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    Re: What do offshore recreational navigators really do?
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2005 Jun 7, 22:44 -0400

    On Jun 7, 2005, at 9:47 PM, Lu Abel wrote:
    > In a similar vein, Larry and Lin Pardy sailed for a long time in a
    > series of engineless sailboats.  As I recollect, their reasoning was
    > that engines weren't really that useful and were too much of a
    > maintenance hassle.   Wise or foolish?   Maybe it depends on whether
    > one
    > is lucky to avoid being caught on a lee shore in a full gale.   It also
    > denys a lot of useful harbors (as I recall, the Pardys didn't have a
    > powered dinghy either, that some have used as a tug).
    > Lu Abel
    A lee shore is much less hazardous to a fore-and-aft rigged vessel than
    to a square rigger.  Perhaps one might motor-sail off a lee shore, but
    I'm not sure I'd want to trust my life to a little yacht engine pushing
    straight into the teeth of a full gale; better to sail her off if you

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