The AYC is a democratic organization. We have a constitution, by-laws, house rules, yard policy, and mooring policies. These guidelines help provide order and guidance for how decisions are made. All members are equally responsible for following the rules. No one has special privileges, and the rules apply equally to all members regardless of their level of contribution to the Club. All members are also equally empowered to propose changes, but any rule change requires a vote of Club members. The same is true for physical changes to the clubhouse and grounds. Any need for improvements or changes should be brought to the Executive Committee, which then brings the issue to the membership. The Executive Committee manages the Club within the guidelines to which members agree.
Our form self-governance and our common bond are a large part of what makes us different from marinas. As members we feel are part of a club, we share a common interest in boating, and we agree to follow a shared set of rules. These rules and the democratic process allow us to operate the Club, manage change, and resolve disputes like ladies and gentlemen.
Our operating principle is one of respect for fellow members, the Club rules, and the Club itself. The American Yacht Club is not about individuals, and it is not defined by individuals. The American Yacht Club is about all of its members. And it is defined by tradition, our heritage, and a common bond built around yachting.