Originally Posted by boatyard Pirate
Our last big question is the motor.
When I had my 21 footer their was a time when the outboard
was unreliable in use from either being on or off. Setting the throttle was pretty much a one time deal......so all close quarters manouvers were planned on the basis that I only had walking speed power (and no reverse). and stop was cutting the engine
(with no prospect of a quick restart) and my muscle power........not quite like the limitations of a sweep, but similar in not having available a quick burst of power and needing to judge and use currents and wind.
But still, I did like having the use of some power, if for no other reason than it left my hands free (me singlehanded). I did consider a sweep but I did not progress that, both for cost reasons (their was reason why the outboard
was as it was!) plus a certain lack of fitness on my part
but it is amazing what you can get used to and plan around / with.
I will add for the sake of clarity that I was not long distance travelling, nor negotiating coral reefs
nor undertaking any aggressive navigation
- and was always in areas that I knew very well (so knew that I would not need
power), and mostly the "difficult" part was leaving and returning to the "fore and aft" mooring
(threading one's way through a harbour and then no pontoon to stop any misjudged too rapid progress
).....in some respects in these circumstances a Sweep would have been useful as a visible warning to others of your restricted close quarters abilities. But not enough to tempt me to get one.
If you had the motor already, I would suggest running the sweep and see how you got on - but having junked the motor already makes it a tricky one. I would suggest that if you are comfortable with your and the boat's sailing ability (i.e. that she has a good chance of sailing out of trouble instead of needing a motor), and especially two handed for docking
maybe try the Sweep - but start conservatively (i.e. not navigating coral reefs
, against / accross strong currents or in a shipping
lane in fickle winds or busy harbour) the first
day and simply see how you get on. But even if possible with a Sweep you may find that in practice a small outboard on the Stern is what makes life so much easier, no matter what your principle (and pocket book!) says
Good looking boat by the way, I think the Sea Gods give some allowances to those with good looking vessels
and I like the Website and the philosophy