motorsailer

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motorsailer (plural motorsailers)

  1. (nautical) A vessel (usually a pleasure craft) that has been designed for both sailing and motor operation.

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Practically all modern sailing vessels have a motor that can be used for propulsion. That alone does not make her a motorsailer. In a motorsailer some compromises (such as a shallower keel) have been made to make the vessel more suitable for motoring, and consequently less suitable for sailing than a typical sailing vessel.

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