Originally Posted by psneeld
As long as people have money
..meaning not depending on free wind
...there will be power boats. .
That was my main point fer sure; The rich will always have money
. And people able to sell their homes and reinvest in a boat. Folks who must rely on bank financing
? We know they're in trouble already. I haven't seen any sign that that will change here in the US in the near future. We've seen that a radical change in politics wasn't the answer. Nor will it change things much imho if we do a radical switch back or not.
I agree with the folks who called the thread based on a silly question. You know power/sail when you start looking if you have any experience at all. I don't care what size your vessel, sailing is much more physical work than powerboating. There was a poster here a few days back who started out wanting a "first large ship." Within days, he'd switched to a big sailing cat. He sounded like a singlehander. Let's hope he's able to handle it. He's moving up from a small Bayliner so he has a lot of education ahead.
Cat Man Do has hung in there in the debate. We know, or could know, that he's been there and done that on sailing cats. His needs/wants have evolved to include a king size bed
, and we all suspect that's about keeping the wife happy and so fing what? Who among us small boat relative "have nots" wouldn't want a clothes washer and a watermaker
? Too large cruising hassles made far easier. This isn't the micro-budget thread.
Another interesting post pointed out that numbers of sailboats are traveling the ICW
with masts down. Makes sense to me, but the poster has also noticed (many?) sailboats with no masts aboard at all. That's a development I was unaware of. In fact I kinda wonder if the masts are stored in a yard in Lauderdale or Miami
to be stepped when past all those goddamn bridges while the boats do their seasonal transit? That doesn't sound real dumb either. I've sailed the ICW
plenty but the bridges take the fun out of it.
Zee- I mean this in the CF "be nice" way: I'd call BS on you about the sailing being so wonderful and exhilarating in 60+ knots and 20' seas except that you seem generally so goofy it might be true. How often have you actually enjoyed that on purpose
? I don't see the fun of watching things break or worrying about it. And break they do.
But no one will believe you get 7 kts with a used diesel
moving all that boat on a couple of shots of fuel an hour. And 3 kts in a light breeze under sail with your boat seems a little unlikely too.