PERRYSBURG BOAT CLUB HISTORY

Perrysburg Boat Club is home at 111 Water Street in Perrysburg, Ohio. It is easily located at the foot of Louisiana Avenue, directly behind the Monument of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry on the beautiful Maumee River.

In 1937, three Perrysburg residents felt the old Perrysburg Waterworks with a shed and an outhouse would make a convenient boat club location. They took it upon themselves to generate an interest throughout the community. They contacted the Perrysburg Civic Association. By March, the three gentlemen had obtained a lease from the city of Perrysburg for one dollar a year for the use of the riverfront property and buildings.

The formation of Perrysburg Boat Club found twenty-two charter members. A constitution and by-laws were established and dues were set at $1.00 a year for junior membership, $2.00 a year for social, $5.00 a year for canoes and rowboats, and $7.00 a year for cruisers and larger sailboats. The $5.00 and $7.00 dues included the dockage charges for the year.

In 1941, PBC was incorporated under the laws of the state of Ohio. During World War II, not many improvements were made to the club as materials, labor, and money were scarce. After the war ended, and supplies were more readily available, Perrysburg Boat Club members sold bonds to enable them to begin improvements to the club, bulkhead and docks.

PBC declined in membership during the late fifties. The early sixties found a group of Rebel sailboat owners expressing an interest in membership at PBC. This generated new enthusiasm within the club. Perrysburg Boat Club has developed over the years as a family oriented group and now has 75 family memberships. They work together as a unit to develop and grow. PBC is run solely by club members. They undertake all construction, maintenance, improvements, and growth with the assistance of one another.

Over the years PBC has grown from a shed, outhouse, and waterworks structure, to a comfortable clubhouse, an addition with a picturesque view overlooking the Maumee River, improved and additional docks, a break wall, hoist, and indoor plumbing.

Although PBC is primarily a sailboat club, we also have a number of power boaters. Everyone offers assistance during social activities, regattas, invitational, districts, or national functions. In 1977, PBC was host to the Revel Association nationals. Sailboat races are held Wednesday evenings and on holidays during the summer months. Perrysburg Boat Club facilities are utilized the majority of the year by the members for races, buffets, cookouts, parties and for general get together.

The future for PBC looks bright. Membership is expected to increase, and participation and interest of the members keep soaring. PBC was honored by having their first I-LYA Commodore, John Bureau. PBC is challenging, ever changing, improving and supportive of all its members in their endeavors and enthusiasm.

UPDATE May 2019

Perrysburg Boat Club is home at 111 Water Street in Perrysburg, Ohio. It is easily located at the foot of Louisiana Avenue, directly behind the Monument of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry on the beautiful Maumee River.

In 1937, three Perrysburg residents felt the old Perrysburg Waterworks with a shed and an outhouse would make a convenient boat club location. They took it upon themselves to generate an interest throughout the community. They contacted the Perrysburg Civic Association. By March, the three gentlemen had obtained a lease from the City of Perrysburg for one dollar a year for the use of the riverfront property and buildings.

The formation of Perrysburg Boat Club found twenty-two charter members. A constitution and by-laws were established and dues were set at $1.00 a year for junior membership, $2.00 a year for social, $5.00 a year for canoes and rowboats, and $7.00 a year for cruisers and larger sailboats. The $5.00 and $7.00 dues included the dockage charges for the year.

In 1941, PBC was incorporated under the laws of the state of Ohio. During World War II, not many improvements were made to the club as materials, labor, and money were scarce. After the war ended, and supplies were more readily available, Perrysburg Boat Club members sold bonds to enable them to begin improvements to the club, bulkhead and docks.

PBC declined in membership during the late fifties. The early sixties found a group of Revel sailboat owners expressing an interest in membership at PBC. This generated new enthusiasm within the club. Perrysburg Boat Club has developed over the years as a family oriented group and now has 75 family memberships. They work together as a unit to develop and grow. PBC is run solely by club members. They undertake all construction, maintenance, improvements, and growth with the assistance of one another.

Over the years PBC has grown from a shed, outhouse, and waterworks structure, to a comfortable clubhouse, an addition with a picturesque view overlooking the Maumee River, improved and additional docks, a break wall, hoist, and indoor plumbing.

Although PBC is primarily a sailboat club, we also have a number of power boaters. Everyone offers assistance during social activities, regattas, invitational, districts, or national functions. In 1977, PBC was host to the Revel Association nationals. Sailboat races are held Wednesday evenings and on holidays during the summer months. Perrysburg Boat Club facilities are utilized the majority of the year by the members for races, buffets, cookouts, parties and for general get together.

The future for PBC looks bright. Membership is expected to increase, and participation and interest of the members keep soaring. PBC was honored by having their first I-LYA Commodore, John Bureau. PBC is challenging, ever changing, improving and supportive of all its members in their endeavors and enthusiasm.

Then in 1988 Ron Sattler became an AYC Commodore. The year prior, 1987, we were the first AYC boat club to have a female commodore and she was Sally Metzger.

In 1976 the club had the foresight to begin purchasing adjacent property to what was our former club building owned by the City of Perrysburg. We purchased property on the waterfront, as well as, on the south side of Water Street. We now own eight parcels with over 300 feet of frontage on the Maumee River. In the 1990s the boating memberships turned from predominately sailors to power boaters and this trend continues currently.

In the fall of 2015 Perrysburg Boat Club was informed by the City of Perrysburg that the building that we had leased for the past 75 years was being condemned by the city and was going to be demolished. So in 2016 we began running club operations from a tent on our deck which was part of our old club house. Thankfully, the deck was on our own property. Since we lost our building we operated from our deck and our membership has increased over 20% to over 110. In 2018 we held our ground breaking and in the spring of 2019 contractors began installing caissons that will support our new building. We hope to have the building erected by the fall of 2019, move in and make it feel like we have a home again.