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Do you hate power boats?

I am qualified and experienced on both power and sail. My passion has mainly been driven by being on the water - I just love it, whatever the craft!

That said, there is something very special about turning the engines off and just gliding along with nothing but the sound of the wind in the rigging and the waves lapping at the bow.

I have just been off on a noisy boat and I really enjoyed it! Here is the video:

https://youtu.be/U9NXjYR1c18

As I departed Falmouth (minute 3.42) I was definitely a bit jealous!

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Re: Do you hate power boats?

Sail for traveling, power for fishing. They are both fun in their own ways.
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The moment o e turns the engine off and sails silently is magic!

But if I had the money I would have a power boat. For my uses, though, long distance cruising, one needs a large, expensive one.

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Re: Do you hate power boats?

My wife would trade our sailboat in a second. I keep telling her it's all about the journey, not the destination. She says that's crap, she just wants to get there.

Motoring makes me irritable. I'm happiest when sailing quietly along. That said, it seems I'm motoring a lot due to lack of wind, or wind from the wrong direction.

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We have 35' sailboat and a 19' bowrider powerboat. Both are fun in different ways. When I'm on the sailboat, I look at powerboats with contempt of course. If the powerboat sank I would be very sad. If the sailboat sank, I would be devastated. Mostly, the powerboat is to make my wife and kids happy. The sailboat is my special place.
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Re: Do you hate power boats?

I do not hate powerboats. I live on one! It stays tied to the dock year round

I do have 2 sailboats and I much prefer being out on the water on them. There is nothing quite like challenging yourself with mother nature to get the boat to go where you want to go. Piloting a powerboat is like driving a car....boring

Really though, it is all about your needs. Consider the pros and cons of your lifestyle and determine the best fit. We will still say you went to the dark side though
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I don't hate powerboats, some of my best friends have them.

I do hate inconsiderate powerboat skippers.

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Amen to Stu. Power boats have given me much entertainment as I watch them dock in our frequent higher breeze in the marina. With the expansive freeboard in a south or north wind it can be very entertaining. Not that I have not provided entertainment of my own.
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I love power boats but no longer have the desire to drop a 1000 bucks for go go juice at the fuel dock.
That's why I came over to the dark side. Keeps me out on the water without burning a hole in my pocket.
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Re: Do you hate power boats?

I've definitely learned to hate power boaters. Obviously not all of them. There are good ones and bad ones, just like with sailboats. But, at least in my area, we have a LOT of power boaters that fall into one or more of the following categories:
  • More money than sense
  • As long as I don't hit you, I can drive my boat wherever I want.
  • Right of way? What's that?
  • Eat my wake! That'll teach you! (... but I'll wave at you like nothing happened.)
  • I really don't care about seamanship. That's why I got a power boat.
  • EVERYONE else is in MY way!
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