Years ago I owned a 34 foot sailboat and found in general ICW and coastal cruising I was running the engine close to 80-90% of the time. I now have a 34 foot Mainship trawler. The trawler has a much larger and usable interior space than the sailboat and at normal 8kt cruising speed is 2-4 kt faster than the sailboat was. True that fuel consumption is more but the slower sailboat speed was frustrating to me especially trips up and down the ICW. Also with the WOT speed of 12-14kt on the trawler I would have a much better chance of outrunning bad weather than with a sailboat in my opinion.
With these days of driving 60mph+ down the highway, going 8kts in a boat seems so much faster compared to 5kts to me.