Components of a good motorsailer
1. Mast and sail area are ample for sailing and motorsailing
but not too much to be handled easily by a small crew.
2. Mast is 73 feet, 6 inches above the waterline; some are considerably shorter.
3. Fully enclosed raised pilothouse gives good visibility,
comfort, protection and safety.
4. Open aft cockpit allows the owner to enjoy cockpit life at anchor,
as he would in a sailboat or typical trawler.
5. Outside midship sailing station helps for sail visibility,
sensitivity to elements and fine-tuned sailing.
6. Rudder is larger than typically found on most powerboats for
better steering while sailing. However, it’s also close enough to
the prop for responsiveness when maneuvering under power.
7. Running gear is protected.
8. An adjustable, variable-position folding prop, controlled from the helm,
allows better sailing when feathered and facilitates proper loading
of the diesel when motorsailing with engine running at low rpm.
9. An almost full “cruising keel” gives the stability of a sailboat, helps to prevent slippage while sailing, and protects the prop from grounding and debris.
It terminates well forward of the prop, which among other things helps with
coming about while under sail and close-quarter maneuvering under power.
The keel has approximately 17,500 pounds of encapsulated lead. Draft is
6 feet fully loaded; others draw considerably less but may not sail as well.
10. Sails have power control. This adds convenience
and safety and avoids the need for larger crews.
11. Wide beam of 16 feet, 7 inches, with much of it carried
aft, allows more accommodation space than you’d expect
in a pure sailboat, and larger engine and tankage capacity.
This also helps position the master stateroom in the
most comfortable area of the hull.
12. Beam/hull design allows a walk-in engine room.
13. Swim step is very convenient.
14. Low center of gravity and heavy hull facilitate
placement of tender over pilothouse.
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The article originally appeared in the September 2009 issue.