Aha - the old ragbag versus stinkpotter debate. I knew I would see this sooner or later on this site Arghhhh!
Well- I'm both and have been all my life and enjoy both and the people who own them.
I think the main difference in powerboating and sailing is stinkpots are mostly - I say MOSTLY not always - used to get or go somewhere or enjoy a watersport like fishing
, skiing etc. whereas to sailors it is not so much arriving at your destination
as the getting to it that counts and the enjoying the voyage. The experiences in the harbour afterwards are usually an enjoying of the sail and port well made.
In my observations I would say it is about even as to sailors or powerboaters who don't leave the dock
very often. The reasons for this are many but I think mostly come down to the boat being a floating cottage more than lack of knowledge. I have met both sail and power idiots on the water and at dock so neither has a proprietry claim to being more knowledgable or capable. In Canada
, the Power Boating and sail squadron has a more extensive education program than does the Canadian Sailing Associtation which mostly focuses on navigation
. Some would say this is because sailors have a higher self taught level of knowledge than power boaters to begin with - don't know. I do know that there are many capable power boaters out there as well as sailors.
Perhaps the one thing that helps one choose sailing over power boating is the dream of going 'out there' for long periods which is mostly only accomplished by sailing or in a trawler
- which is what alot of older sailors switch to anyhow.
One thing that I think both sides of the debate can agree on is the dislike of noisy and sometime dangerous personal water craft handled by unknowledgable and inconsiderate operators - notice they are called operators - not boaters or sailors.