Creating a Motorsailer - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > Contributing Authors > Buying a Boat Articles
 Not a Member? 

Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-11-2000
Contributing Authors
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 37
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Jon Shattuck is on a distinguished road
Creating a Motorsailer

I'm purchasing a 150-foot, 450-ton motor vessel and transforming it into a three-masted motorsailer with a retractable keel and advanced sailing systems. I would like your suggestions on the project and any useful addresses for designs of this transformation and for purchase of the sailing system parts.

Franco Capanna

Jon Shattuck responds:

Your plan sounds like a unique and complicated task. Retrofitting a powerboat into a motorsailer is like turning a car into an airplane. I'm sure it can be done, but you should definitely evaluate whether it's worth doing.

To add masts and sailing gear is one thing, but to add a retractable keel and overcome the inherent differences between the hull shape and stability of a motoryacht versus a sailing craft is a whole other issue.

You may be better off finding an existing motorsailer and refurbishing that to your personal tastes, or you might just want to start from the beginning with the construction of a new vessel to your specifications.

If the vessel you are planning to buy is somehow worthy of such a retrofit, I would start with a thorough survey and then engage a project manager to oversee every aspect (design, yard selection and relations, systems selection and purchasing, general trouble-shooting, etc.).

You'll find that your local boatyards or brokers are probably your best source for referrals for these positions. When it comes to sailing gear, SailNet's online Store can help with a lot of your needs. Of course some of your equipment will have to be custom-fabricated, and a lot of that can also be handled by SailNet's inhouse shops (rigging, canvas, sails, interiors, and canvas). I hope this is helpful to you.

Closed Thread

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:30 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) LLC 2000-2012

The store is owned and operated by a company independent of the forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.