And further to what Don had to say in # 15, before you get yourself all giddy about power
boats, regardless of the number of cabins, a 40 foot Luhrs, say, with twin 454CID 350 HP Crusaders will burn 12gal/hr at 1,850RPM - PER ENGINE
. At 3K RPM
, about 15GPH, at WOT ("wide open throttle") something like 35GPH.
So call it 24GPH per engine
at normal open-water operating speeds. That's in round numbers 50GPH at five bux per, or $250 per hour. In an hour you might make 25 nautical miles, so you burn ten bux per mile through the water
. If you are stemming a current
, it's rather more than ten bux per mile over the ground.
Only fair to say that "trawlers" use rather less fuel
than that, but then, they don't go any faster than sailboats do. The fuel
cost is still unconscionable :-)!
If you wife ain't aboard with the idea of dicing with Neptune, scupper it. Pushing it often leads to divorce.
Stick to sailboats!
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