If you’ve heard the news from Edgewood Sailing School over the past month, you may be wondering, “Are they buying the same powerboat they already have?”  Well, here's the story: the answer is both yes and no.

"Plumb Comfy" was purchased in 2020. It's our first Rigid Inflatable Boat, a red Zodiac we named "Plumb Comfy" in memory of Bill Plumb, a friend and sailor who devoted a huge part of his life to all things Edgewood. The "Plumb Comfy" has proved a terrific addition to the ESS fleet. It is just right and versatile enough to serve both our adult and youth programs. It’s able to act as a faithful transport around the marina to the ESS Rhodes-19s. "Plumb Comfy's" soft but durable outer floatation tubes have absorbed countless “kisses” from ESS youth sailors in their Optis and C420s. It has enough motor-power to drive down the Bay to serve as a coach boat at “away” regattas. And, importantly, it's always been quick to respond to safety issues that arise on the Edgewood Basin.

So, when a generous famiy provided ESS enough “seed money” to pursue another new powerboat purchase in 2023, we immediately turned to Defender Industries again, where we'd bought "Plumb Comfy", and we inquired about a second red Zodiac. Defender was able to offer a slightly larger boat with slightly more power at an attractive price. We jumped for the opportunity to give our "Plumb Comfy" a “big sister.” And we’re eagerly looking forward to launching our new RIB in 2024. (We’re thinking through possible names for her!)  But right now we could still use some more help from you to round out the full purchase price of the new boat.

If you have already made a donation to Edgewood Sailing School to help us fund this new coach & safety boat, THANK YOU.  Your donation is helping us to make progress.  

If you have not donated yet, now is the time to do it!  Please include ESS.  Your donation to the Sailing School of $50, $100, $250, $500, or more will really help us reach the amount of funds we need for the full purchase price. Please consider clicking on www.edgewoodsailing.org/donate or mailing a check to Edgewood Sailing School, PO Box 25641, Cranston RI, 02905.  ESS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and your contributions to our new Zodiac are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. 

Help us “Double our pleasure, Double our Fun,”
... by Doubling our RIB fleet at ESS!

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