Originally Posted by Jim Cate
Say, I bet that the 747 will beat your ketch reaching, running or sailing off a waterfall too.
I've noticed that lots of cruisers say things like your quote, but in reality, many desirable cruising destinations seem to be upwind of where folks start out. So, if you want to go there, you either gotta sail upwind or motor
Some of those destinations are a long way away, too, and perhaps beyond your tankage range. When you face this sort of situation, a boat that does well to windward will seem more important than some internet
wisdom about voyaging in a 747.
Every cruiser has to make decisions when choosing his boat. If a ketch lights your candle, that's fine with me. And some of them (ie Nick's Deerfoot) go like hell, but few can afford and/or find such an unusual vessel.
Hope that you all find the boat of your dreams, and that the dreams are a good fit to reality.
All good points. I will just add that some ketches motorsail to weather
much better than most boats sail to weather
, and have been designed to do so for long periods of time with large tankage. I bet my boat would out point even yours if I can turn on my engine
and you can't. And with 450 gallons of tankage she will happily point very high and keep moving very fast for a very long time, expending little fuel
at low RPM
. Maybe not the cheapest, most simple and dependable way to move a boat to weather, but it sure works good!