For experienced sailors, Community Boating offers one-day keelboat rentals to non-members during rental hours. The two types of sailboats that are available for rental are the 4-person Cape Cod Keel Mercury and the 5-person Rhodes 19. Sailing is limited to the Charles River Basin between the Mass Ave bridge and the Longfellow bridge. Lifejackets are provided and must be worn at all times. Must be able to swim 75 yards. Prior experience is required, candidates are interviewed by the dockmaster on duty. Dockmaster decisions are final. Minimum rental age is 18 years old. Guests under 18 may crew with parent or guardian permission. No exceptions are made to boat capacity under any circumstance.
One-day Keel Mercury rentals are $89 and one-day Rhodes 19 rentals are $119 on a first-come, first-served basis during the Adult Program operating hours. We highly recommend purchasing a damage waiver. The waiver covers any accidental damage, but does not cover gross negligence, recklessness, or intentional acts. The damage waiver is an additional $10 for a Mercury rental or $15 for a Rhodes 19 rental.
Safety is Community Boating’s top concern. Our dockmaster-on-duty may set additional restrictions for watercraft based on the weather conditions, powerboat boat traffic, special events, incidents, etc. In heavy winds (red flag), CBI does not approve new one-day sailboat rentals. Rentals may resume if the wind decreases. All on-the-water activities are suspended during severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings and for 30 minutes after the last lightning strike is observed. Every effort is made to ensure that all persons on the water are safely returned to the dock in advance of any thunderstorms.
We will be closed for rentals on July 3rd and 4th. All boats must return to the dock 30 minutes before sunset; today the sunset in Boston is at .