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I wonder though, with 58 kt of wind, and a 36 ft ship with a big mainsail, the purists are reluctant to use the motor. Those same purists will think nothing of motoring to weather to put the sails up, yet won't motor to weather and want try to sail out of a 58 kt gusting squall with two sails.
70 mph wind speed, 750 square feet of sail.......AAAaaaarrrrrgggghhhh !!!!
A wind speed like that will blow the 10 ton ship flat in seconds if you get it remotely wrong. You will have too much sail out, the headsail will be a great big wind trap and far too big, flapping itself to death ($2000), and the main is waiting for the same treatment ($2500). Add those up and you can have two motors.
58 kt is awful, and a ship lying on its side in 58 kt is worse.
Practice that in light airs certainly, but the moment that cloud approaches, start that motor, build some speed, turn off weather to shadow headsail, let it go, roll it up like crazy, standby mainsheet, hard over, hold the bow just off weather, pull mainsheet like crazy, kill that main, and leave the purists to their contradictions and their bank managers.
You must be talking dingy sailing here. Getting the sails down on a bigger boat in 58 kt would be very difficult without the motor, and you would only get one swing at it without that motor, and it will be noisy, sails flapping and commands will be difficult to hear.
I must be missing something here.