Pentagon Sailing Club

PSC Boat Use:

The PSC Boat Use Policy and Procedures spells out how a PSC member can use one of our River training boats for recreational sailing. Please ensure that you have read it.

The boats are owned by the PSC, and members who are qualified will be allowed to check them out. When the boats are NOT needed for a class or other PSC official function, they can be used by anyone who has volunteered for the Club and has earned a Frequent Volunteer Sea Mile Coupon. (We are a volunteer organization, after all). If you do not have an FVSM Coupon, then a fee of $25 will be charged. All you have to do as skipper is staple your FVSM coupon or a check made out to “PSC” to the Float Plan and file it in the applicable float plan binder in the clubhouse. All individuals desiring to skipper or sail a PSC boat must have a PSC River Activities Release Form on file with the club. Click here to download the River Release Form. Completed forms should be left in the file folder marked “Completed Release Forms” in the plastic file box on the counter in the clubhouse.

To schedule a boat use the PSC Boat River Registration form at the top of this page.

Skippers must be certified ASA 103, B-KBS, or higher to check out the boats. Skippers must also have in their possession a boating safety certificate valid for Washington, DC, waters, and adhere to the procedures and guidelines of the club with regard to weather, safety, etc.

If you use the boat, and something breaks, send an e-mail that night to the Boat Captain with a copy to the River Commodore to report the discrepancy in detail. If the boat is damaged so much as to be unsafe or unusable, call the Boat Captain on the phone immediately upon return.

GROUNDINGS, COLLISIONS, PERSONAL INJURIES REQUIRING MEDICAL ATTENTION, OR OTHER SERIOUS MISHAPS MUST BE REPORTED TO THE RIVER COMMODORE OR ANY OTHER AVAILABLE BRIDGE MEMBER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER RETURNING TO THE DOCK. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES.

If the Boat Captain isn't working on the boat, and makes it available, the following applies: Boats can be checked out on weekends and holidays -- 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1700, and weekday afternoons (1600 to sunset) subject to the River Commodore/Boat Captain's approval. Any night sails must be approved by the River Commodore, and the Skipper must be night "N" qualified.

Please review the PSC Wind and Weather and PFD Policies before taking a boat out.

Important Notice; Alcohol is strictly forbidden on any club vessel. No one who appears to be intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled Illegal substance will be allowed on board; this includes skipper and crew.

You can RENT the Hunter 17s at the Capitol Cove Marina for only $10.00 an hour (you must be a qualified skipper). Feel free to go out and practice all you wish. The marina manager will appreciate your business.

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