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Old 12-18-2018, 03:02 PM   #1
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Sailing a motorsailer

Normally I motorsail my boat or just motor it because it seems the wind is always on my nose.
Iíve just returned from a nice cruise where it was perfect for sailing so I shut down the engines for two days and cruised home under sail power alone.

With 20 knot easterly winds blowing fairly consistently, I decided not to reef the 200 square foot gaff rigged main. I cruised north averaging 4.5 to 5.5 knots.

I tried to keep the heel to about 15 degrees by adjusting the main sheet as necessary but had her over to almost 30 degrees with the autopilot trying to hold a dead straight course. I then learned to shut off the autopilot and let the boat sail itself. It held a steady course most of the time but when I got gusts to 30+ knots, she turned into the weather reducing the heel and then continued on its original path after the gust. I loved it.

I anchored the night in a great protected spot during easterly blows. Click image for larger version

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Old 12-18-2018, 07:13 PM   #2
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Nice!
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Very cool!
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Old 12-20-2018, 05:44 PM   #4
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It is one of my favourite anchorages. The cliffs offer great protection and are a wonderful backdrop. Usually we have the spot to ourself. Hereís a pic on a sunnier day. Click image for larger version

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Oh my. Thatís awesome.

How deep is it next to shore? Can you jump the cliffs?
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Old 12-20-2018, 07:32 PM   #6
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Just around the corner is a popular cliff jumping spot for the local thrill seekers.

There are also a few caves in the area. Some have an under water entry which require a short dive to access but can be done without scuba gear at low tide.
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