Power vs. Sail: The Great Debate

Having grown up on a harbor bordered by yacht clubs on every side, the rivalry between powerboats and sailboats has always been unavoidable.  Most clubs even host annual “Power vs. Sail” tug-of-war tournaments on their Opening Days.  On one hand, sailors consider themselves to be more “skilled” boaters; easily justifiable since sailing is more about the act of boating itself, with rigging and hoisting being the most important actions.  Whereas, power boating is more focused on arriving at a destination.

Personally, after a few childhood years spent in summer sailing camp, I much prefer power boating.  Coming from a family with a love for waterskiing and fishing, a sailboat seems to be an impractical choice.  However, I could not have more respect for the sailing culture—knot tying, tacking upwind, making sure the boom doesn’t knock anyone out…

Whether it’s an FJ or a catch, a picnic boat or a sport fisher, everyone has their own preference.  Which side do you identify with?

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