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Old 10-05-2008
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i agree with snider some of the technical stuff if you could call it tht is so much fun it all adds to the adrenaline you try and push it so you can point up ahead of the mooring or try and beat the little yacht club racers i have so much fun in the harbor it adds to it all

over the summer workin on a schooner we tried sailin up to another and it took three times passing the big jiba nd stay back and forth and rounding up then backwinding loads of fun....atleast for the crew dont know about cap though
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I have to say Faster said it best but I will add for those who wonder how some get held to deadlines.
Marina rats like me get held to deadlines because of operation hours. We have to get there while the office is open and we prefer the amenities of the marinas. Mother nature also imposes deadlines to make slack tide through the passes, she waits for no one. If I want to make slack tide or my reservation I will use the iron genny. We tend to like marina hopping too and like to spend the day sailing between destinations so we will wait untill the 11th hour to drop the sails then quickly motor to the next marina. I also use the engine to prevent the current from taking me to far off from my next waypoint.
There are many situations that warrant the use of the engine. If I am just out daysailing I only use the engine to get out there and then return, it is off the remaining time.
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What motor?

New boat doesn't have one of those fancy new-fangled petroleum burning noise makers. If the wind isn't sufficient to move me I guess it will be skulling, paddling, or wait for someone with a motor to give me a tow.
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The question is too general. Other facts are needed for an appropriate answer. Such as:

When are your dinner reservations for?
Has all the ice melted?
Have the limes ALL gone bad?
Is your mother-in-law on board?

All of these can alter the correct answer as to when to turn on the iron spinnaker.
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So M631, let's assume that: you're late for dinner, out of ice, out of limes and somehow your mother-in-law has gotten on board. At what point do you crank up the engine, if so equipped?

I really don't expect an answer as I see you joined in 2001 and have made only six posts in seven years. That is amazing in itself!!!! I will never confuse you with SD. LOL
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Last week it was -3kts.

I cranked it up to beat the sunset.
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Quote:
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Harden up! Motors are for harbors and bridges.

Actually, I do have a smaller motor I'll fire up if it gets too light:


OH MY GOD!!! WHERE DO I GET ONE OF THOSE???
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I prefer to sail

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I'm on my sailboat. That's ALREADY where I want to be so what's the hurry?
In general that is my feeling. Trying to sail in low winds is a challenge and I will do everything I can to sail as long as I can. If I have a destination in mind I am more likely to change my destination based on conditions. I am out there to sail, even if it is only at 1-2 knots.

There are of course conditions that will force me to power:
- The admiral saying for the third time "didn't we just pass that buoy?"
- Light winds and BIG dark clouds approaching. Shorten sail and warm up motor if looks bad enough.
- Heading back to port, light winds and getting dark. Seems to make sense to power for 10 minutes versus trying to sail back for 45.

Other than that I will do everything in my power to sail.
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