Loaner Boats

Who may use a Loaner Boat?

Any Active, Paddling, or Strictly Sailing members

Pre-requisites before taking out a Loaner Boat

·        You or your parent/guardian must sign the Loaner Boat Agreement. For any boat with an attached motor, you must have a valid NJ Boating Safety Certificate. This certificate must be on you when operating a boat with motor and may be subject to inspection by authorities.

·        For sailboats, you must have passed the RDCC Strictly Sailing Certification for the class of boat (dinghy and/or keelboat)

o   A non-certified member may utilize a boat if learning to sail under the instruction of an adult member who holds a Strictly Sailing Teaching Certification

o   A guest of a member in any of the above categories who is under the supervision of an adult member holding a Strictly Sailing Teaching Certification

§  Guests may use a loaner boat no more than three (3) times before being required to join as an eligible member

·        You must sign out the boat on the sheet hanging on the door of locker 8/9

o   Please report ANY concerns or damage to the boat. This way we can keep them in good working order

·        You must check over the boat to confirm that it is in good working order and safe to take out. 

Certification

To obtain Strictly Sailing certification, please contact the Rear Commodore. The Rear Commodore will schedule a time that they or another qualified representative can meet you at the waterfront. They will go over some basic sailing knowledge and ask you to perform certain sailing and rescue tasks to certify that you are permitted to utilize the loaner sailing dinghies and keelboats. 

Reservations, Races and Regattas

All Loaner Boats (sail and paddle) are available to certified members on a first-come, first-serve basis. We can not accommodate reservations at this time.

Weekly sailboat races and regattas on our waterfront are typically held starting at 10am on Saturdays. Certified Active, Strictly Sailing, and Paddling members can captain a loaner sailboat in a class appropriate race if they wish. Again, this is on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are special rules and schedules regarding racing, so please check the Racing page for more information.

Please complete the agreement below before using any club-owned loaner boats.

Loaner Boat Agreement

Boats are not to be moved to a location other than the RDCC waterfront or their respective boundaries except during club-sanction events such as races or paddling trips and with approval of the Rear Commodore.

Safety and Equipment

Coast Guard approved and properly secured PFDs (ie, life jackets) MUST be worn by EVERYONE in an RDCC-owned loaner boat (sail or paddle)

Rules and Guidelines

Locker 8/9

Loaner PFDs (life jackets). Please clip wet PFDs to line on door to dry. Do not return wet PFDs to the locker. Additional loaner PFSs can be found in clear plastic bin


Sunfish daggerboards


Kayak paddles


Throwable cushions for canoes

wet life jacket
pfds
Hanging Sail Rack
Sails, masts and spars for Loaner Sunfish. These are to the right on the rack and numbered 1-4. Please be careful not to use a member's private equipment for a loaner boat.
hanging sail rack

Loaner Paddlecraft

What boats are available?

The Red Dragon has two sit-in kayaks and two canoes available for loan. These are located on the left side of the dinghy rack on the waterfront in bays 10, 11, 12

loaner paddlecraft
How to check out a paddlecraft

Please sign out the boat on the sheet hanging in locker 8/9. For canoes, please take a throwable cushion and return this to locker when done.

How to unlock a paddlecraft
Loaner paddlecraft are locked with combination locks - the same number as the boathouse. Please remember to lock the boats after use!
Location of Equipment

Loaner Life Jackets are located in locker 8/9 as well as the clear plastic bin. Kayak paddles are located in locker 8/9. Canoe paddles are strapped inside of the canoe. Feel free to use your own paddles.

Boundary

Please keep loaner paddlecraft between the Burlington-Bristol Bridge and Beverly Point. Loaner craft may be taken farther for special events with permission from the Rear Commodore.


Beginner paddles please stick to along the New Jersey shoreline or our mooring field.  


Experienced paddlers may also cross the river to explore Neshaminy Creek, but be careful of the swift current crossing the channel and heavy boat traffic who may not see you. Please be careful of boats leaving the marina (entrance by the jetty).

paddlecraft boundary

Loaner Rowing Dinghies

Equipment

Two club-owned rowing dinghies (one tan, one white – numbered 1 & 2) are located to north-side of the dinghy rack (on the ground)


Oars are kept in locker 8/9


These may be rowed out to the loaner keelboats in lieu of the tender. Please bring the dinghy back to the dock and tie it off out of the water before sailing off


Please do not accidentally use a member’s dinghy

loaner dinghies
Boundary
Dinghies should remain in the boundaries of the mooring field

Loaner Sailing Dinghies (Sunfish)

Who may use a loaner sunfish?

Full Active, Paddling and Strictly Sailing members who have passed the Sailing Dinghy Certification Evaluation and have completed the liability waiver

When may a loaner sunfish be used?

Only in safe water when winds are under 15 miles per hour (13 knots)


For sailors under 15 sailing alone, an adult must be present on shore or in another boat and the adult must be capable of acting in an emergency to assist the junior sailor


Sunfish are available on a first-come, first serve-basis

Where may a loaner sunfish be used?
Sail within your ability. If you are not yet confident with your skill, please stay within the mooring-field area of the club. This is the zone between the upmost-river and downmost-river mooring balls and between the shoreline and Red Channel Marker 36

More advanced sailors must keep the sunfish within Red Channel Marker 34 and Red Channel Marker 40

sufnish zones
river chart
What equipment is needed to sail a loaner sunfish?

PFDs must be worn by all sailors and guests on loaner boats. Failure to do so may result in revocation of loaner boat privileges


Daggerboards are located in locker 8/9


If you have a question concerning how to rig a sunfish, please reach out to the Rear Commodore

Loaner Sailing Keelboats (Mariners and Daysailor)

Who may use a loaner keelboat?
Full Active, Paddling and Strictly Sailing members who have passed the Sailing Keelboat Certification Evaluation and have completed the liability waiver. For boats with motors, one person on board must have a valid NJ Boating Safety Certification.
When may a loaner keelboat be used?

Only in safe weather when winds are under 15 miles per hour (13 knots)


Sailors under 18 years old must be accompanied on-board by an adult who has passed the Sailing Keelboat Certification Evaluation 


Boats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis


Boats may be used between sunrise and sunset. Boats must be returned and secured before sunset

Where may a loaner keelboat be used?

Sail within your ability. If you are not yet confident with your skill, please stay between the opening to Neshaminy State Marina to the south (jetty on Pennsylvania side) and the end of Linden Road (where the marshes begin) to the north. 


Intermediate and advanced sailors can expand this range to between the Burlington-Bristol Bridge and Beverly Point.


keelboat zones

Beginner Zone

What equipment is needed to sail a loaner keelboat?
PFDs must be worn by all sailors and guests on loaner boats. Failure to do so may result in the revocation of loaner boat privileges

Jib and mainsail for Mariners are stored on each boat. Daysailor sails are hanging in sail-bag in front of locker 8/9

Check 
safety equipment – all loaner keelboats must have a fire extinguisher, throwable cushion, and sound producing device (air horn or safety whistle)

Check fuel level. Fuel tanks on keelboats only hold enough fuel to maneuver the mooring field and emergency situations. Fuel is stored in fuel locker. Please ask the Rear Commodore or the Harbormaster how to access the fuel locker.