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Re: electric drive
We used to moor in the head of a bay and typically would start the engine and motor back in while flaking the main, cleaning up the boat, taking our time because you do need about twenty minutes to really heat up the engine oil (to burn off condensate, etc.) and in the days before solar panels, that also ensured topped-up batteries to keep the bilge pump happy. Could have sailed...but the alternator needed run time, and motoring just made for less need to dodge anyone.
All sorts of mundane reasons like that why folks are using the engine at times, instead of the sails. Sometimes they're just shorthanded, i.e. one spouse at the helm, one down below changing diapers or making lunch...easier to single-hand the engine for many.