Community Boating, Inc
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|Joseph Lee Jr, Founder|
Community Boating, Inc. (CBI) is a private not-for-profit corporation run in association with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Organized as a company in 1946, it is the oldest continuously operating community sailing program in the United States. It is located in Boston along the Charles River Esplanade between the Longfellow Bridge and the Hatch Shell. CBI offers members instruction for sailing and windsurfing, and allows members to use CBI-owned sailboats on the Charles River.
CBI's primary boat is the Cape Cod Mercury, of which they have 78. All new members are introduced to sailing on this boat and must display proficiency in sailing with a jib in high winds before being allowed to sail high-performance boats. Two Mercuries are specially designed for persons with disabilities. Their high-performance fleet includes 6 Rhodes 19s, 6 Sonars, 13 Lasers, and 19 420s. The Rhodes 19 is used for excursions into Boston Harbor and the islands. The 420 is the boat of choice for high school racing teams, which practice and race through CBI.
CBI is most well known for being affordable and accessible to everyone. The universal access program, which allows disabled people the opportunity to sail Sonars or specially rigged Mercuries, costs only $1. The junior program, which is a summer camp for young people ages 10–18, costs $1–$200 (based on income) for the entire summer. The regular rates are intended to be accessible to a broad range of people; a yearlong adult membership costs $269.
- Snow, Mari Anne; du Moulin, Gary C.; Zechel, Charles. "Sailing for all: Joe Lee and America's First". Sea History 130:20-5 (2010)
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