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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.

People |

Cindi and Robert

Cindi-RobertThe last KYC steak night of this winter season was hosted by Cindi and Robert Davis. The well-attended event was a resounding success, with great meat selections from Tatsuda’s Grocery and a wide variety of side dishes and desserts.

While we’re talking about Cindi and Robert, we need to thank them for the immaculate appearance of the clubhouse. Since they have moved aboard their sailboat, Susie Anne, their presence has been beneficial to the Yacht Club.

“Since we’re living aboard, the KYC Clubhouse is like part of our home,” says Cindi, “We like a clean home–it’s just how we live.”

Since winter moorage has ended, Davis’ have moved to the transient float next to Ketchikan Creek, still just a few steps from the clubhouse. If you see them around, be sure and say, “Thanks.”

Hamburger Night

Friday Hamburger Nights

KYC’s traditional hamburger nights will begin June 7th with the first one being hosted by Laura Murph.  Check back here regularly for updates.

Steak Night

Steak Night this Friday

Robert and Cindi Davis are hosting our last Friday steak night before Fall.  Join us for steaks from 6-8pm this Friday, May 16.

Please RSVP so they can order enough food.  Bring your own beverage and a side or desert if you’d like.  The Club will have New York or Rib Eye steaks and chicken, baked potatoes and salad for $15/per plate.

It’s the best meal value around…be there!


KYC Rendezvous This Weekend

Saturday 5-18-13 is a KYC Rendezvous at the dock at Margaret Bay in Traitor’s Cove.  There are no reservations needed, no one “IN Charge”, just a meeting destination and fun for all who can make it.

Cruising | Safety

USCG Auxiliary Safety Exams

On April 25, KYC and USCG Auxiliary member Vern Craig will be doing safety checks for the yacht club members. Call Vern at 907-821-8439 to make an appointment.

This is a yearly no-fault courtesy examination to help you verify that your boats safety and required equipment is up to date and in good working order and meets federal and state regulations. This is not a “boarding” or law enforcement ordeal, rather it is meant to help protect you should the need for such safety equipment arise while on the water.

Upon passing the exam, a decal is issued to proudly display on your vessel. This does not exempt you from law enforcement boarding, but does signify that you are a safety conscious boater to law enforcement personnel.

For more information, go to the Alaska Coast Guard Auxiliary website at:

(Correction: This is planned for Thursday, April 25th, the same evening as the KYC Trustees meeting, not April 24th as previously reported.)



To better serve our members, Ketchikan Yacht Club now has a facebook page at  So for those members who are more comfortable with Facebook, you’ll be able to “like” our Facebook page and receive future announcements for club members.

For the rest of us who are control freaks, stuck in the stone age, or who simply like to read about the details in a more conventional format, we hope this blog site will fill the bill.  And for those who avoid computers entirely, we intend to compile a printed version of club news periodically.

Stay tuned here and on Facebook, and let us know if there’s anything specific you’d like to see.

Maintenance |

Spring Work Party

Saturday, May 4, 8:00 a.m.

The clubhouse and float are looking good, but it’s time for spring maintenance chores.  The work plan includes refurbishing the flagpole, outside lettering, paint the gate and front door, repair and replace the back door, pressure wash the float, and finish re-decking the north end of the dock.

Many hands make light work, so all members are invited to show up and help get things ready for another boating season.

Cruising |

Spring Cruising Events

NauticatMark your calendar for the following KYC Cruising events:

April 27th: Shelter Cove (NOAA Chart 17428)
Shelter Cove has a dock and a good anchorage, with plenty of room for all. There is good crabbing and shrimping in the area.  The cruise will be Friday, April 26th through Sunday, April 28th.  This will be a good spring shakedown cruise to start the boating season.

May 18 – 19: Traitor’s Cove (NOAA Chart 17422)
Originally planned for another destination, members agreed that Traitor’s Cove would be a good destination for our May cruise.  Watch for more information on this in the future.

KYC Potluck/Meeting Tonight!

April Fools Day is past…or is it: The Potluck theme will be “funny food” or “fun food” and, as always, any food is welcome, the theme is just to help the creative juices flow. Potluck starts at 6:30pm with the business meeting and program starting at 7:30pm.

City Harbor Master, Steve Corporon, will provide an update on activities in the Harbor Dept.

Hope to see you all there.

Fishing & Hunting | People

The Buck Stops Here

Mike Williams poses with his buck aboard the M/V Melody Jean. Photo by Roger Maynard.

Unlike a couple of politicians who have been in the national news recently, Alaskans know where and how to stop a buck.

Mike Williams & crew harvested this huge buck over the weekend from the Carroll Inlet area, just a few miles from Ketchikan.

Although summer-like weather foiled hunters earlier in the month, the recent rains followed by cool, clear weather has been a welcome change for hunters.

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