TOO funny! Especially the people seriously pissed off in either camp! Well done!
But it could be a serious question from either direction....
I live half a mile from the ICW
in central Florida
. I'm on it, or driving along it every day. And every year i watch the seasonal pilgrimage of cruisers heading south in the fall and north in the spring. Many en route
to the Bahamas
. And 98% of the sail boats of either description are motoring. I notice no particular bias between types.
The channel here is wide, traffic minimal, and no draw bridges for many miles. Winds are often, if not mostly, favorable. So why are they motoring?
Here's my theory...
The vast majority of the cruisers I meet are older, retired couples. They are on the biggest boat
they could afford to buy, because one or both of them enjoy the interior
space and creature comforts that space brings. And bigger is better, right? Safer? More comfortable? You can take more stuff?
But big boats have big sails
. Big sails
are heavy and exert big forces on lines, blocks, winches, etc. In other words, it's a lot of work
to get them up and can be kind of scary. Modern multihull
sail plans with their huge roached mains perhaps even more so. Then there's all that trimming, tacking, gybing, flapping, banging, luffing, and lines flailing about with deadly force. And if you turn in a certain direction the boat
stops dead and starts drifting backwards...?!
Modern diesels, on the other hand, are nearly silent, hardly stink at all, burn only liters or fractions of liters per hour, and work
so well with interfaced chart plotters and auto pilots.
So the question, why have sails, isn't so silly after all...
So why DON'T "these people" (no, not you or me, obviously!) just buy motor
boats? Romantic notions of what a proper boat should look like? The option of well, I COULD sail if I wanted to? Ego trip? "I'm a REAL sailor!" See my blazer and hat?
Or is it because there are just about no motor
boats that will motor cruise
as economically as a sail boat? Especially if they do want to occasionally make an actual passage
? Or even just dream about it.
Now I'll start the real fight....
So, if you know you're going to be anchored or motoring 99+% of the time.... which is the better MOTOR boat? Mono or multi hull
If you factor in the catamaran's shallow draft
; open airy panoramic views from the salon
; wide, spacious cockpits and swim platforms; sturdy, convenient bigger dinghy
davit systems; lots of acreage for solar panels
; no rolling from boat wakes or crosswind seas; greatly enhanced maneuverability, safety
of twin widely spaced engines; even more economical single engine
operation; and more speed with the sails up OR down......
Kind of reminds me of the 1988 America's Cup... ;-)