The Boston Licensing Board could decide tomorrow whether to let members of the Jeffries Yacht Club in East Boston relax after a hard weekend sail with a cold bottle of beer or mixed drink.
At a hearing today, the club, at the very end of Jeffries Point just across from the airport, formally asked for a "club" license, which it said it would likely only use a few hours a week, on weekends.
Club attorney Andrew Upton tried to disabuse the board of any notions that the club caters to the sort of swells who might go on three-hour tour, a three-hour tour.
"I don't want anyone to get the idea that anyone like Thurston Howell III are members," he said.
"There really are no yachts at this yacht club," he continued. Instead, its old salt of the earth members take out their sailboats and other small vessels for a day on the water, before returning to port.
"As far as I know, they have not had any problems over their past 150 years of existence," he said, allowing that, perhaps, "in the old days, [members] may have relaxed and unwound at the club with beverages that are not necessarily compliant with modern-day alcohol laws."
He said the public need - a requirement for any liquor license in Boston - is that there is nothing like the club anywhere else in the immediate vicinity.
He added that "this club does not create noise or rowdiness," in fact, the club is a valued part of the community whose application has the support of the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association.
Club member Douglas Babcock told the board that the sort of vibe created by club members is one of the reasons he decided to move to East Boston. He said members are "friendly people, regular people who all live in the neighborhood" and who give back in all sorts of ways to the community, for example, through the Eastie Elves.
He added that, at 42, he said, he's one of the younger members: "There's no rowdiness, we're all adults here."