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No, I wouldn't. But I was refuting your ridiculous claim about being able to sail faster to windward than motoring in a decent sailboat.

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1 hour ago, Zonker said:

No, I wouldn't. But I was refuting your ridiculous claim about being able to sail faster to windward than motoring in a decent sailboat.

OK, that will teach me for typing quick responses on my phone. Taken out of its context, true it is faster to sail upwind across a bay or may be a 50 or even 100Nm crossing, but I was replying to somebody who was talking of carrying about 100 gallons (380l in my money) to deliver a sailboat. IME Your average 3 cylinder Yanmar sips 1.5l/hour at 5-6 knots, that is 250 hours of autonomy (or about 10 days), if you are going that far I can't think of a real life situation where you need to carry that much diesel to get there quicker against the wind on a decent sailboat (not true if you are crossing high pressures but we were talking of going upwind). In most places, the wind is never going to stay exactly in the same direction so you won't sail tacking at 90Âș and you will progress better than VMG. If you really intend to motor against the tradewinds to shorten  your crossing, seriously it is time to consider getting your boat shipped!

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