Re: Why Cruisers seem to motor a LOT form my attempts to cruise this summer :)
If you are employed and have limited cruise time available, motoring is a fact of life on the Chesapeake Bay and in Mid-Atlantic coastal region.
I motor 50-75% of the time on extended cruises. I will sail if at all possible. Sometimes, there is simply not enough wind. I will still sail upwind in light air, even if I make slow progress, as long as I am not outside in the ocean where I feel more vulnerable. There I will turn on the engine if I am not making at least 3 knots.
The slowest leg of my recent trip involved tacking against a foul current east of Pooles Island on the northern Chesapeake Bay. I sailed all day and only made it from Still Pond to Rockhall, although I enjoyed the sail.
It is very important to have a good, reliable inboard engine on a cruising sailboat in this area. I cannot imagine sailing without one on the Chesapeake.
Last edited by jameswilson29; 09-10-2012 at 03:30 PM.