Here, in BC, the terminology is simple: A vessel used only for pleasure, whether powered by engine
or by sail, is a "Yacht". This classification breaks down into "Motor Yachts" and "Sailing Yachts" and within each of these sub-classifications there are many further sub-classifications. For instance within the "Motor Yacht" classification you have (e.g.) "Trawler Yachts" and "Express Cruiser Yachts". There is no purpose in getting too technical about these things at this time, but the fact that you are not yet familiar with these fundamentals terms must necessarily indicate that there must be many other matters – matters essential to your success and safety
- that you do not yet have knowledge of.
To select intelligently a boat that is suitable for your purposes, as you hve stated them, you need to know, for instance, that the theoretical maximum speed of a DISPLACEMENT hull
(such as a “trawler”'s hull) is 1.35 times the square root of the boat's length on the waterline. For a forty-foot “trawler”, that implies 1.35 x SqRt(36) = 8 knots or so, which is just about the same as 15Km/H. To drive such a boat at this theoretical maximum speed (“hull speed”) you need about 130HP. Now an “express cruiser” with a PLANING hull
, rather than a displacement
hull, can go considerably faster than 8 knots. 20 Knots, say 30 Km/H, would be fairly typical. That is the same speed as, say, the ferry
twixt Tsawassen and Duke Point. To drive the express cruiser
at that speed you'll need something like 600 HP. This would normally be installed as two seperate engines, with all the complexities that that requires.
engines of this type have fuel
consumptions that are fairly linearly related to power output. Off the top of my head
, a 300HP machine will burn about 60 Litres per hour at full throttle Two of them driving an express cruiser
at about a third of the speed of a Motor Home on the Trans Canada Highway will burn 120L per hour! In money
terms, that is about $2.50 per MINUTE! By contrast, if you are content with going 15Km/H your fuel consumption
is going to be something like 25L per hour. That STILL translates to a somewhat mindboggling 3L/Km!! NOT 3 km/L but 3L/Km!
Driving the boat is, as I said yesterday, the very least of becoming a seafarer. All that I said yesterday about the things you have to learn in addition to just learning
to “steer” the boat holds true for Motor Yachts as much as for Sailing Yachts.
You also need to understand that Motor Yachts of a type and size your stated budget
permits are FAR less seaworthy
and safe than are Sailing Yachts available for the same amount of money
. Within that enormous breakwater that is Vancouver
Island, Motor Yacts are fine. In the hands of an inexperienced skipper
going north of the top of Vancouver
Island, into Hecate Strait, they can be dangerous. And let us not even speak about the west cost of Vancouver Island - “the graveyard of ships” -, or, a fortiori
, the west coast
of the States of Washington
So Motor Yachts are not, in my opinion, really suitable for the things you have indicated you would like to do.
As you and I are both in BC, you can, if you and your family would like to continue this conversation, contact me in the first instance by sending me a Private E-mail here on the forum.
All the best :-)