The motorsailer: Not good at anything or just a motorboat with sail?

Discussion in 'Motorsailers' started by gunship, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. whitepointer23

    whitepointer23 Previous Member

    to much crap on there, you can get by without most of the conveniences, nice boat though. as nice as cats are i prefer the motion of a mono in a seaway.
     
  2. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    It is after all my 'live-aboard-home" and I like my comforts and conveniences - especially when I am miles away from suburbia and enjoying paradise time on a remote tropical island... 6 months stores... I love cooking - and eating...
     
  3. Yobarnacle
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    Sounds well thought out!
    Many are the same concerns I have, but different solutions.
    My boat is trailerable. Limits size, but self haulout, for bottom maintenance, prop change ect. Also can be cheaply dry stored in fortified, security watched, gated yard when I'm away. No danger of sinking due to my innattention! Also, on the highway, I can travel at 50 knots at 4 gallon hour consumption! :D

    I use electric drive and motorsail. With sails assist, the motors can run at economical battery drain, and I have more speed and control than just under sail alone.
    Shore power to recharge is more available than fuel docks and cheaper.

    I also use common kitchen electric appliances. Cheap enough, when they rust up, pitch and buy new ones.

    :)

    Mine is 2 ft draft.
     
  4. whitepointer23

    whitepointer23 Previous Member

    fair enough, i agree with yob, it is well thought out.
     
  5. TeddyDiver
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    Me too.. :D

    And have to admit if I got enough money and time I'd be building a big cat too like Masalai.. but with my budget no way.
     
  6. viking north
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    viking north VINLAND

    Different strokes for different folks--My preference has always been a heavy double ended monohull motorsailer style. Wheelhouse comforth is a must in the north atlantic. Light craft or multihulls are a big handfull in a heavy sea. Working on my fourth ??? and last I hope -- If interested look for Building the Nancy G under Boatbuilding this forum. Also there are pages and pages of excellent discussion/info on this subject listing multitudes of makes if you do a search thru the forum.--Geo
     
  7. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    Hi Viking,
    That choice seems very appropriate for the cold North Atlantic - Seas seem quite challenging up that way
     
  8. viking north
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    Up around the 45 parallel-we recommend our crusing grounds as training for the Fastnett and the Roaring 40's especially off the three exposed coasts of NFLD :)-- It can get bumpy a watchfull eye on weather forcasts is highly recommended--trade winds are rare--:p
     
  9. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    Hi Viking,
    Will your double ender be comfortable in the sweltering tropics of the Caribbean through to the Pacific and on to the Philippines, south to Melanesia or Indonesia, or India's southern tip, SriLanka, or *******/Nickobar group (India), or across to 'Frostys-Paradise' - Thailand? - All that region is mostly catamaran country with lots of permanent-shade, shallow, beachable draft, and self sufficient, (domestic electrical appliances are mostly 220~240AC)...
     
  10. Yobarnacle
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    Yobarnacle Senior Member holding true course

    My "double ender" isn't really complete yet. But originally was a mid cockpit fat transomed North Sea design. I added an aft cockpit canoe stern.
    Based in Florida, I expect her to be NOT LESS comfortable than before lengthening and pointing the stern. :)
     
  11. viking north
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    Masalai--In the tropics like most average cruisers I would have to live ON (exterior, boom tent) not IN for sure. However in the Gods country of crusing grounds multihulls with their big raised cabins and lots of air flow sure would be the machine to own. About 20yrs. ago I seriously looked at building a big cat but once i got real about my crusing grounds (too rough) I went back to a monohull. I am seriously considering a big trip once I complete this thing but havent decided if it will be trans atlantic or down south. While I am in good physical shape, no majour health issues as a matter of fact not even any minor ones, still at my age it's one step at a time. Old parts break easily :) It's my experience from 60yrs. on (ave. male lifespan 67) one best be well planned into lifes final horrah, whatever that may entail. It's looking good so far having broke that average by 5 months :D. So for all you guys under 60 sail your *** off with a hot SHE crew as the day fast arrives when you have to kick your saggy old *** just to raise the main. Fuel consumption--that'll be the least of your problems :p
    And do I get a big AYE--AYE from you Barnicle-:D (Are you back Stateside yet? If so north of Daytona ? )
     
  12. Yobarnacle
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    Yobarnacle Senior Member holding true course

    Not yet Viking, still in Mexico. But hope to head for Florida in a week or two.

    As to raising the main, no problems yet. I tell my wife, I'm currently passing through the randy teens again, on my way to a second childhood. :)
     
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    viking north VINLAND

    YA--YA--YA--Old sailers tell the same tails--:p
     
  14. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    Hi Viking and Yobarnacle,
    You folk having a via--- contest? - - At 67 - my hunger is not slowing, just access, as the young ones do not seem to appreciate experience... - - - - - - - Alas all they get from the male young ones they find, is a fast buck, offering . . "It's going to be nice wasn't it. . . " :D :D :p

    No urgent hurry for me, being cautious and ensuring everything is shipshape and sorted out on my boat... I would like to find a job in Melanesia, and use the knowledge and skills I have learnt in managing farms and plantations, to ensure a peaceful, meaningful and productive remainder of my allotted span - which based on family history will exceed 90 years...
     

  15. Yobarnacle
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    Congratulations
    I'm 63 and my wife a very young looking 50. I also come from hardy long lived stock. The men all married younger women. Dad was 11 years older than mom. Grampa 16 years older than grandma. Reckon there's any connection? :)
     
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