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Old 08-16-2016, 11:47 AM   #1
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Does anyone go from a trawler to sail?

I always hear about folks coming from sail over to the "darkside", but has anyone ever successfully done the reverse? Can one go from an air conditioned and heated pilothouse to an open cockpit and survive the change?

Sometimes I get bored cruising the ICW, and wonder if I would be happier fiddling with lines and tweaking sails (and getting wet). I've only sailed small boats like Hobie Cats and never a big boat, so of course I don't really know what I'm talking about.
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:54 AM   #2
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Yes...a bit rare but some do.

A lot of times the going back or towards still has some of the same requirements of trawler cruising.

So motorsailers are a frequent choice....pilothouse and many of the same comforts as a trawler, but a primary or equal source of propulsion.

If I get the itch to go down island...that would be my choice...but like many, kids and grandchildren can take a bite out of wanderlust.
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Most of the sailboats I see around here are under engine propulsion....
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Does anyone go from a trawler to sail?

Yeah, I still have the itch to go somewhere before I get too old.

Reason I ask is, a possible trade has presented itself where I could get into a boat of the same age and condition (possibly) as mine that could take me there. But I do wonder about sitting outside the entire time, so I wonder if I'm "tough enough". Of course I THINK I am, but who knows. My wife thinks I'm insane.
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Yeah, I still have the itch to go somewhere before I get too old.

Reason I ask is, a possible trade has presented itself where I could get into a boat of the same age and condition (possibly) as mine that could take me there. But I do wonder about sitting outside the entire time, so I wonder if I'm "tough enough". Of course I THINK I am, but who knows. My wife thinks I'm insane.
Wifey B: Your wife's right. We always are.

We get out sailing by just chartering for a day three or four times a year.

Oh, and those who go from Trawler to Sailboat aren't likely to be on this site now.
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Hey...usually it is not just about sitting outside...but what climate you are doing it in.

Plus, sailboats are a seaworthy tube in general...like tube living?

Find a good compromise and see for yourself.

It's only money....how much would a sale to sail and back to trawler set you back? More than you can afford in 10 years? If so, think long and hard...especially the part...are you REALLY going to take off and go black for a length of time from family and friends? That is usually the thing that trips up "world voyagers" ....and they just stay local cruisers where their trawler WAS the better option.

Better to boat in your backyard with the right boat than to buy a world cruiser that never does and sucks in your backyard cruising area....the boating story of wayyyyy too many.
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Old 08-16-2016, 12:23 PM   #7
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The couple that I bought my trawler from had been long time sailors. They switched to power, he enjoyed it but his wife missed sailing. So, they sold the Monk to me and were buying another sailboat.
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Old 08-16-2016, 12:24 PM   #8
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We get out sailing by just chartering for a day three or four times a year.



That would obviously be the logical thing to do. Why did you have to break out the logical argument-- I'm in romantic mode here!

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Yeah, I know a few that made the switch, but nost of 'em just settle for a big, thick, oversized mast, you know, like Mark's.
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Hey...usually it is not just about sitting outside...but what climate you are doing it in.
The heat here is what worries me-- my last trip down the ICW I had to turn on the genny and AC. It was too damn hot. But if I was out in the ocean, with the wind in my hair, mainsheet in my teeth.....

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Plus, sailboats are a seaworthy tube in general...like tube living?
My current boat is tube living, except for the pilothouse. I actually don't mind it.

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are you REALLY going to take off and go black for a length of time from family and friends? That is usually the thing that trips up "world voyagers" ....and they just stay local cruisers where their trawler WAS the better option.
Yeah, that's the kicker, and I don't know for sure. The best laid plans....
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Yeah, I know a few that made the switch, but nost of 'em just settle for a big, thick, oversized mast, you know, like Mark's.


That's probably more like what I need. And as you know, I've looked at them forever. But the ones I like are not close to an even trade, and far away.
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Better to boat in your backyard with the right boat than to buy a world cruiser that never does and sucks in your backyard cruising area....the boating story of wayyyyy too many.
Good thought. If I was still on the Chesapeake I'd be back in a Sailboat. Where I am now is not conducive to the type of boating we did there.
For us, and our current cruising grounds, the small trawler type makes much more sense...
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Yeah, I still have the itch to go somewhere before I get too old.

Reason I ask is, a possible trade has presented itself where I could get into a boat of the same age and condition (possibly) as mine that could take me there. But I do wonder about sitting outside the entire time, so I wonder if I'm "tough enough". Of course I THINK I am, but who knows. My wife thinks I'm insane.
I look at sailboats almost everyday on YW probably more than trawlers. I've been thinking the same thing lately , but my wife also knows I'm crazy . I like the look of an old Taiwanese ketch with a long turned up bowsprit . We will probably never go anywhere so the boat we have now is more than likely perfect for us . But those ol ketches sure make a dreamer like me all warm inside and instill a sense of freedom. Go for it man . What else you gonna do?
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If you are really going to an area that has steady wind, open water, and reasonable weather, a sailboat is wonderful. The steady wind will keep the heat down, give you sailing opportunities, and that in turn makes dealing with seas a lot easier. A sailboat under sail (even motorsailing) is just a lot more stable and gives a more comfortable ride. However, there is that constant exposure to the sun and or cold.

There are sailboats that do have some type of pilothouse like design that gives you the sun and some cold protection (just need a place to get out of the cold wind).

In my mind the boat decision will be based more on geography than anything else.
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This female would have loved to stay with sail ( albeit a larger sailboat) ..or at least a motor sailer.
But no one was getting younger and handling the sails etc was becoming a chore.
I was won over by the light, galley and headroom of our MV....but still miss the silence of sailing.
So if we had a "sail boy" to bounce around the deck I'd go back....maybe...I am getting to like the dark side
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The heat here is what worries me-- my last trip down the ICW I had to turn on the genny and AC. It was too damn hot. But if I was out in the ocean, with the wind in my hair, mainsheet in my teeth.....


My current boat is tube living, except for the pilothouse. I actually don't mind it.



Yeah, that's the kicker, and I don't know for sure. The best laid plans....
Cardude, you are seriously over dreaming this!
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Mr. 01. "I'm in romantic mode here!" I'm just guessing but I think you're spelling romantic V-O-D-K-A.


Normally yes, but it's only noon here so not hitting the vodka already.

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I look at sailboats almost everyday on YW probably more than trawlers. I've been thinking the same thing lately , but my wife also knows I'm crazy . I like the look of an old Taiwanese ketch with a long turned up bowsprit . We will probably never go anywhere so the boat we have now is more than likely perfect for us . But those ol ketches sure make a dreamer like me all warm inside and instill a sense of freedom. Go for man . What else you gonna do?

Ahhh, so I'm not the only one. Cool.
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This female would have loved to stay with sail ( albeit a larger sailboat) ..or at least a motor sailer.
But no one was getting younger and handling the sails etc was becoming a chore.
I was won over by the light, galley and headroom of our MV....but still miss the silence of sailing.
So if we had a "sail boy" to bounce around the deck I'd go back....maybe...I am getting to like the dark side
A flying bridge would have kept the silence in boating.

When driving from there, the wind is usually louder than the engine noises.

People who used to sail and now are concerned when they can't monitor the motor sounds from the flying bridge, I ask them if they could hear the crevice crack corrosion on the upper part of their sailboat stays.....

It is all a tradeoff and how you deal with the multitude of issues.
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