81 Catalina 38 '''' Sparkman Stevens
ccnightsail, one more thing. I have to agree with you as far as the engine, Yes even though nobody wants to motor everywhere. Sometimes a good strong healthy motor is a necessity, especially when you are faced with the currents up around our area. Places like Hell''s Gate on the east river or the CC canal with 5-7 knots current, can at times make it a necessity.
I heard from a couple that chucked it all and went Cruising (They write for cruising world now) and they said if there was ONE thing they wish they could have modifyed on their boat, it would be to have a "bigger engine". Even though they sail thousands of miles, they still used that engine, and they have said that when they really needed it, it would have been nicer to have more HP. If your a day sailor it matters a bit less.