Over the last two years, I left the engine in the car most of the time. I just felt no need to use it. On the odd occasion the wind dies totally there is always some yacht willing to give a tow. It is better then dragging the big, never used, balance disturbing. “anchor” along on my endeavours. The reality is I never need the engine and I rarely use it.
Yes, most of the time I never end up using the engine.
But there is almost never somebody around to give a tow. Nor are there likely to be any realistic options for getting ashore quickly.
I don’t really mind, though… the Hebrides are a pretty good place to sail… you just have to be prepared to look out for yourself.