Originally Posted by southerncross31
I remeber the first time i saw somebody artfully tacking through my mooring field, i was in awe. It has been my inspiration ever since. I can sail too and from my mooring on my Pearson 26 so most days i don't use the motor.
An admirable inspiration.
I have a feeling it will be a different story with the SC31! That is, if it ever floats again! Do you think it's a bad sign when someone has siliconed around the INSIDE of the seacock and backing plate .
It isn't necessarily a bad sign...just a sign of someone who didn't have a clue on how to do a proper installation or re-bedding of a seacock.
Honestly though, i would rather sail at 1 knot than motor at 6. If there is somewhere i have to be it can WAIT! For me sailing is living and the rest is just preparation/work so I will stay out as long as possible. I was out on lake Champlain thursday...2-4 knts....no one was out except a few boats motoring around. I drive 3hrs to get there so i go out anyway. I had my sails up for about 3-4hrs, did some work on the boat then watched the beautiful sunsets there. Then I (all alone) was rewarded with 10 knots, no clouds and a huge sky full of stars. One of the most peaceful sails yet. I stayed out until midnight....slept till 6am and woke to 15-20 g30 and sailed under full main till the afternoon. Life is GOOD!
Well said... I was out last Tuesday, and we sailed about 85% of the time we were out. The 15% of the time we motored was because it is required to pass the swing bridge—I don't believe they will even allow you through if you have your sails up. Motoring I can do about 6 knots cruising speed, we were sailing at 4.5-8 knots most of the day.
BTW, motoring long distances on my boat just isn't feasible. I only have the capacity to store about 11 gallons of fuel—and that is for both the dinghy outboard and the boat's outboard.
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