I've never learned much because I wanted to! it's usually only because I have to. When you are at sea, there is no quarter. You either fix it or you ...... Well, you could die.
I am often solo sailing and for me, as a woman, it has it's own challenges. - I was sailing from Norfolk to Block Island last summer and in the night I realized my running lights were going dim, even though my engine
was running. If I cut the engine
, I am thinking, maybe it won't start back and then I'm in trouble; or at least I would have to wait for the wind
that I didn't have at the time. I knew I had an alternator
issue, but how am I going to fix that with the engine running?
I was 24 hours away from arrival - probably 130 miles, and I wasn't sure if i had enough gas to last the whole journey. So in my tired state after several hours of solo night watch I thought, over and over, would I prefer to run the engine dry, or cut it off and have no batteries to restart it?