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Long-term, I think sailing will benefit from the "green" movement while powerboats don't.
Geography is important. If there are interesting places to go or things to do which are close for 20 knots but not for 5 knots, then power will predominate, since powerboats are more of a "means to an end" (be it a fishing or diving hole, water skiing, etc) than are sailboats, which are an "end in themselves", fun to just sail, while going nowhere in particular.
More fuel shortage/cost will mean more sail in the boating "pie". Whether that pie itself will shrink or grow in the face of an economy with insufficient affordable fuel is another question, whose answer I don't know.