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Old 03-13-2018, 08:36 PM
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Hello all, this is my first post here. I've been in and out of powerboats for about 10 years now. I currently have a 1978 wellcraft V20 that I use for fishing and the occasional cruise with a friend or two. It does have the dreaded 470. It usually gets through the season with a few minor headaches, the previous owner repowered with a rebuilt 470. It's been a great boat overall. Am I crazy for considering selling it for a trailerable sailboat in the 22 to 25 foot range? I'm starting to think just cruising and weekend outings here and there would be a lot of fun and less headaches compared to having a rare motor that's hard to find parts for. What do you all think? Would the running costs be a lot higher? I'm looking in the 1980's range, around 5K or so for a sailboat. Any advice at all is appreciated.
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:39 PM
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:42 PM
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I don't mean to troll. I just wanted a few opinions. Am I posting in the wrong section?
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Only you know if you would enjoy quiet 5k it sails
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Not sure you will get any helpful advice on a power Boat board though
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:22 PM
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I apologize, I thought this forum was for general boating discussions. Didn't know it was primarily for powerboats.
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As long as you're not going far, sure. I'm not at the point in my liFe where I want my cruising range that limited.

MacGregor 25 or 26 I think? They actually move nicely with a small 50 or 60 outboard (I think ).
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I have a power boat and a sail boat. In many ways, the sailboat is more involving and interesting. Constant monitoring of the wind strength and direction. Adjusting sails for optimum speed. The only sound being the waves lapping the side of the hull. I love it.

But, if you are impatient, it may not be for you! Lots to learn, but a great way to be on the water, IMHO.
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Don’t tie that sweater too tight around your neck and try not to wear your assless chaps around the marina.

I hear that new White Zinfandel in the box ain’t to shabby neither. Good luck with transition!
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I owned both for a long time. A trailerable sailboat won't be fun. Stepping a mast is not fun and then you still have to tune the rigging. The only sailboat I would buy that is trailerable is a small cat like a hobie

I owned a j24 and it was a lot of fun. The problem is you needed at least two people to run the boat and it was hard to find another person to go with. You will learn a lot about wind and how it affects boats.Another thing is sails and rigging can be very expensive.

It would take all day to go from Hampton to the CBBT and back on a good day .




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No need to apologize, there are a lot of macho men here that will give you grief. All of the workboats on the Chesapeake Bay were sailboats until the 1950s, that’s how oystering and crabbing got done and it took a lot more skill than turning a key and pushing a throttle. I got my sailing certs long ago and plan to purchase a used 18-22 trailerable centerboard sailboat for visiting family members to use. All of the young men in my family are skilled at crabbing, fishing and sailing.
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I don't mean to troll. I just wanted a few opinions. Am I posting in the wrong section?
It was a joke...we don't get many sail boaters here...
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No worries, I can take a joke. That was actually pretty funny. I'm sure it sounds a little crazy that I'm thinking about making the switch. I know they are two different worlds.
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Just put a yammie 300 on the back you'll be good to go
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They are all toys...nothing wrong with trying something different.

If your like most of us, you'll soon be counting the number of boats owned on 2 hands!

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I currently have a 1978 wellcraft V20 that I use for fishing and the occasional cruise with a friend or two. Am I crazy.
"Blow Boaters" have No Friends, so you will have to dump them. Only Family on Board to take Orders.


Seriously? An experience with a 40 year old Vessel, with a 470 that were troublesome from day 1, has you thinking this way?


Maybe a Blow Boat is right, but find one with an inboard kicker (Yanmar preferred), so you can get that extra 2 Knots without anyone knowing!
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Sailing is fun, but time consuming.
My first boat back in 1985 was a sailboat. Never sailed before, never owned a boat before, Wife and I bought a 44’ Yawl and St. Croix and moved aboard. We had no clue what we were doing but learned fast.
Lived on it for 3 years. Good times.
Have since had another sailboat, 14 years cruising the Bahamas and Florida, enjoyed it, but got busy with other stuff, not enough time to take 4 days off for a quick trip to Biscayne Bay or 6-7days for the Bahamas. Went to the dark side and got power boats,
Trailering a sailboat sounds like a lot of work, not sure I would go that route. Definitely recommend getting a sailboat, almost any size.
We rented a J-24 on a lake in Texas on and off, try renting first with a few lessons.
I would get a sailboat again for cruising the islands, maybe one day.
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i grew up fishing / powerboating, but many of my friends' families were sailors and so i spent plenty of time on sailboats. i also owned a small daysailer like you're describing up until we had kids. adam9066 hits on the biggest "problems" with smaller sailboats...especially when trailering them.

sailing really is a lifestyle commitment...it takes a lot of time to do anything and you're at the mercy of the wind. it can be very satisfying and relaxing if you're not in a rush. do you have any friends with sailboats? could you spend a couple of weekends hanging with them to see if it makes sense for you?

we had a lot of sailboats at our previous marina, and many of them just sat at the dock. the owners would show up to picnic and cocktail on them in the evening, but never get underway. the few that did get underway regularly would leave friday evening or saturday morning and return at some point sunday. it wasn't infrequent to see someone return pretty late on sunday because the wind died on their return.

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Thanks for the input everybody. I guess at this point I'm stuck between giving sailing a try or getting out of this boat and getting a more recent powerboat with an engine that's more reasonable to work on.
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No worries, I can take a joke. That was actually pretty funny. I'm sure it sounds a little crazy that I'm thinking about making the switch. I know they are two different worlds.
If you want to be a blowboater you're gonna need some thicker skin.
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