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Sea. I love boats, all kinds. Right now I own a sailboat. This is one of the boats I grew up on:

Along with a Bertram 28. I don't like to bad mouth stinkpots in general. Like you said, just dumb skippers, stink or blow.
I love Bertrams.

I own both a sailboat (and another that I rent out), and a powerboat. So I guess that precludes my defining myself in terms of being one or the other. But doesn't it seem a bit facile to define oneself in terms of one's boat in any event? Are our tribal impulses still this pervasive? Do we honestly believe "sailboat owners" and "powerboat owners" can be spoken about in monolithic terms?
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This past weekend, my wife and I spent both Saturday and Sunday sailing around Narragansett Bay. We took advantage of Saturday's brisk winds by sailing from our marina to a quiet Bay island cove for an overnighter.

The winds on Sunday however, were very light - 5-8 knots . . . my wife's favorite type of sailing . We decided to weigh anchor and relax on a broad reach and downwind sail to the Kickamuit, before heading back to the marina. It would be hard to imagine a powerboater mentality enduring the passive experience of slowly gliding over the water - no time schedule and no point B destination. Here's an extremely boring video of that sail: (warning - this may put you to sleep)

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Shortly after, another Nauticater with a NC331 - Christy Leigh, who posts here regularly, sailed alongside True Blue for a while. I took a few pictures of his boat and he of mine, until we slowly went our own ways. Such is a sailor's life.

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That's what it is all about TrueBlue! A quiet relaxing sail, enjoying the water and the scenery. It doesn't matter if it's a powerboat or sailboat, everybody has a right to enjoy their own thing.
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I don't have a problem with powerboats as a rule. The biggest thing I see is a lack of knowledge where sailing craft are concerned from some of the power folks. It's not that they wanna be a-holes, some just don't know any better. Now don't get me started on PWC's. I think the African Carp have the right idea about those. Yes, there are sailors who qualify for a Darwinian exemption as well but sailors typically have a deeper knowledge because thwey have to to survive. Face it, we're usually the slowest thing on the water, are restricted in movement and more sensitive to tides, current and weather. We have to pay attention and learn or pay the price. The average weekend powerboater doesn't have to learn these things, even though they should. Me? I love a nice powerboat. I was aboard a nice Carver 39 that I would love to own. I doubt I'd care for the fuel bill though.

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That was pretty nice TrueBlue. I'm very new to boats and my wife and I want to buy our first one mostlikely over the winter months and then customize it to our needs.

I don't understand the need to go fast on the water. I mean I understand speed and the thrill of it, I've had a 105mph ride in a muscle boat and ripped along in a fishing boat at around 50 mph. You can't see anything. It's bang bang bang and you go deaf from all the racket the engine makes.

So what am I missing?

Looking at your video, I thought that is what it was all about. Chillin, soaking up the sun and breeze with someone nice surrounded by fantastic views in all directions.
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Feel free to call me a ragbagger if you wish, after all, that is part of the reason we named our vessel "Ragtime." I, too, like certain power boats, and have owned and enjoyed skiboats, fishing boats, canoes, and sailboats. It is not the stinkpots that bother me, but the idiots who run high powered boats much faster than their skill level would justify. From my standpoint, the name calling is usually only good natured kidding. I enjoy telling my power boat friends that last year I used 16 gallons of fuel and the year before 15 gallons, while spending virtually every weekend (Friday night thru Sunday) on the Mississippi. However, I would never tell them what a suit of sails would cost for my 37 foot Endeavour!
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Ack... he's got a dog on-board his barge... I noticed you weren't using the mizzen at all... still had the sail cover on it. Looks like a very pretty day to be out on the Narragansett.
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SD, I know . . . really regret not unfurling the mizzen - especially since Stan took a few pics of us and she looks so much nicer under full sail. But we were running (if you can call it that with those very light winds), even had the whisker pole extended a bit earlier. As you know, the mizzen usually blankets the main when sailing downwind - so I didn't bother.

Yes . . . I confess to having a dog onboard. She's my wife's surrogate baby; usually happens to emptynesters when the kids fly the coop. It's a shih-tzu though . . . no bulldogs on my boat.
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POWERBOATS, SAILBOATS AND BULLDOGS. I've got one of each and I like them all. My only disdain would be a-holes in boats of any sort, and there are plenty of them in both types.

In fact here is my bulldog mix on a powerboat. She's not much for sailing. She finds a corner somewhere and wedges herself into it for the duration of the sail.


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SD, I know . . . really regret not unfurling the mizzen - especially since Stan took a few pics of us and she looks so much nicer under full sail. But we were running (if you can call it that with those very light winds), even had the whisker pole extended a bit earlier. As you know, the mizzen usually blankets the main when sailing downwind - so I didn't bother.

Yes . . . I confess to having a dog onboard. She's my wife's surrogate baby; usually happens to emptynesters when the kids fly the coop. It's a shih-tzu though . . . no bulldogs on my boat.
Considering how light the winds were in the video, I was impressed that you got the boat to go wing-and-wing so well. I guess the admiral is entitled to bring her baby along...
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