Join Date: Mar 2006
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I sail a boat that can make five or six knots in winds under ten knots. One of the reasons I chose this boat is that I can sail more of the time, rather than having to motor. Unfortunately, because of where my boat is berthed, I do have to motor to get past the local bridge, which is a swing bridge, and they don't let sailboats go through under sail, only under power.
Performance is important to me, and my boat can actually make better time under sail, than it can under power, in winds over eight or nine knots as a general rule, unless my destination in dead upwind. In the case of a dead upwind destination, I'd need 12-15 knots of wind or so to make enough boat speed to equal my SOG from motoring upwind.
I'd prefer to sail rather than motor...but motoring is sometimes necessary, whether for manueverability, or because you need to go directly upwind.
Motoring or powerboating is really something that is for people that care more about getting to the destination, rather than caring about the journey.
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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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