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Yacht Club - drinks and apps

bearzie Jul 8, 2012 07:56 AM

Are there any yacht clubs that anyone knows that allow non-members to come and have drinks and apps at their club? Or do all of them require memberships?


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  1. CapeCodGuy RE: bearzie Jul 8, 2012 08:11 AM

    Any location in all of So. New England?

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      bearzie RE: CapeCodGuy Jul 8, 2012 08:25 AM

      Yes. It could be the Cape, RI, Plymouth area, etc.

      As long as it would be a day trip. I figured it would be a nice pit stop and would be on the water which would be fun during the summer.

    2. Beach Chick RE: bearzie Jul 8, 2012 08:43 AM

      I don't know of any yacht clubs throughout the US that allow non members to come in and have drinks and apps without being with a member.
      They are private clubs and usually you sign your tab to your membership #, since you have a quota you have to eat and drink per quarter.
      Maybe it's different on the east coast but I doubt it.
      When you are a member of one YC, you have reciprocal privileges to other yacht clubs throughout the world, except Catalina Island, unless you are a member of the PVYC in Mexico.

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        CapeCodGuy RE: Beach Chick Jul 8, 2012 08:54 AM

        I agree with Beach Chick, but there are plenty of places that approximate the Yacht Club experience. One that comes to mind in Hyannis Harbor is Baxter's Boathouse. Not my favorite spot, but the boats pull up to its dock and you can sit outside on the dock and have cocktails and food.

      2. dordalina RE: bearzie Jul 8, 2012 09:54 AM

        Not a real yacht club, but the Chart Room in Cataumet on the Cape definitely has that yacht club feel since it overlooks the boats of Kingman Marine. The food can be hit or miss, but you can't beat sitting outside with one of their signature frozen Mudslides in hand.

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          CapeCodGuy RE: dordalina Jul 8, 2012 10:06 AM

          Good rec! You could add 22 Bowen's Wharf or the Black Pearl, both in Newport for that yacht club feel dockside.

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            bearzie RE: dordalina Jul 8, 2012 10:50 AM


            Yes, the Chart Room is the kind of place I want to find. I've frequented that place many times. In fact, last year I was sitting outside with a mudslide. Great minds think alike.

            There has to be more places like this.

            CapeCodGuy, thanks for your suggestions. I'll have to try these places.

            I have Sea Dog Brew Pub in Hull on my list. Although it isn't a yacht club, it is next to a marina.

            Keep the suggestions coming.

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            Frank Terranova RE: bearzie Jul 8, 2012 02:19 PM

            Why would someone want to sit in a private or public yacht club with so many nice water restaurants espically in Newport. Plus appetizers would usuallt suck things like buffalo wings, fried mozzarella sticks, nachos. They dont usually have fine food sort of upscale diner type.

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              bearzie RE: Frank Terranova Jul 8, 2012 06:41 PM

              Frank T,

              Can you give me some nice water restaurant suggestions? Thanks.


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                Frank Terranova RE: bearzie Jul 9, 2012 02:54 AM

                Morning Bearzie,

                I dont go to many restaurants in RI with the exception of a few. But a nice place with nice food is the Boat House in Tiverton, the best would be the Inn at Castle Hill expensive but a couple of drinks and a couple of excellent apps. and just sitting outside over looking the harbor is worth it. Also the Ocean House in Watch Hill RI that is also expensive but well worth the drive and sitting out side for a drink or two and an app. is excellent.

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                  CapecodKid RE: Frank Terranova Jul 9, 2012 08:17 AM

                  I'd add the Waterfront Grill in New Bedford. Eat right on the water with the huge fishing boats right next to you. Very solid food as well including better than average sushi.

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              harryharry RE: bearzie Jul 10, 2012 04:02 AM

              The food is ok - but the view is outstanding- Pineapples at the Goat Island Hyatt in Newport - I shouldn't be giving away such a great secret - but I did....

              1. RC51Mike RE: bearzie Jul 10, 2012 05:20 AM

                The Mooring in Newport has a bit of that vibe. I actually thought it was a yacht club the first few times I went by it. I was expecting guys wearing matching jackets and straw boaters to come out the front door. The aforementioned Boat House is owned by the same folks. We've had great food at both.

                To help set the mood for you: We were treated for dinner at the Boat House by the president of the company who was building our boat. It's only 40 feet so we don't think of it as a yacht but some do. It was commissioned right across the river from there and a friend I invited to crew for its maiden voyage offshore treated me there as well. Our salesman treated us at the Mooring too. So, both places hold a special boat related place for us.

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                  harryharry RE: RC51Mike Jul 10, 2012 05:28 AM

                  The Mooring was a yacht club - the small part of the restaurant where the raw bar is and the large fire place - it was the original club house for NYYC in Newport.

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                    RC51Mike RE: harryharry Jul 10, 2012 05:40 AM

                    Interesting. Thanks for that. I must have seen the ghosts of yacht club members wearing matching jackets and straw boaters.

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