Choosing the right boat for you is a highly personal decision. Your perfect boat will depend on your physical characteristics, your sailing style and your intended use for the boat. We recommend that everyone delay the purchase of a boat until they have been a associated with the Club for a while and get an opportunity to try a few different types of boats and meet the people who sail the different them. We also recommend that you participate as crew in our weekend and Wednesday night Club Races. However, most people are understandably anxious to own and sail their own boat. We have seen many new sailors make very big and expensive mistakes by purchasing a boat that is inappropriate for their intended use or is inappropriate for the inland lake conditions under which we sail. In order to help new members avoid such mistakes we have made a short list of three recommended boats for use at Privateer Yacht Club. All of these boats perform very well in Lake Chickamauga and all have active fleets in Privateer Yacht Club.
Purchasing a boat that has an active fleet has several advantages. The fleet will help teach you about the boat and how to sail it. They will also encourage your participation in fleet and club activities.
All of these recommended boats can be purchased new or used at a reasonable price and all have good resale value and a ready market if you decide that you would like to move on to another boat.