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Old 06-03-2007, 09:53   #1
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Im beginning to wonder about sailboats

primarily like why did people buy them?
Deep down they wanted a powerboat

Im sure sailing is mostly just a romantic notion in 2007.....maybe...Captn Bligh and all that...I live on the water 6-7 months of the year or so.
There are sail boats everywhere.... a few guys use em nearly everyday as commuters....putt into the marina....putt back out...

Mostly though they sit bobbing about with the ropes getting covered in otter $hit.....and pigeon gifts.

When the venerable old sailors come down to the dock on the weekend they always "look" like sailors.... but they always motor out....then motor out of the Bay ....and always motor back...70% of the time I only see sailboats under power rather than sail . [Thats a good thing really....at least that way I know they are going in a straight line.]

Im surrounded by sailboats at my blessed little floating hovel....The damn things never move....Bless em...The one chap is down every second day to wash his baby....but never untied the damn lines.Sure looks nice though

Now while I appreciate a man and his dreams and his toys...I'm going to re-define most sail boaters as just guys with white sneakers and silly hats ...who own funny looking powerboats.












disclaimer:The above comment is purely opinionated,silly,and fictional and bears no resemblence to anyone living or dead , real or implied ,and is meant for entertainment and trolling purposes only
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Old 06-03-2007, 10:41   #2
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Is that a cal 34 on the right?
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:25   #3
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Powerboats were invented for people not smart enough to learn to sail :-)
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:31   #4
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Is that a cal 34 on the right?
I think so....and right behind me is a 36 Endevour which is a beautiful boat...
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:57   #5
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Powerboats are prefered by MOST woman.

Powerboats have more room for plants and stuff.

For fishing a powerboat is more friendly, especially when it's so far off shore (Tuna).

Powerboats generate a lot of electrical power for all those electrical toys.

Powerboats just have an ignition key and a shift/throttle lever. No thinking/knowledge of the sea required.

Powerboats are EZ'r to sell to the general public.

Powerboats support the oil companies.

Powerboats hold more ice & beer.

Powerboats can run AC 24/7

Powerboats are more fun to people who've never been on a boat.

Powerboats are great for watersports.

Powerboats go on trailers real EZ.

I like power boats, but I love sailboats! Especially when I can travel thousands of miles with just a few gallons of fuel.........................._/)
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Old 06-03-2007, 13:02   #6
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Ok stop it!

You guys are pickin' on me again! *humph*



Her calculated range with the 80 gallons tanks is as follow:
At 5.1 kn. (6 mph): 1360 NM,
At 6 kn. (7 mph): 800 NM
At 7 kn. (8 mph): 465 NM


It does have a mast! Does that count?
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Old 06-03-2007, 13:28   #7
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Powerboats are prefered by MOST woman.

Powerboats have more room for plants and stuff.

Powerboats generate a lot of electrical power for all those electrical toys.

I like power boats, but I love sailboats! Especially when I can travel thousands of miles with just a few gallons of fuel.........................._/)
Delmarrey stole the words right out of my mouth... I was actually amazed at how any "power" toys I ended up with after having been a full-time power boater and a sailor only on 2 to 3 week long vacations with friends. Years ago when I decided I was "destined" to be on the water and switched to my very own sailboat... it took all of one trip at anchor in the Grenadines with depleted battery stores that I became all too familiar with the Amp-Hour bible. However, I have never run out of fuel!
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Old 06-03-2007, 14:22   #8
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Powerboats are prefered by MOST woman.
I can't rightfully comment on that, I've never sailed. I have asked a friend of ours at the marina to take me out sailing though. Just have to clear 3 days to go - 1 day to motor to good sailing waters - Kingston is prob. the closest at 120 KM away...(takes a day to motor their for our friends....up river against a strong current.) 1 day of sailing and a day back...although going with the current we might get back in less than a day.

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Really? Never seen a live plant on a powerboat...

