Any Active, Paddling, or Strictly Sailing members
· 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.
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.
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.
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
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
Throwable cushions for canoes
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
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.
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.
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).
Loaner Rowing Dinghies
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 Sailing Dinghies (Sunfish)
Full Active, Paddling and Strictly Sailing members who have passed the Sailing Dinghy Certification Evaluation and have completed the liability waiver
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
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)
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
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
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.