BEACHES SAILING FAQs
Below are our most commonly asked questions. We have divided them into three sections for your convenience; Boat questions, Safety Questions, and Booking & Payments.
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What kind of a boat is it?
Our primary boat is a 24 foot C&C Niagara keelboat. The important distinction is that is not a dinghy, which are the smaller boats that tip a lot. The C&C weight 3,200 pounds with over 1,000 pounds of ballast that helps prevent the boat from capsizing. The boat does lean over when it sails, but it’s supposed to do that. A keelboat is more stable and more comfortable than a motor boat, even one thats’ larger.
The boat can actually sleep 4 people, has a table, head and is very comfortable.
There is a schematic two pictures of it on the Home Page at the bottom.
Is it comfortable?
The boat has a roomy cockpit at the back of the boat from which to sail the boat. There is also room on the side decks, cabin roof and best of all, at the bow of the boat for spreading out, taking in the views, pictures and enjoying music ( if you choose!) It is a great touring boat. In fact the C&C 24 was designed as an affordable family cruising boat.
Does the boat have a motor?
Yes. It has a 9.9 Honda outboard, which is exceptionally quiet. It is used to dock and undock and to tour when there is no wind.
Is it a good boat to learn on?
Definitely. The C&C is a classic boat on Lake Ontario and Great Lakes. It has been a popular boat because of it’s sailing characteristics. It is stable, so it can handle higher winds and bigger waves (although there is a limit to what the course classes will sail in for safety and comfort).
What makes it a great school boat is that it is sensitive to the wind so you have to keep watch on what you are doing. However it is a forgiving boat so that if you make a mistake it is very easy to get back onto an even keel.
In many ways it is an easier boat to sail than much larger boats. So if you can sail a C&C 24 you can sail a 36 foot boat because they are stable due to their size. Beaches Sailing looked at almost 2 dozen boats before we found your school and tour boat! It has a well earned reputation.
What safety protocols does Beaches Sailing have?
Procedures and Protocol List:
Everyone must wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) at all times. Everyone must wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) at all times. A Beaches Sailing Difference is that we provide 2 types: the padded vest type which are good warmer on cooler days and the much cooler self inflatable type which automatically inflate should you fall overboard and is also so much cooler on hot days. No other school offer this. In fact some schools make you bring/buy your own.
There is a safety briefing for everyone on-board showing where all the safety equipment is and how to use it.Everyone on board is given clear direction as how to move about the boat, and what to do under various sailing conditions. Even on tours, you are welcome to participate in the sailing of the boat. You may also be called upon to assist with raising or lowering the sails and docking or un-docking the boat. In these situations you will receive all clear instructions and in a relaxed fashion! Your instructor/skipper is fully trained in crew overboard techniques.
Every pleasure craft in Canada is required to carry an inventory of safety equipment and for school boats there are higher requirements. Beaches Sailing exceeds these requirements because experience and common sense requires it.
What safety equipment does Beaches Sailing provide?
Everyone must wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) at all times. A Beaches Sailing Difference is that we provide 2 types: the padded vest type which are good warmer on cooler days and the much cooler self inflatable type which automatically inflate should you fall overboard and is also so much cooler on hot days. No other school offer this. In fact some schools make you bring/buy your own.
As indicated, Transport Canada has strict rules about what safety equipment is to be carried on Recreational Boats and Recreational School Boats. We do it because Beaches Sailing instructors sail with their family and friends and we treat you as such.
Some of the equipment carried includes but is not limited to:
PFD’s, life buoy, re-boarding ladders, distress flares first aid kit, VHF radio’s, cell radio, GPS with Crew Overboard function, flashlights, extra clothing and emergency blankets.
Do you sail if the weather is bad?
Your skipper has the right to decide if changing weather or any other factors or situation could jeopardize the safety of passengers and the boat, and to call off the sail. Beaches Sailing has one of the best bad weather cancellation policies. See details under Cancellations and Re-Booking. Stress free sailing. Check other schools and compare!