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Re: Why Cruisers seem to motor a LOT form my attempts to cruise this summer :)

Hey,

I hear you guys. We had a trip earlier in the year where we went from Mt. Sinai NY to Clinton CT and then back a few days later. The trip there was 30nm of boring motorsailing where we never had more than 2-3 kts of wind. The trip home was a little better and we were able to sail with the engine off for about 5 nm otherwise it was motorsailing.

That's why, a few weeks later, when we had a forecast for steady southerly winds for a few days, and over a weekend, I said 'screw everything else' and sailed from Mt. Sinai to Northport and then back. It was the two best sailing days of my life. The engine was used to get out of Mt. Sinai and then to grab the mooring in Northport, and then the opposite the next days.

I have learned that there is rarely wind before 2:00pm, and usually some wind from 2-8 pm. Also, I am just about done with scheduled trips. If the wind of good I will go, otherwise, it's not real fun to motor motor motor.

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Re: Why Cruisers seem to motor a LOT form my attempts to cruise this summer :)

This was what last week was like.. And yes that is a baby seal jumping out of the water...


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Re: Why Cruisers seem to motor a LOT form my attempts to cruise this summer :)

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This was what last week was like.. And yes that is a baby seal jumping out of the water...

Very cute , very cute indeed. We don't get many seals down here , more's the pity.

Acknowledging what JRD said re schedules the other issue is comfort. I don't mind plodding along at one or two knots if needs be but when you factor in wash from stinkers and/or a rolling ocean swell it can be simply intolerable.

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Re: Why Cruisers seem to motor a LOT form my attempts to cruise this summer :)

I'm happy just being out on the water. If the wind is right sailing is a bonus. We sailed more chartering before I bought a boat when the kids were younger. Now it seems like we do more day trips for lunch or dinner stops. But it is still good. Right now I'm not on the boat but I can see her on here mooring. If the wind picks up maybe will do a little day sale today.
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Re: Why Cruisers seem to motor a LOT form my attempts to cruise this summer :)

I used to sail a couple of unpowered keelboats, for about ten years. Now I kind of wonder how and why! We just cruised over the weekend, and had good enough winds half of the time. That's pretty good. I did manage to sail on and off the anchor both nights.
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Re: Why Cruisers seem to motor a LOT form my attempts to cruise this summer :)

Wow, you guys have me feeling pretty good about my backyard, Nantucket Sound. We regularly take 20 to 30 mile per leg weekend trips to the islands and usually the question is what direction is the wind coming from, not is there wind. I'd say we motored less than 1/3 of our trips.
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Re: Why Cruisers seem to motor a LOT form my attempts to cruise this summer :)

i make about 70 trips on the Chesapeake's upper reaches each year, most of which usually involve some motoring, usually in the Havre de Grace, MD channel. Most of the excursions range from 30 to 60 miles per day. During mid summer, the prevailing winds are usually southwesterly of 5 to 10, with some part of the day where the wind is dead calm. Fortunately, there are exceptions. Three days ago I motored five minutes from the dock, put up the sails, and sailed 42 miles south to Fairlee Creek. The wind averaged about 15 though much of the day from the west, which meant just a few tacks to reach our destination. About 2 miles from the mouth of Fairlee Creek the wind dropped to zero, black flies invaded the boat and gnawed on our legs, despite a liberal dose of Skin So Soft. We anchored for the night, rolled out about 9 a.m., sailed up the bay to Betterton, the wind died, storm clouds were on the western horizon, so I fired up the Tin Lizzy and motored 11 miles back to the marina. The Betterton area was slammed with a violent thundershower, but the marina never got a drop.

Just a typical day on Chesapeake Bay,

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Hi Tom, good point! Sunday similar story on Great South Bay....I usually avoid motor but at times it was that or drift around in circles getting bounced around by the not so occasional six foot wakes dragged
along by those mobile split level things they now call "cruising boats (power)"
I finally drfted over toward the flats and had fun washing the water line and swimmin. SOon enough we,ll be reefing regularly!
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Re: Why Cruisers seem to motor a LOT form my attempts to cruise this summer :)

pacific is swell ridden--6ft being almost nothing, but the timing of them is looong..decent for sailing. 914--where are ye--i thunk i'd-a met ye by now.....LOL

some folks do have difficulty with long slow swells, so they dont sail pacific--our swell originates in japan....loong fetch.


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Re: Why Cruisers seem to motor a LOT form my attempts to cruise this summer :)

Over Labor Day weekend, the tail end of Isaac left us with 3 day of East winds on Lake Michigan - perhaps a once a decade occurrence. For the 1st time all summer, we managed a cruise with less motoring than sailing. Out of 42 NM, only 7 or so were motoring - a couple just getting in and out of ports and the rest because it started raining and got freaking cold right at the end of the day.

On a 4th of July trip to Wisconsin and back we motored 100% of the time. A combination of light winds and the need to get across the big lake a couple of times in daylight put over 25 hours on the motor in 10 days.
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