What one thing would you change on your boat if you were given the opportunity to wiggle your nose like a genie? Every boat is a compromise, so I’m sure there are others, but what ONE thing would make the biggest difference?
Without a doubt, aboard Winterlude, the one thing that we’d change would be our diesel.
We love our Nanni Kubota diesel. It just purrrrrrrrrs along and like the Energizer Bunny, just keeps on going. It’s taken us for five days when the forecast 10-15 winds went to literally zip 20 miles outside Isla Mujeres all the way back to Florida and it sips sips sips the diesel, which is a very good thing.
BUT, it’s also only 30 hp … and 30 hp to maneurver a 24,000 lb boat in any current or crosswind makes it much more difficult than it might be with maybe a 50 hp diesel. In the Little Shark River this winter with the current running against us we could barely make 2 knots against it. And when we were sailing to Isla and had the current against us the last few hours literally a “few miles” turned into hours as we struggled along at 2 knots.
Plus it’s always difficult to be left behind when cruiser friends are headed out the cut in the reef in Belize to motorsail to Lighthouse Reef Atoll with the wind blowing 15 on the nose. Although it’s a mere 25 miles, we can’t make any headway in any kinds of seas. So they all turn on their big diesels and 5 hours later they’re anchor down and in the water spearfishing and we’re still back behind the barrier reef.
SO, that’s what we’d change. What about YOU? What one thing would you change about your boat? Please leave a comment and share. Cheers! Jan