Originally Posted by DWhylton
It appears to me that the same people who put electric motors in boats own a VW Micro bus, have an apple computer, do yoga and eat nuts and berry's. Real men want diesel engines and I love the smell of diesel fuel in the morning it smells like masculine.
... seems as if you know me! I had a VW Micro bus with a DIESEL engine, converted in to a camper, travelled all over Europe, am eating nuts and berries and love muesli, am against nuclear power and use the bike whenever possible. And I don't like the smell of diesel and engine fumes - it smells too masculine... Instead I have solar panels, a wind gen and the prop shaft generator and they all generate so many amps that at the end of the sailing day the batteries are fully charged and the beer in the fridge is really cold. And to have a really cold beer at the and of a good SAILING day and after you have SAILED your boat alle the way to its berth in the marina or to the mooring buoy (hardly anybody notices that you use the electric engine to do the necessary corrections after lowering sails befor finally tying up) - that is masculine!
I like to sail even under light wind conditions when the masculine start their motor sailing under spinnaker or start their six engins instead of tacking against headwinds.
I learnt sailing on little centerboarders, my first two boats did not have any engins - too expensive, but nevertheless I sailed tidal waters.
Just now we have sailed almost 1000 miles on the not easy tidal waters of the English and French Channel coastline in the last one and a half months under way we and used only ONE gallon of petrol and most of it for the dinghi-outboard to get ashore in the river estuaries of Corwall.
On just one occasion we used the inverter to run unter hybrid configuration because we wanted to be sure to have full battery banks on the next day.
No question, you really have to work the tides and pass the headlands at the right time. We didn't miss the engine that pressed us around Portland Bill against the tide with a speed of six knots - no, we put out the anchor and waited for the turn of the tide. This is real sailing!
Maybe BIG sailboats have the engines and diesel capacities to motor across the Atlantic against headwinds. All others alter course and find more favourable wind further south and practice good weather navigation.
And the wind that might blow you on the rocks might be just perfect to get you away from these rocks. Of course, your boat has to be able to sail to windward even under gale conditions. If you and your boat cannot do that, you should not be out there. NEVER rely on your engine in such situations!