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Re: Would you give up sailing?

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Lapworth is not a newb trolling a product. He's been here for quite sometime, he just posts infrequently. I've met and sailed with him personally.

BTW- I initially transitioned from power to sail boating because of green issues. It was only afterwards that I fell in love with the process of learning and honing the actual skill of sailing. Racing was a surprising and totally unintended consequence.

I suspect Lapworth and I share several views about the environmental aspects.

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I've met and sailed with him personally.
You are a very good racer, You probable noticed I wasn't that into racing. Well at least I tried. Thanks for teaching me the racing side of sailing.
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The day I win the lottery I will only be sailing in the summer & the rest of the year you'll find me on a Nordhaven 35' trawler.
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No, At this point it's not a choice.
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Yes it is, Andy. It's Joel Whites larger version, 9'6". It's nearly as old as my daughter - now in her mid twenties - , who is sailing with our dog in these photos.

She's been sailing it since she was 7 or 8. She will always love sailing(the dog too, he started as a puppy). Thank you!


Tom,

Thanks for sharing these pictures. They tell a great story, and are two of the best pictures of the joy of sailing that I have seen.

Everyone else - if you think about it, sailing *is* a form of solar power...
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Re: Would you give up sailing?

I think electric propulsion - however the energy is created - for a sailboat makes a ton of sense - but it depends on the usage. At the present state of technology/affordability/practicality, it wouldn't work for us. Transiting rapids on nature's 'schedule', long stretches of windless channels esp in summer and possibly limited sunshine (if solar) would make it very difficult if not impossible to keep up with loads. Losing propulsion at a critical juncture could be very unpleasant.

If primarily daysailing or sailing with no schedule/time limitations I'd be all over it as a practical improvement/safety factor over going totally engineless.

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You are a very good racer, You probable noticed I wasn't that into racing. Well at least I tried. Thanks for teaching me the racing side of sailing.
Well, you're half right. I'm not good, but I am "into it".

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Re: Would you give up sailing?

I've been thinking about the prospect for a few years. An old friend quit sailing, bought a stink pot in order to get on the water with less effort then went back to sailing for the serenity.

I wouldn't quit sailing for a stink pot, but I would for 160 acres with forty acres of Angus beef. I honestly enjoyed cultivating my corn as much as I did sailing when I was on the hog farm.
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Would I give up sailing? Yep, three days after I'm dead.

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I'm with Gary on this one.

I love sailing and wouldn't give it up for anything. Even the work I'm doing for my refit is more relaxing than anything else I've got going for me right now. If I could, I'd live on my boat full time.

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Re: Would you give up sailing?

For a few, sailing is a mode of transportation, and those might make the change to electric solar boat....

For others, sailing is a recreational and competitive sport....

For others, sailing is a lifestyle.....

Sailing is so many different things to so many different people....

For me it's a cherished hobby, and I will give it up when I'm physically unable to set foot on a sailboat. I haven't quit making wooden boats even though plastic/carbon/glass is probably much cheaper and easier. I haven't quit riding my bike even though mileage on my electric hybrid car is pretty darn good.

I guess I wouldn't quit sailing because sailing is in my blood and soul (though all those times when something breaks down and repair need to be done I often wonder why...).

Probably never will understand those former crew and friends who have walked away without looking back, but that's not me.

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