Regarding sailing performance, the precise measurements are not definitive yet since my Raymarine
instruments were not properly set up or calibrated when we took delivery
. Actually still trying to sort out this warranty issue,,,frustrating.
In the Grenadines, where the wind
is consistently 15-20 kts, we are averaging 8-9 knots on most tacks, with associated sea conditions. With the Gennaker and wind abaft the beam, the speed increases to 9-11 kts as a CMG avg. This is mostly southbound. Close hauled to the north, the cat takes the sea extremely well and we maintain 8+ kts even when reeling the main. Staying close to the lee shore in motor
sailing mode, we maintain 8 kts with approximately 1,800 - 2,100 rpm
Freedom accelerates noticeably and quickly with wind gusts. So if the wind is light and we are at 6 kts, a gust quickly pushes us towards 8; and similarly when sailing at 8 kts, a gust can increase speed to 9+ almost instantly. Being in charter, we don't often linger at slower speeds. The engines are almost undetectable on the bridge deck
and burn very little fuel
,,,so we try to maintain our speed.
AWS 15, AWA 60, SOG averages 8 kts.
Max speed so far, 12 kts. Max wind encountered 45 kts, with SOG at 10-12 with reefing. Light winds, say 6-9 kts, avg SOG is 4-5 kts.