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Motoring while sailing ????

Ok, I am not sure where this was to go, so here it is.
I recently came across an opportunity that I will partake in where I will be in a non-equity sailing partnership. I know that many of you are against this, but it is the most affordable deal for me, and the guy was cool and yeah yeah yeah...
Anyway my question; I will be sailing a Pearson 30ft and sailing from SoCal (Dana Point or Oceanside) to Catalina a few times this winter. He explained to me though that because of the lack of good wind out there, he motors out, and then sails back. What exactly did that mean? Is that a normal practice of motoring that far (it is 6-7 hours) or what? Please let me know, as I was assuming that one would just sail, although painfully beating if necessary. Any advice or experience is appreciated.

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