Let's start with a simple yet very common question: what's the difference between motorboats and sailboats. Yes, it's in the name, but there's more to that.
A motorboat is an ultimate Bay and ocean boat and is great transport for bays or short fishing trips into the wide-open water. Whenever you get the urge, you can hop in, turn the key, and go wherever your heart desires.
A sailboat is the perfect boat for people who want to connect to the water and weather on a primal level and understand how to navigate the world on their own power. If you want to live the ultimate boating adventure and explore the world by boat, then a sailboat is the boat you want.
As wind power is the main source of energy in a sailboat, running cost is very low, however you will have to compensate that with your hard work while on board. It takes much effort and mastery to win over nature to your side (no auto-pilot too;)). The motorboats are easier to navigate and control, however those powerful engines are very thirsty for fuel. Yes, some can burn 200 liters per 1 hour very easily. The Engine noise at cruising speed can be a factor too, however once you start hitting those waves so fast that not a single sailboat can catch up, then you forget this quickly.
Leaving the energy source aside, sailboats provide less space inside as they can only become longer, not wider. Thus, the comfort for passengers or crew is minimized and the draft of a sailboat is much deeper, requiring you to stay further from shore and avoid shallow water. While motorboats are well suited for a very comfortable journey providing opportunities to showcase your boat attire, champagne fridge and sun tanning skills.
Which experience do you prefer and why?
Could you tell a little bit more about boating? Is it hard to get the license and rent a boat?
Asked by Rūta Simanaitytė
My experience in getting boating license is limited to Lithuania, however, I believe the process is similar as there are international requirements which are pretty much the same. To get a skipper’s license for recreational vessels I took a month course with daily lectures as well as practical lessons based on weather availability. They teach you only in a perfect weather, but we went out to the open sea on the very first lesson!
The theory part can be tricky as they're a lot of things to remember which don’t have a perfect logic to them, so you need to just remember it to pass the exam. Good tip is to take the exam as soon as you can once you finish the course, as you will starting forgetting things rapidly.
This license gives you an international permission to boat in any inland waters, sea and ocean with no engine power limit. The only limit is the length of a vessel and that is is 24 meters.
Renting a boat without a captain in Lithuania is very hard, however Mediterranean sea countries provide a way more established boating infrastructure with a very wide choice.
"Practice makes perfect."
Sounds more like a curse.
In this day and age everything moves a million miles an hour and perfectionism can be a hinderance.
Don't strive for perfection, you need to do, just do. Figure it out as you go. You will fail, hit speedbumps, be challeneged but you will ultimately succeed and overcome those challenges.
Don't strive for perfect, strive to do, to create, to be proud.
You will hone your craft but it takes time.
Patience is tenacity.
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