I talked to a couple of people in the last year who had been sailors and prefered it but switched to motor
because of the time factor. One of them had a very fast craft and he talked about going to a destination
in a matter of hours that I might take a couple of days getting to. However he burned as much fuel in that one week as I would in a year.
On the island where I now live there is a gas station that sells dyed diesel
for boats and farm vehicles. I fill up a couple of 20 litre cans and haul them to the boat. At about 90c per litre the effort is worth it when compared to the 1.20 I paid at the last deisel dock
The winds are not to be counted on in the salish sea so when I have someone on board on a schedule sometomes there's nothing for it but to fire up the iron genny but I can't say as I enjoy it nearly as much.
I've heard so many numbers relating to the overall cost of ownership
and so far it seems to me to be a function of who you are, what you're willing to do and what you're willing to put up with and how well put together your boat was in the first place but at the cost of diesel
I'm just glad to have a boat that doesn't move too much water
and can go somewhere without burning too much of it.