Sandusky Sailing Club was organized in 1932 and was permitted to install a pier in Battery Park Marina. In 1960 the city leased the marina to Phillips 66 and in exchange the Sailing Club was given the abandoned water works sludge basin provided it be developed into a marina for sailboats only and it was dedicated, by charter, as C. Webb Sadler Sailing Basin. In 1969 the city approved a master plan for the development which has been ongoing ever since.
Starting in 1986, the outer breakwall was repaired, floating docks were installed and with lower water levels, maintenance dredging became a necessity. In 1988 the city recommended, and the legal department authored, a management agreement with the Basin for a term of 40 years which expires in 2028.
For further dredging, loan was sought from Third National Bank for $100,000. The bank required that the basin be incorporated so dock receipts could be legally controlled to assure repayment of the loan.
To date the Sadler Basin has invested about $3.5 million, all from dock receipts. No other money was ever made available.
In 1990 a grant of $ 3.27 million was sought for completion, at that time, of the project. This was terminated.
In 2005-6 the city required a fence be installed at a cost of $100,000. Money came from basin dockage receipts.
The Sailing Club building was built in 1980 with later additions, all financed by the sale of debenture bonds authorized by the state. The membership has now invested well over $250,000 in the clubhouse, with additional funds in the grounds and most of the labor from the membership. The club signed a lease with the city in 1979-80 for the half acre occupied by the club house. This lease also expires in 2028. The membership has now paid about $63,000 for use of this land. Sadler recently donated $3,000 to the city recreation department. The club pays the city a sewer fee and Sadler and the club pay for drinking water.