In the late 1980's, the Ithaca Yacht Club commissioned a Long Range Planning Committee to assess present and future Club needs. In 1989, the Committee recommended a renovated clubhouse, and significant improvements to the Club waterfront for the purpose of better meeting the needs of boating members. With the support of a majority of members, the Club renovated the clubhouse and installed a 66-slip, 7 mooring, full service marina during the winter of 1993 - 1994.
The photograph shows the original configuration of the marina. It occupies lake surface previously taken up by thirty or so boat moorings, which were laid out along a north/south axis in three lines. Every slip has access to water, electricity, and wi-fi. Rental rates are competitively priced, with a nominal charge for electricity. Once a member rents a slip, the slip can be renewed each year by paying the slip rental and membership dues for the coming season.
For first-time slip renters, a one-time initiation fee is assessed. This is equal to the current summer slip rental rate. The fee, collected from all existing slip renters since 2007, is payable over a three-year period. The funds have been targeted for the engineering, design, and construction of major projects, including the replacement of the marina seawall and building reserves for floating dock replacement.
Over the winter of 2015-2016 a joint between the sections of C-dock broke apart. Half-inch steel plates were ripped apart and the loose dock ends flailed in the waves. The Harbor and Docks committee went out and secured the dock with chain and tires. The decision was made that it was time to replace the 23-year old dock. The committee visited Kehoe Marine, the manufacturer of the original floating dock. In August 2016, plans for the enlarged, improved dock were sent to the Army Corps of Engineers and the construction was completed in time for the 2017 season.
A-dock and B-dock are less exposed than C-dock. The original docks lasted well, but were eventually replaced during the winter of 2021-2022.