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The Dark Side
I bought my first boat (a 1980 Santana 35) in 2003 and joined this site at approximately the same time. I've enjoyed the site, made a very few minor contributions to it, and have thoroughly loved sailing my boat on the Potomac River.
But: I have to admit that I am tired of always boating at somewhere between 5 and 6 knots (and that's on the rare good wind days). My wife asked me this year if we could sail up to DC to see the July 4th fireworks, and I said yes, but that it would take something on the order of five to six hours to get there, depending on the conditions. And, at that time of year, we would probably have to motor the whole way. No interest, by her or me. But power boaters can get there in an hour, even if they go at moderate speeds.
So: my boat is up for sale, and I'm going to get a power boat. Sorry to be a heretic. I'll still get the urge to sail now and then, but I can always bum a ride for an afternoon, or rent a dinghy.
By the way: I have not been able to find a power boat forum that even remotely resembles Sailnet for quality.