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Real boaters don't need motors

March 21, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

Anyone one can put a motorboat on plane. But, it takes skill to trim the sails when beating towards the wind. Closed Hauled sailing with the Foresail and Main adjusted perfect and making way beats pushing the throttle and trimming the motor once the boat is on plane any day.

With powerboats, you just turn the wheel. With sailboats, you turn the wheel and the boom comes across then you re-trim the sails. Tacking and jibbing takes skill. I talk to power boaters driving Donzi offshore go-fast boats and they complain about having to spend over $1,500 a week or more just in fuel cost to enjoy boating.

With most 20-foot power boats, runabouts will spend about $100 on a weekend or even a long day of skiing or tubing. The average sail boater will have a 9.9 hp outboard motor or an inboard diesel motor to get around the dock or to motor through a no wind area.

I know many a sailor say they go through about a five-gallon can of gas in about three to six months! So the high cost of gas isn't affecting them as bad as the power boaters. The sailor can enjoy their time on the water and not have to worry about the high cost of fuel!

Joseph Meece

Fort Myers



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