Originally Posted by Scout 30
I get it. Modern day sailors have become motor
sailors. It's to the point now that if your engine
won't run sailors will not even consider leaving the dock
. As a result skills are lost
& achievements are muted. .
With the number of electronics
on a vessel today I usually keep the engine
ticking over to keep batteries topped up. Also helps to provide the added punch to get through waves so I use my engine regularly when sailing long passages.
However, I do not subscribe to the view that we lose our sailing skills. Recently when anchored with high winds and current
and no engine I managed to sail off the anchor single
handed. Skills once learned are always there when you need them.
After not reducing a sight for many years I got out my sextant
and obtained a fix. Compared favourably with my GPS