Having a permanent building would allow for secure boat storage as well, he added. Currently, the program's 10 boats are left outdoors during the winter months and are subject to the elements.
"We demast the boats and put those away for the winter, but the boats are left outside," said Duley.
The center relies on volunteers to help prepare the boats for use each summer, he said, adding the Adirondack Young Professionals are organizing a clean up day this Saturday, July 17, at Wilcox Dock. The nonprofit civic organization is recruiting volunteers to help with the effort from 7-10 p.m.
"It's a lot of manual labor to bring them down to beach clean them up and put the masts up, explained Duley, who encouraged people to volunteer their help this weekend. "Many hands make light work."
Those interested in volunteering this Saturday or in participating in the Learn to Sail program may contact Duley at 572-9477 or by visiting www.boatthebay.com. The program will be held Tuesday, July 27, through Saturday, July 31, and Tuesday, Aug. 3, through Saturday, Aug. 7. Sessions for youths will be held from 1-4 p.m. and sessions for adults will be from 5-8 p.m.
Participants will receive a U.S. Sailing certification book upon completion of the program.
The cost is $175 per program with registration also available by contacting the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department at 324-7709.