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.

Other Options

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.


LCYC is a member-run yacht club located in a sheltered cove on the southwest shore of Shelburne Bay in Shelburne, Vermont, USA. We offer moorings, activities, and community for our members, most of whom own a sailboat or powerboat. The object of the Club is to promote and encourage boating and sailing on Lake Champlain, while emphasizing racing, cruising, and education, without financial gain. Click here if you are interested in joining LCYC!

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Lake Champlain offers some of the best freshwater cruising in North America. The beautiful scenery and charming lakeside destinations make it a great place to explore. LCYC organizes several rendezvous events. Spontaneous cruising events also materialize throughout the season. We have a number of scheduled events planned for the summer season. Cruisers are out and about just about every weekday and weekend throughout the summer.

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Lake Champlain Yacht Club has an active junior sailing program, open to all children ages 8-17. We use Optimist prams and Flying Junior dinghies for instruction and racing. Full and half-day sessions are offered for all ability levels over an eight week period each summer. All of our Instructors are US Sailing certified and have extensive experience. We also typically have two race weeks during the summer, the Lake Champlain Champ Chase Regatta and we travel to Lake George for the Cheeseburger Regatta!

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