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Location: New Westminster, BC
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Re: Do you hate power boats?
It is a sad statistic, perhaps esp in the PNW how much of our summer cruising is under power. Longish distance, tidal gates, tides and currents often dictate timing, our often very sheltered waters affect the amount of wind we might get. And this, as jrd intimated, despite being willing to sail down to 3 knots boatspeed.
The big wave clods are a nuisance, but I have to say of late that we see many more 20+ knot capable boats lumbering along at 8 or 9, presumably to save fuel, or perhaps they've seen the light.
And on those flat, windless days it would be nice to zip to your destination in an hour rather than 4 or 5 droning hours under power. But MacGregor tried that and it didn't work out that well.
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)