Our average speed in normal crusing ie downwind.. is 140 miles per day.
A bad day would be 120 miles, and high speed day would be 150 miles.
The last few months we have been doing headwinds... and in then have average just 86 miles per day, week in week out. Woe! Thats just 3.6kts vmg.
The last week we copped a bit on the snoz and needed to motor
sail. We were doing 2.7 knots and dropping the throttle back when it hitted 3 kts.
Our boat is really comfortable at that speed, and time isnt a problem because of our shift system, and it just sips fuel
at low revs.
2.7 sounds awfully slow, but after a few years cruising the speed itself doesn't really matter. Its getting there in one piece, without having lost
weight too much, breaking kit, breaking teeth, being happy and spankin' the chicky-babe on route
if driving a boat at 8kts means fun for you, then think this: all the crap you hear about 8ktsd is ONLY downwind in optimal conditions. We heard a 70 foot biiiig boat exclaim on the HF net "We did a 200 mile day!!!!!!!!!!" well thats only 8.5 knots so if it was all that common people wouldnt bleat about it.
As for catamaras, well, sorry Dave, but if you want to check engine
hours at the end of a voyage I'll put ours up next to a cat's any day. All I ever see if some bloke in his cat motoring along, sails
furled... woman on the sat phone
saying is don't heel...