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Old 14-12-2007, 11:02   #1
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Doing my homework

Seasons Greeting from BC.... I'm new here but I've been an active sailor for most of my life, owned a few small day sailboats and chartered over a dozen on the west coast and in Europe. Now I'm starting to look for something larger to cruise and live aboard (on the "wet-coast"). My heart say sail (passion and high cost of fuel) and my head say power-trawler (comfort and space)... This has lead me to the possible comprimise of a motor-sailer... can anyone give me a few suggestions on a good boat (size28-38')... and the pros Vs cons... real life experiences etc.


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Old 14-12-2007, 15:34   #2
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Aloha Paddle,
Motor-Sailors are a compromise. They don't do either job extremely efficiently but can be very comfortable and if you motor and sail at the same time will be more economical in saving you fuel.
Look on all the usual websites selling boats and you should be able to find some picutes and information.
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We have a Sceptre 41 saloon pilothouse sailboat. Built in BC. Nice boats. They sail well in both heavy air and light. Probably more than you need if you plan on staying in the PNW but a very sound boat. Motors along at 7 to 8 knots and very comfortable below. There were built custom so there are alot of different layouts. Just need to find one that suits. I would consider a power boat for the PNW more confort but more $$$$.
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paddlebc - Good luck on your search. A motorsailer may very well be the right vessel. One thing about a powerboat underway is that you should have plenty of heat available.
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