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How slow is too slow before you use the motor?

I was wondering how slow was too slow before you resort to non-wind propulsion.

On FarCry that SOG lower limit is usually 3 knots. It depends on location, weather, sea state, time of day, distance from destination and frequently the most important factor...the body language from the admiral.
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As you say, it depends on the circumstances of the moment. Ghosting along at 2 knots in driving rain is not our cup or tea.. motoring and steering from under the dodger with Otto remote's the way to go. But doing the same on a pleasant warm day with not too far to go is a different thing altogether.

We usually time this sort of thing with speed vs. time/distance/daylight remaining to our destination in mind, so the threshold can vary considerably.

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Usually On a long trip, I'll motor when I can easily motor twice as fast as I'm sailing - about 4 kts.
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I totally agree with you, it all depends. Nearly ALWAYS on the body language of the admiral!
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About 3kts.


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Harden up! Motors are for harbors and bridges.

Actually, I do have a smaller motor I'll fire up if it gets too light:


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depends on how much fuel you have

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What Faster said about sums it up for me too.

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I used to think 4 knots was my lower limit, but I'm thinking 3 now, with fuel costs accelerating!
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