Work Parties are an excellent opportunity to give back to Community Boating and get to know other members. There are generally two work parties every season. Fall work parties focus on preparing the fleet for winter maintenance, while the spring work parties are all about opening CBI for the season! The events usually run from 10-2 and include refreshments for our volunteers.
Upcoming Work Parties
In the spring, CBI needs all hands on deck to help splash our fleet of Mercuries. No prior experience required though the work is physical in nature. This involves putting the boats in the water, stepping masts, and rigging them. At the second work party, the boathouse has to be cleaned before the season starts. Sails are pulled from storage, life jackets returned to their bins, and the boathouse and dock are prepared for opening day!
These work parties focus on spar or rudder maintenance, including some drilling and riveting. No prior experience required though the work is physical in nature. The volunteers help the maintenance staff refurbish some of the Mercury masts, preparing them for the upcoming season.
The fall work parties focus on preparing the Mercuries for winter maintenance. The boats are de-rigged, hauled from the Charles, and flipped upside down on the dock. The following week, the boats are stacked against the building for winter storage. These are fun and hands-on opportunities open to all though the work is physical in nature