Sailing is a quiet and relaxing sport when cruising, but it becomes a very demanding challenge when racing. For both of these reasons, sailing has become popular each year. This short paper discusses the general sailboat market from the designer's point of view. Included is a briefdiscussion of the materials used and the methods of fabrication. The requirements for the sailboat auxiliary engine are detailed along with the related engineroom equipment. The author attempts to outline some of the future changes that might be expected.