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

On Saturday we had a Hyannis to Nantucket race (25 miles) with winds mostly in the 18 to 23 knot range. Overall the winds ranged from 15 to 30 knots. Winds were dead on our nose, out of the South on Sat. Overnight they did a 180 and came out of the north for our return race. This time the winds ranged from 7 to 13 knots.
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Re: Why Cruisers seem to motor a LOT form my attempts to cruise this summer :)

If you are employed and have limited cruise time available, motoring is a fact of life on the Chesapeake Bay and in Mid-Atlantic coastal region.

I motor 50-75% of the time on extended cruises. I will sail if at all possible. Sometimes, there is simply not enough wind. I will still sail upwind in light air, even if I make slow progress, as long as I am not outside in the ocean where I feel more vulnerable. There I will turn on the engine if I am not making at least 3 knots.

The slowest leg of my recent trip involved tacking against a foul current east of Pooles Island on the northern Chesapeake Bay. I sailed all day and only made it from Still Pond to Rockhall, although I enjoyed the sail.

It is very important to have a good, reliable inboard engine on a cruising sailboat in this area. I cannot imagine sailing without one on the Chesapeake.

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