Quartzsite, Arizona. Al Madden, who had an investment company in California, worked on a gold mine venture for clients in Quartzite, Arizona during the 1970’s. Although this business venture was not successful, Al spent a lot of time in Quartzite, and had noticed that the local beer bar, The Jigsaw, was for sale. It was a little building made of gray cement blocks, and as it looked on the outside, so it looked on the inside – not very appealing! However, Al must have seen some potential that others had missed and he bought it anyway with the help of his sons and family.
Al had always been gifted with humor, wit and an active imagination. He decided to have some fun and changed the name to “The Yacht Club” with the motto “Welcome aboard – long time no sea!” To get the ball rolling, Al sold memberships in the Yacht Club to any qualified visitors (in those days you needed $10.00 to qualify), and lo and behold, he became an instant Commodore. Source: Quartzsite Yacht Club