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For fishing a powerboat is more friendly, especially when it's so far off shore (Tuna).
I have to agree with that...not so much because of the tuna, but because I can't cast worh sh*t. I have "caught" a couple of nice sailboats at the marina, though.

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Powerboats generate a lot of electrical power for all those electrical toys.
Toys? I can have toys? Rick never said anything about toys..... The only "appliance" we have attempted to use is a coffee machine and what a waste of money that was...tooke 90 mins to brew a pot, so now we just boail water and run iot though a filter.

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Powerboats just have an ignition key and a shift/throttle lever. No thinking/knowledge of the sea required.
Now that's a little harsh! We still have to know about currents and their affects, need to follow charts and watch the weather understand tides etc etc. Granted some feel like it is not a requirement, but those are the ones that we read about in the news.

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Powerboats are EZ'r to sell to the general public.
Very true. The salesmen use the point mentioned above, I'm sure.

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Powerboats support the oil companies.
Sadly, very true. However, you do what you gotta do to enjoy cruising. Probably why we have no plants or toys on our boat!

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Powerboats hold more ice & beer.
Not sure about that...a sixpack fills our little fridge and the cooler of ice is annoying to have to keep moving around. But those bottles of wine are even worse! We stopped stocking our boat with beer and wine a couple of years ago. Guests will just have to settle for Captain Morgans!

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Powerboats can run AC 24/7
We can?? **mental note to self - flog the captain for not telling me we can have AC!**

Actually, we don't have AC at home or on the boat. Never really missed it until last summer when we had some day tempts in the 40 - 50 deg C range. However, there were probably 10 boats tied up around us...some larger and some the same size and only 2 of them had AC on board. I do understand that if we explore tropical waters in a few years we may need to get it, but I don;t see us running it 24/hr per day.

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Powerboats are more fun to people who've never been on a boat.
I think that could go both ways. Sailboats are probably more fun to people who have never been on a power boat. When you have no basis of comparison, then you enjoy the experience on the water. That's really what cruising is about.

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Powerboats are great for watersports.
No denying that, even if you don't partake.

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Powerboats go on trailers real EZ.
I can't tell if this is supposed to be a serious statement or not.....if it is, well, that's not exactly been our experience. Even our smaller cuddy needed 2 people to properly get it on the trailer and our current boat needs one person in the water at the stern and one at the bow (usually on dry land) to properly load. Now Rick has done it before on his own when I have been travelling and it was OK...he said the strange angle helped keep the snow from settling on the top...

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I like power boats, but I love sailboats! Especially when I can travel thousands of miles with just a few gallons of fuel.........................._/)
Believe me, we are envious! It might be different if we lived in or near waters that were sail friendly. The St Lawrence River is too narrow in most places to lend itself to sailing, so if we want to be out on the water we really only have one choice. The work, the skill for us, is not an issue. We are starting to take courses to ensure we have what we need to safely enjoy the cruising lifestyle for many years.

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Unlike Capct, I'd re-define most sail boaters as just guys (or trawlers) with;
"excellent (high) antenna extensions"
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Old 06-03-2007, 14:29   #10
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Lori? Go ahead and flog Rick anyway ... you KNOW he probably deserves it.


CapCT? Those Endeavours ARE beautiful ... aren't they!
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Powerboats just have an ignition key and a shift/throttle lever. No thinking/knowledge of the sea required.


This is a good thing?????????????????????
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Old 06-03-2007, 15:23   #12
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Most power boats in my area did not leave the dock this past summer. Most sail boats did. I would hate making payments on a boat that MAY lose it's value faster due to fuel costs.
Just for the record I do like power boats.
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I think so....and right behind me is a 36 Endevour which is a beautiful boat...
I wonder what kind of motor it has. hmmm
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PV - 4108 probably - 52 hp diesel .. probably burns a little less than 3/4 gal/hr. and makes 5.5 kns. Not bad... WHEN you have to use it.
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