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Frequently Asked Questions 

1. How do I contact someone if I'm out sailing and have a problem?

2. Where can I get current wind and Tide information for my day sail?

3. When can I sail at Jersey City?

4. How do I sign up for a sailing session?

5. Can I sail at any of the Offshore sailing school without any additional charges?

6. Do I have to pay a fee every time I sail?

7. How much does the club membership cost?

8. Do I have to know how to sail to become a member?

9. What skill level is required to go sailing with the Offshore club?

10. Do I need to own a boat?

11. What boats are available?

12. How many people sail on each boat?

13. What activities can I expect?

14. Bringing guests - who can sail as a guest?

15. Can I bring small children?

16. How many times can you bring a guest?

17. Are there any other benefits to a club membership?

18. What's the liability waiver form and where can I find it?

19. How do I get to the marina?

20. Is there a locker room?

21. What to do if your engine breaks down on the water? Should you sail in to the dock? How to do that?

22. How to use the onboard radio?





1. How do I contact someone if I'm out sailing and have a problem? 

Use the radio to contact Offshore or Liberty Landing Marina on Channel 72, or in an emergency, the coast guard on 16.
Use a cell phone to call the Offshore office (201-432-7763), the marina (201-985-8000) or someone who cares.

2. Where can I get current wind and Tide information for my day sail?

Tide and current information for the current week is posted in our Navigation Data section. The tides for the current day are posted on a white board in the gas office on D dock.
OR
Click on the link to http://www.BoatersBox.com for the latest marine forecast for the Hudson River/ NY harbor area. Their “Complete forecast” page shows complete information for today and the next 3 days, and a general forecast going out a week. Today’s tides are shown on the NY Harbor home page. Click on Tides and then a location on the chart and find tomorrow’s tides.
OR
Consult Eldridge Tide and Pilot book or Reed’s Nautical Almanac for the current year which can be purchased at West Marine.

Tip: You can download and install a tide program, “Tide Tool”, on your Palm Pilot. Go to the LINK section on this web site, scroll down to the INFORMATION, and click on Tide Tool. 

4. When can I sail at Jersey City?

Club sailing is available Tuesday through Sunday beginning in late April, through early October.

5. How do I sign up for a sailing session?

Please note: Offshore club rules permit making only one reservation at a time. You may make another reservation after you return to the dock following a sail.

You can make a reservation by doing one of the following: 
1. Call Offshore’s New Jersey Office 201-432-7763 and leave a message on
the machine. Be sure to give your name, the day and session you want.
2. Have your reservation entered in the book when you are at the marina.
3. E-mail your reservation to njclub@offshore-sailing.com.
A reservation is not valid until confirmed by the Offshore management.

6. Can I sail at any of the Offshore sailing school without any additional charges? 

Club sailing is only available at existing club locations. At this time the only club locations are here (NY-NJ location) and Captiva Island, FL. 

7. Do I have to pay a fee every time I sail?

No. One annual fee covers all of your club sailing.

8. How much does the club membership cost? 

Annual membership dues start at $1195 per year. There are discounts for additional household members signing up together and there are prorated seasonal discounts for those signing up after May 31. Call 800-221-4326 for details.

9. Do I have to know how to sail to become a member?

The short answer is yes. Anyone who is at least 18 years of age and completes an Offshore US Sailing certification course is eligible to join the club.

10. What skill level is required to go sailing with the Offshore club?

The skill level of members ranges from novice to expert. If you’ve passed a basic keel boat learn to sail course you are good to go. It may be advisable for you to go out 1 or 2 times with a more experienced club member to become familiar with the harbor.

11. Do I need to own a boat?

No. As an Offshore Sailing Club member, you'll enjoy all of the benefits of boat ownership with none of the hassles. You simply let us know when you want to sail and show up.

12. What boats are available?

The Club boats are the COLGATE 26. This hot new daysailer is fun, fast, easy to handle and roomy. 

13. How many people sail on each boat?

The boat is sailed by a minimum of two and a maximum of five crewmembers.

14. What activities can I expect?

See the schedule of activities posted on the web site. Flotilla cruises in the harbor, and weekly races are held at no extra charge. 

15. Bringing guests - who can sail as a guest?

Anyone over the age of 16 may sail as a guest. There are no qualification requirements, however it is not prudent to go out with just non sailing guests aboard. You are limited to 1 guest at a time on weekends and 2 during the week.

16. Can I bring small children?

Yes, as long as they are not the only ones on the boat with you and you must provide a Coast Guard approved, appropriately sized pfd (personal floatation device – life preserver). Children under 14 years old must wear their pfd at all times while on the boat.

17. How many times can you bring a guest?

Each guest is limited to three times during the course of a season. Each guest must sign a waiver each time they accompany you.

18. Are there any other benefits to a club membership?

As an Offshore Sailing Club member you're also entitled to special discounts on advanced instruction from Offshore Sailing School. Performance Sailing, Cruising and Racing courses are available at double the normal graduate discount -- savings up to $200 per person. 

19. What's the liability waiver form and where can I find it?

The liability waiver is a legal document that holds offshore blameless in the event of an accident or injury, and alerts the prospective sailor about the risk associated with a potentially dangerous activity. Copies are available at the Offshoer office on the Lightship. Please see an Offshore staff member.

20. How do I get to the marina?

From New York City:

Take the Liberty State Park Water Taxi. Check their web site for the schedule, fare and departure point; sign up for service notices. http://libertylandingmarina.com/watertaxi/index.php

You can take the PATH train to the Grove Street station and take a 
Taxi from there to the Marina.

You can drive through the Holland Tunnel and follow the New Jersey 
Turnpike (I78) south to exit 14B and follow the directions below.

From New Jersey:

Take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 14B. Make the first left after the toll. Continue through the traffic light to the circle. Go ¾ around the circle and turn onto Philips Drive. Continue to the end. At the stop sign, turn right on Audrey Zapp Drive. Go ¼ mile until you see the red Light Ship on the left and Liberty Landing Marina. 


You can also take the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and get off at the Liberty State 
Park stop. Walk East along Audrey Zapp Drive about a half mile to the marina.

21. Is there a locker room? 

There are showers and changing rooms, but no locker facilites. Most club members cary a small duffel with any personal items and stow it below on the boat while they are sailing.

22. What to do if your engine breaks down on the water? Should you sail in to the dock? How to do that?

Engine failure is a common enough occurrence that sailors should have a plan in mind to handle it. Sailing back to the regular assigned slips is against Marina policy due to the potential for damage to other boats. A better course of action is to sail up to the outside of the fuel dock and tie up there until you can walk your boat around or get the engine started and motor around.

23. How to use the onboard radio? 

There is a description of how to use a VHF marine band radio in our Articles section at http: //www.aroundtheharbor.com/articles.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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