Strange question of the day:
I like going fast on the water
and I spent much of my working life doing just that as a yacht captain
and running crew boats in Louisiana, but someone else was always paying for the dead dinosaurs to power the boats.
I also don't mind going slow, and it has some advantages over going fast, especially if you're running in places like the ICW
or rivers. You get to see things the go-fast boats miss. I once ran an old classic yacht that wouldn't go faster than 10 mph (not knots
, mph)if it went over Niagara Falls and I did three trips from Cape Cod
to Ft. Lauderdale in her. I also owned a 26-foot sailboat and if I could make good 5 to 6 knots I was feeling that I was making good time and now, since I'm retired I don't have to be anyplace at any given time..
I need to get back on the water
again but with COPD and three stents in my coronary arteries I don't think I can physically handle a sailboat again. But in looking around for boats recently I've seen some real good deals on small powerboats with single
Mercruisers and one with a big outboard
Now I know all the bad mouthing that's done about trying to run a planing hull
speeds, and that there would be no savings on fuel
doing so, but here's my question:
Since I'm going to be running almost exclusively on the ICW
and rivers like the St. John's in Florida
and the Tenn Tombigbee I really don't need to be a speed demon. If a small powerboat like a Wellcraft or a Tiara, for example, could make five knots at idle speed wouldn't there be an appreciable savings in fuel
costs? I mean when you run the ICW there are probably a few hundred miles where you're running at idle speed because of wake restrictions, anyway, so why not do it as a way of life? And you'd STILL have power to git up and go if you needed to to get into shelter from an approaching storm.
Any thoughts, folks? Is it practical?