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post #7 of Old 02-22-2012
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Originally Posted by nolatom View Post
this is all too tongue-in-cheek for me.

Aside from coastal and harbor passages which can be handled with a tow, what benefit is a motor to a long nonstop passage? No 30-footer can carry enough fuel to make it a real factor in the sea passage itself.

So therefore what's the big deal about ballyhooing the "engineless" part of this proposed trip?
Many, if not most, boats with an engine will use it to charge their batteries, or provide power for a watermaker, or reefer holding plate, from time to time. It can also make MOB and drogue retrieval maneuvers faster and easier (usually). Really big boats, with really big engines and LOTS of fuel, will sometimes power to avoid storms, or get through long calm spells, et cetera, too. More moderate-sized boats can often motor-sail for pretty long distances w/o using a hugh amount of fuel.

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