Club Boat Use Policy
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.
Sailing alone or in adverse weather is strongly discouraged, as the club has NO motorized rescue boat.
Members can only sail a Club boat after completing an in-person orientation.
The Club owns Lasers, Javelins, and a Rhodes 19. To be able to use all three classes of boats, an orientation to each is MANDATORY. The Rhodes 19 is not be be sailed single handed.
One must be familiar with properly setting up the boat as well as putting it away.
Know how to sail and have had recent experience as a skipper on similar boats.
Skippers should be able to:
- Sail close-hauled, on a reach, and downwind
- Tack and jibe & know how to avoid broaching the boat while jibing.
- 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
Members assume full responsibility for a club boat while using it.
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.
Do not sail the Rhodes 19 single-handed.
LIFE JACKETS FOR EACH PERSON. 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!).
Do not overload the boats. If unsure of boat capacity, check the specific boat guidelines.
No pets allowed on boats.
Do not wear hard-soled shoes in the boats.
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.
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.
Never leave sails hoisted if not under sail; never leave a rigged boat unattended.
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.
Members who sail a Club boat without being on the appropriate list of qualified skippers may be subject to loss of membership privileges.
A few small dinghies are available for transport to boats on moorings.
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!