Club Boat Use Policy

Mascoma Sailing Club


The following guidelines have been established to ensure the safety of our members and proper care of Club boats so that they will be available for years to come.


General Principles:

Members sail at their own risk.   Sailing alone or in adverse weather is strongly discouraged, as the club has NO motorized rescue boat.

Members assume full responsibility for a club boat while it’s in use;  a boat must be returned to its mooring in the same condition it left in.  If damage is incurred or parts are missing, the responsible party must immediately notify a Board member and provide details.  Do not sail any boat that seems to have any problems with the hull, rigging, sails or other equipment!


Club Sailboats and Rules for their use:


MSC currently has 5 sailboats available for use by members:

      1 Rhodes 19 (not to be sailed singlehandedly)

      2 Javelins

      2 Lasers  (one Radial rig is available for use)


 1.  Only qualified skippers may sail a Club boat. To qualify, members must demonstrate the following skills to the Commodore (or his designee):

      A.  Know the rules and procedures for use of boats.

      B.  Know the parts of a sailboat and its rigging; know basic sailing terminology.

      C.  Be able to rig, unrig and drain a boat, and store the boat and sails

      D.  Be able to tie Basic Knots:  bowline, square knot, two half hitches.

      E.  Know what to do if swamped or capsized.

F.    Be able to sail a boat in a good breeze and accomplish these maneuvers safely:

                 - Sail close-hauled, on a reach, and downwind

                 - Tack and jibe

                 - Get in and out of "irons"

                 - Make proper landings at a dock or on a beach

                 - Cast off from and pick up a mooring

                 - Do the man overboard drill

                 - Lasers only: capsize and right the boat, and get back under sail

  2.   You must be familiar with the guidelines for each boat, as described in an MSC Sailboat Binder stored on top of the black storage box inside Gaspariks’ shed.  Please note: the Rhodes 19 should NEVER be sailed singlehanded.

  3.   Recommended sailing time is one hour per boat, at which time you must check to see if others are waiting to sail.

  4.  LIFE JACKETS FOR EACH PERSON, a paddle and bailer must be in each boat.  You are strongly advised to wear life jackets at all times.  NB:  children 12 years of age and under MUST wear a life jacket at all times (NH State law!).  Club life jackets may be borrowed from the Gaspariks’ shed – please return them after use.

  5.   Do not overload the boats. If unsure of boat capacity, check the specific boat guidelines.

          No pets allowed on boats.

  6.   Do not wear hard-soled shoes in the boats.

  7.   Sailing within sight of the Club is recommended.  Do not sail within 50 feet of the shoreline except when leaving or returning to the mooring.  Stay clear of swimmers and small boats near shore.  

  8.   If a boat swamps or capsizes, DO NOT TRY TO SWIM ASHORE.  STAY WITH THE BOAT and wait for help if unable to right and bail the boat.

  9.   Never leave sails hoisted if not under sail;  never leave a rigged boat unattended.

10.   When you finish sailing you are responsible for derigging and the proper stowage of the boat and all equipment.  The only exception is when a positive turnover of the boat is made to another qualified skipper.

11. Members who sail a Club boat without being on the appropriate list of qualified skippers may be subject to loss of membership privileges. 


Auxiliary boats: 


1.     A few small dinghies are available for transport to boats on moorings at Shaker Bridge Landing; oars are stored in the gray equipment box (or in Gasparik shed); always put them away after use!  Please make sure there is at least ONE dinghy left on shore for the next person to use – even if it means “shuttling” another dinghy back from a mooring-!


Please treat all dinghies with respect:

         - DO NOT DRAG them across the ground (causes holes & leaks!)

         - go easy on the oarlocks – they’re hard to keep in good repair!