By the look of its annual Cruz In, Warehouse Creek Yacht Sales offers its customers more than a smile and a handshake.
With the proliferation of yacht clubs and owners’ associations on the Bay offering entertainment, it’s hard to think up a new way for boaters to have fun. But the folks at Warehouse Creek Yacht Sales on Kent Island have concocted something for their customers. Without building a clubhouse or electing a secretary, the staff has been putting on its own series of regattas and parties for customers.
“There’s something going on just about every weekend,” says Gene Thurber, who with his wife Barbara owns a Cruisers 3575, the second boat they’ve bought through WCYS.
Like 108 other cruising couples and families, they’ve come to Mears Great Oak Landing on Fairlee Creek for WCYS’s annual Cruz In, a no-holds-barred weekend extravaganza (with plenty of food and drink, dinghy races and golf) that crowns a 10-day rolling rendezvous. Part poker run, part scavenger hunt, part movable feast, the rendezvous took “Pre Cruzers” from the WCYS base at Kent Narrows to Oxford, Md., then Coles Point Plantation on the Potomac and the Tides Inn in Irvington, Va. They tried to get to Solomons Island, but the weather turned sour on them and they ducked into Indian Creek instead.
Now the crews of the 15 or so boats that completed the trek are collecting their prizes, ranging from a box of Cap’n Crunch cereal (autographed by all the Pre Cruz participants for the newest boatowners on the trip) to a complete winterization, shrink wrap and winter storage package for the best poker hand (five queens!).
“The prizes are incredible,” says Thurber. “You almost can’t afford to stay home. Last year someone won free winter storage as a door prize. That was worth two thousand bucks.”
But it isn’t entirely fun and games. The staff offers Saturday morning seminars on marine electronics, navigation and engine maintenance that provide serious hands-on time for participants with questions or concerns about how to operate their boats. The seminar room that’s really packed is the one where WCYS staff members present the new line-up of Cruisers Yachts. WCYS, by their own account, is the world’s largest Cruisers dealer, and it’s not hard to see why.
“They just keep us coming back for more,” says Thurber, who has his eyes on one of the larger models.
To find out more about WCYS’s Cruz Club, call 410-827-5500 or go to their website at www.wcys.com/cruzclub/.