We thought long and hard about a trawler
ourselves. We like them, actually. My career was on boats with engines. Sailing is relatively new to me.
But when we realized what it would cost us to actually go anywhere, with diesel averaging about six bucks a US gallon here, it just didn't make sense.
Maybe when we retire from sailing we'll look at trawlers again. If I could find the right motorsailor, I could live with that. But they all have too much draft
for our waters. Too limiting.
I guess a Catalac
12M is pretty much close to a motorsailor, in many regards. She sails
better than any of the monohull
motorsailers we've seen, though. We've done 7 to 8 knots all day with the main, Genoa
and one 35 hp Yanmar
burning a half gallon an hour.
And she's solid, with a solid rig that is not under a lot of stress, compariatively speaking. It's kinda like sailing an old English
three bedroom, two bath cottage.