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post #7 of Old 07-20-2007
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I'm doing all I can to turn my motor sailer into a sailer motor by avoiding all instances of having to charge my batteries via the alternator.

I *like* having the engine, and it certainly drives the boat well, but I don't like the noise (I've been told for a 50 hp diesel it's actually quiet), I don't like the smoke (almost clear, but it's unmistakably diesel) and I don't like the cost, even if I only use 40 gallons a season.

It's a sailboat, dammit. If I wanted to motor, I'd drive or fly.
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