Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
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We motorsail +-50% of the time, but on average, we sail 25% - 50% of the time . . . since we have a motorsailer - Traditional Pilothouse Nauticats are efficiently designed to do just that.
We can motor at 9 kts, and sail at 6.5 to 7 kts - just under hull speed. Motorsailing however, is preferred when winds are light and on a time schedule, since we use less fuel to reach our destination than by motor alone. It is of course, also quicker than cruising using just sails.
Those times under sail are the most rewarding though. I motor out of the marina, raise full sail, kill the engine and then spend the entire journey under sail only.
In Narragansett Bay, winds become very brisk in the afternoon. If it wasn't for my wife's anxiety over sailing when winds are stronger - we would be in the over 75% category.
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