Time to Check Your Dock for Winter 2020-2021

Time to check your dock against the SSYC Reference Dock. Please make sure that your dock is as high or higher than the reference dock.

Measure from the water to the bottom of the dock and then compare this distance to your own dock. If you fall short, then your dock will need to be raised. If you need help checking or raising it, contact a SSYC Board member.

If you fail to raise your dock (should it need it) by the second Saturday of October, a $100 charge can be assessed; October 10, 2020 is this year’s deadline. This is in accordance to rule 21 of our Association Rules.

The Reference dock was set on September 4, 2020. Look for the new Reference Dock sign indicating which dock it is; near Slip 180. See the below picture.

This sign will be used in the future for indicating the date the dock was set.

SIncerely, SSYC Board of Directors

More Wi-Fi Upgrades on the Way

The Wi-Fi for SSYC was updated a couple of years ago and the club has taken full advantage of the new features. However, this has exposed some limitations concerning the speed and coverage areas when using our Wi-Fi. Because Wi-Fi has become one of the most demanded benefits of any marina, we are starting the process to update the existing Wi-Fi service to a one gigabyte internet speed service; this is more than 10 times as fast as the previous service.

We are also updating the Wi-Fi equipment to address some dead-zones and weak signal areas. These changes should be done early in the season. These upgrades should continue to make SSYC the best Wi-Fi in any marina in Bay City.

New SSYC Association Rule 2019:

Hello Members and Guests,

A new rule was added to the Association Rule book by the SSYC Board of Directors (BOD) to address some issues that occurred during the 2018 season. This rule go into effect this 2019 season. From page 5 of the rule book:

26. Effective 2019 Season – Absolutely no wet sanding, no dry sanding (by hand or machine), no spray painting, or any unsightly boat projects will be allowed at SSYC. BOD members reserve the right to rule on any such projects to protect members boats and club enjoyment.

Have a fun and safe boating season!

Sincerely,  SSYC BOD

Changes to Listing Policy In Sales and Rent Area

Due to increased demand from people trying to rent slips at Sunset Shores Yacht Club (SSYC), we are changing our policy for listing a slip to Rent effective this year. SSYC lists slips as a courtesy to it’s membership. Many potential renters call either the Fleet Captain or the Commodore when they are having difficulty finding an available slip. This has produced a tremendous workload on them. All Board of Director members are volunteers so this workload cuts into their personal time. Therefore, after a slip is Rented, the Rental entry  will be removed to end repeated inquiries. The slip may be added again the following year for the normal $20.00 listing donation.

The $20.00 donation goes toward the costs of having a website for the club. At all times, SSYC has reserved the right to change the listing policy. Members list at the discretion of the SSYC BOD.

Please see: Sunset Shores Yacht Club of Bay City, Michigan Disclaimers

Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

Sincerely, SSYC Board of Directors

New SSYC Association Rules:

Hello Members and Guests,

Two new rules were added to the Association Rule book by the SSYC Board of Directors (BOD) to address some issues that occurred during the 2016 season. These rules go into effect this 2017 season. From page 5 of the rule book:

24. Effective 2017 Season: To protect our rip-rap, all boats moored at SSYC must be placed bow in first (i.e. bow towards the rip-rap).

25.  All grill use must be 5 feet or more from permanent structures.

Have a fun and safe boating season!

Sincerely,  SSYC BOD


Violation Tags (VT):

What are these tags and why did I get one? This is a question that may cross the minds of the few that receive one of these tags during the season. VT’s were started a couple of seasons ago to convey messages about problems or violations that come up from time to time. The SSYC’s Board of Directors (BOD) is composed of volunteers and we don’t always have time to wait to talk in person or to try to track down a slip owner to call them about an issue.

Most of the issues that the VTs are used for are minor and only require the slip owner to see that the problem is corrected. Most of the time that is the end of it. On rare occasions the matter is escalated into a true violation issue and at that time the BOD follows the process outlined in the Bylaws of SSYC.

Sometimes it’s a complaint and sometimes we notice the issue that generated the VT.  We do our best to monitor our club to keep it safe and fun and we ask that you do the same.

Please don’t take these VTs personally as their primary use is to save us time and effort in handling these matters.

Remember, each slip owner is responsible for knowing and letting their guests know about the SSYC Association Rules. This especially applies to slip owners that rent their slips since renters are considered club guests. All documents are on our website.

New Cameras at SSYC

No…big brother is not watching you. But we are doing everything possible to make SSYC the safest club it can be. You may have noticed that cameras have gone up around the club. The main reason is to have documentation in case of criminal activities or club violations should they occur. Nothing beats a camera when it comes to witnessing a crime or other disturbance. As a rule, the Board of Directors will have very little to do with accessing the cameras recorded content. However, when a problem, crime or just a general need to review an occurrence of some kind takes place, we now have the ability to provide the recorded evidence. We are attempting to record as much of the club as possible and will likely add to the cameras over time as we identify missing sections that need coverage. Cameras are a proven deterrent to crime and help to keep honest people honest. There is a policy regarding the use of the cameras in the documentation section of this website. Please read it as it will answer most questions regarding what the cameras intended use will be. A link is provided here for your convenience.

Camera Policy: SSYC Video Surveillance Policy

Thanks and happy boating.

Thanks to Our Club Trimmers

Thanks to all that helped out with trimming SSYC’s yard. Three years ago this was done by a company at a cost of over $600.00 dollars. This year, volunteers did it for the cost of a couple of lunches; a considerable savings. It’s volunteers like this that help us keep costs down at SSYC. We want you to know we appreciate your help. Thanks again.

SSYC’s Board of Directors