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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    There is no need to explain anything so obvious. Reliable diesel auxiliaries (and GPS) are probably responsible for 90% of the increase in cruising. The world was explored under sail before auxiliaries but the cost in human life was high and the cost in human comfort even higher. Recreational cruising as a popular pastime is a very recent phenomena. You can still do it the old way, and probably about the same number of people do (very, very few....). I'm not judging whether that is good or bad, just observing. I'd have thought that the main factor was the availability of relatively cheap and highly durable GRP boats. That fuelled the 1960s and 1970s explosion in leisure boating. The popularity of ocean-crossing boomed once GPS became available. I am sure that diesel auxiliaries were part of the mix, as was the 1980s-onwards arrival of reliable roller headsails and a variety of simple means of mainsail reefing ... but I wouldn't be so sure that diesels were the crucial factor. Even with diesels and GPS, heavy use of a wooden boat is a labour-intensive exercise, esp in the tropics -- as illustrated by the rotten hull exhibited in the Sailing Yaba channel.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    In reality: Irish woman makes a one-line comment, and a small bunch of the men who have been perving over tits pile on to mansplain feminism, consent and misogyny while bemoaning the utter antisocial horror that anyone would express dissent.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    We had about a century of a highly misogynistic collusion between church and state, which we are in the process of unravelling. The publication last week of a major report into the vicious so-called "mother and baby homes" has prompted fierce debate about what drove the abuse ... and the piles of dead bodies, and the hordes of imprisoned women. We have moved on a long way from the 20th-century repression, and on most indices Ireland is now significantly less misogynist than other developed nations -- e.g. the 2019 WPS Index puts Ireland at 16th out of 167 countries. That's ahead of the USA and Australia, but behind e.g. Canada and Norway. Our history is utterly appalling, but outsiders are often aware of the sped of change in the last 50 years.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Consent is more complex than simply a binary choice between rape and not-rape.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    You should try the Ignore button. It's bliss. After hundreds of posts perving over tits, it's interesting to see the hostility to a one-line comment about a feminist perspective.
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    Great post, Veeger. I wouldn't entirely endorse your description of the two sailing tribes, but I think it's broadly right. Personally, I regard a cappuccino machine on a cruising boat as a wicked intruder deserving of forcible eviction and merciless execution. A bit like Sailing Uma's "don't buy a couch" principle. Good point, tho carrying spare PCBs may not be a huge problem. And don't modern diesels have PCBs to regulate all their complexities?
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    @DDW, would it be very cruel of me to reply that I am beginning to develop a better understanding of why nobody sailed anywhere before the invention of the marine diesel auxiliary engine?
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    @fufkin, the prospect of anchoring amidst hundreds of other boats off an exposed beach would terrify me, even in daytime. I'd get the hell out of that scenario ASAP, whatever the weather. And at night? Just no way.
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    Pano, this has been a fascinating thread. Thank you for starting it. One of the main things i have learnt so far is that a lot of cruisers appear to have never cruised without an engine, and as a result they massively underestimate what is possible under sail. Either that, or they are sailing boats which are too big for the crew to handle effectively ... which I fear is a growing phenomenon as push-button sailing encourages couples to sail 45+ footers with no other crew. One of the things I like most about cruising small boats is that it's much easier to drive the small boat effectively. Wind eases a bit downwind? No prob, throw up a kite ... which is easy on a 25-footer, but a big deal on a 40-footer. Similarly, beating off a lee shore is much easier if you are tacking a 200sq feet headsail rather than a 500 sq ft monster. The way the world is going, I think that in 20 years time, diesel auxiliaries will be at least deprecated by the authorities, if not actually restricted or banned. The people who keep sailing will be those who treat any engine as an accessory rather than a core function.
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    Fufkin, I learnt my sailing without diesel, so I weigh that scenario very differently. If I was anchored on a nasty lee shore, Ii would be terrified of relying solely on an engine to keep me off the rocks. If we screw up the anchor retrieval, there's a chance of line in the prop. If we're bouncing in the waves, we're at peak risk of crud in the fuel shutting it down. Sails are much more reliable. So my course of actions would be 1/ hoist main, 2/ start engine, 3/ raise anchor, 4/ hoist or unfurl headsail, 5/ motorsail for a bit to make searoom. I have done that plenty of times, but without the engine. If i did have an engine, I'd need it for maybe 20 minutes after stowing the anchor. So even with low capacity batteries, an electric motor would be fine. if the engine was a diesel, I'd shut the fecker down as soon as we had a groove upwind, so that I could feel and hear the wind and waves. With a leccy motor, I might motorsail a bit longer, at low power like you suggest. Then, I'd take a moment to throw some shade at whatever eejit had us anchor in an exposed place and not get out before things blew up. That has sometimes involved me looking at a mirror.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    I'm not a great fan of 70s music. The 60s was better. Weed is now more available than in the 70s, for those who are into that stuff. Higher-grade hallucinogens are now less available. Plus, as Ajax say, the 70s clothes. Shudder. And the whole "free love" era wasn't so great for women. As Germaine Greer put it, it meant that a date now involved being shagged, plus you paid half the bill.
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    The answer may not be simple as that, because a large chunk of Beneteau's market is charter boats. Charter fleets keep their boats for a few years, and then sell on. Like car hire companies, they are in large part a financing operation. Interest rates are low, so the margins depend on minimising the depreciation. If leccy boats are in high demand secondhand, the sums may work very well; if not, the sums could be disastrous On one hand those boats do a lot of motoring, so probably need range which leccy doesn't yet have. OTOH, if the leccy boats have lower maintenance costs than diesels, that would be very attractive to fleets. Much of the money in Beneteau/Jeanneau/Bavaria/Hunter/Hanse boats goes on the fancy interior. If leccy boats allow better packaging of the aft cabins, that could be a big attraction. I think this it's too early to say how this is going to play out. Electric is still far from mass market in cruising yachts, but I am sure that the likes of Beneteau are watching developments very carefully, and that Yanmar and Volvo Penta are considering their future.
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    Nautical Series: Alpinist magazine

    I admire the skill, courage and tenacity of those polar sailors. Amazing adventures. But I don't like cold, and I don't like climbing, and I wouldn't enjoy having my hull chewed by icebergs while my anchor is strangled by kelp and katabatic squalls try to put me on the rocks. I think that Bernie has it right.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    This explosion of soft porn makes me wonder if i have bene transported back to the 1970s. And not in a good way.
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    The efficiency calculation is not as simple as you present it. Yes, conversion to electricity is an efficiency loss compared with direct drive. But it's also very inefficient to run a diesel at half throttle (as most sailboats do), and it's inefficient to run it in short bursts where it doesn't warm up properly. The weight and space issues are also more nuanced. Without a drive shaft connection, there is much more choice of engine location. Without batteries to allow power boost, the generator can be much smaller than a directly-connected diesel, offsetting the weight of the battery -- and on many 40ft-plus cruising boats, the diesel engine would be accompanied by a separate generator for non-propulsive electrical loads, so the hybrid is effectively removing the main engine and replacing it with batteries. For example, a 43hp Beta weighs 238 kg, which allows for a hefty bank of lithium batteries -- that's roughly five of E-propulsion's 4KWhr batteries.