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VI. Case HistoriesCross Country Success StoriesCOMMUNITY BOATING, INC.Boston, MA
I. BasicsAlthough its ties to the Boston community go back as far as 1936, Community Boating, Inc., began in 1941. CBI is a privately owned 501(c)3 community sailing program, which operates on a relatively large scale still serving the Greater Boston area.Initially, founder Joseph Lee received a contribution from the Boston Metropolitan District Commission to institute a summer sailing program for teenagers on property leased from the State of Massachusetts.With the assistance of volunteer instructors and promoters, and without a capital budget, 30 sailboats were purchased through individual donations. Buildings on the leased site were donated to the program by the State of Massachusetts. It is the oldest continuously operating community sailing program in the nation.Growth has been steady since the school's inception. Community Boating currently owns 150 sailboats, windsurfers, multihulls, rowboats and powered safety vessels.
II. LocaleCBI has a one-acre parcel of land that is located on the Charles River diagonally across from the MIT sailing club. This places the facilities close to the geographic center of the Boston metropolitan area. Parking is at a minimum, but public access is readily available through the venerable MBTA.
III. MarketDue to its location, Community Boating's facilities are available to over 3.5 million people throughout the Greater Boston Metropolitan area, including portions of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The program operates through memberships only, and offers a wide variety of courses at the high school and adult education levels.
IV. Financial InformationThe non-profit organization is self-sustaining and derives approximately 75 percent of its income from membership fees. Contributions to CBI account for a bit more than 13 percent while revenue from the snack bar and other resale items account for the last 12 percent.Of its planned $500,000 operating budget for 1992, salaries (nine full-time and 50 part-time) and maintenance account for 88 percent of Community Boating's expenses.Approximately 5300 CBI members pay a varying range of membership fees. Junior (ages 10-16) and senior members (ages 17 to 65) pay $215 for a full season, $175 for a 75-day membership and $85 for 30 days. Disabled students pay half price for their corresponding course. CBI also has special rates for student youths (ages 16-21) and fulltime student~- $155 for the full season, $120 for 75 days and $60 for 30 days. A senior citizen can purchase a season membership for $40 while a lifetime membership can be purchased for $2250. Memberships include free instruction, free use of boats, admission to social events and guest privileges.
V. Program FormatDue to New England weather patterns, the on-the-water program operates only from April through November, although some classroom instruction is offered from October through January. Spring, summer and fall courses are a combination of twice-weekly classroom sessions of two hours each and unlimited on-water instruction which is available at any time. Winter courses are two hours weekly.Approximately 25 students are enrolled in the spring and fall courses, while summer classes may have as many as 75 members, although on-the-water instruction is limited to one instructor per one or two students. Participants receive a membership card which is marked with the most recent course completed.
VI. Facilities and StorageOn-site facilities for Community Boating, Inc., include a large two-story building which houses the offices, classrooms, repair and maintenance rooms, equipment storage areas, restrooms, lockers and changing rooms. A snack bar, boat hoist, ramps and over 400 linear feet of dock space complete the package. ee, as are the head instructor, two sailing instructors and maintenance workers. The clerical staff and 40 other sailing instructors are part-time employees. Community Boating, Inc., also has a part-time volunteer executive director and numerous volunteer sailing instructors.CBI has a procedures manual for new instructors, some of whom are USYRU trained, while the majority are CBI-certified to teach.
VII. FleetCommunity Boating owns 85 Cape Cod Mercurys, 12 Lasers, four Cape Dory Typhoons, three 470s, two Sonars that are handicap accessible, one Barnegat, one Soling, 25 windsurfers, nine rowboats and six powered safety boats.X. RentalsCommunity Boating does not offer equipment on a rental basis to members or to the general public. Members have free access to all operable vessels at all times via membership fees.VIII. Courses OfferedWith growth in membership Community Boating, Inc., has increased its course offerings to include numerous other marine educational and recreational activities. It now offers boardsailing, navigation and racing courses, social activities and regattas in addition to its basic, intermediate and advanced sailing programs. Participants must be members, at least 11-years-old, and able to swim 75 yards. Special courses are offered in meterology and piloting, while CBI also runs lecture series.IX. StaffThe program director is a full-time employeeXI. Promotional Activities Community Boating, Inc., uses a number of methods to promote its activities, including a members' newsletter, press releases and brochures, public service announcements, newspaper advertisements, boat show and shopping mall displays and live slide shows and lectures.Program directors have indicated a desire to develop a sailing program for the physically disabled and are interested in furthering the sport of sailing through accelerated promotional activities. A history of Community Boating, Inc., in brochure form, is available upon request.