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post #24 of Old 02-22-2012
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Originally Posted by tdw View Post
The time issue is interesting. Deep down inside I know that Linda is correct. What's the rush ? We choose to go out in a form of transport that for the a lot of the time doesn't goes faster than a brisk walk yet we fret if we take too long to go from one place t'other.

That said, the number of cruising sailors I have met who state quite frankly that anything under 5,6,7 knots and they motor has surprised me.
I think it's the "We'll be there Tuesday" syndrome. Most people these days plug their departure point and their destination into the chart plotter, get it to tell them how long the voyage will take at 80%, or so, of hull speed, turn around and tell everyone when they'll be at their destination, and then take it as some sort of personal point of failure if they can't get there by their ETA. This forces them to motor whenever their speed drops very far below hull speed, less they show up a few days late, tails between their legs, heads bowed, suffering from the abject shame of taking to long to make a passage.

Never forget them. Do something to prevent it from happening again.
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