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Re: I'm ashamed...I cheated!

It's only cheating if you get caught!
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Not cheating. Motors were invented by sailors that got tired of waiting on the wind.
Or by those who needed to get to work on Monday morning.

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Re: I'm ashamed...I cheated!

Am I going day sailing or to a destination ?

On Long Island Sound depending on the current and wind direction

If the current is in full flood in Northport and that just right WEST WIND I could have a pretty good day sail just reaching the sound

If I need to get someplace I would spend the 18 minutes motoring that section VS the 90 + minutes sailing it

If I leave Northport on the Ebb and ride it out to Port Jefferson and the Ebb is still doing its thing then there will be a section of the Port Jefferson breakwater with 3 knots of current

On the other hand on are last long sail (70+ miles ) we rode the full moon flood home and covered it in 10 hours
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Re: I'm ashamed...I cheated!

The last time I was out was on a Melges MC. The wind died as the sun set, but we were determined not to "cheat" and use the paddle. When we finally drifted back to the mooring ball we were probably going 0.1 knots....
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The only relevant question is...did you have fun...
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Re: I'm ashamed...I cheated!

The only time to be embarrassed motoring is when someone sails past you.

We had a stiff close reach heading into Block Island a year or two back and sailed past a motoring sailboat with bare poles. We swore we could see the poor bastard's wife point at us and ragging him out. Very fun.
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Re: I'm ashamed...I cheated!

The way I look at is that this whole boating thing is supposed to be fun!
What advantage is there in trying to do something in a way expected of you by others if you are stressing out.
If you are not racing, there is no such thing as "cheating". As you become more competent, you can continually challenge yourself and perhaps sail through that passage, but even then, don't hesitate to "cheat" if it will keep things fun, rather than stressful.

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Re: I'm ashamed...I cheated!

Yes it's cheating, hang your head in shame. You should be able to sail up a channel no wider than your boat is long and right into your slip in no wind against a strong current.

Or something like that

I motor when I can't sail, or I can't get where/when I need to go via sail. It's only cheating if you do it when racing.

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