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Old 08-21-2016, 06:13 PM   #39
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City: Kenai, Alaska
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Vessel Name: Melanie Rose
Vessel Model: 1999 Willard PH
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I am with Kevin on being able to cross an ocean, but I am also of the opinion there are other considerations to the definition. The toughness to take the type of weather that you might unexpectedly (or expectedly) encounter and the hull shape to handle that weather while making good forward speed.

My little Willard has a range of over 2000 NM at 5.5 knots, over 1000 NM at 7 knots with it's 150 gallons of fuel. It is tough as a cinder block, and I have never been in weather that concerned me in it, as uncomfortable as it might have felt. But I did note that in large seas I lose much of my forward speed in going up and over the seas and my headway drops off considerably.

So to me, there is more than range involved in a "long range" vessel.

jmo
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