Being a member of the Co-op means getting involved. We are group of dedicated sailors who are do-it-your-selfers. We maintain our own boats whenever possible. Sometimes we require expertise we don't have but mostly we fix it, clean it, maintain it, or replace it ourselves. And so when you join the co-op, we ask that you too pitch in and provide what we call sweat equity - your labour and expertise helping out with the maintenance of the boats and the operation of the co-op.
We have a minimum annual labour contribution amount, but honestly, almost everyone exceeds the minimum, because, well, our co-op is fun and we all enjoy keeping our boats clean and safe, and up to date. Plus we have social activities like pub nights, barbeques, work parties, and various sailing events. In a way, it's like family - everyone pitches in and makes things happen. Don't know how to do a particular task? Chances are, we have someone who can show you how.
The Co-op has an executive of seven elected directors. As well, there are a number of volunteer positions such as Orientation, Saturday/Sunday Sails, Social committee, Safety committee, Boat maintenance, etc.
On the maintenance side, we have a Fleet Director responsible for the coordination of maintenance of our entire fleet. There is also a captain for each boat and specialty crew leaders for the more technical aspects such as electrical, plumbing, motors, sails, etc. Each boat captain is happy to have members join as boat crew and to encourage all members to assist in maintenance. That way everyone gets to learn about the boats we sail - and frankly, helping out feels good and gives you that pride of ownership feeling. And it spreads the work around.
So how do you become a member? Fill out the membership application and mail it in or email us at email@example.com
The membership application is below. Fees are as follows: A one-time sign-up fee of $400 buys your membership share. Annual dues are $495 for a single member or $595 for a family.
Single members are entitled to 300 hours of sailing per season and Family members are entitled to 400 hours. You can also take guests, with their hours counting against your allotment.
If you don't know how to sail, we start you out as crew with experienced skippers. As you gain knowledge and certifications, you too can be come a skipper and take the boats out for day sails and short and long term cruises.