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thanks pirate. over the past 3 weeks I have gotten much better at sailing off and on my mooring without motor help, but if the wind totally died or something, it''s good to know that I may get something out of the 2hp.
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KenD: My wife would probably agree with your immature mind comment. And it may indeed be true. That being said, my point in using the expletive was both for effect and a feeble attempt at comedy as, honestly, I find it comical to suggest that a 2hp motor is appropriate for a 23'' sailboat. As a captain of a boat you need to plan for the what if''s; what if I need to return to my mooring in a hurry and the wind and/or tide is against me, what if I need to avoid another boat or get off a lee shore, what if I experience rigging or another mechanical failure, and what if, god forbid, I or a member of my crew is injured and getting to help is urgent? In any of these situations you will be cursing the 2hp engine and thanking the lord for the extra power. Just a thought..
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Wives are always right just ask them. A 2hp motor on a dingy is just about enough,and I think a good rule of thumb is 2HP for every ton of boat. I don''t think I would feel comfortable with a underpowered boat in the circumstances you depict,gives me the sweats thinking about that. we are all here trying to help others by our experience
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My experience is that, about once a season, I need every last drop of HP out of the 50hp inboard diesel that powers my 35'' sailboat for various reasons. I can do 8+ knots under power which just gives me a warm feeling all over.
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