Please delete for me Damon
Edited by bradinjax on Nov 08, 2020 - 10:46 AM.
Agreed with all points Brad
your points, my points and Bob's points = a LOT of barriers
Our Community sailing center which has lots of the items you mention at the both levels is not outragious for kids to join but damn expensive for adults and cat storage is crazy
Family Membership: $525
Individual Membership: $400
Youth Membership: (18 and under): $190
Seasonal Family: (4 consecutive months): $375
Seasonal Individual:(4 consecutive months): $325
1 Month Individual: $250
1 Month Family: $300
Catamaran up to 16’ – $630/year (PLUS membership)
Catamaran over 16’- $840/year (PLUS membership)
Another problem is the resistance at all levels to modernize.
The usual progression for youth sailing in the US is something along the lines of:
Finn, 470, 49er
All of these are very old designs. The 49er, the most recently approved Olympic sailing boat is based off designs from the late 1800's.
Other countries that use the sailing club model use mainly the RS sailing boats. These boats are much cheaper, more durable, built to very high tolerances, and have modern rigging sail and hull designs.
RS is the dominant dingy manufacturer for the rest of the world but is rarely seen in the US. Their market is sailing clubs, not yacht clubs.