Re: Why Cruisers seem to motor a LOT form my attempts to cruise this summer :)
Over Labor Day weekend, the tail end of Isaac left us with 3 day of East winds on Lake Michigan - perhaps a once a decade occurrence. For the 1st time all summer, we managed a cruise with less motoring than sailing. Out of 42 NM, only 7 or so were motoring - a couple just getting in and out of ports and the rest because it started raining and got freaking cold right at the end of the day.
On a 4th of July trip to Wisconsin and back we motored 100% of the time. A combination of light winds and the need to get across the big lake a couple of times in daylight put over 25 hours on the motor in 10 days.