It depends on what the primary criteria is. If it is to create a sailors only club, then obviously
no. If it is to target people who enjoy boats and cruising at a slower pace, then why not? If it is
based upon speed, should sailors of high speed racing boats be allowed? They certainly travel at considerably
more than 7 knots.
As for me? My wife and I own a DeFever trawler. Or normal cruise speed is 7 knots. Our "don't
spare the horses" speed is 8 knots. And wide open, shoveling coal as fast as we can, we do a blindly fast 8.25 knots.
Shouldn't the criteria be people who take boats and boating seriously? People who are, or have a desire, to
do long distance voyaging. It would seem to me that attitude is a lot more important than the primary
means of motivating the boat. After all, our boat has a sail, and I see a heck of a lot of sailboats
motoring along with sails furled, even under favorable wind conditions.
Just my thoughts,
Jim - a stinkpotter who grew up a ragbagger