Rental Policies

Rental Requirement

In order to rent a boat from DC Sail a skipper must be (a) a member of DC Sail and (b) certified on that particular type of boat.  All boats must be crewed by a minimum of two persons.  Single handed sailing is not permitted.

In order to be certified on a Flying Scot at DC Sail, a skipper must have: 

  1. satisfactorily passed the Learn To Sail Course during the current season 
  2. OR satisfactorily passed the Learn To Sail course during a previous season 
  3. OR if you have experience sailing outside of DC Sail, a skipper must successfully perform a checkout sail prior to the rental

The checkout sail consists of proper rigging and de-rigging of our Flying Scots, proper departure from and landing to the dock, two tacks and two jibes, and a Crew In the Water Rescue (formerly known as Man Overboard Recovery).

To be certified on the FJs:

  1. a skipper must have passed the Intro to FJs class with DC Sail
  2. OR possess an equivalent certification from another accredited sailing organization
  3. OR have passed a checkout sail

In all cases, the waterfront manager may refuse a rental if there are safety concerns.

Boater's Safety Certificate

DC Sail requires that all of our members comply with District of Columbia law and as a learning organization provides every opportunity for continued growth. Per DC law, anyone operating a boat within our waterways is required to have a Boater’s Safety Certificate.  These can be earned online through a learning module.  Here is one good option: http://www.boatus.org/free/

The DC MPD also offer their own schedule of classes, free of charge, and will provide you with a card immediately upon completion.  Their schedule is available online by clicking here. 

At least one person in every boat must be able to produce a Boater’s Safety Card upon request by the DC Police. There is a $50 fine for non-compliance which must be paid in person at the police station. 

We encourage everyone to take their safety and that of others seriously while on the water.  Earning a Boater’s Safety Card is a great way to do this! 

Lifejackets

All sailors must wear a lifejacket before they step foot aboard all of our small boats.

Cancellation/Late Rental Policy

If you do not appear within thirty minutes of your scheduled boat reservation, you may lose your reserved boat and will not be refunded. After this time period, walk-ins have access to the boat that was previously reserved.  If you need to cancel a rental, you must do so by 12:00 (noon) the Friday prior to your rental time.  Please call the office to relay your cancellation.  202-547-1250. If you fail to cancel your rental properly, you will be invoiced a fee of $25.

Guests

Guests are permitted to sail with you during rentals. All guests must fill out a Waiver of Liability before they can sail.

NO SAIL ZONE

DC Sail boats must not enter this NO SAIL ZONE. Must stay at least 200 yards away from the commercial cruise boats Odyssey and Spirit of Washington at all times.




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DC Sail is the community sailing program of National Maritime Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Business Office Mailing Address: 600 Water Street SW, Unit 9-16, Washington, DC 20024
Waterfront Address: 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
Telephone: (202) 547-1250 · Email: Traci Mead, Director of Business Operations - tmead@dcsail.org 
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