Apart from the obvious like price and location(s) what should I look for when choosing a sailing club?
Some of the things are difficult to assess, tips on assessment are welcome.

I want this question to be the base of a comprehensive list of items to look for when choosing a sailing club.

To be clear, I'm talking about a club that rents sailboats, not ones that just coordinate between sailors.

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    The bar is a very important factor. Commented Dec 8, 2012 at 18:38

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In addition to David's answer, I'd also include

  • training courses
  • membership in points racing league
  • RYA accreditation, at least in the UK
  • adult and child friendly/capable (is it targeted at children or adults or both)
  • facilities, e.g. anti fouling, over winter storage, maintenance etc
  • location - is it somewhere you want to sail from?
  • What do you mean by "adult friendly"?
    – Didi Kohen
    Commented Dec 9, 2012 at 3:19
  • @David - updated.
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Dec 9, 2012 at 11:26
  • Variety and number of boats.
  • Added price for fuel/weekends.
  • Level of upkeep (how to check that?)
  • Members to boats ratio, to know how easy it is to find an available boat.
  • Special rules/limits (of people on the boats, maximum rentals per month, night rentals, etc...).
  • Club activities.
  • Membership cancellation/freeze policies.

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