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Old 04-15-2015, 05:51 PM   #21
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Wifey B: Ummmm, yes....

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Old 04-15-2015, 05:56 PM   #22
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The drift here in the PNW sneaks up on me fast enough at 8 kts. Even if I could go 20 kts, I couldn't see that fast.
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Old 04-15-2015, 05:59 PM   #24
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Wifey B: Must add I don't consider anything under 35 or 40 knots to be fast...and that's sort of slow fast. Now, medium fast, maybe 50-60 knots and fast fast above 60 and super fast above 90. Sometimes I miss fast from our lake days, so settle for slow fast. Guess I'm getting old though since I don't want a Fountain or Nortech fast.
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:04 PM   #25
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Wifey B: Must add I don't consider anything under 35 or 40 knots to be fast...and that's sort of slow fast. Now, medium fast, maybe 50-60 knots and fast fast above 60 and super fast above 90. Sometimes I miss fast from our lake days, so settle for slow fast. Guess I'm getting old though since I don't want a Fountain or Nortech fast.

Have you seen Invincible boats (that's the MFG name) they'll deliver Medium to fast fast and won't look like a tacky nor tech. Thank gosh for stepped hulls!
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:20 PM   #26
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Have you seen Invincible boats (that's the MFG name) they'll deliver Medium to fast fast and won't look like a tacky nor tech. Thank gosh for stepped hulls!
They, like most center consoles the way they're powered today, will run upwards of 60 knots in the right engine combinations. For the record, the fastest boat we've ever owned is in the 56 knot range. On the lake, while there were a few very high performance boats, the fastest boats were generally the bass boats. On the coast, the fast boat market is dominated by the center consoles. Apparently, fishing requires getting there quickly in the minds of some. Fastest boat we've ever been on ran in the 90's and ,while it was a nice one time experience, it did not give us any desire to own one.

I suspect many here have dinghies or tenders faster than their main boats.
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Wouldn't want to hit this at twenty knots, spotted in the middle of my cruising grounds off Benicia:


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Old 04-15-2015, 06:34 PM   #28
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They, like most center consoles the way they're powered today, will run upwards of 60 knots in the right engine combinations. For the record, the fastest boat we've ever owned is in the 56 knot range. On the lake, while there were a few very high performance boats, the fastest boats were generally the bass boats. On the coast, the fast boat market is dominated by the center consoles. Apparently, fishing requires getting there quickly in the minds of some. Fastest boat we've ever been on ran in the 90's and ,while it was a nice one time experience, it did not give us any desire to own one.



I suspect many here have dinghies or tenders faster than their main boats.

Yes, some quality some not.

Fishing boats need to be fast, on my uncles boat we once ran clear to Bimini and back in a day for tournament. We didn't win though. Lol.

Our little Caribe DL12 with a 40Hp Etec does about 35knots but in that little thing it feels way faster, also glad I'm still young because if I was older and ran it the way I did I'd have a broken back.
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:35 PM   #29
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Wouldn't want to hit this at twenty knots, spotted in the middle of my cruising grounds off Benicia:



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I suspect many here have dinghies or tenders faster than their main boats.
You'd probably be right.

We bought our Achilles 340 RIB, with 15 hp Yamaha, that has a nice turn of speed with two hefty adults and large dog aboard, with the thought that we'd plod the "big" boat along to a nice anchorage and then use the tender to fan out and explore. Has worked out very well for us.
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Old 04-15-2015, 07:12 PM   #33
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Speed wars... blasting up northern Green Bay @ 13 KTS (17.5 is max)....leaving brother-in-law's 36 Vinette (the speck in the distance) sucking wake. He subsequently blew by, flat out at almost 8 knots when we slowed to our normal cruise speed. That's the northern end of Washington Island off starboard quarter.

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fast fast above 60 and super fast above 90. Sometimes I miss fast from our lake days, so settle for slow fast. Guess I'm getting old though since I don't want a Fountain or Nortech fast.
Ha ha! Worked for Fountain for a bit. Reggie was a maniac...I think he set the monohull record at 174 or so. 100 mph in a run of the mill performance boat on the water is intoxicating, but my normal 7.5 Knots is fine for now!

I'm berthed right across the river from the X Fountain plant....
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Old 04-15-2015, 07:38 PM   #35
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The drift here in the PNW sneaks up on me fast enough at 8 kts. Even if I could go 20 kts, I couldn't see that fast.
It's not as difficult as one might think. Our fishing boat does about 28 mph. At that speed and even low down on the water like we are, it's not all that hard to see what's coming if one is vigillant. My wife, who is more observant than I am and has really good vision usually spots things before I do, even in the GB at 8 knots.

But we've never hit anything yet at 8 knots or 28 mph although we've certainly had to dodge plenty of stuff, some of it at the last minute like deadheads and crab pot floats that were hard to see because of waves or the angle of the light.

But get just a bit distracted and it becomes very easy to hit stuff at any speed.

We both prefer fast over slow, probably me a bit more than my wife although she doesn't have much patience for 8 knots anymore.
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FWIW, our small express cruiser has three "gears".

First, coasting ... slow and efficient. Second, cruising ... fast and equally efficient. Third, WOT or 25GPH or $100/hour ... but fun, in the right place at the right time. Here are the specs:

1st ... 7mph/6kts at 2.5mpg
2nd ... 32mph/28kts at 2.5mpg
3rd ... 47.5mph/41kts at 1.8 mpg
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Slow cruise 7.5kt, thats mostly what I do. In a hurry, 15 to 23kts. Full power 29kts.
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FWIW, our small express cruiser has three "gears".

First, coasting ... slow and efficient. Second, cruising ... fast and equally efficient. Third, WOT or 25GPH or $100/hour ... but fun, in the right place at the right time. Here are the specs:

1st ... 7mph/6kts at 2.5mpg
2nd ... 32mph/28kts at 2.5mpg
3rd ... 47.5mph/41kts at 1.8 mpg

Pretty impressive economy figures, for a fast boat. We'd be using abut 24 GPH per engine at WOT, only about .52 NMPG.

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FWIW, our small express cruiser has three "gears".

First, coasting ... slow and efficient. Second, cruising ... fast and equally efficient. Third, WOT or 25GPH or $100/hour ... but fun, in the right place at the right time. Here are the specs:

1st ... 7mph/6kts at 2.5mpg
2nd ... 32mph/28kts at 2.5mpg
3rd ... 47.5mph/41kts at 1.8 mpg
Yes, it sounds crazy to all of us with other style boats, but I remember those type numbers from our Cobalt when we were on the lake.

I did find a boat we own that gets good fuel mileage....

Engine: Yanmar 150 hp.

With one person
4000 rpm, 38 knots, 10 gal per hour, 3.8 nmpg
3000 rpm, 25 knots, 5 gal per hour, 5 nmpg
2000 rpm, 15 knots, 2 gal per hour, 7.5 nmpg

With four people and load
4000 rpm, 34 knots, 10 gal per hour, 3.4 nmpg
3000 rpm, 20 knots, 5 gal per hour, 4 nmpg
2000 rpm, 12 knots, 2 gal per hour, 6 nmpg

So what kind of boat could this possibly be?
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I pushed the throttles to the fire wall and damn near blew my hair off at 10knts. the ultimate to me is a 10knt cruising boat with a 50knt skifft with 200+ miles of range.
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