In 1987 Tollycraft owners, Pam and Dave Ellard called up several other Tollycraft boat owners to attend a
“rendezvous” at Port Ludlow, Washington of which 5 boats and 13 people attended. Later that year, he
went to the local Tollycraft dealer, Jerry Schei of Western Yacht Sales for the purpose of planning the
first Tollycraft Rendezvous for the following year. In the years following, rendezvous became larger with 37
boats and 76 people attending, then 68 boats and 121 people attending. Newsletters and rosters were
developed. Many friendships were made and Tollycraft owner’s looked forward to each year’s rendezvous.
The number of people attending those rendezvous grew in size.
In 1995, it was decided to organize some type of club. So the Tollycraft Boating Club of Puget Sound,
Washington was formed and named with By – Laws, Bridge Officers and a board. It established an
association of Tollycraft owners for the purpose of providing a means of communication on questions and
answers pertaining to their Tollycraft Yachts, to foster greater interest and meet new friends, to promote
proper and safe boating, to organize cruises and rendezvous in the Pacific Northwest waters and to act
as a medium for the exchange of ideas and information.
In 1997 the first International Rendezvous of American and Canadian Tollycraft owners was held. 173
boats and 457 people attended it. In 1999 the 12th Annual Tollycraft Boating Club Rendezvous was held
at Roche Harbor, Washington, in the San Juan Island breaking the club’s record with nearly 225 boats
and 563 people in attendance. Today there are around 330 vessels and 650 members in the Tollycraft
Boating Club. Members have been from all around the United States including Switzerland, New York,
Florida, the Great Lakes, Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Alberta, Montana, California and Oregon to the Pacific
Northwest and from Canada to Seattle, Washington.