Hiring boats is a great way to get out on the water to practice your skills if you don’t own a boat. Our dinghy and keelboat fleet is available for full members to hire, given that they have previous sailing experience (at least Start Sailing 2 or Tackers 3, alternatively please contact the Training Coordinator or Sailing Manager for a skills assessment). Come down and rent a boat by yourself or with friends and family and you might even be lucky enough to see a dugong, turtle, dolphin or manta ray – all of which are regularly seen in Fannie Bay!
If you have completed a sailing course but are yet to purchase your own boat, we encourage you to continue sailing by hiring a club boat either for pleasure sailing or for any of our social sailing events. These include the Commodore’s Opening Day, Sand Bar Barbecue, Twilight Sailing, Sunday Sailing Club and Novice Helm. These events are extremely popular to be sure to get in early and book your boat.
Here at the Darwin Sailing Club we have a range of dinghies available for hire by full sailing members, including Ozi Optis for younger kids, Picos and Pacers for youths and adults, and a Bahia for those who want to sail with a few friends or even the whole family.
The Club charges $20 per hire for Picos and Pacers, $30.00 for the Bahia and $10.00 for an Ozi Opti, this includes a sailing dinghy and life jacket. Should you wish to hire a Club dinghy outside of training hours, this will include an additional fee of $50 per hour for rescue cover. A book of 6 vouchers can be purchased for $100 – pay for 5 hires, get 1 free! Please present your payment receipt to the Sailing Office prior to collection of hire boat.
Note: Club dinghies are used for training, therefore prior booking is essential to ensure availability. Please apply to book your boat via the Sailing Office at least 24 hours prior to use. Hiring arrangements must be confirmed by the Sailing Office before commencement.
Application Form Here: Hiring Application Form
In January 2017 the Club took delivery of a fleet of four new Elliott 7s. These are widely used by sailing Clubs across the world as a youth and adult learn to sail craft, and are ideal for match racing, fleet racing and social sailing activities.
To book an Elliott 7, please complete the Hire Application Form and email to the Training Coordinator or Sailing Manager at least 24 hours prior to intended hire period. Hiring arrangements must be confirmed by the Sailing Office before commencement.
Elliott 7 hire is $40 per hour. Members are required to fill a usage log report after every use and must report any maintenance issues to the Sailing Manager as soon as they come off the water.
Application Form Here:Hiring Application Form