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[QUOTE=davidpm;602155]Some of us have to keep the diesel running all the time even racing just to power the hydraulics. ]

If your vessel is not over one hundred feet in lenght, why do you need hydraulics? Have run vessels up to that size with steering chains alone.
May need the engine to power the anchor windless and to hoist sails but then the rest are luxery items.

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Some of us have to keep the diesel running all the time even racing just to power the hydraulics. ]
If your vessel is not over one hundred feet in lenght, why do you need hydraulics? Have run vessels up to that size with steering chains alone.
May need the engine to power the anchor windless and to hoist sails but then the rest are luxery items.
Boasun, buddy, would you like to borrow a pair of pliers? I think you might have a hook in your lip.

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actually the question was why do you need and engine?? Have sailed 26 ft knockabouts with no engine and put those boats where some people couldn't put their power boat...And sailed out of that tight place. Though I will admit that there are places where you do need an engine... But are those places really worth going to??

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This one is not even close. If you're going to run the engine all the time might as well get a stinkpot.
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How do the rules of the road consider a sailboat with its sails up, but engine running? Does the engine need to be in gear in order for the vessel to be considered a 'vessel under power', or is having the engine running (but not engaged) enough?
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How do the rules of the road consider a sailboat with its sails up, but engine running? Does the engine need to be in gear in order for the vessel to be considered a 'vessel under power', or is having the engine running (but not engaged) enough?
Engine running is enough to make you a vessel under power. Shut it off and enjoy the sail, as well as a slight advantage in the ROR.


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Engine running is enough to make you a vessel under power. Shut it off and enjoy the sail, as well as a slight advantage in the ROR.
Not true. Engine must be propelling the sailboat for the boat to be considered under power.
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Not true. Engine must be propelling the sailboat for the boat to be considered under power.
Perhaps technically true, but if you t-bone someone with the engine running I'll bet you lose.


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The point is that when the sails are visibly deployed, you will be seen as a sailboat and treatede as a sailboat. Not a powerboat.

Unless you've hoisted the proper day shapes and someone recognizes them.

Used to be you had to BUY COLREGS to find out these things. Nowadays all the regs, state and federal alike, are free on the internet and most of the state regs are handed out for free at boat shows and other venues.

It ins't hard, or costly, to get comprehensive answers to this stuff. Or, to take a boating safety course and get a LOT of the blanks filled in while meeting other local boaters. (Typically, $45/half day course, with a certification that gets you insurance discounts and more.)
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dboy, you've been punked.
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