kewms wrote:xiamenese wrote:Why's the engine running if they're at anchor? And if they're setting off out of the harbour, why not do it on the engine and set sails and shut down the engine once they're clear of the other boats? I'm not a sailor -- I guess many of your readers won't be -- but this strikes me as very odd as it would be easier to negotiate their way through the other boats on the engine than having to make allowance for wind direction and changeability.
I'm not a sailor either, but I have been around marinas a fair amount. I'd say that it would be extremely unusual to raise sail until the boat was safely out in the channel. Sails just aren't very good for maneuvering in close quarters.
Well, speaking as an experienced mariner, on both commercial and recreational boats, and having left that particular harbor many times under similar conditions (and, of course, knowing what's going on in the other 38,000 words I didn't post), leaving there under sail at 4am, when your nasty engine will arouse the civilians in unpleasant ways, is perfectly understandable. No sailor motors when he can sail, and with it blowing 15 knots on a broad reach, there's nothing to keep her from doing so. Indeed, it would be entirely out of character for a webfooted type like the heroine to do anything else _but_ sail out of the harbor--especially since just outside the harbor the sea will be running, and the pressure of the wind on the sail will steady the boat; with just the motor, she'll roll like a porpoise.
But a lone woman isn't going to haul in two anchors without coming up over them with the engine. You can't very well do that under sail--well, you can, but not in confined quarters.
But then I was simply looking for a reading on tense. The sailing part I'm fine with.