During the past month, the support of HRMM staff and volunteers who have come out to help the Sailing School with Fall boat work has been inspiring! Volunteers have cleaned boats and sails, organized equipment, repaired boats, and put away boats for winter.
Our fleet consists of two keel boats, two Capri centerboard boats, One Snipe centerboard boat, three 420 centerboard boats, one Catboat (Tidbit), and eight Optimist Pram centerboard boats. That is a lot of boats to care for! The boats all get a lot of use during the sailing season, with many of the boats being sailed up to seven days a week during our four month season. Normal wear and tear is intensified by the high number of sailing students and classes aboard our boats, and there are a LOT of repairs needed at the end of this season.
Thanks to our wonderful sailing instructors (Instructor Betsy in witch costume is pictured above) and HRMM staff, we have created a robust list of work tasks to be done, and we have accomplished some of these tasks, but we have many remaining over the winter and into the spring of 2023 in order to be ready for next season.
All sailboat owners know (new boat owners will learn this quickly) that part of owning a sailboat means doing maintenance and repairs. If you are interested in learning more about how to care for sailboats, want to meet some really cool people, and have fun working on projects with staff and other volunteers, please let us know by going to https://www.hrmm.org/volunteer.html to let us know you’d like to volunteer! If you are not able to physically volunteer but would like to support the maintenance of our sailing school fleet, please check out our wish list and donate here if you are able: https://www.hrmm.org/wish-list.html .
We love our volunteers, and we look forward to continuing to work together to ready our boats for the 2023 season and bring sailing to many more people in the future. Thank you!
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Staff and volunteers of the Hudson River Maritime Museum's Wooden Boat School and Sailing & Rowing School.
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