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Re: Newly Started UMass Boston Sailing Team! HELP!
I'd guess fixing the glass hulls is going to be the cheapest of your problems, though probably the most time-consuming. I used to maintain the old Tech Dinghies at BU decades ago. Glass and resin is fairly cheap, you need heat lamps to get it to harden, at least during the winter.
Replacing hardware and sails is the more expensive thing, I don't see how you can do it for a thousand bucks (what class of sailboats you talking about, and where's your dock?). So listen to those who suggest how/where to get donations. Maybe there's something in the school's athletic budget?
But if you could get some donated sails, sort of "age-equal", it'd save you a lot--new sails are expensive. But if you get used ones that are similar in shape and age, then you'll have roughly equal boatspeed, essential for practices, races, and even regattas if you get to that stage.
You'll need a launch too, I'd guess, ours was a 13' Whaler back then. And a motorized pump? Makes recovering capsizes easier. And you'll want to make some racing marks. This can be as simple and cheap as plywood bases with orange dunce caps on top, with a mooring line and a piece of lead.
And lifejackets. And storage for gear.
Get in touch with NEISA and see what it takes to join, you can probably race in their regattas on the Charles and over at Tufts even if you don't hold your own regattas for their teams, at least when you're getting the program started. Go ask some of the other team people at BU, BC, or MIT for example.
And good luck, it's a worthy and fun endeavor.
Anyway, lots of questions implicit in your situation, hope this of a little help. I've been away from the Charles for almost 40 years, so there may be some newer stuff I don't know about.
Last edited by nolatom; 04-17-2012 at 10:48 AM.