Thread: Motor Sailers
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:28 PM   #5
jarod
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City: vancouver
Country: canada
Vessel Model: Glasply Motorsailer
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I would agree with the points made about motorsailers. I appreciate having the back up propulsion and a way of steadying the boat while underway. I also have fuel efficiency and greater range than most regular sailboats. I have a range of around 1200 nm at 6 knots more if i was doing a lot of sailing or motorsailing. I find i have at least some sail out most of the time to assist with role or to improve fuel economy and to reduce engine noise by allowing reduced rpm. I think the greatest perk for my cruising area (PNW) is the ability to steer from a nice warm protected cabin. The pilothouse on my boat allows me to boat with two young daughters ages 2 and 4. I don't think i would take the girls out in my last "traditional" sloop. Some argue the motorsailer is the worst of both worlds as it neither powers nor sails well. I tend to think of it as the best of both worlds.
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