A sailing course will teach you to operate under power, unlike the
converse (although a power boat course would probably be a lot
shorter, granted). I didn't spend any time in the water whatsoever
whilst learning to sail, and I strongly encourage everyone to follow
my lead on that ;)
How much spray you get is very dependant on the wind (and to a much
lesser degree on the size of the boat). In a 10 knot wind, it's a
minor concern. I'd have modest concerns about sailing in a 25 knot wind
at this time of year unless you're experienced or wearing a wetsuit.
The good news is that light winds are more common at this time of
year, although that can also mean they're too light to sail at all.
>If a seastead is located at the edge of the EEZ at 40 nm, a power boat
>traveling at 10nm/hr could get there in 4 hours. A power boat could
>start in the morning, visit the seastead, and come back all in one
>day. A sailboat would probably take substantially longer. The skill
>required to get a power boat out 40nm is much less than a sailboat.
I've been assuming the main goal of a sailboat is to get to Ephemerisle
12 miles out or less. A commercial seastead farther out will probably
want a powerboat, but I would expect that one or two people would
specialize in operating that boat, and there's little reason to expect
the people currently on this list to specialize in that.
>You should not assume that everybody will show up at Ephemerisle in a
I'm aiming to make Ephemerisle affordable. I assume that we should worry
less about people who can spend more to use a powerboat. I also assume
that anyone using a powerboat can wait til the last month to learn how,
but sailors need to spend more time learning and are more dependant on
waiting for days when the wind is appropriate.