Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: University Place, WA
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There are all kinds of potential reasons for not sailing beyond the obvious one of a contrary wind.
- Short handed
- Rigging problems
- Temporary laziness
- Lack of experience
- Health/infirmity issues
- Charging batteries/heating water
- Diesel engine needs to be run hard for a bit
There have been plenty of times in the past when I'm on my way to a specific destination and the wind becomes favorable for a very short period of time. It would take longer to raise the sail and put it away than the amount of time actually sailed. Very frustrating and very common where I sail. That is the primary reason I opted for in-mast furling on my new-to-me boat. The sail may not be as pretty when up, but it gets up and used a whole lot more often.
BTW, I spent the weekend Med-tied next to a Bene 40. The couple that bought it didn't know how to sail when they bought the boat almost new 2 years ago but had owned a 31 ft power boat for a number of years. In the last two years they have learned a LOT and are quit accomplished in-shore cruisers now. Not what I would recommend, but it has worked well for them.
S/V Legacy, Catalina 400 MkII, Hull #328
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