Some other thoughts to a classic issue:
- a sailboat is much more stable than a powerboat in that size range because of the deep keel
. I've been on powerboats (34 ft. Sea Ray) at anchor
and they bob and twist. My 34 ft. sailboat simply doesn't. If you can handle that, fine.
2. Tradeoff is space.
3. MPG is a nonsense term for measuring fuel consumption
, to me. GPH is much more realistic. A powerboat goes faster, so the GPH could be the same or better depending on the engine
compared to distance and fuel used. My 21 hp diesel engine
uses better than 0.5 gph, but it only goes 6 knots. You have to "Do the math" in any comparisons.
4. My F-I-L lives on Vancouver Island, so I know the area. You'll want/need a good heating
system. Consider what is available for gas powered boats before you decide, although I'm sure they are there, I just am more familiar with diesel
systems. Those can also use kerosene which would work on a gas engine boat. A sturdy electrical system
for exptended anchoring
is also required, many times not available on older powerboats. You'd have to design and install a good hefty electrical system
if you bought an older powerboat, 'cuz the electrical
systems were designed to marina hop, not anchor
out for extended periods.
5. Lots of it depends on what you like and can live with. Having had experiences with both, you are the only person able to make that decision. All of our input is just icing on the cake.
6. Limited sailing that area due to the realityies of the weather
Good luck on your choices.