Originally Posted by CeeBee
Hey Lost Horizons I did some calculating for you while we were out on the bay this weekend. Water was pretty flat and the tide was at the end of the slack and starting to flood (we were going against it). Here is the consumption for each engine and the speed. Your mileage may vary
2 GPH at 8.5
5 GPH at 10
7 GPH at 13
9 GPH at 16
10 GPH at 18
CeeBee, thanks for the numbers! Your low end result is in a good agreement with Boat Test numbers. They published 3.7 GPH @ 8.0 knots, and you have 4 @ 8.5. Their higher speed numbers are a bit more optimistic. It would be interesting to see what is your fuel burn at 7 knots. If it is also in agreement with Boat Test numbers, the range should be over 1000 nm at that speed.
One more thing. Would you rather have a washing machine on board than a stash of quarters?
When I looked at ST44, I did not see a good space for a full size washer/drier. The salesman suggested that a portable one can fit either into a cabinet next to the galley opposing the couch, or in the lazarette. One crazy idea that I have is to convert the guest room into a laundry/utility room/pantry/walk-in closet/you-name-it. Do you think it would work?