Originally Posted by David_Old_Jersey
Yes. you are missing something
99% of folk would agree with you (me included
), but methinks OP is in the 1% - or at least wants to be. Whether that is a good choice or not be another thing. Steerage way + a bit for fairly short distances would work depending on cruising grounds / mooring
and willingness to be heavily wind dependent - and on that one a boat (and skipper
) that sails
very well would be useful.
Given that only a 24 foater a large Sweep (single oar) would be my first choice. Could be jointed for easy(er) storage
and serve dual purpose. Spinnaker
pole. depth sounder
or jury rig.......
Plenty of stuff on Google
about various Sculling techniques, just not the answer for waterskiing
I think David_Old_Jersey's response is about as succinct and clear a rational as I have read about choosing to sail without an engine. There are probably as many ways to get on the water
and into boating
as there are ways to hike and camp and backpack etc. They are just choices all with there own pluses and minus. (As an aside, I tried backpacking exactly once. Never again. I was younger and at the time couldn't possible lug the food
up a mountain that I could power through
My only problem, and fortunately it isn't too common, is when some folks need to put down other people's choices to feel comfortable about their own. For every sailing situation that is supposedly "unsafe" there is a seaman like solutions that has been used for centuries. Obviously if someone uses a motor
in these situations they might not be aware or experienced in these alternatives but that doesn't mean they don't exist or are unsafe.
When I was younger I trained to be a glider pilot and I occasionally think about the similarities between powered vs gliding flight and sailing vs motor sailing. In a powered plane losing and engine is an emergency
situation. Not so much in a glider. You always knew which airports you could make it to base on your altitude and wind conditions. And you were always on the lookout for places to land in an emergency
Sailing is a lot like this and the challenge of learning
the conditions and planning ahead is why I so enjoy it. I don't think my choice is better or worse, safer or more reckless. Just different. It satisfies my needs like other folks choices satisfy theirs.
Originally Posted by simonmd
Very nice, get an engine!
Man... If I had a nickel for every get an engine joke that came my way I could afford more and even bigger sails.
Every now and again engineless sailing threads pop up on the net. Here are a few links if anyone would like some extra reading homework.
Wooden Boat Forum
Cape Dory Forum