Re: Lake Norman
not to be nudge, but there are cons to the Lake Norman sailing thoughts presented.
It is a power boat and PWC and water skiing paradise. The week days are awesome for sailing (weekends not so much) and plenty of gunkholes, but the marinas are very expenses, services (some require cranes, as few yards are equipped to haul and store, or if they do, very $$) even more so and traffic to and fro is as bad as NoVA on weekends, especially race weekends. Lake side restaraunts are excellent but again, quite pricey.
The water level is still down quite a bit from the last decade and some previously available areas are now quite shallow (east end of the lake nearest I77, where St Barts yachts used to be), not sure why the power companies have left it low so long.
I would definitely visit and check the prices of housing, slippage and yacht clubs before committing to a move. As Bio says, there are always sailboats for sale, many because the sailing there is not what people expect and so different than what the coast will offer. Really depends on the type and style of sailing and social scene you are looking for. He is dead on that most yacht clubs are expensive, very. This is the area of the big dogs of racing, not just the NASCAR guys, but cars, dragsters, boats, airplanes and such. Not for the feint of heart. Prices on almost everything reflect that.
Yacht clubs are an option, but pricey, especially if you do not live in the area/subdivision nearby.