I was thinking about getting back on the water all summer. While researching on the net I came across one old guy who used an old sailboat (fairly cheap item) to cruise the Mississippi. I then found another fella who was the Commadore of his yaht club in Canada who used a sailboat for cruising there. The idea is that you can get a decent boat, remove the mast, install a new or newer Honda type 9.8hp 4-stroke (super quiet) and cruise all day on a gallon of gas. Canal cruising is usually limited to 10mph so who needs an ego engine that measures fuel consumption in gallons/hour? That sounded pretty darn green (cheap) to me so I started looking with a serious hesitation regarding headroom in the cabin of a sailboat. I just found and bought a 23' O'Day pop-top for $500. The entire cabin raises to give 6'4" of head room in the cabin. If I get tired of canal cruising I'll hinge and reinstall the mast and have a little sailing trawler type looking thingy. Here are some representative pics but mine will have solid walls with massive windows instead of the canvas.