What are buildings used for recreation and lounging, near marinas called? Something like a club house but only for private use. Generally owned by very wealthy people with yachts. The words coming to my mind are "lounge" and "outhouse", but I'm thinking of something on a grander scale.

  • Cabanas maybe?
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 12:30
  • Dan Bron, cabana would be more suitable for a small structure found near swimming pools.. I don't think I can use it to describe a place where people can rest after dismounting a yacht on a private island.
    – Za Ah
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 12:34
  • If you can afford such a building you can call it anything you want.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 12:34
  • Lol, Hot Licks! It's for an article I am writing. If I were to own it I'd call it a freaking crack-house.
    – Za Ah
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 12:36
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    @Graffito I think I will go with "clubhouse" pertaining to its usage as explained by Cary C and Chasly from UK, below. A bungalow, I feel, indicates more of a residential place than a more casual establishment for leisure. Thanks anyway :)
    – Za Ah
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 18:41

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In the UK the building that houses a yacht club is called the clubhouse, e.g.

Brighton Marina Yacht Club Clubhouse

Note that in the UK, outhouse usually means something like this https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b9/Amish_Outhouse.jpg

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    Is "clubhouse" a suitable term to describe a similar establishment but which is not open to public or membership?
    – Za Ah
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 12:47
  • @za-ah, in the US I would say so. The building is primarily used for recreation and relaxation, regardless of who is invited or allowed to use it - which is what earns it the 'club' part of the word (not that all clubs are for these purposes, but the term generally connotes something less formal that other sorts of organizations).
    – Cary C
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 13:12
  • In the US a "clubhouse" generally belongs to the club. The OP's structure is privately owned.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 1:49

I don't think such a thing exists at a marina. If it were a private beach or dock on private land, that would be different.

But as the author, you get to make up whatever you like.

cabana a small cabin or tentlike structure for use as a bathhouse, especially on a beach or by a swimming pool -- Random House.

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