Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
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Re: 2014 Sailing Season
You gear was engaged and you were breaking the regulations. You principal propulsion was your sail.
The other boats you saw I am sure were doing what most other safe sailors were just like Colin, and I do using the sail to maintain balance, be seen around the many blind corners on the canal, and use the sails to BOOST their speed a little.
My principal propulsion was the motor, which was in gear the whole time but speed was within the idle range marked on my throttle. I was completely safe and compliant with the regulations. Your accusation is incorrect.
With jib up I was averaging 6 knots, occasionally as high as 6.5, thanks in part to a favorable current. Immediately after furling the jib I dropped back to 5.4 knots at the same motor setting. Your accusation is thus proven wrong.
You seem to be obsessed with picking on me.
...Just repeat after me...when my car is in gear..its not idling...when my boat is in gear...its not idling
Curb the attitude, pal.
An automatic transmission car certainly can be in gear at idle speed. It's what causes it to creep ahead when sitting at a red light. If you release the brake on a level surface, the car will move ahead at about 5 knots.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
USCG Certified Captain, 50 Ton Master and OUPV
ASA Certified 101/103/104/105/106
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Tall Rig Breakin' Away, Universal Diesel M35B, Mantus 35 lb. anchor, sailing out of Rock Hall Landing Marina