Originally Posted by GBurton
21 000 lbs
In theory I'm with T34 on this one in that I like to have the smallest engine possible. Saves on weight, saves on fuel (within reason), with luck can be hand started.
Against this are our local conditions. My preferred sailing area is outside the harbour but we are moored a fair way up stream. To sail from our mooring to the heads can be a strain dodging ferries, racing fleets, tankers, liners and morons in stinkers. Was easy 20 years back, now too crowded so we tend to motor until we are in sight of the heads.
Outside, I'd rather potter along at one or two knots than run the engine.