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Why do some sailboats, sail more than others?

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  1. BlowMeAway

    BlowMeAway

    Joined Nov 30, 2015
    1,130 posts, 613 likes
    Hunter 1978 H30 Cherubini
    US Cayuga Lake, Ithaca
    Sounds like it would make a good scene for a Captain Ron sequel. Too funny!
    My sails are doused and auxiliary is always running if even for a moment before approaching an anchorage, mooring, fuel dock, slip, or raft up I believe I'll need reverse. As far as departures, I'm comfortable hoisting sails provided the conditions and rules are favorable for doing so.
     


  2. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    3,330 posts, 1,160 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    Is that like poking a dog through the fence?
     


  3. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    3,330 posts, 1,160 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    We regularly sail from, and to the mooring. Not because we need to, in fact, there is far less running of the engine than the engine would probably like, but because we can. The only time we don't sail to the mooring (besides no wind at all) is when it's determined that the breeze is beyond what is deemed safe to grab the mooring. Being 50' from 'keel in the dirt' leaves no wiggle room, so safety is paramount.
     


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  4. Todd D

    Todd D

    Joined Jul 4, 2012
    26 posts, 18 likes
    Allied Princess
    US Southwest Harbor
    I think it often comes down to schedules. In the summer here around Mount Desert Island we have two groups of sailors - locals that often go out for a sail without starting the engine and people from away who are heading somewhere and want to get there by a specific time. The visitors are much more likely to be motoring. We often sail across Blue Hill Bay where we encounter 90% of the sailboats under power heading west from MDI in the morning or east toward MDI in the afternoon. Those people are on schedules to arrive at their next anchorage/mooring by a specific time to be guaranteed a mooring or have time to go ashore. We have also passed boats motoring toward MDI when we were under sail in perfect conditions to make a sustained 7 knots. Those people often seem to feel it isn't worth the work to set sail, perhaps because the wind might drop off preventing them from maintaining their target speed of 5.5 knots (or whatever). That said, we generally motor the last 30-40 minutes into an anchorage because my wife wants to be anchor down by 5 PM AND more important she wants hot water when we get there. These days I find myself taking the powerboat when I want to get somewhere by a specific time.
     


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  5. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,252 posts, 2,599 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Seamanship. Pure unadulterated Seamanship. (Unless he just got thrown out of a bar. Then it's called "being incarcerated.")
     


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  6. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    3,330 posts, 1,160 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    Never venture out alone unless properly tethered. :)
     


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  7. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    6,389 posts, 1,765 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Lake Martin AL
    I've been tossed out of a few on bourbon street ... didn't get incarcerated.... I simply called it "out with Boudreaux". :)
     


  8. RussC

    RussC

    Joined Sep 11, 2015
    1,245 posts, 584 likes
    Macgregor 25
    US Oregon lakes
    Some people should be ashamed for motoring when they could be sailing and showing their seamanship. ;)

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  9. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    3,330 posts, 1,160 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    Hey! Isn't that Kermee in the blue stripes?
     


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  10. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,252 posts, 2,599 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Where's Waldo?
     


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  11. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,976 posts, 1,230 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    The one with all the women about to board his boat. o_O

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  12. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    6,389 posts, 1,765 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Lake Martin AL
    :worship:
     


  13. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    3,330 posts, 1,160 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    I wrest my case. :)
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  14. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,252 posts, 2,599 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    I knew y'all spelled certain words different up in Canada, eh. Like colour, labour and honour. But wrest? Is that sorta like wrelaxation?
     


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  15. Apex

    Apex

    Joined Jun 19, 2013
    846 posts, 121 likes
    Oday 28
    US Traverse City
    I vote for the GREEN stripes as Kermie:
    lower and to the left
     


  16. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,976 posts, 1,230 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    That would make sense.
    I found a better picture of Kermit's boarders.

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  17. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    3,330 posts, 1,160 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    This raises a whole new dilemma. Under what pretext could one -possibly- anticipate the wretched possibility of getting tossed from such an establishment? Eh?
     


  18. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,976 posts, 1,230 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    Oh my, I wasn't thinking!

    Never mind.
     


  19. Tod

    Tod

    Joined Dec 30, 2010
    82 posts, 76 likes
    Montgomery 17
    US trailered
    Sail?
    "Ain't nobody got time for that!"

    Seriously, I think that in this age of instant gratification, if the conditions for sailing aren't just what the people want, they lack the time and patience to put up with other than straight-to-the-destination-at-the-best-speed-they-can-make that motoring offers.
     


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  20. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    6,389 posts, 1,765 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Lake Martin AL
    No! It is wrestlaxation:ass:
     




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