Westsail374, while all sailing auxilliaries are used
as motorsailers from time to time, IMO there is nevertheless more than a semantical difference. In traditional terms, a motorsailer
is designed with an emphasis on and compromises tending towards motoring capability rather than sailing ability. The motorsailer
will often have a larger diesel
, greater tankage and perhaps even a hull
design that makes motoring over distances more practical. These same attributes, of course, add weight and can compromise ultimate sailing capability.
The Nordhaven, for example, has a hull
design with flat sections aft (that reduces rolling when sails
are not up), huge windage and a keel
that will provide very little lift
- design attributes that virtually guarantee that one will have to motorsail to make any significant progress to windward. A Corbin 39, however, will be less effective under power (a rounded underbody, significant rocker and a canoe stern all reduce stability under power); however, a fin keel
and moderate beam contribute to making her a very good sailer.
Florence, the problem with Pilothouse boats that are, as you put it 'dog friendly' - i.e., very few steps on the companionway
ladder, is that you will end up with a cockpit
that is essentially useless for operating the boat. The Bruckman 50, shown earlier, would likely meet your needs, but one is unable to see over the pilothouse from the cockpit
For most of us who live in, or sail in moderate or warmer climates, the pilothouse becomes the area to steer the boat in inclement weather
only. I know that was the case with my last boat as, unless bad weather
forced me below, I vastly preferred to be outdoors with access to not only a wheel
, but also all sail control lines when I was helming the boat. If you suspect that you are the same, you are really limited to pilothouse boats with a flush deck
- this permits one to see over the pilothouse from the cockpit without standing up. To see what I am talking about, look at the Corbin 39 and my previous boat, the Cartwright 36 Pilothouse (post #81). To my eyes, flush deck
pilothouse boats also are prettier, or at least, more balanced in appearance than boats with a pilothouse stuck on top of the coach roof.