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Old 31-12-2020, 23:08   #61
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Re: 78 And Starting Over - From Power to Sail

Stumplifter, I don't see any bigger boats in your bio.

I haven't done much of the outside West Coast except in Salmon Trollers, but I've been Puget Sound to Alaska, outside of Vancouver Island, and waters in between, for a bit over 50 years, and have lots of friends who have sailed up and down from the Columbia, Strait of Juan De Fuca, and to and from Mexico. All of them had inboard power, and used it for a significant part of their journeys, especially getting in and out, not just of marinas, but over the bars, into the bays and motored out of harbours, and out the first 20 to 50 miles.
An outboard strapped to the stern of a 40 footer would be a disaster waiting to happen on that coast. There are tides, currents, and storms. A motor that can push the boat against 40 knots, in rough weather can be a life saver.
(I have owned a couple of Out Island 41s, Alberg 37, Catalina 38, among others)
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Old 04-01-2021, 15:28   #62
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Re: 78 And Starting Over - From Power to Sail

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Stumplifter, I don't see any bigger boats in your bio.

I haven't done much of the outside West Coast except in Salmon Trollers, but I've been Puget Sound to Alaska, outside of Vancouver Island, and waters in between, for a bit over 50 years, and have lots of friends who have sailed up and down from the Columbia, Strait of Juan De Fuca, and to and from Mexico. All of them had inboard power, and used it for a significant part of their journeys, especially getting in and out, not just of marinas, but over the bars, into the bays and motored out of harbours, and out the first 20 to 50 miles.
An outboard strapped to the stern of a 40 footer would be a disaster waiting to happen on that coast. There are tides, currents, and storms. A motor that can push the boat against 40 knots, in rough weather can be a life saver.
(I have owned a couple of Out Island 41s, Alberg 37, Catalina 38, among others)
I have sailed 27's, 30's, 32's 36's 40's and 42's. "Study and watch the weather" I for one would gladly share this voyage with the captain and I am 74 with a bad back - been sailing since I was 12. With no engine I would plan an offshore passage with a favorable weather window during a favorable time of year.
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