Originally Posted by Giulietta
I think that the difference lies not in the fact that a sailboat has an engine or not. A sailboat is intended to sail at sailboat speeds, even with engine on.
Unfortunately, there are those that aren't really good sailboats, like the MacGregor 26 that tries to be both...
In my opinion it is simple, even with an engine, a sailboat skipper is still using his boat as if it was on sail...AND THAT is the difference. A sailboat person, tries as much as possible to turn the engine off, to show off his skills, a powerboater wants more power to show off how small his penis is...
LOL... unfortunately, not all sailboat skippers believe in trying to keep the engine off as much as possible.
They may have some latent powerboater genes in them.
That is in my side of the ocean, the difference...I do have an engine, and God knows how much I hate to use it, if I could get away from it, I would...I can't unfortunately. However, even with the engine on, MY BOAT is manouvered and handled as if it was under sail.....thus even on power I am a sailboater...a power boater...will allways be a power boater, he has no more locomotion options...that is an advantage.
There is a huge difference in mindset between a "sailor" and a "power boater". To the powerboater, the boat is merely a method of transportation—to get you from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible. To the sailor, the journey is as important as getting there—and the boat requires you to think about where you are going and how you are going to get there. You can't generally just bludgeon your way to your destination in a sailboat—you have to account for the tidal currents, wind direction, depth of water and such, rather than just aiming and kicking the throttle to max.
Last weekend, working down at the marina, I noticed that the five boats who went out were all asking about directions on how to get various places. They were all powerboaters, and between the five boats, I don't think they had a single chart of Buzzards Bay among them. One asked how to get to Newport, and another said just keep going right (west) and you'll hit it eventually. Well, from Buzzards Bay, that's a pretty primitive set of directions...