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Old 06-07-2007
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Sailing = going nowhere very slowly at great expense.

I think a mile cost about the same either made under power or under sail in similar size vessel.
A powerboat does not need lots of expensive "extras": heavy keel with its drag, solar or wind generators to fill the batteries, mast and rigging, ... They can also travel faster in calm conditions, so it is good for a lot of people.

But than I think about the pure joy of turning the engine off, listening only to the wind and waves, gentle heel and smooth easy ride, ... Joy of mastering the wind, ...
Come on! Do I need to say more on sailnet? We are all hooked.

I did a lot of windsurfing, fair amount of dinghy sailing on laser, but I never ever had any desire to own a powerboat. Once I tried sailing there was no return. Will I change my mind ? Who knows. I read a lot about Steve and Linda Dashew some time ago (his designs are way above my budget) and they opened my eyes - maybe there will be time for power boat in the future - after I am too old to sail.
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