fallen into the water and couldn’t get back onto the dock. Robert managed to reach the victim in time, pulled him up by his belt […]

Navigation | Safety

Tongass Narrows Ship Traffic
Now we can view Ketchikan area AIS signals in real time

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Club Business | Safety | Tourism

Public Meeting Notice:

The next step in the Thomas Basin Promenade will be the section behind the Salvation Army building (by the KYC Clubhouse.) The project is in the 65% design phase, and a public meeting to discuss the project will be held Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. It probably wouldn’t hurt to have some KYC members there […]

Safety | Sailing

Thursday Sailing Program ALERT

From the sailing fleet captain:

I will again to set the start line mark. a red balloon towards Oceanview Restaurant. It will have an orange tassel.

Also, be aware that a less-than-knowledgeable mariner has chosen to use the “A” mark as a mooring buoy. IF IT IS STILL THERE AT RACE TIME, PLEASE SAIL WELL […]

Safety | Training

National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23

Boating Safety Advocates Remind Boaters to ‘Wear It!’

During National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23 Life jacket wear is an effective and simple life-saving strategy for safe recreational boating

(Washington, D.C.) – Boating safety advocates across the U.S. and Canada are teaming up to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistent life jacket […]

Maintenance | Safety | Training | Weather

Waggoner Flotilla is on the way

25 happy cruisers ready to depart for Alaska

Earlier this year, we committed to host a hamburger night upon the arrival of the Waggoner flotillas. The first of three flotillas is under way, just rounding Cape Caution in central B.C. They are on schedule, with an estimated arrival in Ketchikan of Friday, June 6th.


Maintenance | Safety

USCG Auxiliary Vessel Safety Checks

Nearly all boaters are familiar with the USCG Vessel Safety Check program. USCG Auxiliary vessel inspector Tom Greninger will be available at the Ketchikan Yacht Club on Saturday morning (May 10) to complete the Vessel Safety Checks on some boats.

Although Mr. Greninger has limited time on Saturday, he will be available to do more […]

Cruising | People | Safety

Great Northern Boaters Net
Ham radio morning boaters net begins Wednesday, 4/23

TIME: Daily, 0630 Alaska time; 0730 Pacific Time, summer months FREQUENCY: 3870 KHz Lower Sideband REQUIREMENTS: Operator must have an amateur radio license

Darlene and Floyd Minor

“Good Morning, this is Darlene, KL0YC, along with Floyd, WL7CUO, northern net control for the Great Northern Boaters Net.”

Each morning at 0630 hours, Alaska time, Darlene […]

Marine Warnings/Forecasts

  • Forecast for Today Tonight and Tuesday. - Dixon Entrance East February 19, 2018
    Wind light except northeasterly outflow 15 knots near Portland Inlet. Wind becoming easterly 5 to 15 near noon then backing to northerly 5 to 15 late this evening. Wind northerly 5 to 15 Tuesday. Chance of showers or flurries today and early this evening. Temperatures near plus 1. Issued 04:00 AM PST 19 February 2018
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