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Who needs big engines?

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Who needs big engines?

Unread postby Robin » Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:20 am

in an attempt to attract JaxFish and others to rag and stick here is a link to a site tracking the Fastnet Race 2015, currently underway in my old stomping ground, the lead boats, admittedly the leaders are mostly multihulls who are hittingspeeds around 27kts in just 7kts of wind, who needs 500HP and thousands of gallons of fuel?

http://www.rolexfastnetrace.com/Trackin ... layer.html

This is the same race that in 1979 produced disaster when storms hit the fleet hard.
Mark my words, it will be dark again by nightfall :)

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Re: Who needs big engines?

Unread postby Jaxfishgyd » Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:55 am

Now I fully understand specially made boats can do wonderful things...
I actually LIKE AND WATCH the America Cup races...But they are not made for livingaboard...
Capt Charlie Freeman
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M/V "No Dial Tone"
Fernandina Beach, Fl

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Robin
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Your Vessel Info: We live on a 40ft 1986 Birchwood TS37 which has been updated twin 260hp Yanmar diesels. Semi displacement shallow keel, 15kts cruise, 20kts WOT.
Location: Island harbour, Cowes, Isle of Wght, UK
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Re: Who needs big engines?

Unread postby Robin » Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:08 pm

Back in the bulk of that fleet are the ones that do have living facilities, some even quite civilised too :D
Mark my words, it will be dark again by nightfall :)
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Re: Who needs big engines?

Unread postby CaptForce » Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:25 pm

Hmm.......... Who needs big engines? Heavy weather & surf rescue boats; Naval warships; Tow boats & tugs; and Miami Beach residents that wear large gold neck chains!
Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Re: Who needs big engines?

Unread postby Jaxfishgyd » Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:07 pm

See Robin, even CF agrees with me....
BTW cf, passed thru Plantation last week on the turnpike.... All you can see are the sound barriers now days .... "think" there are still houses on the other side
Capt Charlie Freeman
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M/V "No Dial Tone"
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Re: Who needs big engines?

Unread postby tex » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:39 am

Those skinny little tech hulls might be good for speed, but I'd sure hate to live in one. I think the head must be the trampoline!
When life is hard, eat marshmallows!

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Robin
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Your Vessel Info: We live on a 40ft 1986 Birchwood TS37 which has been updated twin 260hp Yanmar diesels. Semi displacement shallow keel, 15kts cruise, 20kts WOT.
Location: Island harbour, Cowes, Isle of Wght, UK
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Re: Who needs big engines?

Unread postby Robin » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:48 am

tex wrote:Source of the post Those skinny little tech hulls might be good for speed, but I'd sure hate to live in one. I think the head must be the trampoline!



You don't need to live on board when you gos o fast you can arrive before you left! :lol:
Mark my words, it will be dark again by nightfall :)
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Re: Who needs big engines?

Unread postby tex » Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:30 pm

Good point, but I have to admit that the evolution of multi- hull technology is producing vessels that are a good combo of efficiency and space, no longer restricted to hallway-type berths and galleys. I was aboard several at the St. Pete boat show....very impressive space and still maintaining good efficiency.
When life is hard, eat marshmallows!
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Re: Who needs big engines?

Unread postby scallywag » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:54 pm

Traveling from Daytona to St. Augustine, I could have used more power at Marineland in a NorEastener. Took a long, long time to go a foot. :|

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