Rentals (Open Boating)
Sail Sand Point is pleased to open our facility to qualified sailors and paddlers through our Open Boating program. Open Boating is an opportunity for anyone from the community to use boats from our fleet when they are not being used in other programs.
Sailors who demonstrate proficiency can check out a sailboat with a season pass or pay by the hour. Kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) are available to rent without a skills proficiency test.
The goal of Open Boating is to introduce people to Sail Sand Point, allow anyone to get on the water in an easily accessible and affordable way, and we hope that Open Boating users will become part of our community, helping us realize our mission of providing water access to all.
Updated Rental Information (5-29-2020)
Please read thoroughly: Due to SSP’s closure from March 16-May 22, the start of the 2020 Open Boating Season has been delayed. SSP is planning a trial reopen during the month of June. Open Boating opportunities will initially be available only by reservation and through long-term rental (two-week) of select equipment, and only to qualified renters. SSP and Open Boating will open in a safe and conscious manner, and staff will be closely monitoring the situation. We appreciate your patience and interest in utilizing our boats to get out on the water safely during this trying time.
While in this limited first stage of Open Boating, there will be no new users and no walk up rentals. We will be renting to returning users only (current pass holders, or those who purchased a pass sometime in 2019). You must also be qualified for the boat you wish to reserve. If conditions exceed your current rating, an on-site instructor may be able to administer a skills proficiency test as per our normal Open Boating rules. Once confirmed, your boat will be assigned to you and any qualified family members/household members for the duration of the two-week period. Reserved boats can be taken out only during our modified Open Boating hours:
Monday – Friday: 3:30p-7:30p (last boat out at 6:30p)
Saturday – Sunday: 1:30p-7:30p (last boat out at 6:30p)
Tentative SSP Open Boating Reopening Plan
STAGE ONE (June 8-TBD): Trial run with limited boats and hours, reservations on a two-week rotating basis
Boats available: Hobie Waves, RS Quests, FJs
STAGE TWO (Dates TBD): Addition of paddling rentals (reservations only), and more sailboats on a reservation basis
Boats available: Hobie Waves, RS Quests, FJs, Optis, Lasers, SUPS, Kayaks
STAGE THREE (Date TBD): Normal Open Boating resumes
Boats available: Hobie Waves, Hobie 16s, RS Quests, FJs, Optis, Lasers, SUPS, Kayaks, Windsurfers
STAGE ONE Pricing Structure
Hobie Waves and RS Quests: $210 (two weeks of exclusive Open Boating use)
FJS: $160 (two weeks of exclusive Open Boating use)
If you or someone in your household is a current Open Boating pass holder, you qualify for a 25% discounted rate on this price.
Unfortunately, we will not be selling new annual passes until STAGE THREE.
Open Boating Steps (During STAGE ONE)
How to Reserve a Boat:
Reservations are for current pass holders, or those who purchased a pass sometime during the 2019 season ONLY and are available for our Hobie Waves, RS Quests, and FJs only at this time.
- Fill out a Open Boating Reservation Application (google form linked below based on date range) to show your interest
June 8 – 21 (link will become live at 0900 on June 1 and will close 48hr later) (https://forms.gle/qR7EXKVMBX8Q7Dww9)
June 22 – July 5 (link will become live at 0900 on June 15 and will close 48hr later)
- Await an email confirming you have been accepted
- Read and confirm all information in this email and pay via link to finalize your reservation
- Staff will confirm with you what boat is assigned to you at this time, you will be the only Open Boater using this boat during your two-week reservation period
Preparing for your Visit:
- If you own Type III Coast Guard approved life jackets, please bring them for you and your family/guests (household guests only)
- Everyone in your party must wear a face mask at all time when on onsite (can be removed when you are on the lake), additionally everyone in your party must be from your household/family unit if mandated by city, county, or state emergency orders.
- Bring your own wetsuits/spray gear, SSP will not provide loaner gear at this time
- There will be no storage at SSP for any personal items so bring only what you need
- Check our modified Open Boating hours (above) and ensure that you arrive during those hours (no boats allowed out after 6:30pm)
- Check the weather, and ensure that it is a good sailing day for you and your party, see the modified rental conditions below
Arrival and Signing out your Equipment:
- When arriving onsite, proceed like you would rent a boat normally by approaching the Dockmaster desk and communicating your name, number in your party, and float plan for the day
- The Dockmaster will ensure that you and your party all have an electronically signed SSP Participant Agreement on file (if not a link will be provided and this form can be filled out on a mobile device)
- Your boat will be prepped by staff for your arrival with everything needed to rig on board
- Your assigned boat will only be cleaned and disinfected by staff before and after your two-week rental period or if the boat has been used for another program (unlikely during STAGE ONE)
- Proceed to rig and launch your boat as quickly and orderly as possible, please do not loiter on the beach or docks
Returning to Shore and Signing in:
- Masks must be worn when onshore
- De-rig and return your boat to its previous location
- Leave the sails, blades, and tiller on-board for staff stow at the end of the day
- Check back in at the Dockmaster desk so we know you have returned safely
COVID-19 Specific Rental Conditions (STAGE ONE)
- All standard Open Boating Rules apply (see below), additionally:
- Boats will not go out in conditions above 15 mph. Open Boating staff reserve the right to limit boat usage based on weather conditions.
- All participants must be understand, agree to, and abide by SSPs COVID-19 specific Participant Code of Conduct, which includes:
- Maintain physical distancing: stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from staff, other users, and park goers, or anyone else who is not in your party
- Do not loiter or gather in groups, stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
- Do not participate if I have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days
- You must wear a face covering when on land, but may remove it when on the water
- Washing your hands throughout the day and carry hand sanitizer
- Bathroom and changing facilities are available for use at your own risk, but the showers are not available at this time
- Loaner gear will not be accessible. Bring your own gear to stay warm and dry
- Lifejackets are still required, it is highly recommended that you bring your own type III PFD. There will be a limited supply of cleaned and disinfected life jackets available for your party if you request them in advance
- The lockers, and phone/key check in station are not available at this time, so plan to stow your gear in your vehicle or only bring what you need to go sailing
Open Boating Rules
- You (and everyone in your party) must wear a zipped life jacket
- You (and everyone in your party) must complete a SSP Participant Agreement
- No landing anywhere but SSP
- No drugs, marijuna, or alcohol
- Return everything where it belongs
- Check in & out with the Dockmaster
- Children under 14 must have a parent on site
- Stay within our boundaries
- Renter must be onboard
- Take care of equipment – You are responsible for damage
- Break a rule, you get a strike – Three strikes you may not rent for the rest of the season