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Old 04-07-2015, 17:35   #16
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Re: Why do monohulls have sails?

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Easterly winds I imagine. Just beat into them myself to get to the Bahamas!
Exactly. It's a nice ride coming back though. Last trip (2014) trying to make George Town, we made good 5 nm in about 2 hours. We blew it off and went back in at Galliot Cut (Blackpoint), went to Warderick Wells (Emerald Rock), and had a great sail to Eleuthera the next day. It was a nice beam reach, and made great time. Same with sailing from there to Abaco.

We're back in Texas, but heading to the Bahamas again in October. I hope this little Yanmar has another trip left in it.

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Re: Why do monohulls have sails?

why dont they genetically engineer a banana that grows with the bend already in it? Save a lot of really boring work for the banana benders - but then, what else would they do? (they might all decide to go sailing, that'd be a bastard...)
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Re: Why do monohulls have sails?

Since monohulls only have ONE engine - you would think they would be trying to save it. But I too notice here in the Southern Caribbean, monohulls appear to favor motoring over sailing.
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Why is it that nearly every time I see a monohull here in Australia, it's motoring from place to place? Even when the winds are favorable... they're under power. Before I built our cat we owned a monohull, and I really wanted to go cruising on it because it was so cheap, but the thing sailed horribly.

I see many, many monohulls around here, but nearly 100% of the time.... motoring, sometimes with sails raised. Why is that? Do they all sail that badly? Wouldn't sailing be preferable? Why not just buy a powerboat if all they do is motor?

Are the sails just used to reduce the awful rolling, or purely for decorative reasons?
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... Clearly you must be bending bananas ...
Evidently, a “Banana Bender” is a resident of Queensland, Australia, where bananas grow, and people with nothing better to do put a bend in them.

According to the Australian Banana Growers Council:

Bananas start life very, very straight, but as the bunch emerges from the top of the plant, and the bracts roll back (bracts are the leathery purple things that separate the hands of bananas) and fall off, the bananas begin to spread out and turn upward.

They do this because bananas are negatively geo-tropic. This means that they grow away from the pull of gravity, as opposed to turning upward toward the sun.
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Re: Why do monohulls have sails?

Maybe it's just like most things are inverted down under
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Every Oyster I have ever seen has been motoring in good sailing conditions (this is actually true). Why do Oysters motor 100% of the time?

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Come to think of it, the only Oysters I saw during the course of my cruise last summer, were docked or moored in Newport over the Boat Show weekend, one of my final stops before my return home...

2014 must have been an off-year for the Oyster Rally to Labrador, I guess...

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Re: Why do monohulls have sails?

Now be careful, someone might be "offended" and report you to the thread police and ask you be removed.
Personally, I motorsail a lot, especially when my GPS estimates an ETA that's favorable for my sundowner schedule!
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Come to think of it, the only Oysters I saw during the course of my cruise last summer, were docked or moored in Newport over the Boat Show weekend, one of my final stops before my return home...

2014 must have been an off-year for the Oyster Rally to Labrador, I guess...
You should start a thread - "Why are Oysters docked or moored nearly 100% of the time".

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What's a sail? 😳
Bloody expensive white cloth things, that will stretch within in the first hour of use, are easily dissolved by sunlight, rot in damp conditions and finally turn a dirty off white colour within the first season requiring immediate replacement which will cost about the same as a new diesel engine.

They are used on special days when the wind in just in the right direction and its cloudy with gentle winds or you might be recognised by friends and other members of the yacht club.

Now, there is a sort of virtue in propping up said yacht club bar explaining how you continue to keep your 30 yr old volvo running with just duct tape and a clothes peg on the throttle.

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Bloody expensive white cloth things, that will stretch within in the first hour of use, are easily dissolved by sunlight, rot in damp conditions and finally turn a dirty off white colour within the first season requiring immediate replacement which will cost about the same as a new diesel engine.

They are used on special days when the wind in just in the right direction and its cloudy with gentle winds or you might be recognised by friends and other members of the yacht club.
If you hadn't added that bit about high cost, I would have thought you were describing my underwear…

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Re: Why do monohulls have sails?

monos have sails for same reason muiltis have sails--so they stay fresh and crisp under covers -- they too spensive to ever USE, for gods's sakes!!!
and so engine bragging rights can occur....rodlmffao---
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Re: Why do monohulls have sails?

I was aboard an Island Packet 38 last winter in the Bahamas. The guy had cruised it several times between New England and Georgetown. He was asking me how to set up his reef line.

I wasn't quite sure what he meant until he pulled the sailcover and showed me that the lines were tightly wrapped around the boom on both ends! He had owned the boat perhaps 10 years and never reefed! Certainly you can't real consider yourself to be a sailboat if you're not at least perpared to sail?!?!
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