On my tombstone it shall be inscribed, OIL- MULE GOT HIS SHARE!
Now for some casual observations;
Most boats of all stripe spent over 90%+ of their time tied up at the pier, not under weigh, that being said, seems like living space and access is a very important aspect of boating
. It is hard to grow old on a sailboat, unless a catamaran
because of the steep steps needed to go down into the cave. Foot for food
, as a general rule
there is a lot more usable living space on a power boat
Now as a boater for most of my 63 years, I have observed sailboaters that seem to power everywhere they go. I do not doubt that many of you here do not fit that description, but that is my observation.
I spoke to a sailor a few days ago that looked on my Mainship with envy as I looked on his 32 Valiant with envy. He had had the boat for a long time and I commented that i came very close to going with a sail boat. He replied, "You did exactly the right thing. We are trying to get from here (Tampa) to Pensacola
and the wind
has been right on our nose. It seems like it as that way most of the time anytime we are sailing. I wish we had a fuel efficient cruiser-trawler."
I did not have the $ for a George Bueller Diesel Duck but that is my dream boat. Gallon an hour @ 8 knots and long range. Easy to live aboard and so forth. Manufactures do not produce affordable full displacement
trawlers, and there are not any to speak of out there older and used. My 34 Mainship was a close as I could come. She has 250 hp Cummins and I am hoping for 3-4 nmpg or so. At 9-10 knots expect to burn 3 gallons an hour and anything beyond that is gravy. She has a semi- displacement hull
, pretty flat near the stern with a skeg and sharp deadrise the closer to the bow you go.
So there you have it, from my perspective. Last summer I made the decision to go with power after years of deliberation and so far I am not sorry. I have cold ac, adequate living space and no desire to intentionally test mother nature, but a boat seaworthy
enough (hopefully) to bring me in if I get caught out there. This boat is called a "coastal cruiser" for a reason. She is perfect for island hopping and should have a safe 6 to 8 hundred mile range.
Now if I can just finish working on it and start using it.