I'd rather be sailing
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The state of s/v/ Pelican
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Kind of funny... most of our friends at our current marina are power boaters and we're the one sailboater in the group. We did a few raftups this year - one had 22 power boats, and then us on the end. It was July 4th, though, so they loved us raising the huge flag up the mast and turning Pelican into a big flagpole. While I still yell "stinkpotter!" at them and they still yell "blowboater!" at me every time we hang out (which is every weekend), I think we've managed to show them that not all sailboaters are evil and we've learned that not all powerboaters are horrible.
It's actually interesting hearing some of their reasoning and discontent about sailboats, and some of it actually makes sense.
For example - we complain about the fact that they cross our bows at speed instead of turning and going around our stern. Their comments? First, most of them never really understood how much their wake slows us down. Second, at speed they prefer to hold their course so that they can be more predictable for other boats. As a sailboater, we're looking at traffic a few hundred feet in front of us when making course decisions. As a high speed powerboater, they are looking a half mile or more ahead of them, so any course changes can be confusing to other higher speed boaters.
Many powerboaters look at sailboaters as highly unpredictable. We change course frequently to deal with wind shifts that they don't see - and have no problem heading across their path (as much as we complain when they head across ours).
A few months ago, a bunch of us went north from our marina on a friend's Carver 50-something to a restaurant about 30 miles upriver. It took us a little over an hour to get there. I offered to drive back as the owners wanted a couple of beers and I was intrigued to drive such a big powerboat. Up from the flybridge looking down at all of the boats was a very odd experience. I tell you what - I wanted to yell "Get out of my effin way to every sailboat that was crossing my path. Perhaps having those huge engines and the gigantic wake pumped up my testosterone some. I did have fun with my passengers though as I joked about everyone moving to the other side of the boat since I was going to tack us, and made lots of comments about going 20+kts vs. 7kts on our sailboat.
Anyway, back to the original posters other question... bow thrusters. I laugh at the power boater next to us who has a 25' inboard powerboat with a bow thruster. I love watching one of my really good friends with an old 1960's Chris Craft Commander (46') pull into a REALLY tight spot without a bow thruster (but twin screws). You know what though? Who cares if you have a bow thruster or not! If I had anything over 45' I'd definitely want a bow thruster. Would I use it all the time? Maybe. Would I know how to dock the boat well without it? Sure. But who defines "right and wrong" when it comes to what equipment you are allowed to use on a sailboat.
I have to disclose that we have an air conditioner and generator on our sailboat and we used it while cruising.
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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