Originally Posted by booboo2
BTW, Stu, how many ex-wives do you have?
Love ya, mean it,
But she was a real beaut!!!
I understand the "economic" factors, however, after carefully logging my overall average fuel consumption
for fifteen years, I know how many hours I can operate my boat on a tank of fuel
How fast I can go will determine the distance, and that can vary GREATLY in a sailboat. On SF Bay
and tributaries, the currents can reach six knots (and in many areas of the world currents can exceed that significantly).
For Adele, please note that "our" currents here do NOT average out like your example of the ICW
. If I go north and east into the California Delta
from SF Bay
, if I do not time the currents properly, I could spend four hours fighting the current
and in many places on a spring tide go absolutely nowhere, whereas if I went with the current
, I'd get there much faster. An "easy" four hour trip (in ONE curretn/tide cycle of six hours) could be turned into a six or seven hour trip without proper planning. In this real life example, the currents in no way cancel out. At all.
It's the way I choose to measure my speed/time/distance parameters, and I recognize there are other ways to do so. Perhaps I was a little presumptive earlier, although I have difficulty, as an engineer
, in applying it for my purposes.
Your boat, your choice.
And thanks to you others for the kind words. Much appreciated.