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Old 16-09-2010, 23:21   #16
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Lets see? What did the old 1200 ton merchant sailing ships do?

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I have sailed a folkboat (2000kg displacment) engineless, every weekend, for years.

Even rowed it (paddle over the bow) when there was no wind.
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Old 17-09-2010, 03:01   #19
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Lets see? What did the old 1200 ton merchant sailing ships do?
One thing we could take from the the sailors of old is this: They would wait offshore or in harbor for suitable weather to navigate to or from port. Not hours or days but sometimes months. I doubt many cruisers would have that patience in this go-go world of schedules and duties.
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I used to row my 7 ton schooner, using one 14' oar. Never had an auxiliary. Am building a 6 ton gaff cutter with no provision for power, though I might try the electric outboard if I have the bucks. If it's a sailboat, it doesn't need an engine. The real question is, do you?
Michael, with the Bellingham location and the engineless resume, I'm guessing you are an Oar Club member?

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