Fall is here as summer has gone once again. It’s time for us to pull the boats out of the water, clean them up and send ‘em on over to Steve so he can maintain each and every one during the long, cold winter. Yes, we know – it’s sad to see the boating season come to an end. But what a season it has been!
In our four years as a Club we have come a long way. We have added at least one new location every season as well as many new boats. Currently we are the largest privately owned boat club in the world. We give a huge THANK YOU to you, our Members. Without your support, loyalty, trust, and most importantly, your passion for boating, we would not be where we are today. We hope that you continue along on the journey with us for many years to come.
April greeted us with state record precipitation which the lakes needed (rain: 2.63” – normal is 1.11” and snow: 6.8” – normal is 1.5”.) As much as we needed the rain, it put a damper on our boating season as it just wouldn’t quit throughout the entire months of May and June. July and August were the complete opposite. Minnesota saw minimal rain, high temps and an abundance of sunshine. The results? Higher than average boat usage (July’s usage was up 14% from 2012; August’s up 24%.) We had about one of the nicest months of September ever, and this lead into a very comfortable October.
Some great new beginnings were had with YBC this year. Many members enjoyed our new location at Forest Lake which in hand helped free up boat reservations at our other eastern locations of White Bear Lake and the St. Croix River. We figured out a way to add even more boats to Minnetonka (24 total now!) The lawsuit brought on to the DNR by White Bear Lake Restoration Association cleared its first hurdle in court and is now moving forward. Hopefully this will lead to a resolution that will return the lake to normal water levels in the near future. (Read more here)
The Minnesota State Fair accepted our proposal for a nice chunk of real estate at the Great MN Get-Together which provided a great opportunity for our managers and dock hands to meet many of our valued members.
Throughout the season we find various items left on the boats. We always attempt to contact the owners of the items we find, but sometimes they remain unclaimed. We hold onto these in hopes that our members will get them back. Items include clothing, flip-flops, sunglasses, watches, jewelry, toys, can koozies, and much more. If you or a family member is missing something please feel free to contact us with the possible location(s) your lost item may be and we will be happy to look for it and return it to you.
We are always looking for ways to improve our business. To this end, we are asking our valued members to now take one minute and complete a brief questionnaire that will provide input regarding your experiences with the club. The survey is very brief and your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Please answer a few questions and tell us about your YBC experiences by clicking this link: Click here to take survey
We’ve compiled some fun photos taken throughout the season and put together a slide show. Take a look for yourself and see some beautiful sunsets, familiar and new faces, YBC employees, and who knows – you might even see yourself!