Members that are approved skippers can rent club boats for private sailing. They can sail with friends and family by reserving a boat on the BSSC calendar and prepaying the rental.
The cost is nominally $20 an hour or $100 for six hours. The maximum payable in 24 hours is five hours worth. So, an extended trip costs less than $100 per 24 hours.
It is the policy of the club that members be approved as Skippers before taking command of a club owned boat. Skippers may be approved by the Commodore, Vice Commodore or Henry Van Brussel providing that the Commodore and Vice Commodore are experienced skippers themselves and comfortable in assessing candidates.
While club owned boats are keel boats between 20 and 30 feet, the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard forms the basis for evaluating candidate Skippers. Skippers must demonstrate that they are able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sloop rigged keelboat of 6 to 10 meters with an outboard or inboard motor in moderate wind and sea conditions by day.
Evaluation will be conducted on the dock and on the water and will generally take two hours with most of that time on the water. There must be sufficient wind for the candidate to demonstrate his/her skills. Not every item will be tested/evaluated.
The cost of the evaluation is $80 payable to BSSC which amount includes the boat usage fee.