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chuckhughes

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Average sailing speed on your boat?
« on: April 23, 2001, 06:50:33 PM »

Just out of curiosity, what's a typical sailing speed you get out of your boats?  I know it all depends on weather, sea conditions, point of sail, etc., but assuming a reasonably strong breeze (short of reefing), relatively calm seas, a close reach, how fast are you going?  
 
 I find I'm usually in the neighborhood of 6.5 - 6.8 knots. I very rarely approach theoretical hull speed, which I understand is 7.3 knots.  (I don't know what the typical wind speed is for me because I don't have a wind speed indicator)
 
 Thanks for the info.
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Hull#753

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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2001, 07:25:42 PM »

I average in the high 5's going over, unless I close-haul it, then I can get something over 6.
 
 When it's really nasty (windy) & I'm heading for the Isthmus I can closehaul in the low 7's, 1st reef, but it's not much fun for a single hander - too much weather helm.
 
 Coming back is almost always mid 5's - low 6's & almost always a form of running.
 
 All of the above figures include towing the 9.5 inflatable w/ 5hp outbrd up & out, and are GPS measured speeds exclusively.
 
 By the way, the BLUE MOON is the fastest standard-rigged, oldschool C34 ever made.  OldSchool = OEM teak grabrails
 
 Period.
 
 John
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kenkillian

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Boat Speed
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2001, 11:37:31 AM »

Chuck,
 
 We usually are in the upper 5's, but I just put a new bottom paint on this spring and we are now in the 6.3 to 6.5 (GPS).  The new bottom paint has really helped us.
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amazer

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average sailing speed on your boat
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2001, 05:44:44 PM »

We have a fresh coat of bottom paint and a few weeks ago motor sailed  up the Pamlico River on our way back from Ocrakoke.  We hit a frontal system with 30 knot winds and made max speeds of 8.2 knots (GPS)with our mainsail up and motor at 1600 rpm. We probably averaged over 6 knots.
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Larry Calfee

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Boat speed
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2001, 06:21:47 PM »

I agree with the previous replies.  I do not consider myself a racer but sort of a laid back cruiser.  We sail San Francisco bay where we can get some good wind.  We have touched 8 knots (briefly) in a close haul and have done 7.2 running with main alone.  Both are not typical.  We usually are sailing at 5 to 6.5 knots and occasionally delight in reaching or exceeding 7.3 with full main and 100% jib.  We have only had the boat for 1 1/2 years but have really enjoyed her.  She is a stiff solid boat, comfortable to sail even in the stiff breezes we get here on SF bay.
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sailor2mon

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TallRigvsStd.Rig
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2001, 05:57:33 AM »

I sail the Gulf of Mexico regularly wih my 34 #616. Enchante' is a tall rig/wing keel and I have hit some 8kt speeds GPS, (correcting for current with Knot log)to achieve actual speed)
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Spirit

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boat speed
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2001, 09:11:09 PM »

We just purchased the boat and brought it down the ICW according to the GPS. Type is Garmin GPS III plus (assume some current) Trip 65.5 miles - Avg. speed 6.1 - time 10:47 Hrs/Min - Max 8.6
 Under Power
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Ed Shankle

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boat speed
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2001, 05:28:11 PM »

How about engine speed? I only get about 5kts (GPS) at 2400 rpm's. And if it gets choppy, it drops right off.
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Ed Shankle
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kenkillian

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Engine Speed
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2001, 07:23:01 AM »

At 2400 Rpm's I think you should do a little better - at least 1/2 knot better.  How is your bottom or prop?  I picked up at least a 1/2 knot sailing and under power after new bottom paint.
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Ed Shankle

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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2001, 10:00:42 AM »

I use Micron CSC ablative bottom paint. The latest version has a biocide which so far seems to be helping to keep the slim down.
 3 blade prop repitched last year to 10. Polished and coated with clear lower unit antifouling paint this year. New stainless shaft and cutlass bearing this year.
 
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Ed Shankle
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