Originally Posted by SouthernPride
Thank you for the input. Scratch that idea. Looking at Bahama's to St. Thomas with stop overs for fuel
, rest, etc...Burns 30 gallons an hour at 11.5 knots. From what I have seen, read, and documented 11.5 knots on her is most efficient.
I have had fuel consumption
meters on three different planing boats, one gas Sportfisherman, one Diesel
and a CC outboard
I graphed fuel consumption
on one side and speed in calm water
on the other. In all three cases, the most fuel efficient was idle, the MPG curve went up from there, yes it did get real steep just before plane, but did not drop down once on plane, something I was sure it would do. I felt certain that I would find a fuel efficient spot just after she broke over on plane, but I didn’t.
It really is simply a matter of the slower you go, the further the range you will have.
may change that a little of course, if your into a three kt current
but making four kts thru the water
, your speed is only one kt, bump it to five kts and your speed through the water doubles.