Selecting a sailboat involves more than buying a boat which has 
appealing lines and is priced right.  Many new sailors come to our lake 
who have just purchased a boat and are excited about learning to sail. 
They often find that they have the one boat of its type on the lake,
and that their options for use are limited.  They soon discern that 
there is a camaraderie among sailors, but those sailors that belong
to a fleet of similiar boats(a 'class') often seem to have an appealing 
'esprit de corp', an excitement about this sport, lacking in other sailors.

     How much better to have purchased a boat which offers personal 
growth potential, satisfaction, recreation, excitement and just fun 
for the owners and crew!  These new sailors should have "looked 
before they leaped" when purchasing a boat.

But, how does one pick a particular class of sailboat?

     A FAMILY BOAT?  Are you looking for a boat that provides 
enough space so that you can take two adults, perhaps a couple of 
children, or perhaps four adults an accession? (Many new sailors 
have the experience of introducing their children to sailing only
to have the children become so enthusiastic that the parents are 
replaced as skipper and/or crew.  This family may then become a two boat
family with the second boat often smaller and capable of being sailed by
one person.)

     A CRUISING BOAT?  Many people want a boat that they can 
trailer and, when reaching their destination just sail around and 
"cruise" exploring new areas and just plain enjoying the relaxation 
of the sailing environment - wind, water, sun, sound, and motion.

     Cruising and family boats must be comfortable, functional, 
not too complicated to sail, with a large enough sail to provide 
power in light winds and easily controlled in moderate to heavy
sailing conditions.  This describes a Rebel.

     A RACING BOAT?  Persons new to sailing often look at racing as 
something they do not want to do. It looks complicated, crowded on 
the water, unnecessary competition, and not immediately inviting 
because there 'must be so much to learn".  The fact is, once started 
sailing, whether it be cruising or for family activities, sailors
decide they want to learn how to sail so that they handle their boat 
with ease, and in safety. Racing turns out to be a method through 
which one learns to sail and makes friends among sailors who are 
interested, willing, and anxious to help the neophyte master this 
new sport.

     Racing is often the next step after cruising.  BUT, 
there is RACING, and there is RACING!

     Most sailors race for the enjoyment of sailing, and the desire 
to win.  But they place as much emphasis on the experience of sailing, 
on the exhilaration that comes from controlling the boat and
harnessing the energy of wind and water and on the camaraderie,
recreation, enjoyment, and the sense of peace, quietness and 
solitude one has when leaving the dock in any sailboat.  
These sailors want to win, they try to win, but they do not
initially give sailing the concentration that winning racing
requires.  It is as part of this group that you will likely find 
yourself associated soon after you start sailing.  The Rebel makes
an easy transition from cruising to racing for those who want to
make the move.

     Then there is Racing.  This "racing" is for those who sail 
with enthusiasm, excitement, determination, concentration, 
attention to detail ... and at the same time continue to enjoy 
racing from THE original perspective, that of enjoyment and
recreation.  Many become "racers' after substantial experience
in a sailboat.  Some never become this type of 'racer', by choice.

     A CLASS ASSOCIATION?  Buying a sailboat means you want to do 
more than turn an the ignition and start the engine ... roaring
away from the dock and hopefully not running into somebody or 
something ... a favorite gripe about "stinkpotters" by those
of us who are "rag-sailors"!  You will want to learn to sail well.  
The membership of your local Rebel fleet (generally one of several 
fleets in a local sailing club or yacht club) will help you learn
to sail and provide an organization to develop and implement a local 
sailing program from which to sample activities.

     The parent Rebel Class Association is composed of Rebel fleets 
from several different states.  It undertakes programs to benefit 
all member sailors, provides a common voice with which to speak to 
the REBEL builder and represent Rebel sailors among the sailing fraternity.
A strong Association provides an intangible value to-each Rebel owner which 
is reflected in perceived value of the boat, important at resale time. 
It is a source of expertise, skill, and friendship.

     The Rebel merits strong consideration in the boat buying decision of a 
prospective boat owner - because of its appeal as a family and cruising boat, 
and for its solid appeal as a racing boat.  With appealing lines and sail 
silhouette, strong Class Association, and versatility, the Rebel is terrific!

     This was first written in 1988 and is still true today with one addition.
The new Mark V Rebel is self rescuing !!