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Re: First off shore coastal run
There's a difference between the way you plan a pleasure cruise and a delivery. You take your time with a pleasure cruise. This is more akin to a delivery, i.e., moving the boat to a new permanent location. Delivery captains typically don't waste time. If they can't make 4-5 kts under sail, they'll run the engine. For example, at 5 kts you'll cover 60 miles in 12 hours. At 3 kts it will take you 20 hours. If you're shorthanded, the difference can easily result in arriving exhausted, and arriving at night, or in daylight. Plan your trip accordingly, and, if the wind lightens, don't let it delay your arrival at your destination until night. Use your engine as needed to maintain your scheduled arrival deadline.