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Pearson 34

The flagship of the Courageous cruising fleet, Watermark, is a Pearson 34. She represents a significant upgrade from our 30-footers in terms of interior space and headroom, while retaining the sailing characteristics of a smaller boat. Built for family or couples cruising, she has private V-berth forward, electric marine head, and a user-friendly galley with ample icebox for a multi-day cruise. 

Overall length 34' pearson 34 drawing
Waterline length 28'
Beam 11'
Draft 5' 11"
Sail Area 550 ft2
Displacement 10500 lbs.
Lead keel 4250 lbs.
Engine Inboard Diesel



C&C 35

A capable cruiser and competitive racer, the C&C 35 III Mojito is the largest boat in our fleet. Mojito was built in 1984, and has been raced on Boston Harbor for the last few seasons. The C&C 35 III is known for her exceptional light air performance and pointing ability, within 40º of true wind. She is also a capable cruiser, with berths for up to 7. 

Overall length 35' cc 35-III drawing
Waterline length 28'
Beam 11' 2"
Draft 6' 1"
Sail Area 573 ft2
Displacement 10825 lbs.
Lead keel 4500 lbs.
Engine Inboard Diesel



Tartan 30

The Tartan 30 is a well respected cruiser, known for its sturdy construction and general seaworthiness. With a skeg-hung rudder and overbuilt hull, these boats are capable of some serious offshore sailing, and are truly in their element when the wind picks up. There's room for everyone in the generous cockpit, and the tiller steering saves weight and complexity. The main cabin has ample headroom for most at 6' 1". Our example has been meticulously maintained, and features a recent diesel saildrive engine rather than the standard (and less reliable) Atomic 4. 


Overall length 30' tartan 30 drawing
Waterline length 24' 3"
Beam 10'
Draft 5'
Sail Area 449 ft2
Displacement 8750 lbs.
Lead keel 3600 lbs.
Engine Diesel Saildrive



Ericson 28

BROOMSTICK is our primary training boat for Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising courses. Most weekends she will be out with a crew of 4 eager cruisers under the tutelage of one of our skilled cruising instructors. She is very well appointed above and below deck, making day and overnight sails quite comfortable. BROOMSTICK is a cruiser first, but she's been known to enter a few races in the Boston area. 


Overall length 28'0" (8.53m)  ericson 28
Waterline length 23'4" (7.11m)
Beam 10'0" (3.05m)
Draft 5'6" (1.67 m)
Sail Area 411 ft2 (38.18m2)
Displacement 7500 lb (3402 kg)
Lead keel 3200 lb (1451 kg)
Engine 10 HP diesel
Fuel Tank 15 US gal.
Fresh Water Tank 25 US gal.



CS 30

Blue Note, our Canadian Seacraft (CS) 30, is a comfortable family boat with a notable turn of speed! As soon as you take the wheel, you’ll understand why she is the most popular 30 footer in our fleet. She races PHRF on Wednesday evenings during the summer, call our front desk to see if there is a position available to crew. The CS30 has an excellent reputation as a robustly built and tastefully finished cruiser better know in the Great Lakes than here in the New England.

Overall length 30' CS 30 line
Waterline length 25'
Beam 10' 3"
Draft 5' 6"
Sail Area 462 ft2
Displacement 8000 lbs
Lead keel 3440 lbs
Engine inboard diesel




O'Day 240

Courageous added MAINE COURSE to our fleet in 2011. The O'Day 240 is a wonderful day cruiser with a large and comfortable cockpit comparable to that of a much larger boat. She has a furling headsail and a high boom that is well above most heads. Her shallow draft makes her ideal for exploring areas where larger boats can't go. MAINE COURSE is a perfect boat for cruising around Boston Harbor for a few hours, heading to Spectacle for a picnic lunch, or an overnight at World's End.


