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Old 12-18-2007
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Your buddy owes you several cases of good beer for being SO wrong. In my family, father, brother and myself all licensed pilots (well, Dad used to be), and all own sailboats. Same principles of lift; take off and landing procedures are a little different though:-))

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Besides myself, I personally know quite a number of pilot/sailors.
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There's almost too many commonalities to list. Aero/hydro-dynamics, physics, weather, captain skills/mentality, etc. etc.

The real question to the sailing pilots or pilot sailors among us is: If you could only do one, would you rather sail or fly?
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Good question. I think I am in my twilight years as far as flying is concerned. I am about ready to give it up and cast off. All I need now is a boat, I have the dream..
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I Sailed all the time as a kid, grew up on the water in Denmark. got a pilots license in my early 20's and was an instructor. Not much work at the time so I sailed again, started a small charter company, thought sailing for a while. Got back into flying in the late 80's and have flown wheels, skies and and float. And is now again looking at a hole in the water to throw my money into. (never learn)

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I flew for 50 years and had my own plane. I can't afford $85.00 per hour just for fuel so I went back to my childhood love and got a 36 ft sail boat. Love the sailing but it is hard to get used to 6.7 kts under power
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I can't afford $85.00 per hour just for fuel so I went back to my childhood love and got a 36 ft sail boat.
Good thing you didn't buy an Expresscruiser! One of those would make your flying fuel costs look cheap!

I didn't realize we had so many pilots on board here. The OP should have bet a case.

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Good think you didn't buy an Expresscruiser! One of those would make your fying fuel costs look cheap!
That's for sure. In addition to smaller sailboats and my current Nauticat, I've owned two express cruisers for use as scuba diving platforms and fast taxis to get to local wreck sites. Thankfully, I sold my last one a couple years ago (with twin engine 454 ci big blocks) before the big spikes in gas prices.

As an example of a typical vacation trip on that boat from my homeport to Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, we would need to cruise at a minimum of 23 kts to get up on plane and burn 30 gal/hr for 3 hours one way. With gas prices at 4.50/gal, that equates to $800.00 for a round trip.

Last time we made that trip in True Blue, round trip fuel usage cost us $90 . . . would have been zero if the wind hadn't quit while half way there.
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As an example of a typical vacation trip on that boat from my homeport to Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, we would need to cruise at a minimum of 23 kts to get up on plane and burn 30 gal/hr for 3 hours one way. With gas prices at 4.50/gal, that equates to $800.00 for a round trip.

Last time we made that trip in True Blue, round trip fuel usage cost us $90 . . . would have been zero if the wind hadn't quit while half way there.
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That sounds similar to the experience of one of my siblings. With twin 454s, their round-trip fuel cost from Mass. South Shore to Cape/Islands is so steep now that they rarely go that far anymore. Which is kind of ironic, since my B-I-L says he can't be bothered with how long it takes to sail there. At least they'd get there! It used to be that the motor-boaters would retort: "Yeah, but have you priced a sail lately?" Hell, for the amount of money they spend on fuel nowadays I could have a new set of sails every season!

Our fuel cost for the entire year (Nov-Nov) was the highest it's ever been: 16.5 gallons, at around $58.00.

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