Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kirkland, Washington
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You know, I was raised on sailboats, and was trained to call powerboats "stinkpots", but I've changed my attitude a bit.
Of course, I prefer sailing, but frankly, I'm much more impressed with a person with a power boat who uses it and enjoys it much more than a sailboat that just sits there and is never sailed. It kind of goes back to another thread a while back where we talked about who got a "great deal" on their boat.
In a rare moment of Sailnet consensus, we came to the conclusion that anyone who uses their boat got a "great deal".
Just last fall, a couple moved into the slip in back of mine with a nice little 28' Nordic Tug. I was amazed to find out that this little boat had bow and stern thrusters!
They use the thrusters exclusively to pivot their boat into their slip. Now, this is a pretty easy slip to get into without wind or current considerations, and I am a bit concerned with what they will do if their thrusters ever fail, but they have their boat out almost every week, and are obviously enjoying her.
So, I'm much more impressed with these "lubberly" stinkpotters, that the vast majority of the sailboats in my marina that NEVER go out..
I think I'm done now.
I feel much better.
1987 CS 36 Merlin "Kyrie"
"They drove a dump truck full of money up to my house. I'm not made of stone!" -Krusty the Clown