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View Poll Results: How Much Do You Sail?
Always—and I scull into harbors because I don't even have an auxilliary engine on the boat 5 5.10%
Always—but I have a motor on the boat, but don't know how to use it 1 1.02%
>75% of the time 58 59.18%
50–75% of the time 18 18.37%
25–50% of the time 10 10.20%
0–25% of the time 2 2.04%
Never, I own a powerboat 1 1.02%
Never, I own a MacGregor 1 1.02%
Never, my name is CruisingDad—I just use it to support my barbeque grills and solar panels 1 1.02%
Sails, what are sails? What do you mean this is a sailing website? 1 1.02%
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85% of the time we're sailing, BUT that does not include the month of August...then we're motoring 85% of the time

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Daysails 80-90%, in and out of marina and if the wind completely dies back to the slip. Cruises, mostly during summer when the winds here are flukey, we are lucky to sail 50%. If we are trying to get somewhere I set 3 kts as the point where we fire up the engine or we are going backwards against the current. We live on a narrow pass that routinely has currents of 4+ knots, and it's fairly common to see sailboats with full mains and genoas going backwards, until they pull out the iron gennie. Contrary to popular belief, the San Juans and Gulf Islands are a rotten place for sailing in the summer, don't believe all the articles in the magazines you see, don't waste your time and money coming here, you won't like it, and it rains ALL the time! Honest, really, I wouldn't lie about something like this.

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One of the reasons we are on a mooring rather than in a dock is that I love sailing on and off the mooring. Could do it blinfolded in our old boat but I've not got the sailing on bit down pat with Raven. She carries her way a lot differently to the old girl. The other thing I love doing (in a very empty bay) is anchor under sail. Only tried sailing off an anchor once and it was so damn traumatic that I've never done it again.

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Sailing off an anchor single-handed can be alot of fun...

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Sailing off an anchor single-handed can be alot of fun...
Tell that to the poor sucker I nearly T-Boned !

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OOOOOPPPPSSSS

I made a mistake. I meant I sail 75% of the the time AND instead I marked 25% of the time...sorry..never mind...I do not obviously sail only 25% of the time!!
You guys should have seen the expression on Alex's face when we had to motor around Sagres due to the lack of wind. He was extremely disappointed that it wasn't like the inside of a washing machine.

Oh, wait! Here's his face now...note the disappoint that instead of the roar of the wind there is the stink of the diesel!

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HEHEHE! I just read this!!! And just when I thought there were too many choices to choose from... there you go! My choice is spelled out for me at the end!!

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If we have a cruise planned and want to get somewhere and the wind is not behaving, we motor. If we are on the boat for a weekend of day sails and the wind is not behaving, we don't go out.

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HAH! I'm the only one to choose option 1.

not by choice mind you but I've been without motive power for over a year. I sail or paddle everywhere. Hopefully, that'll change with the acquisition of a new 4-stroke OB soon.
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50-75% was my guess averaging out the weekend day sails that are around 90 with the couple of 'cruises' a year which are more acurately described as destination motor sails ....... unless the wind was perfect .... ya right

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