Introduction

Since 1935, the 18-foot Interlake has provided comfortable daysailing to families and exciting competition to one-design racers. The durable fiberglass hull is easily trailered and rigged, with several deck styles available to fit your sailing personality. Interlake owners associate in organized Fleets throughout Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Virginia and Maryland (link to Google map), and, as you’ll see on these pages, support each other through the Interlake Sailing Class Association to maintain the enduring success of the class. You can check the Interlake Neighborhood page for an idea of how far-flung Interlake ownership has become.

You should keep your own goals in mind when choosing your level of involvement. Fortunately, the Interlake is durable and versatile enough that you can use the same boat for many purposes. If you want a social dimension to your sailing, and an established group of friends to sail with, learn from, and race against, you’ll want to contact the fleet captain of the fleet nearest you, or the class vice-president for your region (they live for your calls!) for the low down on how to join a club and fleet, local fleet activities, and boats forsale. You can find lots of this information browsing our website, but our members are always your best and most current source of information, and they’d be happy to hear from you by phone or e-mail.

Families Under Sail What you can see best here at the Web site are pictures of different Interlakes in action, on our Picture Gallery page and elsewhere. You’ll see the different deck styles – molded seat with aft deck, molded seat extended to the transom, and the “racing deck” (take the name with a grain of salt – boats with seated decks win the National Championship regularly). You can also see the manageable size of the boat’s spinnaker, and the variety of successful crew combinations in size, age, and gender.

Scan our Classifieds and Boatbuilder pages to see what current prices look like for new and used boats. Keep in mind that, in addition to the boat and spars, you’ll need a suit of sails, a trailer, and safety equipment before you hit the water (most used boats come with sails and trailer). Find some tips for looking over a used Interlake in our How To Evaluate A Used Interlake article. While Interlakes of all vintages are surprisingly even in performance, you might want to talk to an experienced racer in your area for tips on what to look for in a boat, if you intend to race. For family daysailing anywhere, an Interlake with one of the molded seat decks is your best choice.

If you’ve checked out the pages highlighted above, you’ll have a pretty good idea now of where you might sail, what an Interlake for your purposes might cost, and who you can talk to in your area. You can also read a sketch of the history of the Interlake Class, and a description of its design and sailing qualities, on our history page, and see the membership benefits and dues information for the Interlake Sailing Class Association on the Membership Info page. When you’re up and sailing, you can refer to the Tuning and Tips page for guidance on getting your best performance on the racecourse. Finally, for sea lawyers, masochists, and insomniacs, see the resource section for the Interlake Class By-Laws and Specifications.

We hope this section has been helpful to you. You can and should compare the Interlake to the other One-Design sailing classes that may be active in your area.  If you think that an Interlake may be a fit for you, let us know and we’ll be happy to help!