Yes, sailing used to be a big passion of mine. But really I just like boats. In addition to Mazurka I have a Laser dinghy, a couple of canoes and a small fast inflatable.
As with many things, it comes down to the use case. I’ve lived in London, Ontario for 24 years, and there isn’t much boating close by that interests me. I took a pretty much complete break for 15 years – busy with family, career, homes etc. I traveled a lot to race Lasers in Masters events for a few years, which is a ton of fun.
I’ve had a long-standing interest in seeing North America from the water. More specifically from the inland waters. I was hooked the first time I went down through Virginia and North Carolina on the intracoastal waterway (ICW). There are thousands of miles of navigable waterways, and my goal is to travel them all. I’m not a fan of open water.
Given that, a power boat is the right choice. Not just any powerboat, but one that is easy on fuel and reasonably self-sufficient. I’ll try to go into more details on my selection criteria and the purchase process, but that’s the short answer.