$100 at Newport Landing for Charter Members

—OFFER EXPIRED JUNE 30 2014— Join this Exclusive Group PYC is offering the first twenty members in good standing a one-time only Charter Membership. There will never be more than 20 people in this select group. Charter Members will receive special benefits and perks, including: Dues Will Not be Raised for Two Years A Welcome Gift Quarterly Parties Monthly Newsletter of travel ideas, safe boating trips, boating stories & special offers THIS OFFER WILL NOT BE REPEATED. CHARTER MEMBERS ACCEPTED IN JUNE WILL RECEIVE A $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO NEWPORT LANDING RESTAURANT Apply Today (714)... read more

Wine & Cheese & Yachts

FREE Event All through the month of May, every Tuesday night from 5-7pm. Permission to come aboard is granted! Come see the beautiful Tiara 31—the flagship of Pacific Yachting Club—learn the benefits of membership, and get a taste of your new life on board. Be our guest! Tuesday – May 6   5pm to 7pm Tuesday – May 13  5pm to 7pm Tuesday – May 20  5pm to 7pm Tuesday – May 27  5pm to... read more

Boat Your Own Way

by Taylor Hill, OC Register Ralph Rodheim, owner of Balboa Boat Rentals, has been renting out small boats to tourists inside the confines of Newport Harbor for 25 years, but now, he has a plan to get boat business booming outside the harbor’s breakwater. Instead of hourly rates on electric Duffy boats, small skiffs and sailboats, the Newport Beach resident has put together a club aimed to give aspiring power boaters the ability to take weekend trips out to Catalina without the expense of boat ownership. Called Pacific Yachting Club, the plan is to sell memberships that equate to 30 days a year that members could use aboard a 31-foot Tiara sport yacht and a 21-foot electric Duffy boat as they please. Launched this year at the Newport Boat Show, Rodheim got the idea for Pacific Yachting Club based on his circumstances. “Boating has become so prohibitively expensive,” Rodheim said. “My wife isn’t going to allow me to just spend $400,000 and buy a boat we can take across the channel.” The cost even includes training classes. While still pricey for some, Rodheim says the cost is nowhere near what boat ownership can be with buying and maintaining a vessel- and then adding slip fees on top of that. “You get 30 days a year, and none of the hassles,” Rodheim said. “You make a reservation, come down to the dock, and the boat is ready for you. When you come back from your trip, you step off, and we clean it and take care of it.” Q: What was your own experience that brought about this idea? A:... read more

The Harbor Report

By Len Bose April 4, 2014 | 1:11 p.m (Reprinted from Daily Pilot.com) The birth of springtime events You have to love spring in Newport Harbor, where everything seems to happen all at once. My first stop this week was at Newport Harbor Yacht Club to check in on the Baldwin Cup Team race, running through Sunday. This event actually started weeks ago with more than 150 volunteers who work on everything from the pit crew to housing the participants. All of the club members’ boats, which are usually berthed in front of the club on moorings, have been removed along with the mooring balls. This provides the event with an almost-stadium effect for spectators. The course brings the boats close to the main dock, where commentators describe the play-by-play. And let’s not forget about the 25-cent draft beers. Of course, I am very interested on how the pilot of the Frisbee-sized drone will perform while streaming the racing over the Internet. This could be a big breakthrough for the sport of sailing, as big as the table camera was in professional poker. Come see us at the boat show I will be following the racing from my Baldwin Cup phone app while working the 41st annual Newport Boat Show at Lido Village, which runs through Sunday. Ralph Rodheim and I will be introducing the Pacific Yachting Club aboard the Tiara 3100, “She’s Happy Now.” “Pacific Yachting Club makes luxury yachts available to its members for a fraction of what boat charters or ownership cost,” Rodheim explained to the club with a press release this week. “PYC does all the work,... read more

The Secret to Affordable Luxury Boating

NEWPORT BEACH, CA (March 28, 2014). The Pacific Yachting Club has found a way to make boating on pristine powerboats affordable and convenient. Newport Boat Show attendees will have the first opportunity to join the new club headquartered at the Newport Landing Marina on the Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach, California. While most people dream of having their own yacht it is not always possible. The cost of ownership, dock space, maintenance, insurance and other expenses is the most common grounds for delaying a purchase. Work, travel, and inexperience are three other reasons for not pursuing relaxation on the water. Balboa Island resident Ralph Rodheim started the private Pacific Yachting Club to bridge the gap between desire and reality. “There is nothing like this on the West Coast,” he explained. “Pacific Yachting Club makes luxury yachts available to its members for a fraction of what boat charters or ownership cost. PYC does all the work, which gives members more time to enjoy boating. Plus, at $20 to $30 a foot for dock space in Newport Harbor, a 30-foot boat costs between $600 and $900 just to be in the water. The value our members receive increases the joy of yachting in style.” Rodheim has been an active boater for 50 years and owned a variety of sail and power boats. He served on the Governor’s State Boating and Waterways Commission, was a founding member of the Newport Beach Harbor Commission, and is president of Boat Rentals of America. He is retired from Rodheim Marketing, which gives him more time to pursue pleasure boating and community projects. The club membership is for people over 25 years old who want to enjoy the outdoors with their families, friends, and... read more