Keelboats are boats that are approximately 7 metres in length and up. They are most often kept in the water throughout the sailing season, and depending on the local climate, are hauled out of the water for the winter. Whether you want to race or cruise, there are many different types of keelboats and cruising boats to suit your needs.
Keelboat sailors often have skills in navigation and marine radio practices. They know how to drop anchors and operate engines when their boats are not using wind power, for instance when leaving or approaching the dock.
Below deck, keelboats can feature range of amenities like kitchens, sleeping berths and washrooms. These features make keelboats great for day sails, for longer trips exploring lakes and rivers, and for “offshore” sailing on the open seas. Some sailors even live aboard their keelboats!
Learning to sail a keelboat is a great entry point into sailing for adults. Keele Boat and Cruise Program helps new and developing keelboat sailors build a wide range of skills, including racing and cruising. Many keelboat owners participate in Club Racing at their home clubs and regional, national, and international regattas.