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09-09-2010 10:55 AM
blt2ski Or my case last weekend, coming home, had 22 yr old daughter, spouse and my self, spouse was fine when winds were in the mid teens, upper teens whe started going gaga! so we put in a reef, then hit some low 20's, more panic! took main down, left 110 up, then mid 20's, some funky currents and BIG chop, ie incoming tide going south, wind out of the south, total panic, down came the sails, motored 30 mins, got thru the rough, win died, but left sails down and motored the rest of the way home.

Another boat in YC, spouse is also a bit squemish, so they motored, other two in YC, both sailed, altho the biggest, a C420II almost had to motor, with some main sail issues, but got it resolved.

When we took off friday, wind was all of 2 knots! by the time we hit destination 15 miles later, wind was on the nose at 10 or so.

Many reasons to motor, some good, other not so. In my case, if the wind had been out of the north, going with the current, smooth ride vs 3-4' chop, boat heeled on its ear at times.......7-8 knots down wind, vs 5-5.5 upwind......daughter and I would have kept going, spouse is wigged out........

Marty
09-08-2010 02:50 PM
deniseO30 I'm sometimes amazed at the speed some sailboats motor at and wonder if anyone wonders that when I'm motoring by.
09-08-2010 02:30 PM
tomandchris I met a couple last week that spend each summer in the North Channel. This year three months and on their way home. He said they are never in a hurry and only once in a while when below 2 Kts do they motor....and then only if they need to get somewhere.

Me, once in a while I will sail at less than 4 kts., but only if I am drifting around the bay and doing some work on the boat. If I have a destination I will motor sail at anything less than 4 and sometimes 5 if I have to add distance tacking because the wind is not right.

I love to sail......I just don't really like to sail slowwwwwwwwwwwwwww. However, even that is an improvement for me. I used to say that their is no good reason to fish unless you can troll at 50MPH. Now I sail at 5-6kts. and am going fast!
09-08-2010 02:00 PM
ilikerust
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Originally Posted by T37Chef View Post
I couldn't agree more! I often think the same thing as the OP, then quickly remind myself what D030 said Although it is a blast to sail past a someone who's motoring
Absolutely - I wasn't so much comparing what I was doing with anyone else; just wondering why, when the day seemed just about as perfect as you could want for sailing, someone would take out a very nice sailboat and not, y'know - sail it.

I see from the replies above there are various possible "whys".

In my case, I don't want to wear out my poor ol' worn out engine any more than I have to, so I'll wear out my poor ol' worn out sails instead...
09-08-2010 01:46 PM
T37Chef
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Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
A point I'd (with all due respect) try to make is never compare what "they" do to yourself. You don't know them, their motives, comfort levels.. etc.


I couldn't agree more! I often think the same thing as the OP, then quickly remind myself what D030 said Although it is a blast to sail past a someone who's motoring
09-08-2010 01:31 PM
Insails I day sail Mobile Bay ,sometimes I am short handed. We go out with no particular place to go. We tack,we go here, we go there and sometimes this old man gets tired and cranks the motor.
09-08-2010 12:25 PM
PalmettoSailor Guilty. I've somtimes motored when I could have been sailing, sometimes when I expected the wind to build to more than my usual crew of me and my wife could handle and sometimes because I belived the forecast for no wind and then got decent wind 2/3rds of the way to my destination. At that point the bragging rights of putting up the sails was outweighed by the hassle of having to flake and tie up the main. Now I have a MackPack so I'm more likely to use the sail even if its for a short while.

I'll generally motor when I can't make 5 knots through the water, and sometimes I'll motor if most of that 5 knots isn't VMG.
09-08-2010 11:39 AM
SEMIJim
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Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
every east coast sailor knows as soon as you raise the sails the winds die, fall off, lessen... you drop the sails... and "poof" it's looking like great sailing again!
That isn't limited to the east coast. The lake we sail on, Lake St. Clair, is called by many local sailors "Lake St. Stupid." This is because the air, when there is air, often tends to be exceedingly fickle.

As often as not: The Admiral and I get to Abracadabra: Good air. Motor the 45 minutes necessary to get to navigable (for our 5' of draft) waters: Good air. Turn into the (fading) wind, raise the sails: Wind dies. After a couple hours of unsatisfactory sailing, finally give up, fire up the engine, turn into the "wind," drop the sails and head home. About the time we have her tied up: The wind comes back.

Last time, our only sail so far this season, we waited it out. Wind came back, we had some fun

Jim
09-08-2010 11:29 AM
deniseO30 every east coast sailor knows as soon as you raise the sails the winds die, fall off, lessen... you drop the sails... and "poof" it's looking like great sailing again!
09-08-2010 11:25 AM
ilikerust
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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
Sounds like that was rust on the vhf. You didn't find any egg stains on your boat did you?

"Sailing vessel - put yer friggin' sails up, damn yer eyes!!"
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