Club Boat Use and Qualification

Rules for club boat use

  1. Club boats are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no extra charge to club members.
  2. Club members are welcome to take out guests, but we do not allow guests to sail club boats without an accompanying ASC member.
  3. Our boats are available in two-hour blocks of time. You should never have a boat out for more than two hours without checking to ensure nobody else is waiting to use it.
  4. Members and guests must always wear life jackets while on club boats. Failure to observe this policy will result in suspicion of boat use privileges for the day. Repeated failure to observe this rule will result in the loss of your membership.
  5. Club Lasers and Optimists should never be left unattended on the “sinking dock.” However, they may be left in front of the small boat rack, provided that sails are taken down.
  6. The Lidos and Catalina may be left at the dock during the day, providing the boats are properly secured and the sails are taken down.
  7. The club Lidos and the Catalina must be hauled out and put away overnight, even if you plan to use them the following day.

Club dinghy qualification process

There are two ways to get qualified to use the club dinghies—the first, and probably the most entertaining, is to take our Intro to Sailing class. Throughout the class, we’ll go over rigging the boats, using the hoist, proper docking, club safety policies, and (of course) how to sail! Taking the class is an excellent option if you have no previous sailing experience.

If you already have a sailing background and just need to learn the ins and outs of a particular boat, you can contact our Education Vice Commode. They will either help you directly or find a qualified ASC member to assist you in getting qualified. For each boat you’re interested in using, you’ll need to demonstrate the following:

  • The ability to successfully rig and launch the specific boat (This will require using the electric hoist for the Lidos, the Buccaneer 18, the Skipjack, and the Catalina 16.5.)
  • Proper capsize and recovery technique
  • Successful navigation of an introductory upwind / downwind course
  • Safe docking technique
  • Proper temporary storage technique
  • Proper put-away technique

Ensign 22 qualification

Getting checked out on the Ensign 22 (our club keelboat) is a bit more involved. Under most circumstances, the Ensign is a comfortable and relaxing boat to sail. But like any keelboat, it’s also large, heavy, and complex. And the consequences of making a mistake are potentially much higher than with a dingy. As a result, we require a minimum of one year of active sailing experience before you begin the formal qualification process. Once you have the requisite sailing experience, you can check with our Education Vice Commodore, and they’ll help you through the standard qualification process.

Pontoon & RIB boat qualification

The pontoon boat and instructional RIB are essential safety tools at the club, and as such, we like to have as many qualified operators as possible. As with the other boats, you must contact the Harbormaster or the Education Vice Commodore to get certified to use either boat. They will teach you how to use the motor, pumps, and safety equipment. In addition, we’ll work with you on proper docking techniques, and in the case of the RIB, we’ll teach you how to use the hoist and lifting harness.