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08-20-2011 12:29 PM
rbrasi I sailed into my slip for the first time last night. Perfect. It helped that A) I have a downwind slip and B) there was virtually no wind. Getting out without the engine on is more of a challenge, but I'm almost there. My goal is to use the engine only when absolutely necessary. BTW- I have a Vetus (Mitsubishi) Diesel 20hp that works great. After roughly 40 hours of water time, I'm still on my first tank of gas .
08-19-2011 03:45 PM
jppp Powerboating enthusiast friend of mine said to me when we picked up the boat, "best part of a great sailboat is a great motor".
08-19-2011 01:18 PM
glassdad Chrisncate: You said "Keep in mind that the motorless cruising sailor typically wouldn't be in a rental boat situation either, there is a difference in the overall way you sail when you know ahead of time that you have no motor. A boat in distress isn't really the same as a dedicated sail only vessel."

I agree with you. Where are you planning on going? Are you going long term cruising or short hops? Are you on any kind of timetable? If not, I kind of see your point but it is not for me.
08-19-2011 11:11 AM
Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
Lose the boat while you're at it. Just go swimming.
Now you're getting radical!
08-19-2011 10:50 AM
BubbleheadMd Lose the boat while you're at it. Just go swimming.
08-19-2011 10:35 AM
Originally Posted by emoney View Post
I wonder why there isn't a great "Rudderless Sailing" debate? I mean, if we're truly purists, purist, then they probably started without one.
I'll take it further with sail-less sailing! Drifting is the purest form of boating and cheapest!
08-19-2011 09:43 AM
OtterGreen would and insurance company see this as an unnecesarry risk if something were to happen and you were completely without engine? sorry if thats been covered before
08-19-2011 09:42 AM
emoney I wonder why there isn't a great "Rudderless Sailing" debate? I mean, if we're truly purists, purist, then they probably started without one.
08-19-2011 09:08 AM
dabnis All of this has been an interesting read but probably didn't change anybody's mind about anything. Chris, let us know how it works out to be engineless.

08-18-2011 03:04 PM
glassdad Chrisncate, if push came to shove, I probably could have sailied out of the storm. But in a rental boat of unknown maintanence history, it would not have been smart. I beleive an engine is a vital piece of gear and would not leave the dock if it was not working.

Sailing for me and my family is a fun sport. I don't want it to turn into a life or death situation if I can avoid it.
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