NYC's Boat-Share Program

Developed in 2020, NYC's Boat4U Program was created for sailors who do not currently own a boat to have access to a sailing vessel on a time-sharing basis with other members of NYC. Whether you’re a new sailor working towards getting your own vessel in the future or an old hand in search of a part time boat, this is a great way to “mess about in a boat” for the sailing season!

Vessel Information

  • 1991 Catalina 25 named ‘Away’
  • Owned and moored at NYC – typically on a swing mooring
  • Equipment includes – mainsail and furling genoa (no spinnaker), 9.9 HP outboard and all safety equipment required by Transport Canada

2021 Program Structure

Boat4U members apply for and are assigned a weekly time-slot for the season – 10 time-slots are available morning (8:00 AM – 2:30 PM) or afternoon (3:00 PM – 10:00 PM), Monday through Friday. Note: Vessel access while on the mooring will be restricted by hours of operation of the NYC Water Taxi. The scheduled 2021 Boat4U season is from May 17, 2021 to October 8, 2021 (20 weeks).

Time-slots are allocated on a first come, first served basis during the application process, with existing Boat4U Members offered an opportunity to renew their membership before time-slots are opened up to new members. Members of the Boat4U Program are permitted to trade time-slots amongst each other with written notice and can apply to participate in Club racing during their assigned time-slot.

Eligibility Requirements

The following minimum requirements and qualifications are required to become a member of the Boat4U Program:
  • NYC member in good standing in one of the following membership categories - senior, senior life, drysail, dinghy, crew, introductory crew, junior or student
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Certified at Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard – or equivalent experience and ability
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card holder (PCOC)
  • Toronto Port Authority Power Vessel Operator’s Permit holder (Toronto Harbour Licence)
  • Radiotelephone Operator’s Restricted Certificate holder (ROCM or VHF Licence)

2021 Fee Structure

Morning Time-slot Membership Fee - $800 + HST. Security deposit $250.
Afternoon Time-slot Membership Fee - $1000 + HST. Security deposit $250.

Boat4U membership is non-refundable upon cancellation, except where the Boat4U program is unable to operate and offer the vessel to its members due to unforeseen circumstances.

Each Boat4U member will be accountable for damage or loss incurred while the boat is their responsibility, lost items such as winch handles, fenders or safety equipment, as well as cleaning fee if cleaning procedures are not followed, up to the value of the security deposit. Unused security deposit or any of its remaining portion will be refunded to the Boat4U member at the end of the season.

More Information

If you are interested in more information about the program, please read through the following documents:
2021 Boat4U Program Information 
2021-03-09 Boat4U Information Session Slides
Questions about the program can be directed to Amelia Leeksma at or 416-260-8686 ext 32.