I've been aboard during the engineless passages of a C&C 27 with Sail Transport Company, through the ports of Poulsbo, Brownsville, Sequim, Shilshole, Port Townsend, Langley, and Coupeville, in 0-30 knots, with winds in different directions. And I've been aboard with an Oar Clubber on an engineless Yankee 30, from Blake Island to Bellingham. The Oar Club's website, like Sail Transport Company's, is also on the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, archive dot org.
Both boats had yuloh-style sculling oars. It was definitely more a matter of timing, good boats surveyed and maintained appropriately, appropriate sails, sail changing methods, and anchoring, weather and water current forecasting abilities, a crew of more than 1, and appropriate planning (ie getting up at 3 am), to avoid stuff like towing the bow from a leeward dock with an inflatable kayak to a nearby mooring buoy, docking at 7 knots, etc. In some circumstances it may have been nice to go into slips on bare poles with two sweeping oars, like pivoting off the winches, mentioned in Jay's book, if the width permitted. There was a lot of mooring and anchoring, or heaving-to, outside of marinas until the weather got a bit calmer. The same kinda thing happened going to certain channels with crappy wind and tidal current.
Sailing in and out of a slip is pretty sweet when conditions are nice enough, thinking of it as a very short dock. One day in Poulsbo, as we were bob-sledding the sloop out of the slip, we saw a guy with a Triton on his jib, sailing around each dock in the marina singlehanded, on a sloop at least 25', with both sails up, like he was tracing his bare hand onto sheet metal with a dremel. I heard it's easy though with the right setup if one tries for like an hour, with something else, like sailing tightly around a couple pillows in the water.
Last edited by limpyweta; 04-06-2013 at 05:36 PM.