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Keelboats

The Washington Yacht Club has a fleet of keelboats that club members can reserve for multi-day cruises in Puget Sound. Sometimes members take off for a week and sail all the way to Canada and back! 

Just like our smaller dinghy sailboats, the keelboats also run on a ratings system. To learn more about the ratings and their requirements, visit the Keelboat Ratings page.

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Club Keelboats

Ranger 26 (Rascal)

Rascal is our smallest cruising keelboat.  She has a masthead sloop rig, sail area of 322 sq ft, fin keel with draft of 4.33 ft, and spade rudder. She displaces 5,860 lbs and has 2,050 lbs of ballast. Rascal is rigged to fly a symmetrical spinnaker.  She sleeps 3-4.

Rascal requires a keelboat novice rating.

PHRF 225


Catalina 27 (Charlotte)

Charlotte is next largest cruising keelboats.  She has a masthead sloop rig, sail area of 346 sq ft, fin keel with draft of 4.00 ft, and spade rudder.  She displaces 6,850 lbs and has 2,700 lbs of ballast.  Charlotte is rigged to fly a symmetrical spinnaker.   She sleeps 4-5.

Charlotte requires a keelboat novice rating.

PHRF 227


Catalina 27 (Deception)

Deception is nearly identical to Charlotte.  She has a masthead sloop rig, sail area of 346 sq ft, fin keel with draft of 4.00 ft, and spade rudder.  She displaces 6,850 lbs and has 2,700 lbs of ballast.  Deception is rigged to fly a symmetrical spinnaker.   She sleeps 4-5.

Deception requires a keelboat novice rating.

PHRF 227


Cal 3-30 (Nightshade)

Nightshade is one of our two 30 ft, inboard diesel keelboats.  She also has a masthead sloop rig, sail area of 474 sq ft, fin keel with draft of 5.50 ft , and spade rudder.   She displaces 10,500 lbs and has 5,000 lbs of ballast. Nightshade is rigged to fly a symmetrical spinnaker.  She sleeps 4-6.

Nightshade requires a keelboat skipper rating and additional rig rating. More info can be found here.

PHRF 177


San Juan 30 (Talaria III)

In early 2017, WYC welcomed Talaria III, the second of our 30 ft, inboard diesel keelboats.  She has a masthead sloop rig, sail area of 402 sq ft, fin keel with draft of 5.33 ft, and spade rudder.  She displaces 7200 lbs and has 3550 lbs of ballast. Talaria III is rigged to fly a symmetrical spinnaker.  She is the outfitted the tall rig option and is set up as a racer/cruiser. She sleeps 4-5.

Talaria III requires a keelboat skipper rating and additional rig rating.

Reservation Rates



Student Members
Associate Members
(Faculty, Staff, Alumni Association, Spouse)
  Weekdays  Weekends
& Holidays
Weekdays Weekends
& Holidays
Full Day (outboard) $22 $30 $35 $45
Half Day* (outboard) $16 $20 $25 $30
Full Day (inboard) $25 $33 $40 $50
Half Day* (inboard) $19 $23 $30 $35

*Half-day keelboat reservations are good from 0300-1500 hours (AM reservation) and 1500-0300 (PM reservation).  The boat must be at the dock, cleaned and ready for the next party by 3 o'clock.

Reciprocal Moorage

The Washington Yacht Club exchanges reciprocal mooring privileges with other yacht clubs in the US and Canada. This lets club members park a boat at many Puget Sound locations one night for free! 

More information about any of these reciprocal moorage clubs can be found here

Pumpout Stations

Emptying a holding tank is a necessary responsibility for keelboat sailors.  Seriously, if you or your crew used the head? Pump it out. Not optional. The most convenient locations for doing this are: from the sound- Shilshole Marina; from Lake Washington- Carrillon Point Marina; from Lake Union- Boat Street Marina.  Check out this map to see locations.   Rumor has it there is also the Marina Mart 24 Hour Pumpout about 3/4 of the way down the west side of Lake Union. 

Affiliate Boat Program

Several WYC members have their own private boats and are happy to take other members sailing on short or long trips. The club allows five member boats to moor at the WAC for free as part of its affiliate boat program. Affiliate boat elections are held twice a year, and affiliate boat status is granted to members who have been active in the club during the previous six months.

Affiliate Boat Name WYC Owner Model Description
Yes Frenesi Norm Alquist Cal 34 34 foot sloop used primarily for cruising.
Yes Wizard
Leo Morales J27
27 foot racing sloop
Yes         Zipper Alexia Fischer Santa Cruz 27     27 foot racing sloop
Yes Strider John Courter Cal 40 40 foot sloop rigged racer/cruiser.