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Old 01-12-2009
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One variable no one mentioned is where you are cruising. When we crossed Lake Michigan years ago, we used to figure 5 knots as minimum speed, because the run was about 60 NM where we usually crossed, and we always liked to do it in the 7 AM to 7 PM time frame. If the wind fell off and our speed dropped below 5 knots, we would start the engine. However, when crossing an ocean, you really don't want to start the engine because you don't carry enough fuel to run the engine for a couple weeks!
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