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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.

Steak Night

Steak Night this Friday!

Good Eats on FRIDAY!

Good Eats on FRIDAY!

It’s steak night this Friday!

The third Friday of every month from September through May, club members and guests gather at the KYC Clubhouse to grill a steak. Folks start arriving about 6:00 p.m., and by 6:30 everyone has a steak on the grill.

Suggested donation is $15.

Club Business | Merchandise

KYC Jackets Available Again

Large logo on back (optional)

Large logo on back (optional)

We can take orders for jackets until November 4th, just email Tom Schulz at with your order. The most popular KYC Jacket color is hunter green, but we can order another color if you wish.

When we last ordered, the jackets cost $45.00 – small to extra large; 2 XL – $47.00; 3XL – $49.00. The left chest yacht club logo is $9.00; name – $7.50 and the large back logo is $30.00.  This years’ price may vary slightly.

Remember, the deadline to order: November 4th.

View the  TopStitch Embroidery web page (below) for more information–> Read more…

Club Business

KYC Jackets

KYC members have another opportunity to order a KYC Jacket with the embroidered logo on the back, the front or both. Anyone wanting one should contact Commodore Tom Schulz at, or 247-1016 by November 4th.

Club Business |

October Membership Meeting

The October KYC Membership Meeting was held Tuesday evening, as scheduled.

The event started with a potluck, hosted by Xiao Nan Tatsuda. Xiao Nan went the extra mile, spending two days preparing burritos, chow mein, vegetable pancakes, salad, and other dishes. Other contributions from various members included pickled salmon, carrot soup, baked salmon and salads. Thanks, Xiao Nan!

The meeting started early (7:00) with a presentation by Captain Larry Pullen, representing the Southeast Alaska Sea Pilots’ Association position against the Gravina Access Project’s latest bridge proposal.  Read more…

Cruising | Destinations

Destinations: Naha Bay


Though in disrepair, the  wooden railway grade can still be used to move small dinghies and skiffs past the rapids.

A favorite cruising destination for Ketchikan folks, Naha Bay is an easy trip, protected moorage and interesting, with a skookum chuck, improved hiking trails, and freshwater and saltwater fishing. Dock and ramp make shore excursions easy and convenient for the whole family.

Read more about Naha Bay’s USFS access on our Cruising>Naha Bay page.



Maintenance |

flag_commodoreCommodore’s Comments
Trustees, Membership meetings, Work party

The Trustees will meet at 5:30, Wednesday, September 25.

Membership will meet on Tuesday, October 1:  Xiao Nan Tatsuda is cooking up a fantastic dish for dinner that night. Yo’all come and enjoy.

We have not been able to get the siding but will have it at MikeFirar’s work shop on Saturday, October 5.  It will be indoors where we can paint it, starting at 9:00 am–it will not take long.  See you there.

Tom Schulz, Commodore

Commodore’s Dinner

Good Eats on FRIDAY!

Good Eats on FRIDAY!

In spite of the rather vigorous onset of our first fall storm, fifty people showed for the commodore’s dinner, hosted by Tom and Mary Schulz on Friday evening.  But even fifty enthusiastic folks couldn’t finish the Mexican feast–there was just too much food.  A big thanks to Tom and Mary Schulz.

If this is any indication, we’re going to  have a busy winter season.  Our next event will be the membership potluck & meeting Tuesday, October 1st.

Cruising |

Black Sands Beach Picnic
RESCHEDULED: Saturday, July 20th, Noon to 4 p.m.

steaksWhat is it they say about the best laid plans of mice and men? It seems the beach has already been reserved by another large group for the 13th, so the KYC picnic has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 20th — yes, it is reserved for us.

From the rear commodore:

Dear Members,

Our third annual Black Sands Beach picnic will be Saturday July 20th from noon to 4pm.  The club will provide hot dogs, buns, condiments, marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers.  We will also have plates, napkins and forks.  You may want to bring your long handled forks for cooking over the fire.  Please bring something to share and whatever you’d like as a beverage.

The Ryans and McQuerrys will get a fire going.  We will also have a skiff to bring you to the beach.  We will have a radio so you can call us if you need a ride from your boat to the beach.

If you haven’t been to Black Sands recently, there is a very nice shelter built by First City Rotary Club when Alan Rockwood was the president.  Dick Miller also did a lot of the construction.  There is a nice picnic table under the shelter and a porta-potty down a short trail, so it is quite comfortable.

We hope to see lots of people at the picnic!!
Judith and Donna

Details, details…

  • Date/Time: Saturday, July 20th, Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Location: South end of Gravina Island between Tongass Narrows west channel and Blank Inlet.
  • Description: Generally unimproved with a picnic shelter and porta-potty.
  • Anchorage: Good anchorage in sandy bottom with shallow slope; exposed to southeast winds.  Alternate anchorage may be found along the east shore of Blank Islands in about 40 feet of water–be aware of a deadhead and a few rocks that bare at low tide.
  • Tides for Saturday, July 20: High tide–11:51 a.m., 13.5  ft; Low tide–5:23 p.m., 2.6 ft.
Hamburger Night

Friday Night Hamburgers

FEASTFriday Hamburger Nights, a KYC tradition, begin this weekend with this week’s host, Laura Murph.  Yacht Club members and guests are invited to come to the clubhouse after work on Friday to grill their own burgers and feast on other potluck dishes, snacks and drinks.  The KYC supplies burgers with all of the fixin’s, and a small donation is requested to cover expenses.

Burger night was started about 12 years ago to encourage KYC members to have a quick dinner before hitting the water for the weekend.  It quickly evolved into the popular Friday evening social event that we enjoy today.  Whether your goal is to have a quick dinner and head out on the water, or spend all evening visiting on the dock, come on by for a good time.

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Fishing & Hunting

KYC Supports King Salmon Derby
$500 to the KYC member with the biggest King

King-Derby-logoThe KYC Board of Trustees has donated $500 to the Ketchikan King Salmon Derby, to award to the KYC Member who catches the largest King while fishing in the derby.  The derby starts May 25th, and includes the next three weekends, so it’s time to get your lines wet!

Derby dates are May 25-27, June 1-2, and June 8-9.  For the complete rules and more information, check the Ketchikan King Salmon Derby website at

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