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I think it depends a good bit on the boat and the reliability of the engine. Sails can be a problem too, if the wind suddenly shift and you have neither the space or crew to manage them.
A few days ago I used Wachapreague Inlet, just down the coast. The current was 4.1 knots. In some boats that is not a big deal, while with others that would be poor judgment.
I do make a practice, in swift inlets, of starting the engines early enough to warm them up properly and notice any weakness.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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