Sail Newport has two self-serve boat hoists for the public to use at their own risk. These are single, center-point lifts that require either a lifting ring with strap that is terminated on the keel (such as on a J/24, J/22, Melges 24, Viper, Shields or Etchells) or a bridle system that comes to a single point (such as on a Lightning, Thistle or Snipe). Boat owners must provide their own lifting strap and have adequate help to use the hoists safely.
Hoist Use Membership Requirement:
- To use the hoists, it is not required that you be a member. However, for a minimal cost of membership you will enjoy deep discounts on hoist use and other premium membership benefits. Also, your membership will support our nonprofit Sailing Center for the benefit of the community.
- If you plan to use the hoist, and store your boat at Sail Newport in the summer, you will be required to be a member.
While Using the Sailing Center:
Boats must not be left in Fort Adams State Park parking lots overnight. Boats and trailers will be ticketed and relocated to Sail Newport storage areas at owner’s risk and expense.
Sail Newport and the Rhode Island State Department of Environmental Management (DEM) require all persons who use Sail Newport facilities to store boats and trailers in Sail Newport-leased areas only. At no time may a boat on a trailer or an empty trailer be left overnight in any of the paved or grass lots managed by DEM without the prior written consent of Sail Newport and DEM. Any vessel or trailer left in DEM-controlled lots may be ticketed by DEM. Any vessel or trailer that is moved by Sail Newport to one of the Sail Newport-controlled storage lots will be done at owner’s risk and expense of a $75 fee. This full payment of this fee will be required before the boat owner may use the facilities at Sail Newport again.