General Charter Information
Season: Sonars will be available to charter from June 11 through Labor Day, weather permitting. Members are urged not to charter when winds are 15 knots or above. The Sailing Office or Waterfront Office may suspend charters due to weather at their discretion.
Hours of Operation: Boats are available six days per week from 9am through 7pm. Sonar Charters are closed on Mondays.
Reservations: Call the Front Desk (781)631-1400 for all reservations.
Fees: The Charter Fee is $45 for 3 hours of sailing. Members who charter six times in one season will receive a "season's pass" and will not be charged for subsequent charters after their sixth charter.
Eligibility: Any EYC member and spouse (not child of member) may reserve and sign out a boat provided that the person has been approved by the Sailing Office and has signed a waiver for the season.
Cancellations: You must cancel at least 2 hours prior to your charter time. A $25 fee will be charged to your account if you fail to notify the front desk of your cancellation. Alternates on the wait list will then be allowed to sign-up for that time slot.
2. The Boats
Basic Equipment: Each boat will have a mainsail, jib, and the necessary sheets.
Standard Equipment: 4 Coast Guard approved lifejackets, compass, chart, anchor and anchor line, floatation cushion, paddle, fenders, docking lines.
Radio: Each boat must have a working VHF radio (available at Front Desk) aboard when being chartered.
3. Check out Procedures
New charterers must be "checked out" Sailing Office prior to their first unescorted sail to ensure the safety of our members and boats. Charters from previous seasons need not be re-check out.
- Review of basic rules of the road
- Basic radio usage
- Basic chart reading; location of rocks and other hazards as well as safety tips for navigating through the harbor.
- Basic sonar rigging and de-rigging procedures
- Cast off and landing from mooring
- Maneuvering through crowded Marblehead Harbor
To schedule a check out, call Sailing Director, Tara Foster at (941) 587-7283 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Every person chartering will be required to sign a legal waiver, a statement of swimming ability, and a statement taking responsibility for the insurance deductible in case of serious damage. There must be a new, signed waiver file on each season before a boat can be chartered by a member. The Eastern Yacht Club member whose name is on the Charter Reservation will be held responsible and liable for any serious damages.
Registration and waiver forms are available online or at the Front Desk
Call Sailing Director, Tara Foster at (941) 587-7283 or by e-mail at [email protected]