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Old 02-04-2018, 02:31 PM   #1
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Getting her convinced to go slow...

My wife and I currently have a Sea Ray 420AC that we greatly enjoy.

Recently though, a Marine Trader 50' Widebody caught my eye. It has the ability to walk all the way around the boat (perfect for the dogs) as well as a full sized fridge and three staterooms.

The wife is all in except for a few "minor" items. First, we would have to build some type of stair system to reach the swim platform. Second, my wife REALLY likes the ability to travel at 16-17kts. if needed.

We have been able to pick up from 8 knots to full cruise to outrun a storm and the ability to run from FL to the Abacos in daylight is a plus.

How do I get over the concern about not going fast?
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Old 02-04-2018, 02:36 PM   #2
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Offer to spend your first year's fuel savings on jewelry!!!
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Old 02-04-2018, 02:40 PM   #3
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We already put along at 8 kts most of the time so the fuel savings is already there.

She just really likes the "ability" to go fast if needed.

I told her on a bigger boat like that, you would be less apt to feel the seas...
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Old 02-04-2018, 02:46 PM   #4
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You'll adapt and learn to look further into the future before decisions need to be made, so will become a bit more cautious. We used to sea kayak and made decisions based on about 3.5 knots average speed with no 'get out quick' option
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Old 02-04-2018, 02:55 PM   #5
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Sorry I cannot offer any help .... I agree with your wife.
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Old 02-04-2018, 03:59 PM   #6
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Sorry I cannot offer any help .... I agree with your wife.


Yep... Same here.
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Greetings,
Mr. K9. Just ONE of the problems with living with a fast woman...

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Definitely a first world problem you have there.
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Old 02-04-2018, 04:38 PM   #9
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Your wife is correct.
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Make her start paying for the fuel.
My wife does and she is always on me to slow down from 1300 rpm @ 8.5 knots to the more economical 1150 rpm @ 7.5 knots
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You'll adapt and learn to look further into the future before decisions need to be made, so will become a bit more cautious. We used to sea kayak and made decisions based on about 3.5 knots average speed with no 'get out quick' option
Yep, sailing background always has us looking a few days to a week in advance as we could only average 6 knots.
Managed to log about 70,000 sea miles including several ocean crossings without incident.
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K9, Probably not much of an issue for you in Florida, but up here in the PNW there's a lot a debris in the water, logs that come out of the rivers and off the beachs. Slow speed betters your odds of avoiding it, or of having less damage if you smack something. Worst case is hitting a 'deadhead', a partially submerged log that's very hard to see. Slow speed doesn't get you off the hook with these in many cases.
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Yep, sailing background always has us looking a few days to a week in advance as we could only average 6 knots.
Managed to log about 70,000 sea miles including several ocean crossings without incident.
Going 7 knots is fast now and 8 knots would be flying. Our longest passage was 24 days and averaged just under 6 knots. You have to relax.
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What engines does it have? Will they propel it to something above hull speed operation, albeit with horrendous fuel use for the extra knots? Would that satisfy the occasional need for speed?
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IMHO... if when needed you can't go fast... then, depending on conditions... you might not last!
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I have to agree with your wife. We prefer to have the speed when we want it.
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IMHO... if when needed you can't go fast... then, depending on conditions... you might not last!
Countless world cruisers who cross oceans would disagree.
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How fast is your dinghy?
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