Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Greater Vancouver B.C. Canada
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I tried to resist, I really did, but I can't hold out any longer, I just have to post a plug for the MacGregor. Sure it does not do both extremely well but it does do both well enough to satisfy folks like me. And yes I started out a paddler too, did a few multi-day excursions in my canoe and lived to tell about it. I still prefer sailing hands down no question, but I also motor on those calm days. I rarely if ever use WOT which would get me upwards of 15MPH,(50HP) I usually cruise along at 3000-4000 rpm which gets me 8-10mph and am happy with that but only when on extended trips. For day sailing/boating if there is insufficient wind to sail I simply don't go out, I don't really enjoy motoring per say it is simply a neccessary option when on extended cruises but an unneccessary option for day use. When I do motor sail on trips I can get 4 hours out of a 25 liter tank and sometimes more if wind and current are favourable. One time I downwinded sailed just ahead of a storm at 8-10 knots all the way to home port with the engine running about 2000 rpm just to keep the stern in place due to following seas but the wind kept me well faster than the engine could do, all the engine did was help keep the stern more steady. During sailing season I am out there more than most and it is amazing how many sailors motor, more than you'd think. I believe they are somewhat like myself, if travelling they motor, if just out for the day they sail.
When I am too old to sail I may opt for a Trawler, they seem like a viable alternative and I never travel much faster than a trawler anyway, even with 50hp.