You don’t miss much. (grin) I wonder sometimes when I am slatting in light winds if the engine would cost less to cover the same number of miles as the wear and tear on the sails, blocks etc. I find sailing to be much more enjoyable than motoring so unless there is a good reason to rush I am usually willing to pay the possible extra cost per mile for the peace and quiet.
May I ask what your experienced thoughts are on when to motor or not on a long passage?
Exactly. I didn't want to be the one to say it. I have a friend that goes through sails in 5 years, but puts almost zero hours on his engine.
CW Bill Rouse
Admiral, Texas Navy
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I think that most of the wear on a Genoa from the spreader tips occurs when the winds are light and there is a beam sea running making the boat roll. Under those conditions the Genoa can rub the spreader tip even with the sheet well eased. Patches on the Genoa certainly help but a well rounded roller on the spreader tip I think helps even more.