Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Shouldn't sailing be about tranquility where 'the azure round of harbor meets the paler dome of day'?

Have you ever wanted to go for a sail but never do because of the expense, the hassle, the mooring, the upkeep, of boat ownership? Well now you can do it  and have someone else attend to all those details for a reasonable fee.  A boat club called Sail Time Rhode Island ( has recently come to Bristol and has two Hunter 36's at Bristol Marine ready to go. (These boats can easily be sailed by one person.) Rob Lawnsby, man in charge, is having an open house this weekend July 25/26 from 8am - 6pm on Saturday and Sunday at Bristol Marine. Give him a call to arrange a time and he'll take you out for an hour sail and discuss the ins and outs of the program. It is expected that you know how to sail, although some further education may be a part of the program. Since he is starting mid summer his rates are very attractive with no initiation fee. The season ends November 1.

Call Rob Lawnsby: 401 649 1754

From an email Rob describes it like this: One person owns the boat and several other folks (members) share it for a season. One membership gives you seven half days per month. A half day is from 10:30 am to 6 pm or 6 pm to 10:30 am. In other words, either an overnight or a day sail. Half days can be joined to make up a day or more. Usually it is a one year commitment and the payments are broken down monthly which covers a season from May 1 to November 1. Sail Time Boston charges $6900 for a Hunter 36' plus a $1500. initiation fee. What Bristol offers this summer is a half season for $3000. with no initiation fee.

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