Expanding on my previous post, I have gone the "big and fast" route
and understand the attraction. I do sometimes miss tearing around at 20 knots with a ****-eating grin on my face. However, we chose the "slow and easy" approach for several reasons.
. Our boat and rig cost about $300 to put together. The recent addition of a Honda
2.3 OB added another $1000. The OB weighs 30 lbs so does not require an expensive hoist to mount.
. This was probably the main reason we chose a rowing dink. Cruisers complain constantly about not getting enough exercise. What better exercise than rowing?
3. Theft. We don't have to stress out too much when we leave our plywood
dink and bamboo oars tied to dock
while we explore ashore. Especially if we can find a RIB
with 15 horses to tie next to.
4 Simplicity. We don't worry about the outboard
crapping out when we are exploring. If there's wind
we sail. If there's not we row. If we are using the OB to explore further afield and it dies, we can row home. The boat rows as fast as it motors so this is not a great inconvenience.
5. Durability. We fear no coral
6. The cool factor. We get a lot of thumbs up and grins from the locals when we sail by with our bamboo rig and poly-tarp sail.
7. The fun factor. It's a blast to have a small sailboat to fart around in at anchor
Of course, it all comes down to personal preference and cruising style. We are definitely in the minority but I thought the other end of the spectrum should get some bandwidth so the OP doesn't get the impression that "bigger is better" is the only way to go.