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post #5 of Old 12-25-2003
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oars over a motor?

How is it rowing into the wind and waves?

I was out in the Great South Bay recently when the diesel cut out in my Stone Horse as I headed for the creek entrance. There was strong breeze and 1-2 foot waves. I have oars and oarlocks, but as Jeff noted it takes awhile to overcome inertia and get moving. Against the wind and the waves it seemed impossible. I tried sailing as close as I could and wound up beached and needed a tow off.

Turned out I had air in the lines from letting the fuel in the tank get too low. Now I know what to do...and still hope those oars will keep me out of trouble at some point. I ordered them from an outfit in British Columbia for about $160.

Have to say, though, for getting home at a reasonable hour when the wind is in your face, there''s nothing like an engine!
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