Hi, smdat, and welcome to the forum.
We're now 7 months into our little liveaboard
cruising adventure and having a great time. Sure, there really is that "2 per cent of the time of sheer terror" (we had a bit of that a few days ago coming into Beaufort
NC when the 10 to 15 knots of wind turned into 30+ and the 2 to 4 foot seas turned into 10 to 12). Actually, it was fine and the boat took it all in stride -- it was just a bit of a surprise to us and we found out what we hadn't properly secured! However, that 2 per cent just helps you appreciate the other 98 that much more.
The whole business of power vs sail: We did sail, but I certainly appreciate the attractiveness of power. We've seen and gotten to know some folks on trawlers and power cats and they have their distinct advantages over sail, mono or multihull
. The living spaces are considerably more accommodating and it would be nice not to worry about wind direction (at least not much) and not having enough wind. If you're expecting to stay in the PacNW, then this may be even more of a consideration, since when the sun is out, the wind often isn't, and vice-versa.
I imagine you could pick us some nice bargains in power right now, and even more so in a few months. If you can figure out to keep it in fuel
, that is.
You might also want to consider a power cat rather than a trawler. Ones like the PDQ
34 are quite nice boats, yet still relatively economical. A friend has one and can cruise
at 14 knots on 3 gallons/hr. That's not that much more than what we burn when motoring at 7 (considering the distance covered). Yet, if he has the need, they can make it scoot right along, too. Lot more windage, though, and make no mistake about it, that is a factor to consider when you're coming into a marina you don't know and the wind is up.