Courtney the Dancer
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
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I think of our 28' commercial crab boat as our pick up truck, utilitarian. We use it for transportation to and from the island/sailboat, 12NM each way. We use it for shrimping, crabbing, running errands and taking friends whale watching when time is short (30NM+ round trip). It burns about 6-7 gph of diesel at 18-20 knots, so we have cut most non-essential use out. I love the boat, but then I love most boats if they have good lines and look seaworthy. I grew up running aluminum skiffs and then Dad bought a sail boat when I was in high school, I've owned several sail boats since then from 8' sailing dinghys to our present 40' PH. We are planning to spend 3-5 months cruising in our Brewer as soon as I sell the business. I wouldn't want to be without either boat in our present situation. Several people here have commented on how power boating is all about the destination, and maybe that is more true of power than sail, but I see an awful lot of sailboats motoring when there is a good wind too. I really think it's funny to see both sides, when I am in the power boat and slow down or turn to avoid waking a sailboat and give them a wave I rarely get a reply. When in the sailboat and go by a power boat, I rarely get a reply. Snobbish behavior isn't limited to one "side" or the other.
Actually, I would like to be without a car and only rely on water transportation if it was possible at some point.
SV Laurie Anne
1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse