Stephen Thrasher, Comet Smasher

MIT Sailing's Bluewater Boat

Thursday, May 01, 2008 by Stephen

Yesterday, as part of my sailing class post, I mentioned that MIT has a bluewater boat, meaning an offshore boat. I found details on the MIT sailing wiki. The boat is a Tartan 37 cruising sloop called the Nevermore. It requires a crew of at least 2, can hold around 9 people comfortably, and has 6 beds for overnight trips. You can buy a used one for $60,000. The bluewater skippers sometimes organize summer trips to Martha's Vineyard or Maine. This is what's required to become a bluewater skipper:

  • "be approved by the sailing master
  • have a US Coast Guard OUPV (6-pack) license [pdf link]
  • participate in at least two work parties per year
  • teach or help teach at least 4 MIT sailing courses per year"