Originally Posted by SloopJonB
This seems like an appropriate thread to post my latest "find".
vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/boa/3565104446.html1973 Columbia sailboat/pilothouse cruiser
I actually went and looked at that boat. The pilothouse addition and alterations made it pretty roomy actually, but it did roll worse than I expected, and it's probably due to no mast to balance it out.
As for the OP's question, I think the question was good (though lots of people ignored the actual question to instead belittle his idea because it isn't something they would like). Personally I had wondered what effect not having a mast on a sailboat hull would have, so reading this has been beneficial.
I totally understand what the guy's reasoning is, for cruising speed say 5-6 knots, a sailboat with a lil tiny diesel taking 1/2 gallon per hour or less of fuel
, is far preferable to a trawler taking 4 gph (say $2.50/hr vs $20/hr, the difference adds up real fast). Some people want to motor along slowly and economically, nothing wrong with that.
It just seems it would be best to keep the mast even if not using sails at all, if this is the way someone wants to go.