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It depends... if you have the room to beat to windward in relatively few tacks, then doing so can be very enjoyable...but if you're stuck in a narrow channel, with a lot of shipping traffic, and you're trying to go nearly directly upwind, then motoring can make a lot of sense from both a time and a safety perspective.
Another reason is that some boats don't tack very well, especially in choppy conditions, and having to tack repeatedly in those conditions can be very wearing. This is even more so if the boat doesn't have a self-tacking jib and you're sailing singlehanded.
If you have a schedule to keep, then motoring can also make sense. The tides and current wait for no one...and planning to have them on your side isn't always possible.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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