Sail or Power?


What type and size boat fits the recreational activities you desire?

If you already enjoy boating, you probably already know if you are a “stinkpot” lover or a sailor at heart. But you may not yet know just which type and size boat will meet your recreational goals—or fit your budget. The sites below can help you consider all the options.

A tip if you’re not a boater yet, or can’t decide whether you want to sail or motor.

Becoming part of a local boating club before you buy is a smart thing to do. Become involved with the right group, and you’ll learn about all types of boats, learn how to become a good crewmember, and generally gain your “sea legs.” The links below under “Find a boat club” can help you find one in your area.

What type of boat is right for you?

Find Your Boat, a page from, provides descriptions of various types of powerboats and sailboats. You can select boats by activities, passengers, boat length, propulsion, and trailerable.

Boat Buyer's Guide. This guide raises questions to consider in choosing the right boat. It’s from Boat U.S., the Boat Owners Association of the United States (

Information about sailboats has lots of information about sailboats and sailing. Types of Boats describes various categories and types of sailboats.

Choosing the Right Sailboat for You provides tips that will help you decide what type of sailboat fits your needs.

Information about power boats Sponsored by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, this site offers introductory information and numerous articles about power boating, links to other power boating sites, an international calendar of boat shows, and other information on safety, maintenance, and boat owners education.

Find a boat club

The US Sailing Association provides a search by state or zip code and lists sailing clubs, yacht clubs and other organizations.

United States Power Squadrons is a non-profit organization of boating enthusiasts who emphasize boating education and service to the community. Members belong to many local power and sail squadrons. They provide a search program to help you locate local squadrons.

In addition there are hundreds of boating clubs with a Web presence. A good way to locate other clubs near you is to enter "boating clubs" plus the name of your city and state on the search line of your favorite search engine.

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