Originally Posted by John Holbrook
Jsta no "motorsailer" that can beat has the room of a modern recreational trawler because you can't fit a decent upwind capable rig and trawler superstructure on the same boat. Most modern sailboats can make the same speeds as a motorsailer under power when the wind dies. Motorsailers aren't common because they sail worse than a sailboat and don't motor any better than a sailboat. Nordhavn's motorsailer hasn't been a success.
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Ya know, I've owned sailboats including my first cruiser which has was a Morgan
41. I've also owned a trawler. Loved to room, but what a crappy ride. Say what you want. I've heard it before and even "he doesn't know nothing, he owns a motorsailer" on this forum, but it's obvious to me that you at least have never been aboard an IT40 or 46. I have a bathtub in my boat factory installed. A walk around queen bed
. I hold 600 gallons of fuel if I want, and I can sail upwind too. Maybe not as fast as you, but I get there. I have the best of both worlds with my motorsailer. It is the perfect boat for the Caribbean
and cruising. Had mine now for 8 years. No way I'd part with her. I will be at the Antigua
Classic.. Maybe you should come aboard and have a look, and we can even go for a sail if you would like.. I will be with crew of Guiding Light.