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Most fast powerboat enthusiasts end up buying slow displacement yachts

Most fast boat enthusiasts end up buying slow displacement yachts

Flying over the surface of the water on a fast planing motorboat gives an unforgettable experience, but over time, you, like many other boaters, may have other priorities. As we get older, our philosophy of life leans more and more towards calm contemplation, and comfort, reliability and safety become paramount. And our boating preferences naturally change as we do.

In addition, you may want to go much further by boat than you normally would before. And in this case, issues of seaworthiness and fuel efficiency will come to the fore. That’s when more and more trawler yachts and other boats with displacement hulls, even solar catamarans, appear in your browser bookmarks.

And while many planing power cruiser owners will no doubt be pleased with the speed of their boats, they can’t match the comfort of the average trawler, both when cruising in bad weather and while at anchor. And it’s not even worth mentioning fuel consumption and maximum range.

At the same time, there are many excellent offers of displacement and semi-displacement hulls of all sizes and materials on the market, including the huge secondary market. These are not only trawler yachts, such bright stars as Selene, Nordhavn or Bering, this also includes many smaller boats from European shipyards with a century-old history. The Netherlands, of course, immediately comes to mind. The best part is that these boats are often not only much more reliable than the latest sports cruiser models from the glossy magazines, but also much cheaper, both during purchase and during operation and repair.

Of course, you need to pay attention to the seaworthiness category of the vessel, depending on your plans. Many small, often steel, displacement boats may be called trawler yachts by sellers, despite the fact that they are intended exclusively for cruising on inland waterways. For coastal and open sea cruising (no more than 200 miles from the coast), you should only consider boats of at least class B.

When it comes to ocean crossings and circumnavigation, then talking about planing hulls is completely inappropriate. Here, proven trawler models with active stabilization systems and reliable diesel engines are king. And although solar electric catamarans are trying to compete with them, at the moment these attempts are in vain.

But what should we do if in some beautiful bay in ideal weather we want to ride with the breeze again? Well, for this we always have a RIB, the outboard motor of which has enough power to have fun with any towed water toy without burning a ton of fuel.