• ASA or US Sailing Certification for sailing priveleges.
• RPBA or US Powerboating Certification for powerboat privileges.
BENEFITS OF A CASTLE HARBOR MEMBERSHIP
Discounts on Classes
As a member of Castle Harbor Sailing School, you get a 20% discount on all classes and private lessons. By taking advantage of this lower rate, you will have more than recovered nearly half of the cost of your initiation by the second level of instruction and 100% by the time you've taken your third level of instruction.
Discounts on Charters
Castle Harbor has four charter boats, from 33 feet to over 40 feet long, available for charter to members. We allow only members to bareboat charter our yachts by the day and with extended hours at a reduced rate for three primary reasons:
- We know the yachts will be sailed well and taken care of by members of our club because they are well-trained sailors.
- By making the yachts available to members only for single-day charters, more boats will be available for charter during peak times, such as Columbus Day and other major holidays.
- Offering single-day and reduced-rate chartering to members only, enables us to keep our charter rates competitive.
In addition to bareboat chartering, we also offer skippered charters. As a member, you receive a 20% discount on the retail price of the yacht.
Day Sailer Rentals
Castle Harbor Club Members and preferred customers charter/ rent from our fleet of day sailers, including the Harbor 20s, and Santana 22. As a club member, you will receive one hour of daysailing credit each month. If you are away for a month, you may carry over your sailing credit to the next month for up to a maximum of twelve months. Upon graduating the Learn to Sail program and earning your certification, your sailing abilities will be qualified in the following way:
- Light Air (L) - eligible to sail in winds up to 10 knots
- Medium Air (M) - eligible to sail in winds up to 15 knots
- Heavy Air (H)- eligible to sail in winds up to 20 knots
- Rentals in winds over 20 knots may be allowed at the approval of management.
Your membership card will indicate at which level you are qualified. Your skill level may be upgraded at no charge: a) by demonstrating your abilities with an instructor, or b) automatically, as we watch you sail and see your skills improve.
Discounts on Special Events
Castle Harbor will always strive to challenge our members to excel in as many areas as there is expressed interest. To this end, we will search out new and exciting sailing events and offer them to our members first.
Longer Charter Days
As a Castle Harbor Sailing Club member, you may arrange your next upcoming charter in advance. Some of the most spectacular sailing each day is very often in the early morning and evening hours. As a member, you may come down to the waterfront and complete your charter paperwork in advance of your scheduled charter. This will free you up from having to meet with desk personnel during normal business hours. As with after-hours sailing privileges, all we ask is that you make your first few charters during normal business hours so that we are comfortable that you will not need our assistance with docking and departures. Then, just continue demonstrating good sailing skills and judgment.
Single Day Charters
As many of our members live in the Miami area, we know that you will appreciate this benefit. All too often, the charter industry has placed so many conditions on fleet use that it becomes more of a hassle than enjoyment. With this in mind, Castle Harbor will continue its long tradition of offering our charter fleet to members by the day. Whether you are going out for a sail with family or entertaining business associates on beautiful Biscayne Bay, this is a benefit that you'll be sure to use and enjoy.
Race Clinic Skipper Privileges
Castle Harbor's very own Director, Cai Svendsen, will train you at the helm of one of our new Harbor 20s. He will take both you and the boat through its paces to ensure you are familiar with our race procedures. This is a privilege that will only be extended to Castle Harbor members. Though others may sail with us in our race clinics, only members will be allowed to skipper our fleet of new boats. Indeed M.H.I.P. (membership has it's privileges). Stay tuned for more details!
As a club member we encourage you to guarantee your sailing by reserving a boat ahead of time. As we continue to grow, this is a member benefit that you will surely appreciate. Club members will always have priority when it comes to boat availability. All you have to do is contact one of our waterfront staff and leave the rest to us.