Over the years I have turned from an engine enthusiast and advocate to a more sceptical approach. When thinking about safe and competent sailing a boat like a Wayfarer, is an engine really part of the equation? Or is it just a convenience? Nowadays I tend to lean towards the latter. After all, Frank Dye never carried an engine on his epic voyages to Norway and Iceland.
Here is a question of conscience for a true Enlish Gentleman: If it is only “just a convenience” do we really want the trouble of carrying an engine, just to be home in time for tea?
Luckily I am not English, that makes the choice a lot easier. We don’t have tea over here, we settle for an after sail beer instead….