Virtually every sailing boat built in the last 30-40 years will have a more than adequate engine to allow you to motor anywhere that you want + generate all the battery power etc that is required. In additiona - as a sailing boat you will be able to unfurl the sails ( or hoist if more labour intensive) and enjoy the peace!!
Most MOBOs seem to be built on the assumption that you want planing speed and by definition will cost a lot. 2 engines are twice the servicing of 1, MOBOs of the liveaboard size seem to have engines 100hp + a sailing boat will be 40hp - maybe 50. Thats less maintenance and less fuel.
As others have said - if you have no experience , charter first - or at least see if you can cadge an experience trip on other peoples boats, then spend your money
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03-04-12, 23:27 #11
Don't worry about motoring a sailing boat
04-04-12, 13:27 #12Registered User
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The consensus so far is pointing me towards sail and I can't fault the logic in that.
Motor yachts seem to be a reasonable compromise so I have joined the Colvic Watson yahoo group to learn about them and will schedule a trip or two to have a look. Any other motor sailers out there worth considering or yachts with a motor capable of extended use?
My preference is motor...
Surely there is a cat B or a robust cat C motor cruiser out there which will give a 4 mpg or better consumption at cruising speeds in average Aegean / med sea conditions.
04-04-12, 13:49 #13
We have just a bit of knowledge on Dutch Cruisers as this is our main sphere of operation. There are some of them that are good for inland and coastal use but not too great at sea on a regular basis. If this is your chosen coure be careful what you opt for, an absolute minimum of Cat B for sure. Please call for a chat and of course lots of free advice and/or look at our website and that of our colleagues at YachtGallery.com where you will find many boats that might suit.
04-04-12, 14:08 #14Registered User
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90%+ of your time will be spent at anchor or tied up to a quay. Moving from one island to another is no more difficult in a modern sailboat than a displacement motor boat when you are not bound by a schedule.
Give it a try!
04-04-12, 16:21 #15
05-04-12, 09:43 #16
There is a deal to be done and it sure is a lot of quality boat for the money...
No Connection, just sat in my Marina...
PaulBoating is the only thing that keeps me sane!
05-04-12, 10:28 #17
28-04-12, 00:48 #18Registered User
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Sorry I've been missing for a few weeks, family things to sort, Mother's 80th and Daughter's wedding.
I appreciate all the advice I've had and I'm a lot closer to gameplan now.
I will post and research the Liveaboard forum as well as take a sailing holiday. I will also plan a trip to Holland to get a feel for my favourite at this time - Dutch Steel Cruisers.
I will also post a thread to beg some experience anywhere I can by swabbing decks and assisting with fuel costs.
Greg2, Tranona, jac
Sailing holiday is a must, you're correct it would be silly to make a decision without some sail experience. Dutch steel cruisers exciting me though.
Where in Greece are you, beautiful boat.
Mikef, Imperial One
I'm on the case, excited about the dutch steel cruisers, bit nervous of a single engine with no backup though.
Been lurking on the Liveaboard Forum and will be posting soon, thanks.
Thanks for the link, you're correct in that I have no recent experience and will be doing the course first when we arrive next Spring. Will probably wait to purchase till next year now (if I'm sensible)
Cat B sports cruisers could do the job but I'd more comfortable with a Vital Spark (google may be necessary)
I haven't discounted an older Princess or Fairline but I think it would be better to run smaller engines at cruising speeds than tickover the larger engines generally found in these boats.
We all have different tastes, I find some sports cruisers a bit too 'Peter Stringfellow' and the trawler style a bit too utilitarian.
Hope I'm not upsetting anyone
28-04-12, 08:21 #19
Utilitarian............. Grand Banks Trawlers are the quality end of cruising....the cheek of it
28-04-12, 09:39 #20