Originally Posted by DJL
I'd vote no. Do we really want anything to be compulsory?! Plus in my experience they are next to useless. I'd much rather have a decent anchor setup and sea anchor.
I AGREE with you all now, compulsory is wrong in many cases,
I can't see why anyone would think auxiliaries are next to useless, one shouldn't underestimate the capability of a little Auxiliary, or paddles for that matter,
for an untested example, I would bet that the power/thrust of just a little 2 hp, would equal the power of 4 average men with paddles,
and its amazing the distances achievable with just 2 rowers.
Step up to the 4 hp's, would almost double the thrust of course, but not necessarily double overall speed over ground.
I've personally used 4hp aux's with SIB's to recover up to 6 ton yachts from there mooring to slipway for trailer or crane recovery,
admittedly this was in a reasonable sheltered bay with max f-3 cross or head wind, but still that's amazing power t weight ratio,
almost impossible to steer with the aux though, so best using rudder on the larger craft, with the powered SIB tethered aside.
Must agree with the importance of good Anchoring gear though.