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10-07-2008 02:09 PM
hellosailor Nice day & no place better to be? My Evil Twin Brother has often been heard to say "Doan worry, de wind, de current, she come take us home by an by".

No food, way past dinner time, piles on the desk calling with siren songs...Yeah, that's what the Iron Genny is for.

If you've got good company...who cares how fast the world is moving by?
10-07-2008 02:08 PM
maccauley123
I prefer to sail

Quote:
Originally Posted by Delirious View Post
I'm on my sailboat. That's ALREADY where I want to be so what's the hurry?
In general that is my feeling. Trying to sail in low winds is a challenge and I will do everything I can to sail as long as I can. If I have a destination in mind I am more likely to change my destination based on conditions. I am out there to sail, even if it is only at 1-2 knots.

There are of course conditions that will force me to power:
- The admiral saying for the third time "didn't we just pass that buoy?"
- Light winds and BIG dark clouds approaching. Shorten sail and warm up motor if looks bad enough.
- Heading back to port, light winds and getting dark. Seems to make sense to power for 10 minutes versus trying to sail back for 45.

Other than that I will do everything in my power to sail.
10-07-2008 02:00 PM
soulesailor
Quote:
Originally Posted by NOLAsailing View Post
Harden up! Motors are for harbors and bridges.

Actually, I do have a smaller motor I'll fire up if it gets too light:


OH MY GOD!!! WHERE DO I GET ONE OF THOSE???
10-07-2008 12:29 PM
WouldaShoulda Last week it was -3kts.

I cranked it up to beat the sunset.
10-07-2008 11:11 AM
FarCry So M631, let's assume that: you're late for dinner, out of ice, out of limes and somehow your mother-in-law has gotten on board. At what point do you crank up the engine, if so equipped?

I really don't expect an answer as I see you joined in 2001 and have made only six posts in seven years. That is amazing in itself!!!! I will never confuse you with SD. LOL
10-07-2008 11:06 AM
T37Chef It really depends.
10-07-2008 10:15 AM
Maddock631 The question is too general. Other facts are needed for an appropriate answer. Such as:

When are your dinner reservations for?
Has all the ice melted?
Have the limes ALL gone bad?
Is your mother-in-law on board?

All of these can alter the correct answer as to when to turn on the iron spinnaker.
10-06-2008 05:52 PM
TheFrog
What motor?

New boat doesn't have one of those fancy new-fangled petroleum burning noise makers. If the wind isn't sufficient to move me I guess it will be skulling, paddling, or wait for someone with a motor to give me a tow.
10-06-2008 05:52 PM
CaptKermie I have to say Faster said it best but I will add for those who wonder how some get held to deadlines.
Marina rats like me get held to deadlines because of operation hours. We have to get there while the office is open and we prefer the amenities of the marinas. Mother nature also imposes deadlines to make slack tide through the passes, she waits for no one. If I want to make slack tide or my reservation I will use the iron genny. We tend to like marina hopping too and like to spend the day sailing between destinations so we will wait untill the 11th hour to drop the sails then quickly motor to the next marina. I also use the engine to prevent the current from taking me to far off from my next waypoint.
There are many situations that warrant the use of the engine. If I am just out daysailing I only use the engine to get out there and then return, it is off the remaining time.
10-06-2008 05:45 PM
Hesper Backwards.
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