Originally Posted by Terra Nova
No, it isn't.
motors, even diesels suffer mechanical problems all the time. i read posts over and over from sailors suffering mechanical problems while cruising even when they maintain them in good running order. no matter how well you maintain an engine
, problems occur it seems.
so you prefer what? i prefer another option thats reasonable and affordable. we dont all have the budget
to retrofit our hulls for a secondary internal motor
and i also dont like the idea of having to rely on a tow.
lets say your sailing to catalina
. your a southern california
sailor, your half way there and your engine
go's. and the wind
dies...what do you do? call in a buddy from the mainland and wait hours for him to come out and tow you while your bobbing around useless? call sea tow and do the same? why not drop an outboard
on the transom and finish your trip? i just proved its not only doable but very doable. while your bobbing around waiting i'm sitting in two harbors having a beer
at the bar.
i'd genuinely be interested in hearing your plan B. i'd like to always continue to learn and be better prepared. so please elaborate...despite the sarcasm in my reply i do want to know what i'm not understanding?
like i said earlier...it has its limitations but most people doing long range cruising are going to have an outboard
for the dinghy
any way. why not have one that can double as an EMERGENCY motor
and give you a 150ish mile range?
it seems from my experience so far...some of the most dangerous sailing is navigating around coastal waters and being in control is paramount. barring a better option i like the idea of being able have something that can help me get through that zone and into safe harbor rather than nothing at all. its what i can afford, and it works until i learn of a better option.