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post #28 of Old 03-03-2011
haffiman37
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Any 'budget' in a cruising project should have an investment/repair part and a running cost part.
The initial investment might be higher, bot 'running costs' next to '0'.
I used to sail IOD back in the 60's with no engine. A bit 'tricky' getting in and out of the marina berth', but on the other hand a lot of us were in the same situation at that time. Not to forget the marinas in general had room to maneuver. A bit different today, as they sometimes seems to believe people have flexible boats that bends or at least pivots around the mast-line.
I'm afraid this 'no-engine' project will sooner or later put someone else life and property in danger. A responsible skipper should always put 3d party safety before his own! A boat of this kind to be used for 'cruising' is not complete in safety-equipment without an engine of some sort.
In an emergency, yes, but as a common rule - irresponsible!
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