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COVID-19 Member Policies

The Boston Sailing Center has developed the following guidelines in accordance with state and local authorities to ensure safe use of the facilities this season. These are in addition to the guidelines that already exist. Our goal is to protect our employees, members and families, while allowing the use of our facilities.

Updated May 29, 2020 This page will be updated throughout the season. Please check back frequently.

Members must comply with and stay up to date with COVID-19 Guidance and the safe boating guidelines posted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in addition to the below. 

GENERAL

All members must sign the updated waiver electronically before being allowed to book or use of BSC boats.

Do not come to the Boston Sailing Center if you have symptoms, someone in your household has Covid-19, or you have been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by your doctor or a health official.

Members must always wear face masks when within 6 feet of others.

Every attempt must be made to maintain social distancing.

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer before boarding a boat. Use of sailing gloves is encouraged.

Please submit maintenance requests from your phone before leaving BSC using this link. QR codes are also posted on the gangways to access the link. If an issue is severe enough that the boat should not be sailed before it is addressed, please inform a member of staff. 

RESERVATIONS

Call 617-227-4198 to check in and out for your boat.

Boat reservations must be made by 6:00pm the day before you plan to sail so that we can adequately prepare your boat.

When making a reservation, do not book within two hours of another reservation on the same boat. 

Last minute reservations may no longer be made day of. Please call the day before between 5pm and 6pm to book your last minute reservation for the next day. These will not count towards your normal rolling reservations. 

FACILITIES

Access to the riverboat office is limited to appointment only.

The use of the upper deck of the riverboat is limited to 10 people at a time.

Upper deck bathrooms will be available for member use (staff will use downstairs). Members should spray down the bathroom after use with provided bleach solution.

DOCKS + LAUNCH SERVICE

Launch service will be restricted to maintain social distancing. The launch will be limited to one group of 4 people going to or from a boat.

Please wait for the launch on the sea wall at the top of the gangway if there are others waiting on the dock.

Limit your time on the dock when getting ready to depart. Arrive with your crew and be ready to go.

Do NOT board a boat that has been labeled as “clean” for the next reserved use, except for the member who has it reserved. Boats with blue painter’s tape across the access point are to be considered off-limits (sanitized), except for the member who has it reserved.

There will be no port-a-potties provided on J-24's until further notice, unless you are on an overnight or a three-day cruise.

Sails in need of repair should be placed in a marked bin on the upper deck of the riverboat. Tags to use to indicate the nature of repairs will be provided there as well.

Boston Sailing Center's Cleaning Procedures

Boat will be cleaned before each use. Once a boat is cleaned it will be off limits except for the member who has it reserved.

Interiors will be cleaned with soap and water, and then disinfected with diluted bleach or other disinfectants from EPA List N.

Cruising boat interiors will be fogged when expected to be put into service for a reservation with a disinfectant from EPA List N.

Galleyware will only be cleaned by BSC staff before 7-Day Cruises. Member should plan to bring their own cups, plates, and silverware for day sails as needed.

Decks and exterior surfaces will be washed with soap and water. In addition, common touch areas such as winch handles, wheel/tiller, chart plotters, cockpit tables, boat hooks, and hand holds will be disinfected.

Daysailors and Mid-Range boats will be sprayed with the bleach solution before each use.

Upper deck bathrooms will be fogged daily with a disinfectant from EPA List N.