I'm with you on that Joe.If it's a sailboat, I would think it completely appropriate.
I sail mine at every opportunity, off and on anchorage, in and out of inlets, to and from the dock/slip.
I figure it's nothing new,as sailors, by nature of being aboard sailboats have been doing so long before the engine.
The only reason to fire the diesel is,no wind or I'm in a hurry! and if you're in a hurry aboard a sailboat you may have to rethink your choices.
I'm a sailor aboard a sailboat, therefore I sail.
I see nothing wrong with a sailboat doing this, as long as the crew are competent and skilled enough to make the proper choices. Not all sailors are good sailors.I was reading an article in Caribbean Compass about pet peeves of cruisers and one of the issues was anchoring/leaving under sail. More so in crowded anchorages. I was wondering what the opinions of the people here. Cheers
I think it depends on a detail. My feeling is that it's irresponsible to do so strictly under sail since something can go wrong, BUT, there's nothing wrong with entering or leaving under sail with the engine at idle. That allows immediate recovery for wind shifts or other unexpected events. The engine would be needed for backing down after the anchor is down, and the engine should be on to help with windlass load.I was reading an article in Caribbean Compass about pet peeves of cruisers and one of the issues was anchoring/leaving under sail. More so in crowded anchorages. I was wondering what the opinions of the people here. Cheers
A wind shift does not turn a boat. It is the person at the helm. As for the argument on seamanship, one could and should say the sails should be made ready in case the engine quits. I see a lot of boats with their mainsail cover on when motoring into an anchorage.there was a sudden wind shift
If you see someone on the road weaving through traffic, nearly hitting other other cars and running people down, you get to complain. (Yes, about a car driving!) Similarly, if you see someone sailing badly through a crowded anchorage, you get to complain. (Yes, about a sailboat sailing!) On my last charter I saw a bunch of near misses with boats sailed (badly) in mooring fields on a crater recently.How could anyone complain about a sailboat, sailing?
Thats just rediculous.
The Woodwind boats keep their engines running all the time and often are motorsailing to give the customers a better experience.sailed into Annapolis one holiday weekend (poor planning, will avoid in the future) right behind one of the much larger charter sailing schooners that had a deckload of passengers.
I remember thinking, "that skipper is good" the moorings were packed and there were boats and skiffs and paddle boards all over. the big schooner sailed right up to the warf! now that's a sailor.