Engine longevity is frequently measured in total gallons burned.
Running hard may burn 4X the GPH , so total in boat hours will be reduced
Running "really hard" (sportfish ) is a whole different set of rules, and expense. .
You missed the point. It doesn't. For that matter you could revise your questions to why does her desire to go fast...
She is not opposed to going slow as we do that most of the time anyway. My attempt is to convince her that the trade off of having a boat that ONLY runs slow provides other benefits.
From what I see, the fastest some of these widebody trawlers can run is about 10 kts, with a cruise of 7-8kts.
We already run 8kts most of the time.
The discussion really boils down to just two issues:
1) a full displacement, go slow always trawler, is bigger or roomier (dollar for dollar) than a semi-displacement trawler.
2) a semi-displacement, go fast sometimes trawler (or other style boat), is (dollar for dollar) smaller than a full displacement trawler.
Unless you are planning to be full-time live-aboards, I would opt for a boat that you both will enjoy and feel comfortable on. After all, "a happy wife is a happy life!" :smitten:
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