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Re: Would you give up sailing?
You know the title of the thread, and question within, lead me to believe this was a newb asking a leading question to sell a product/idea.
When I see that its a senior member, with lots of relevant posts, it leads me to ponder what would drive the question from what is obviously a seasoned sailor? Is it perhaps more of a drive to get to a destination, or cruising location? Is it to be more green (which I'd argue is a political agenda)?
I never once considered the reason someone sails is any kind of "green alternative" to power boating. It's a VERY common misconception that sailors are just tree-huggers that hate fossil fuel burning, but love boating... but my experience is that SURE you do have sailors who fit that description, but most love the sport of it. The challenge of learning to sail, perfecting ones skills, mastering navigation, and bettering boat handling with a limited "range" of winds, direction etc, are what makes it "sport." Sailing is therefore NOT a political choice, but rather a fascination/mastering of an age old skill, or for some even sport (esp racing).
Indeed I'd say a very large portion of sailors are perfectly happy with their fossil fuel burning backup motors... and are loath to give them up because of their reliability (think safety net when the skills don't meet the challenge). I'd wager many if not ALL sailors strive to put safety above all else when it comes down to brass tacks and at the end of that day the only way a SOLAR powered motor would replace the old oil burners, would be if it could meet the existing reliability, range, longevity, and cost per hours used (that last one is important, because batteries degrade, just sitting not being used)... Because the only thing we hate to spend money on MORE than Sails is for work or replacement of motors for a SAILBOAT! Classic statement from those who don't sail... "Why you spenidng x dollars on a motor for a sailboat, can't you just sail it where you wanna go?" Ok, by that logic why do you spend x on brakes for your car, can't you just drive it up a hill?
I'm sorry but the question seems to miss the point of why sailors sail, or at least that is my opinion anyway.
Freedom, a 1983 C&C 32 sailing Smith Mountain Lake, VA