Thanks so much for volunteering to host an outing. Your participation plays an important part in the success of our club, and your enthusiasm encourages our membership to continue creating interesting new events each year.
Please download the Outing Planning Form, which must be filled out and sent to the Commodore for approval.
Over our 30 year history, our large, boisterous group has developed an excellent reputation with local restaurants. We work closely with each establishment to make the menu and service as smooth as possible.
Our meal policy includes planning a menu with about 4 entrees, varied enough for our diverse membership but easy for the restaurant to prepare and serve on time. On the Monday preceding the event, we notify our restaurant contact of the attendance and total entrees chosen. On Thursday, a confirmation call allows for last minute changes.
Feel free to use your own design, or download a standard template to print meal labels displaying each member’s name and entrée, to be placed on the tables for wait staff.
If you have any questions or changes, please notify your Commodore.
Pick a location where you would like to host the PYC. The timing must fit your personal schedule, proper weather outlook, and some degree of safety. If it's a location we have never used, I find that pre-tripping is needed. Are there good launch ramps? You will need adequate mooring for six boats, more or less.
I like to start by holding 20 motel rooms, then releasing any not reserved about two weeks before the event. Plan where everyone will eat meals and some boating activity for each day.
Example: Trip to Palatka and Jacksonville
Thursday: Trailer boats to Palatka, check into hotel, launch boats and safely tie up in slips at dock, remembering there is about a 2 foot tide. Pool time and dinner at the hotel.
Friday: After breakfast about 10:30 AM, we head south on the St. Johns River to the Cross Florida Barge Canal, then on to Welaka for lunch pre-arranged at Welaka Lodge. Return to hotel for rest, pool, whatever. Dinner will be a pizza party. In the afternoon, we will also pull boats out of water, gas them up, and leave them on trailer for Saturday a.m.
Saturday: After breakfast, we trailer boats to Pacetti's Marina on the St. Johns River near Green Cove Springs. We launch the boats and travel north on the river to downtown Jacksonville. Lunch pre-arranged at Hooters on the Riverwalk. After lunch, we return to Pacetti's Marina, load boats, and return to hotel. Saturday night dinner is on your own.
Sunday: After breakfast, we all go home.
This is pretty much what you do at any destination.
The Pontoon Yacht Club's outstanding success is due to our members' high level of enthusiasm, attendance, and participation. Club members plan and organize the various boating activities held throughout the year.