The sailboats used in this program are custom-modified 15-foot keel Mercurys and 23-foot Sonars. These boats allow a participant to either learn how to sail or simply enjoy a ride on the Charles. The boats have been adapted with contoured and supportive seating as well as higher booms so people do not have to move from side-to-side when the boat turns. The modified Mercury has also been fitted with special rigging so that all control lines lead to a central point with a steering console instead of a traditional tiller. In addition, the boats used in this program are extremely stable and safe because of added ballast. For additional safety there will always be a certified staff member on the boat. We also have a Hoyer lift mounted to our dock to assist in lifting someone in and out of the boats.
But that’s not all! Members who wish to challenge themselves further and can safely do so may request to use our Ideal 18s, Rhodes 19s, and 420s. Please inquire with program staff about your interests, goals, challenges, and we’ll work together to skipper and crew!