Originally Posted by shadow
the true difference between a Pilot House and Motor
Motor Sailor (in this part of the world) is really an old fashioned term, well from 30 odd years ago. Dates back from when most sailing boats had engines designed to be only used as auxilliaries and not to drive the boat at hull speed
on passages - due to small engine
size and low power
. Engines were not as compact as nowadays / sailing boats not really designed around having an engine
- well, not a powerful one (which back then equalled large and heavy in size!).
Motor Sailer essentially meant a sailing boat that could
undertake passages under power at hull speed
, including in adverse weather
by having a large and heavy enough engine. The trade
off to being able to carry a large and powerful enough motor was a design that meant less than optimum sailing performance. and the designed balance between sail and power on a Motor Sailer varied enourmously from 80 Sail / 20 Power to 50/50 to 20 / 80
......depending on the market the builder
Sailing from inside was more of a later invention. A Wheelhouse or simple hard shelter originally as an addition to a Motorsailer
........but as engines became lighter and smaller (for the same power) from being more Marine
designed and less marinised truck
off from sailing ability to acheive hull
speed under power on passage
became less........with "Pilothouse" being the name adopted to distance from the more "old fashioned" sounding Motor Sailer, which by then also meant "sailed more slowly" (fairly or not. I think mostly fairly!). And I guess "Pilothouse" means more likley to be sailed from inside whearas the MotorSailer
was perhaps more about being motored from inside (if it had an inside to steer from!).
My 30' Seadog was sold as a "Motor Sailer" (I prefer the term "Gentleman's Yacht"
)......and she does not
have an inside steering
position (albeit a Non-yachty fixed windscreen and a bulkhead helm).......30 years ago was hard to fit a Perkins
4107 into a more pure sailing sailing yacht. And I suspect the buyers back then would simply not have wanted an engine that size....for a yacht.