Originally Posted by rtbates
I do it the opposite. I use the sails
and turn on the diesel
only when I need/want to go faster than sails
alone will provide. sounds like you motor
first and sail second? Huh? I must assume that you've got a sailboat that motors better than it sails...
I'm taking my first trip down the ICW
in a new(to me) boat, so I'm pretty much motoring. I have sailed where I could when in open water
and I can say for certain that it sails better than it motors. It's been a somewhat stressful trip at times and for restricted waters, the motor suits me just fine for now.
The worst part about leaving so late is favorable sailing winds are from the north and its cold and very windy and I don't feels like sailing. Warm southerly winds are in my face and I don't feel like beating in to the wind
all day. Plus, putting miles under the keel
was priority one until it started getting warmer.
Now that I'm in FL, I'll be sailing alot more.