"What did they do without engines in the days of sailing two hundred cannon galleons and no tide tables GPS's or reliable charts
??? Hundreds of years without motors and they made it back and forth most of the time "
luckily their ships were made entirely of biodegradable material, otherwise the world's shorelines would be covered in wrecks 3-deep! their drop-out & wrecked-rates were excessive!
re the no-motor sailing I can contribute a passage
up the Red Sea: from the Sudanese-Egyptian border until Marmaris in Turkey
we were with a 2hp yamaha outboard
from the dingi as only "engine". as it is now far in the past (spring 93) most memories are blurred a little (generally it was tough going into the anchorages
(w-coast of Red Sea) in the afternoon against the westering sun, & going out in the morning against the sun rising in the east too, calms could not be used in the "usual" way going north flat out under engine
, headwinds were very strong at times, luckily our boat
went to weather
very well for a 37' cruiser, navigation
could be demanding too - no gps
- ) but a few "anecdotes still stand out clearly in my mind:
getting a tow by the Superyacht Philanderer the last bit up the Gulf of Suez, towrope bartight & boat
the borrowed outboard
(from a classic
schooner that the name escapes me now (crew: "...this boat is a f... submarine") stopping in a narrow part of the canal
& we tacking against headwinds between oncoming ships, the pilot continuously yelling "stop" & accidentally dropping a cigarette into the cockpit
that was full of 20 liter gasoline jerrycans...
being towed into Antalya marina by two "marineros", one on the controls & the other one holding the towrope in his hand, turning downwind into a deadend-lane of the marina at the head
of which a wooden boat was alongside - & dropping our towrope...
memories now - at the time intense, INTENSE stress, a little wrong move could have cost us the boat, which was pretty much all we had then. the responsibility for "the-little-feller", then 2,5 not lightening the load.
we were pretty good at handling the boat then, in all modesty...