Lot's of opinions and points of view, aren't forums
great! Here's my $.02....We have a planing hull
ACMY with pretty much two of everything. More to maintain? Yes, but when one engine breaks (hasn't happened yet, thank God) the other one hopefully keeps on going. When one head
breaks or clogs (has happened!) we at least can use the working one until time permits a fix, and so on. We have as much room in our 43' boat as some small apartments, with big windows that we can enjoy looking out of and plenty of room to move around and get some quite time when needed. We aren't going on a transatlantic cruise
or even circumnavigating and don't want to. We don't have or want a lower steering station, but we have a weather
tight and comfortable bridge with excellent visibility and a hard roof. What we do is piddle around Florida
and the Bahamas
mainly with some plans maybe to do the loop in a year or two to see a little more of the US.
We can idle along at 6 knots, and I do mean idle which is about 1,000 rpms and burn 3gph of diesel
. We can turn 1,250 rpm
and make 8 knots burning a tad over 4 gph which is about where we run most of the time. However sometimes we want to get out of the weather or across the 'Gulf Stream' or whatever, and we can turn 1,500 rpm
and make 10 knots at 10 gph, turn 1,800 for 12 knots at 15 gph or turn 2,100 for 15 knots at 25 gph. In an emergency
we top out at 19 knots at 2,600 rpm and burn 34 gph. You can look up the max fuel burn for many diesels including our Cats and more (Lehman, Volvo
, Cummins, Perkins
, etc.) at a popular web site for boats with diesel
engines. I have found the fuel burns accurate or on the high side there.
Since we have a lot of unused hp, we can quite happily tow along our 20' Classic Potter built Seacraft center console for diving
, exploring and fishing
, and if the sailing bug strikes we can drop our 10' sailing dink in off the davit on the sunroof and sail around the anchorage to our hearts content. While many of our land bound friends think we are 'roughing it', our sailing friends call us lazy and spoiled, so we must be doing something right!