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Old 04-15-2015, 09:57 AM   #1
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Since I recently changed to a faster boat (and am loving it!) I'm wondering how many others on the Forum have fast cruising boats. I realize this is a trawler forum but I'm curious!
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:01 AM   #2
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Mr. 2. We normally cruise @ 8 knots BUT we can go 10!

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Old 04-15-2015, 10:30 AM   #3
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We normally travel at 6-6.5 knots, for the quiet, peace, fuel economy and range. Can cruise at 16-18 if we wish.
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:39 AM   #6
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We can get up to about 25 kts and cruise at 22... and we probably need some prop tuning, this year.


But more often, we run at about 8 kts, slightly below theoretical hull speed.


Usually ending with a brief run up to cruising RPMs to energize the turbo and blow out the aftercooler and exhaust.


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Old 04-15-2015, 10:47 AM   #7
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Since I recently changed to a faster boat (and am loving it!) I'm wondering how many others on the Forum have fast cruising boats. I realize this is a trawler forum but I'm curious!

Bliss likes to giddy up and go too. Count me as a member of the six knots sucks club.
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:49 AM   #8
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If fast means 15 - 20 knots, count me in. However, I rarely have any need or desire to run that fast (even disregarding fuel costs). The comment "my time is worth something" is often made to justify higher speeds. In my view, I wouldn't be out there if I didn't enjoy it, and I enjoy 8.5 knots more than 20. I ordered my boat with 660hp QSM 11's. In retrospect, I should have ordered the 450hp versions. At the time, I had a big go-fast sportfisher and was somewhat apprehensive about whether I could get used to life in the slow lane.
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:56 AM   #9
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Bliss likes to giddy up and go too. Count me as a member of the six knots sucks club.
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Old 04-15-2015, 11:11 AM   #10
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Max is 27 kts. I cruise between 18 and 22 when I'm trying to get somewhere. If I'm not in a hurry, 7.5 to 8 works well. I probably spend 50% of the time at low speed and average 20 kts the rest of the time.
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Old 04-15-2015, 11:18 AM   #11
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My Bayliner will do 20 knots WOT and cruise happily at 14-15 knots all day long.

I prefer 8-9 knots, but have no problem opening her up to get somewhere either.
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Old 04-15-2015, 11:27 AM   #12
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Old 04-15-2015, 11:30 AM   #13
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Two years ago we bought our boat with twins specifically so we could cruise faster when we wanted to. It runs along pretty well at 15 knots, which is about 2,850 rpms. I do spend some time going slow though when I feel like it or am trying to burn less fuel.

Our last trip we ran the inside from Stuart to Lake Worth, going fast when we weren't in a slow zone (50% of the time?). Then crossed from Lake Worth to West End, Grand Bahama (55 nm) at speed the whole way. Then mostly fast from West End to Grand Cay (55 nm), poked around that area at hull speed for a few days. Fast back to West End, then fast back to Stuart. Roughly 270 nm round trip. I filled up right before I left and right when I got back. Counting gen-set use we burned just short of 11 GPH.

Our old boat (36 Gulf Star) was a 7 knot boat, we owned it 8 years and used it a lot. I won't go back to that.

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Old 04-15-2015, 12:15 PM   #14
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WOT is 31.5kts but the fuel burn is a killer.

We can cruise all day long at 80% throttle at around 17kts and that's what we're doing in this picture.


We slow cruise at hull speed around 9-9.5kts. That's what we're doing here.
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Old 04-15-2015, 12:28 PM   #15
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Like Mr. Fly, 8k, but we too can hit 10. Love the speed!
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We have one (with a partner) in Northern Europe. Cruise speed in decent water is 30 knots. Max speed is just over 40.. 45' boat, three diesels.
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:38 PM   #17
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Count me in the slow group. We cruise at 7 to 8 kts. Very stable to cook, shower, and generally live at that speed.

On the high end our trawler will make exactly 11ish knots.
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When not doing 10 kn, will cruise at 21 kn and in "hurry home" mode can do 27 kn.
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Old 04-15-2015, 05:41 PM   #19
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When I feel the need for speed, the inflatable will go 28 knots at WOT. Charter boat cruises at 15 knots. When I want to travel comfortably, it's the trawler at 7 knots.

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