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post #3 of Old 11-01-2002
Denr
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Sail vs. Power

If you donít have a burning desire to sail you wonít be happy owning a sailboat. Compared to the amount of work (pleasure in the case of most of the participants of this bulletin board) to get somewhere, the stink boat will get you there faster and with less sweat. One cannot be in a hurry to be somewhere else when in a sailboat. When the going gets rough, I would much prefer to be aboard a sailboat rather than a stinker but then again youíre not going to be the first one in port or at the anchorage. Either boat in the size range you refer to is going to be a handful to operate with a small crew for quite some time until you get sufficient experience, read several years. The fuel cost of operating a stinker in your size range is a sizable chunk of change: think of it as gallons per minute for the powerboat versus hours per gallon for the sailboat. I would guess that maintenance and repair/replacement costs will probably be about the same for either boat.

There is nothing more satisfying to most of us than making a long passage using nothing but the wind, our navigational skills and our mental and physical abilities.
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