MONROE BOAT CLUB

The Monroe Boat Club (MBC) traces its roots back to the end of the 19th Century. The Club was formed November 8, 1945 by a merger of the Monroe Yacht Club and the Bolles Harbor Boat Club. P/C Edward Knabusch "1946-1947" was elected the first Commodore. Monthly meetings were held in "Bus" Miller’s barn, and the annex, on club property.

It was in 1948 that P/C J.M. Nicholson donated lumber from an old bard to start us on our building projects; clubhouse and docks. P/C William McKenzie drew up plans in 1949 and the clubhouse was about to become a reality. All the labor was performed by members, the result, a two story building.

The bar and social events were set up in 1951 & 1952 by P/C Ted Hoffman and in 1953 P/C Vaughan Smith started the first permanent docks. In the following years, the Club continued to expand. P/C Carl Gruber obtained materials from a demolished bridge to construct our present sea-wall. The back room, which is still in use today for parties, dining, dancing, and rentals went under construction in 1979 by P/C Bill Rea. An added 380 feet of waterfront property plus a home for a caretaker was purchased under the engineering of P/C Mark Latray in 1973. A steel seawall was installed in front of the clubhouse in 1980 under the leadership of P/C Wm Tuck.

Competitive sailing and power yacht cruises are two of our major activities. We have social members who at one time may have been boaters but still have an interest in Monroe Boat Club. Over the years, many major improvements have been made to the Club because of the efforts of our Commodores and members. These efforts have made our club what it is today.