Interesting? My boat speed versus wind
speed is entirely dependent on my point of sale
. 15 knot wind
, broad reach, 10 knot
boat speed. 15 knot wind, going to windward, 5 to 7 knot boat speed depending on how high I point. Headed down wind, wing to wing, 15 knot wind, 10+ knot boat speed.
That's with the boat loaded with stuff, 150 gallons of water
, 50 gallons of fuel
, 5kw generator
, 200' of chain, 4 anchors, 300 lbs of tools, 200+ lbs of spare parts
, + my 220 lbs and a fatter crew, etc.
You mention the Lagoon
39 and 400, both over 22,000 lbs. I've got a Lagoon 380
, 16,000 lbs. Big difference for a foot or two of length!! Biggest difference in the boats is volume of space. The 380 has lower gunnels, yielding less volume inside and less windage.
You also mention Chesapeake Bay
- EAST COAST
OF THE USA. Stop right there. You might be missing something HUGE!! All but two bridges on the east coast
of the USA are a minimum of 65' (excluding draw and swing bridges). One in New Jersey
and one in North Miami
are 56'. HAVE YOU CHECKED THE MAST
HEIGHT OF THE 39 AND 40 LAGOONS? The Lagoon 380 mast
Height is 58' + antenna
or 61' to 62'. Unless you chop the mast and sails
of the 39 and 400, I believe you're over 65', ELIMINATING THE ICW
FROM YOUR CRUISING OPTIONS!!!
I've been cruising the Bahamas
and East Coast of the USA for roughly 10 years in our Lagoon
380. A lot of that time up and down the IntraCoastal Waterway (ICW), which extends from Key West
to New Jersey
. Believe me, you do not want to exclude the ICW
from your cruising grounds! If you're familiar with the ICW you know what I'm talking about, if not, please do yourself a favor and consider that issue.
Many times I've been outside, run into bad weather
and simply popped in an inlet to continue my journey on the ICW. Restaurants, bars, beautiful anchorages
, boat yards, etc, etc, etc.
One year on the way to the Bahamas
, continuing our journey from Titusville City Marina, on the ICW, a Northeaster was blowing 30+ knots, with nasty seas 12' to 15'. Two options, 1) take the canal and locks to the Port Canaveral Inlet, go outside and get beaten to death OR 2) throw up the sails
and fly down the ICW in 1' to 2' seas at 10 to 12 knots. You can guess what we did.
This point is much more important to you than me, because you have Cape Hatteras between you and the South. Cape Hatteras is the #1 most ship wrecks in the world!
Hope this helps you in your decision.