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post #20 of Old 09-25-2014
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Re: Short tacking to windward is sailings heavy lifting.

a. Atleast some of you most have started with a no-engine sloop, where short tacking was often a way of life, leaving harbor.

b. Though I hate the motor as much as the next guy, burning less than a tank each season is probably bad boat keeping. Inspite of all good practices (additives, vent filters, polishing), anything more than a year is just too long. Additionally, anything less that 50 hours per year is not going to shorten the life of the engine by one day; it will die from corrosion first. So there is NOTHING wrong with averaging 1-2 hours per week. It is not costing you anything... other than peace and quiet.

But yeah, an hour under power seems like a VERY long time. Ick.

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