Phyllis and I have never been the type of sailor that gets snooty about power boats; in fact, I have even written about my ideas for an ideal sailor’s power boat.
But the fact is, aside from having motored many tens of thousands of miles on sailboats and a bit of time inshore on various (mostly small) power boats, we have never actually been power boating, and never offshore power boating. That’s about to change.
We just arrived back at Base Camp in Morgan’s Cloud after a leisurely cruise from Maine, where the boat has been laid up for the last two years. As it happens, our good friends Bob and Brenda, who have recently made the transition from sail to power, are visiting us in their Nordhavn 55, BJoyce, and have offered us a ride back to Maine to pick up our car.
The run is about 250 miles, which we intend to make non-stop, so it should be an interesting and educational experience for the two of us, particularly since we just covered the same bit of sea, albeit with stops, in our sailboat under power (it was one of the most windless weeks I can remember).
Look for at least one article in the next few weeks on our trip. We will focus the piece on information useful to the many sailors that are, usually due to advancing age, considering the change to power.
Update (Tuesday Morning)
Judging from some of the comments, it would seem that I was not clear about our intention in taking this trip.
To clarify, Phyllis and I try to keep open minds about different boats and different ways of doing things. We also love to learn about boats…all boats. That, and the fact that Bob and Brenda are fun to spend time with, is why we are taking this trip.
This post does not indicate that we are considering buying a Nordhavn 55.
If and when we buy a motor boat it will likely be much smaller and long and thin. Please read this to understand our thinking on that.
Also, the post(s) we write about this trip will be about the experience of being on a motor boat from a sailor’s point of view. We will not be in any way publishing any sort of review or critique of the Nordhavn 55.