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post #5 of Old 05-19-2013
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Re: My Horror Story

This may be a really stupid question, but are your bottom and running gear clean? If your prop is badly fouled, it wouldn't matter if you had 80 hp and a foul bottom would cause the boat to sail very poorly as well.
If your bottom is fouled, you will have to dive down and scrub it clean with hard bristled brushes and scrapers, a tedious job.
As I said previously, if you wait for westerly or the more common easterly winds you would have an easier time sailing south.
After cleaning the bottom, if needed, you might make a plea on the site for some kind soul with more experience to help you sail your boat to NSB for free, just supplying food, grog and transportation for them.
Another option would be to put an outboard bracket on the stern and use an outboard motor to motor the boat, though that isn't a cheap option.
Good luck.

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