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FarCry 10-04-2008 03:19 PM

How slow is too slow before you use the motor?
 
I was wondering how slow was too slow before you resort to non-wind propulsion.

On FarCry that SOG lower limit is usually 3 knots. It depends on location, weather, sea state, time of day, distance from destination and frequently the most important factor...the body language from the admiral.:eek:

Faster 10-04-2008 03:46 PM

As you say, it depends on the circumstances of the moment. Ghosting along at 2 knots in driving rain is not our cup or tea.. motoring and steering from under the dodger with Otto remote's the way to go. But doing the same on a pleasant warm day with not too far to go is a different thing altogether.

We usually time this sort of thing with speed vs. time/distance/daylight remaining to our destination in mind, so the threshold can vary considerably.

speciald 10-04-2008 04:09 PM

Usually On a long trip, I'll motor when I can easily motor twice as fast as I'm sailing - about 4 kts.

Fullcrew 10-04-2008 04:11 PM

I totally agree with you, it all depends. Nearly ALWAYS on the body language of the admiral!

eMKay 10-04-2008 04:53 PM

About 3kts.

jaschrumpf 10-04-2008 07:26 PM

The USS instructor from whom I took my lessons had a firm rule: "I hate to f*ckin' wallow!"

Works for me.

NOLAsailing 10-04-2008 08:02 PM

Harden up! Motors are for harbors and bridges.

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

http://www.rambunctiousracing.com/si...ff-600x450.jpg

ianhlnd 10-04-2008 08:03 PM

depends on how much fuel you have

jrd22 10-04-2008 08:08 PM

What Faster said about sums it up for me too.

John

DickGiddings 10-04-2008 08:33 PM

I used to think 4 knots was my lower limit, but I'm thinking 3 now, with fuel costs accelerating!
Dick


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