Under the visionary leadership of Joe Lee, Jr., kids started sailing on the Charles River in the mid 1930s. The boathouse was built in 1941 and Community Boating Inc. was organized in 1946. A thorough history of the early days of CBI may be found in the Spring 2010 issue of Sea History Magazine, the publication of the National Maritime Historical Society.
Click here for the PDF article. (Copies are available at the boathouse.)
The mission of Community Boating, Inc. is the advancement of sailing for all by minimizing economic and physical obstacles to sailing. In addition, CBI enhances the greater Boston community by using sailing and other water sports as vehicles to empower its members to develop independence and self-confidence, improve communication, foster teamwork, and acquire a deeper understanding of community spirit and the power of volunteerism.
Community Boating is a private not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation.