How many of you have rules about sailing? As an example "If we drop below 3 knots turn on the engine
?" With two teenagers on board I would turn the engine
on when we weren't making a schedule.
On my last cruise
I decided to change the rule
: If we drop below 3 knots pick a closer place to stop and keep on sailing. The rule
worked really well in the warm waters of the Med. We didn't get to see as much of Italy
but it was very pleasant to actual be sailing the boat. Steering
the boat w/o constant trimming (like we did when racing) through confused seas was a challenge but I really enjoyed the total focus that it involved. On another leg we were ghosting along at 2 to 3 knots in flat seas two miles off shore with just a breath of wind
in the 150% genoa
. I wanted the kids
to realize that they would have a hard time catching a boat and they wanted to go swimming. I had them jump off the bow and then catch the dinghy
on its way by. The kids
tried to swim to keep even with the boat and they could manage but all except my daughter who is a water
polo player weren't able to do it for long. They had fun doing it and I think they now realize how far a boat can travel in a few seconds.
What are your rules for sailing v. motor