Minnkota to the Rescue
- Having converted my Windsprint to a trimaran (see article on
Duckworksmagazine.com), I can't tack out of the marina where I launch the
boat in south Puget Sound. My neighbor let me use his Minnkota trolling
motor. What an addition to my boat!
I tooled silently out of the channel and into the bay. There I shut off the
motor and raised the sail. Off I went. Well, not really, very little wind.
But no problem, the little electric motor helped to finish off a few under
powered tacks and got me back to the dock. I even motorsailed for a bit.
The Windsprint trimaran brings a number of big boat advantages to a small
package. I can easily stand up in the boat and move around. Now with a motor
on the crossbeam I can get in and out of places not easy to sail in. I can
venture farther out, knowing I can get back if the wind dies. Now if I can
just devise a comfortable chair!