Boat Launch Options
At the Club The club's only option is an asphalt ramp for launching boats on trailers. The lake level can vary by up to six feet, from a high of 100 feet above sea level in the spring to a low of 94 feet in late summer or fall. The depth at the end of the ramp can vary accordingly, from about eight feet at high water to about two feet at low water. In addition, the ramp angle is somewhat shallow so it is advisable to have a trailer tongue extender so the trailer may be rolled far enough into the water for the boat to float off. The maximum draft launchable from this ramp is probably about 2.5 to 3.5 feet.
Shelburne Shipyard, located in Shelburne Bay about 1.8 road-miles north of the club, has a travelift and can launch boats of almost any size and draft.
Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, located on the Burlington waterfront about 4.5 NM north of the club, has a two-ton hoist that can launch trailerable keelboats that have an appropriate lift ring or harness, including J/24s and Etchells.