||09-02-2006 08:43 PM
If you're asking whether a motor vessel, no sail, is a reasonable cruising boat, particularly for the destinations you are considering, I would say "no". Cruising motor vessels get about 2 miles to the gallon of fuel consumed!
It's been done, but fuel tankage and range is a very important consideration, and most motor yachts are not set up for ocean passages. There are additional concerns - some sort of stabilizer for beam seas, "flopper stoppers" for at anchor.
Personally, having sailed for 20 years, and now on a power catamaran, for us there was no thought involved. For ocean passages a sailboat is the way to go. For our present more limited coastal cruising where we can anchor every night, the power boat is a reasonable choice. I wouldn't consider taking this boat offshore if the wind was over 15 knots or so. For a sailboat that's perfect conditions.