Originally Posted by Animal
John - I know you are already looking for your next boat, but your 3522 is beautiful - especially after the changes you've made to her. Have you captured any fuel flow data? MPG & GPH at various speeds/RPMs?
Animal, so far we have not collected actual fuel flow data and relying on the builders data for the most part. She doesn't use much fuel when cruising at 1600 RPM (6.5 - 7 knots). While "experts" will tell me the 370hp Yanmare sweat spot is 2400 RPM the boat is most efficient at 7 knots and the lower RPM. Even Dan of PAE says they should have put a little 120hp Lugger in the boat but they were chasing the "semi-displacement hull speed" market.
The more time we spend aboard the more we appreciate this little Nordhavn. Between her robustness and quality its hard to part with her when we consider what we paid for her and what it will cost to replace her with a new boat. We are seriously considering keeping her and no worrying about the 1,000 mile cruises until I retire and really have the time.