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Checkout Policy & Protocol

Before using one of our charter fleet boats, you must first pass a sailing checkout to ensure you are comfortable handling the boat. Checkouts are not intended to be a lesson and minimal assistance will be provided by the instructor. Rather they are a thorough evaluation of a sailor’s skills with basic maneuvers, docking and understanding of right-of-way rules.

 

If a sailor does not pass the checkout, we may recommend one or more hours of private sailing lessons with instruction which may include a checkout. If you know you’re a bit rusty or would like more time getting acquainted with our boats and docks, please consider booking a private lesson instead of a checkout. You can make a note in your reservation that you would like to attempt a checkout during your lesson.

 

Checkouts are scheduled in advance. Walkups are rarely possible as instructors are engaged in lessons.

 

In order for your checkout to remain current, you must sail a boat in our fleet at least once every 12 months.  If your check-out is not current, you will be asked to schedule and pass another sailing checkout.

 

In order to schedule a check out, a member will need to submit a sailing resume using this link

 

After a USCG Licensed Captain at Windworks reviews their sailing resume, we will reach out to schedule a date/time to conduct a check out. Check out duration is correlated with experience and level of familiarization with the vessel the check out is conducted on. Most check outs are about two hours.

 

Each hour of check out is $195 for members plus the rental cost of the boat.

 

In order to qualify for a category of checkout, a sailor must have prior experience or certifications on a vessel similar in length/tonnage.

 

There are different categories of check outs:

 

  • Basic Keelboat: Day sailing on our Catalina Capri 22’s (outboard motor and tiller vessels)

 

  • Basic Cruising: Day Sailing on our inboard diesel motors with wheel helms. There are two sub categories of this check out. Single helm vs dual helm. A dual helm check out is conducted on a 40 foot plus vessel and does qualify a member for single helm cruising. A single helm check out is conducted on a vessel 28’ to 38’ and only qualifies a member on a single helm vessel.

 

  • Bareboat Cruising: Multi-day sailing on our inboard diesel motors with wheel helms. There are two sub categories of this check out. Single helm vs dual helm. A dual helm check out is conducted on a 40 foot plus vessel and does qualify a member for single helm cruising. A single helm check out is conducted on a vessel 28’ to 38’ and only qualifies a member on a single helm vessel.

 

  • Catamaran: Single or multi-day sailing on our Lagoon 400

 

  • Powerboat Single Screw: Day or multi-day sailing on our Camano 31 Trawler

 

  • Powerboat Twin Screw: Day or multi-day sailing on our Bayliner 4087

 

  • Catalina 275: A sailor must have prior inboard diesel experience as well as tiller

 

In order to schedule a check out, a member will need to submit a sailing resume using this link

 

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VIEW OUR FLEET

Once you’ve passed your sailing checkout, you can rent any of the available boats in our Livery. CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR FLEET