frolic - You are so right. To summarize -
Powerboating got him into trouble, sailing got him out of trouble. Ain't it always the case?
Seriously, I won't leave the dock without at least 1 sail ready to go. Our winter marina is 12 miles from our summer marina. The temptation (which I resist) is to drop the boat, motor to the summer marina, and rig the boat (we strip sails, lines, everything, each fall). This situation just reinforced my reliance on sails.
On a side note, I think that everyone should be able to sail up to their slip. It's not necessarily easy, but an important skill to develop. My feeling is that people sailed millions of miles before motors were invented, so it's still feasible. I just hate to rely on a powerboat to tow me home. How degrading....