Motorsailer | PassageMaker


Motorsailers are cruisers that have hulls that are designed to be propelled by one or two diesel engines, as well as with some form of sailing rig on deck. They are of interest to owners who want to use the available wind to supplement the drive provided by the engines.


Boat ownership is an evolutionary process for most of us. Happenstance pushes us along in our initial boating experiences, but as the years go by, we develop a firm grasp of what is important in design, construction, and intended use of all of our subsequent…

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The Heritage East 36

The trend these days is to build big, as evidenced by the larger models now offered by many trawler and cruising powerboat builders. Custom or production boat, no matter-it seems the focus is to satisfy bigger budgets and over-the-top accommodations. But thankfully, this is not…

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A Burma Cruise In Downeast Maine

While researching motorsailers available for charter, I found an ad for Burma, a 58-footer designed by Richard O. Davis. After contacting her owners, Michael and Debbie McMenemy, I flew to Maine to get a firsthand look at this classic motorsailer. The boat is located in Brooklin, Maine,…

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Diesel Duck

Five years ago, PMM introduced its readers to a little-known marine designer and his unusual ocean-going cruising yacht. The designer was George Buehler, who lives and works in wooded seclusion on Whidbey Island, in northwest Washington State. The boat was his Diesel Duck. “Diesel Ducks have not…

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