Join this forum, the sister to this one except for trawlers, there is even a section for motorsailors.
Sailboats, best for budget
long distance travel, like crossing oceans. Many folks own them in the Pacific Northwest
and I owned one as well. But here rain is a reality, and a sailboat is no fun in the rain, even with a decent dodger
. Going long distances like Seattle
much of the cruising is carried with engine
only. There are many narrow channels, fjords, inlets and straits, in these areas the wind
is usually on your nose, wind
flows like water
in these restricted areas so narrow with a noserly wind, means a crazy amount of tacking or motoring.
Trawlers, traditional full displacement
or semi displacement hull
but running at displacement speeds are faster than sailboats. Realize that 7 knots on a trawler
is faster than 7 knots in a sailboat. My buddy just bought a 1990 Nordic
Tug 32 and it burns one gallon of fuel
at 8 knots, pretty good and great for longer jumps but useless for crossing oceans.
sailors have traditionally been a compromise, they don't have to be but usually they are. They are slow but you can cruise
in one so they are capable of great long distant jumps but slower.
I have a sedan cruiser and its normal to be burning about 20 gallons an hour so anyone here talking about 2 gallons an hour as using a lot of fuel
- no its not.