Originally Posted by Teknav
Wind power...errr...sailing would be less painful on the wallet; life is a trade-off.
Go sail around the San Juan Islands
state and let us know about fuel
savings. If you buy a sailboat in the PNW don't forget an engine survey
, if the boats been used there at all it'll need it. The sails
won't exactly be blown out either if ya know what I mean.
Let's not even talk about the cost of standing and running rigging
etc. Hardly "free" power, lower overall cost for a world cruiser. If long distance cruising in the tropics I'd go sail. Sailing in the PNW is called motor
sailing. Most of them have the sails up without being luffed.
And for the record
the absolute cheapest part of boat ownership
is fuel. Look at the avatar, that's a planing hull
with a moderately cammed 350 V-8. My fuel cost is a non factor and that boat leaves the dock
much more often than most folks boats.