Look - I'm just curious:
What percentage of sailors have ever been caught on a lee shore in a storm so severe that thier storm sails
(you do have those and know how to use them right?) and ground tackle (You do carry an oversize storm anchor
with at least 400 feet of rode
so you can set and hold the hook in deep water
, and you know how to use it, right?) that the only thing that saved your boat was motorsailing?
I've just replaced my gas outboard
with a smaller electric
one, and you should hear the crap I get about it!
What were you doing near a lee shore under such conditions?
Did your engine
give you the (over?) confidence to head
out or close land when it would have been more prudent to stay put or stand-off?
Heck, did it even start after getting water
from those following seas up your tailpipe?
In "The Long Way" as Moitisessier approaches the Horn, he stands off over 100 miles to give himself and his wife sea room, just in case his celestial navigation
is off and the wind
foul. His "Weather Forecasts" were the British Admiralty charts
with the little gale squares...
He had an engine
as well -
It was 7 hp, and capable of pushing Joshua at all of 2 knots in a dead calm. It was not for clawing off lee shores.
So really - how many sailors are saved by thier powerful "reliable" diesels, and how many end up in deeper trouble because of the complacency they foster?
You did remember to use biocide, bleed the fuel
lines, and kept that starting battery
topped up, right?
The raw water
intake is clear and the impeller is in good shape...and that water separator and vented loop - you stay on top of those yes?
Your tank has enough fuel
in it that it wont suck air when you are knocked down 60 degrees in the hurricane
Oops - you say the wind
is 30 knots, you were just out for a daysail and forgot to check the forecast
, your 200 yards off the beach, a lobster pot is wrapped around your prop, you dont have storm sails
becuase you ordered self tailing
winches instead, your roller furler
jammed, and your bow anchor
is a danforth copy undersized for a standup paddleboard, and besides, you never leave the cockpit
at sea, because the foredeck is SCARY....
Can I have your selftailing winches from what's left of the wreckage after the tide goes out?
They're pretty. I can sell them on Craig's list and buy another anchor...