Club Sailing Boats

Available for use by club members by prior arrangement. Members may not simply help themselves.

These boats are blocked out of the booking system during summer Friday Junior Training sessions, when they are allocated to Junior trainees (at no additional cost) at the discretion of the Junior organisers. 

Boat Hire Admin is Richard Fryer – see booking procedure below.

Boat Description Price
(choice of four)

11’ 4” popular single-hander. Fun for all. Also ideal for the less experienced, junior or beginner.
(SYC7: s/n 44750; SYC8: s/n 83011; SYC9: s/n SYC01; SYC10: s/n 44747)

£5 for four hours
Laser 167886 In race condition with Full or Radial. Preference given to experienced helms. £10 for four hours
RS Feva 301  12ft one or two man dinghy (with spinnaker fitted in summer). For all but early beginners. £15 for four hours
Wanderer 1467 A very popular hire choice, somewhat lighter than the Wayfarer and well equipped for exploring the whole estuary and trips to the Warren. £15 for four hours
Wayfarer 8659 Family-size dinghy, well equipped for exploring the whole estuary and trips to the Warren. £15 for four hours
Dart 15, 'Aly Cat'

Recent addition to our hire fleet, thanks to members of the multihull fleet who have generously clubbed together. Priority to Juniors, but available for other members of the Club to hire. Warning: these boats accelerate fast and have different handling characteristics from monohulls. They can easily be damaged or cause damage. Please hire only if you are confident of your ability to handle the boat safely.

£15 for four hours

Comet Trios:

  • Yellow
  • Dark Blue 452
  • Light Blue 439 ('Skylark')

The Comet Trio is a fantastic all-rounder dinghy ideal for training, cruising or racing. The dinghy is suitable for relatively new sailors (RYA Level 2 or above) and the more experienced alike. The dinghy is 4.6m (15’) in length, easily reefed, and can take up to 4 or 5 people. All the Trios are equipped with an asymmetric spinnaker system for those with advanced experience. Please message the Dinghy Hire Admin if you want to use the spinnaker, since this sail is not generally kept with the boats.
The Trios are only available when not being used for training. To minimise the risk of boats being unavailable for training, only one Trio can be hired at a time for unsupervised sailing (i.e. without safety boat cover). For those looking for racing experience at a national event, ‘Skylark’ is set up for racing and is ideal for entry in the annual Comet Trio Nationals held at Exe SC!

£15 for four hours

A full day's hire (see options on Booking Requests page) is charged as a double four-hour session, e.g. £30 for the Wayfarer.

You can book and pay for 6 weekday sessions in advance (paid at time of booking) for the price of 4. So if you sail a dozen times a year it is cheaper than berth fees, insurance and depreciation not to mention maintenance on a boat of your own.

The procedure
Use the online booking request system if you can; if you have problems you can e-mail me, or ring 01392 468762 (for preference) or 07981 247929 (not monitored 24/7). I will contact you to agree handover arrangements for the hire fee.
The six-for-the-price-of-four hire charge does not apply at weekends and Bank Holidays, only to weekday hires.) Weekend bookings may only be made a maximum of 2 weeks (14 days) in advance, except in exceptional circumstances such as booking the Laser for an Open Meeting. In such circumstances, initial application for exemption should be made to the Boat Hire Admin who may refer the matter to the Vice-Commodore.


  • Fees apply to all hires, including use for Sunday racing or by Juniors for Begin to Race.
  • There is no hire charge for the use of Club boats during Junior Sailing, SYC Dinghy Sailing Clinic sessions and SYC training courses listed in the Training Calendar or approved by the Training Officer.
  • Unless otherwise agreed, the fee should be paid before the boat is rigged. If the galley is open, you may obtain a receipt for payments handed in there.



By hiring an SYC dinghy you agree to:

  • Respect it as you would your own boat
  • Wash down, cover and tie down after use
  • Inform the Club promptly of any damage by recording it in the black folder by the door of the Members' Room
  • Report any safety-critical issues in the blaek folder, and advise me directly that you have done so

Bon voyage!

Richard Fryer
Hire Coordinator

Safety - pre-launch checklist!

  • Check the weather forecast (e.g. WindGuru / Met Office)
  • Read the SYC Sailing Safety Guidelines
  • Check out using the hire dinghy's trolley ID tag and the new check-out system in the south porch of the boat shed. Be sure to leave the ID tag attached to the boat trolley after you launch, so that it will be clear which boat you have taken if you are delayed in returning. No action is required on return other than to wash the boat down and return it to its berth.

Enjoy your sail!

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