Letter from the SSYC Commodore regarding the channel – posted

Good morning Sunset Shores Yacht Club Members,

            The channel entering our club is at the mercy of Lake Huron & Saginaw Bay-Saginaw River.  Earlier this summer, we dredged the channel to a depth of 6’.  (This was a point that was determined by the dredge company.)  After they completed their work, we said it was not good enough.  The company then went back into the channel & used our point of reference which was a  depth of 6’.  Our crew went back out & checked their work and found the depth to be satisfactory.   At that point the lakes & river decided to adjust what we did.  This is a simple explanation of what transpired.  The lake, Bay & river won.  We work with Bay City Yacht Club to determine dredging needs as it is a shared channel.  The first step in that process is to check the depth for accurate soundings to determine how much needs to be dredged in the spring.  The bottom line is we need the water to return to Lake Huron-Saginaw Bay-Saginaw River as the water fluctuation would not affect the channel so much.  Plan your exit from SSYC based on wind direction.  (North Wind)

       William Roberts

Future lake Level Forecast

Historic Lake Levels in Essexville

Channel Depth Update – posted

Sailboats or boats that draw 4′ or more need to proceed with caution in the channel. Depths of 4.5′ (hard packed, not silt) have been reported near the channel buoy closest to the SW corner of the BCYC wall with WSW winds at approx. 8 knots. Winds from the North help the depth a little but may not be present when you are navigating the channel. Please use extreme caution when entering or leaving the channel.

Annual Club Schedule

The following schedule will be reviewed on an annual basis by the BOD and amended as needed.



No Activities


Second Tuesday – Board Meeting


March 5 – Annual Invoices Mailed to Shareholders

Second Tuesday – Board Meeting


April 1 – Gates Open – No Utilities

Second Tuesday – Board Meeting

Third Saturday – Club Opens for Season, Utilities Turned On

Fourth Saturday – Annual Shareholders Meeting 9:00, SSYC Community Room


Second Tuesday– Board Meeting

May 15 – Annual Assessment Payment Due – Late Fee of $25 per month Starts

May 15 – Channel Sounded and Entrance Channel Bouys Deployed


Second Tuesday – Board Meeting

June 15 – Annual Assessment with Late Fee Due


No Activities


Second Tuesday – Board Meeting

Second Saturday 5:30 pm – Annual Picnic, SSYC Community Room Peninsula


Second Saturday – Winter Dock Height Set

Second Tuesday – Board Meeting


October 1 – Notify Membership of Which Docks Need to be Raised

Second Tuesday – Board Meeting

Second Saturday – Water Turned off, Restrooms Locked, Raising of Remaining Docks, Picnic Tables Put Away, Winterization of Equipment


November 1 – Late Payment Fee of $500 Added to Annual Assessment

November 1 – Locks Changed to All Gates Except Main Gate

November 15 – SSYC Closed for the Season – Electric Turned Off, All Gates Locked, All Boats Must Be Removed from Club


December 1 – Final, Annual Assessment, Late Fee Invoice Sent to Shareholder and 30-day Clock Begins

December 31 – Non-Payment Share is Returned to SSYC for Sale

Select the link for a printable document – SSYC Annual Schedule

Winter Dock Height – Owner’s responsibility to adjust to proper height – posted

Winter dock height has been determined. Please measure your dock and compare to the top deck boards of SSYC’s slip 180. Your slip can be up to 10″ lower than slip 180 but not more than 10″. Higher is better. It is the slip owners responsibility to adjust their slip or make arrangements to have the slip adjusted in preparation for winter. Please note that this needs to be done prior to the club closing the last weekend of October.

Fall Boat Handling Course – posted

American’s Boating Club of Saginaw Bay (formally called the Saginaw Bay Sail & Power
Squadron) will offer a Boat Handling course October 2023. The course meets for two hours (7-
9 PM), once a week for six weeks at the Bay Landscaping, 1630 SE Boutell Rd. Essexville.
Classes are Wednesdays 10/11/23 – 11/15/22 at 7 PM. Cost: $70/person or $85/ couple
sharing a textbook. The classroom setting encourages extensive dialog in which the instructor
can transfer much of his or her boating experience to the student.
Individuals with a potential interest are requested to reply to Craig Murchison, 989-295-0810,
cbmurch2@gmail.com, expressing their interest.

For more info please click on the following link : Fall Boat handling Course

SSYC Annual Picnic – Saturday, August 12, 2023 – posted on

Save the date! The annual SSYC Picnic is rapidly approaching!

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Meet and greet your boating neighbors at 5:30 pm

SSYC will provide: Hot Dogs, Brats, and Chips

*** please bring your favorite dish to pass ***

Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm

Drawing to be held around 6:30 pm

Euchre tournament to begin around 7:30 pm Feel free to bring your favorite lawn game!

Channel Update – 7/12/2023

SSYC has located two areas in the channel that have submerged logs/debris near the center of the channel. Both areas are marked with jugs. It has been reported by fellow boaters that they have had good luck when going around the two marked areas that they stay to the north side of the jugs and split the distance between the jugs and the red channel buoys. Once past the markers they move back into the center of the channel going both directions. SSYC will continue to work on removal of the debris in the coming weeks.