Twenty years ago, on May 1, 1990, the Middle Bass Island Yacht Club (MBIYC) held its first official meeting with four officers present. As their clubhouse and headquarters they had a well-used pink trailer that had been left abandoned with four flat tires. The club’s officers made a handshake deal with Mr. Gottesman, Chairman of Paramount Distilleries, for a small section of land located at the Old Lonz Marina and the MBIYC began to grow out of the marsh grass and cattails.
After twenty years of sweat and equity investment from the members of the MBIYC the club has reached a major new milestone. Today (Saturday, July 3, 2010) ground will be broken for a new twenty-first century building with indoor restrooms and showers and a modern clubhouse located on the grounds of the Middle Bass Island State Park. The first MBIYC Commodore, Mr. George Weisenbach, current Flag Officers, Board, as well as the Past Commodores, and state and local officials will be on hand to mark this very important milestone for the MBIYC. This is truly a great Fourth of July weekend for the MBIYC as it moves forward with a big bang.
Today, the Club has over 320 active members and continues to add new members each month. The MBIYC currently has 56 boat slips to handle boats from thirty feet long to boats over fifty feet long. The docks are complete with electric hookups and this week potable water was turned on for the first time. This is the first marina on Middle Bass with all these luxuries.
Construction for the twenty-four hundred square foot clubhouse will begin in August 2010 and will be complete in the fall of 2010.