Whether you’re brand new to sailing or have been cruising your whole life, it take a little bit of extra know-how to take full advantage of everything CBI has to offer. These things include the rules, safety policies, and basic procedures that everyone needs to know. CBI is a community organization; that means we all need to pitch in a little bit to keep the place running smoothly for everyone. Follow the simple steps on this page to get yourself on the water, and to help the next sailor have a good time.
How to Sign out a Boat
You can sign out a boat using these simple steps:
1) At a minimum, you will need your membership card and a sail number in order to sign out a boat. If you have any guests, be sure that they have been issued guest cards from the front office.
2) Check the restrictions on the Dockhouse whiteboard. These will tell you if you will have to make any modifications to your sailing itinerary.
3) Take these two things up the ramp to the dockhouse windows. Do not use the stairs unless instructed to do so.
4) Once you have been signed out, you will either rig up a new boat, or go directly to a furled boat as directed by the dockhouse.
Safety On the Water
|Boat||Type||Length||Sail Plan||Maximum Capacity||# in Fleet|
|Mercury||Dinghy; teaching, recreation, racing||15ft||Sloop; Main & Jib, Reefing Main||4||77|
|Keel Mercury||Dinghy; teaching, racing||15ft||Sloop; Main & Jib, Reefing Main||4||16|
|Laser||Dinghy; performance, racing||13ft||Cat; Full & Radial||1||13|
|420||Dinghy; performance, racing||13ft||Sloop; Main & Jib, Storm Main||2||18|
|Ideal 18||Keelboat; recreation, racing||18ft||Sloop; Main & Jib, Reefing Main||4||4|
|Rhodes 19||Keelboat; recreation||19ft||Sloop; Main & Jib, Reefing Main||6||Varies|
|Sonar||Keelboat; recreation, race, performance||19ft||Sloop; Main & Jib, Reefing Main||8||6|
|Kayak||Sit-on-top wet design||–||–||1 or 2||30|
|Windsurfer||–||Various Board Sizes||Various Sail Sizes||1||10|
How to sign up for classes
All class signups are managed through our online signup system.
All about ratings
Ratings are the credentials used to tell the dockhouse what boats you are allowed to sail and when. Ratings are earned by passing a series of tests with increasing levels of complexity. For each test, CBI offers several classes to prepare you to pass. Below please find a table describing what the ratings are and what they mean:
|Rating||Sailing Privileges||Other Privileges||Boat Access|
|Green||Sailing on Green days||Practice on Yellow days in Keel Merc||Mercury|
|Yellow||Sailing on Green & Yellow days||Guests w/ add-on, practice on Red days w/ Keel Merc||Mercury, Merc w/ Jib at dockhouse discretion|
|Red||Sailing on Green, Red, Yellow days||May take Main + Jib||Mercury|
|Laser Green||Sailing on Green days||Practice on Yellow days w/ smaller rig||Laser|
|Laser Yellow||Sailing on Green & Yellow days||Practice on Red days w/ smaller rig||Laser|
|Laser Red||Sailing on Green, Red, Yellow Days||–||Laser|
|420 Green||Sailing on Green Days||Practice on Yellow days w/ storm main||420|
|420 Yellow||Sailing on Green & Yellow days||Practice on Red days w/ storm main||420|
|420 Red||Sailing on Green, Red, Yellow Days||–||420|
|Keelboat Green||Sailing on Green Days||Practice on Yellow days w/ reef||Sonar, Rhodes 19, Ideal 18|
|Keelboat Yellow||Sailing on Green & Yellow days||Practice on Red days may be available, ask at dockhouse||Sonar, Rhodes 19, Ideal 18|
|Keelboat Red||Sailing on Green & Yellow days||Sailing on Red days w/ reef, some restrictions may apply||Sonar, Rhodes 19, Ideal 18|
Restrictions are an extermely important dock safety system that ensures that the river is both safe and accessible to all sailors wishing to sign out a boat. Current restrictions are always written on the dockhouse whiteboard, and major changes to restrictions are posted on the CBI twitter feed and on the home page of our website. Restriction are often applied to a specific rating or boat, which means that “Green -> Crew Only” would mean that Green rated sailors may only go out as crew. Always read the restrictions before coming up to the dockhouse windows. Below please find a list of some of the more common restrictions and what they mean.
|Crew Only||If this restriction is set for your rating, you may not sign out boats, you must go out as crew with a more experienced skipper.|
|2-to-main||Sailors under this restiction must have crew in order to sail.|
|2-to-jib||Sailors under this restiction must have crew in order to sail with a Jib.|
|to-keel||If this ristriction is set for your rating you must use a Keel Mercury.|
|Reef||If this restriction is set for the boat type you wish to sign out, you must reef the mainsail.|
|Half River||This restriction applies to all sailors, who must not sail beyond the half river line. The line is drawn between the Hancock tower and the Harvard boathouse.|