Overall length 24'6" (7.49m) 
Waterline length 20'10" (6.35 m)
Beam 8'3" (2.51 m)
Draft 2'8" (0.81 m)
Sail Area 249 ft2 (23.13m2)
Displacement 3600 lb (1633 kg)
Lead keel 1200 lb (544 kg)
Engine 9.9 hp outboard



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Performance Fleet - J/80

The fastest boat in our fleet, the J/80 provides high performance excitement with a 700 square foot asymmetric spinnaker. Her 1400 lb lead keel provides excellent stability whether you're surfing down waves in the outer harbor, or out for an afternoon sail with family. Our J/80s allow members to participate in local PHRF racing, including the Wednesday evening series, with an instructor on board. The J/80 is the perfect boat for any sailor looking to take their skills to the next level!


Overall length 27' j-80 drawing
Waterline length 22'
Beam 8' 3"
Draft 5'
Masthead above DWL 37' 6"
100% Sail Area 338 ft2
Spinnaker area 700 ft2
Displacement 2900 lbs
Lead keel 1400 lbs
Engine 3.5 hp outboard











Hugh Freund - Communications and Marketing
Hugh began sailing and racing on Casco Bay in Maine at the age of 8. Intent on sailing throughout college, he chose to attend Roger Williams University where coach Amanda Callahan helped him land a spot on the 2009 US Sailing Team Alphagraphics. Hugh came to Courageous in the spring of 2012 as a keelboat instructor, but stayed on over the winter to rebuild the organization's website and help unify the brand elements. This season you'll probably encounter Hugh on the business end of a plethora of camera lenses as he steps into his new role in communications and marketing. When he is not beating the social media drums at Courageous, Hugh will be training in a Sonar for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.


Jen Bodde - Acting Director of Adult Programs
Jen oversees all aspects of our Adult Program, with a particular focus on continuing to improve our curriculum and instruction. She has been teaching at Courageous since 2009 and is a longtime member of our Frostbiting racing fleet. Jen grew up sailing and racing Blue Jays, Lasers, and her father’s classic wooden boat in Long Island Sound, and managed a junior sailing program in New London, CT. She brings her experience as a classroom teacher and arts educator to her mission to provide lifelong learning opportunities to sailors at all levels. Instrumental in building the community of novice racers over the last few years, Jen is a firm believer in power of community sailing organizations to make sailing and racing accessible and welcoming to all.


Waterfront Operations and Receptions Coordinator

Job Description

The Waterfront Operations & Reception Coordinator is one of the most important positions at Courageous Sailing. They are the front of the organization, serving as the first point of contact for the public, either personally or over the phone, and will be a primary resource for our students and members. They must be friendly, polite, and knowledgeable of the rules, regulations, and operations of Courageous.  
The Waterfront Coordinator controls access to directors and other staff, handles administrative tasks such as scheduling and data entry, manages the daily flow of people and boats through the program, monitors our radios, marine traffic, weather, and wind.  They must be highly organized, have great people skills, and be able to multi-task in a sometimes hectic, fast-paced environment. 


The Waterfront Coordinator position is a full time, seasonal position starting May 1st, with hours tapering off in October.  Season ends October 31st.   Candidates must be able to work weekends, and some days during the week.  
Minimum qualifications include:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently, mulit-task, prioritize responsibilities, take initiative, and appropriately handle confident information.
  • Ability to work fluidly with staff from all departments.
  • Comfortable working under pressure, exercizing strong problem-solving skills and a willingness to adapt to changing program needs.
  • Skilled at monitoring and managing multiple information feeds simultaneously.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.
  • Bachelors Degree preferred.
  • Familiarity with basic computer systems, social networking programs.
  • Ability to quickly and enthusiastically master additional technology, skills, & knowledge as needed

About Courageous Sailing

Courageous Sailing is a non-profit community sailing center committed to providing access to the sport of sailing through our sailing school and membership programs.  Sailing is a tremendous platform for education, personal growth and leadership development, and we are dedicated to making the highest quality sailing education available to the entire Boston community regardless of socio-economic backround, ethnicity, or ability.  
Our youth and adult programs promote a culture of responsibility, respect, and stewardship around sailing on Boston Harbor, and foster life-long learning opportunities for all members of our community.  We rely on a team of passionate, hard-working individuals to provide top level instruction, attentive customer service, and, above all, a safe and welcoming environment.


Cha O'Connell,
Director of Adult Programs
Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 17



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