Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
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I don't think the engine-less plan works for anything but daysailing unless you're in a situation like the Pardeys and need to make a statement and have (unequivocally) the free time to make it work.
What if...... you're on a week long cruise, anchored in a nice private cove on your own, and your wife (or child) comes down with some sudden critical ailment or has an accident... the nearest facilities are 15 nm away but there's no wind.... With an engine you've got a chance of getting to some help in 2-3 hours... without? Who knows. I wouldn't want to rely on phone coverage or have to absolutely count on others to come to your aid.
No functioning engine seriously handicaps your self reliance.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)