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Old 02-17-2011, 04:38 PM   #1
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How fast is your Californian?

my neighbor a few boats down has the same boat as me, 38' LRC but his is 2 years younger, from 84 and has the 300HP 3208s.
he says he gets it up to 24 knots no problem... pretty fast.
wondering what others in the group have experienced?
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Old 02-19-2011, 05:31 PM   #2
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RE: How fast is your Californian?

I have a 1984 34 LRC with Detroit 8.2's Normally I cruise at 8-9 kts.* When needed I can get 22 to 24 kts at WOT. Not comfortable pushing these older engines hard, but it is there if we need it. When we first got the boat we could hit 25 kts easily, but we have added batteries, cabinets, etc as the boat is set up for criusing. That has cost us a bit of speed. Not important fgor our usage style
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:44 PM   #3
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RE: How fast is your Californian?

1977 34 LRC with 4.236 85 HP Perkins. Although sometimes I think it's got 2 speeds, on and off, I use an 8 Kts cruise, WOT is 10 Kts.
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Cruising speed

2 ft. Swells, no wind, twin 300hp 3208T, 38 LRC Sedan gives me 20 mph @ 2400 rpm
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My 38 Sedan with 300HP CATs topped out around 20kts @ 2800rpm before adding a 1000lb gyro. I suspect a bit under that now with the added weight but I really haven't checked it.

24kts sounds like performance I've heard out of the 375HP CATs on a 38.
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Old 08-10-2022, 08:01 PM   #6
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I've been aboard CHC's 34 LRC with Detroit Diesel 250HP 4-stroke twins. We opened her up and saw 23 Kts on the Chesapeake Bay a couple years ago!

The bow rose so high that the lower helm was unusable...had to drive from the FB.
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Our 42 LRC will supposedly do 12-14kts with the Cat 3208NA at 210hp. We've never taken it past 9.5 but it felt like there was a lot left.
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Old 08-12-2022, 08:22 PM   #8
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I have seen 22 Kts on my '79 Californian 34 with twin Perkins Turbodiesels in smooth conditions. That was before improved cooling and rebuilt turbos - hope to retest soon.

That said, at that speed, you are fighting against all of nature and the laws of physics. It's fun, but truly unnatural. The wake is something to behold - some jet skiers personal bested that day.
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Old 08-12-2022, 09:19 PM   #9
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Twin Mercruiser 350 cid / 255 hp.

With trim tabs correctly positioned... to have boat reach highest GPS speed at a particular rpm.

Engines were doing 3300 to 3500 rpm [tacs never match]. However, at any speed... I always make engines run in sync [i.e., same rpm] with strobe-light diode synchronizer. In this instance [photo] don't know SOL for sure because don't know speed of current... didn't even take notice of its direction! GPS read 16 +/- knots.

Wake would have looked cooler if bimini had been up or sheathed.
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Our 38 Sedan powered by 300 hp CAT 3208’s likes 8-10 kts, I ran up to 3000 rpm and made 19kts, with a clean bottom but that creates a lot of heat and I assume burning tons of diesel so probably not good for these 40 year old beast.
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Twin Mercruiser 350 cid / 255 hp.

With trim tabs correctly positioned... to have boat reach highest GPS speed at a particular rpm.

Engines were doing 3300 to 3500 rpm [tacs never match]. However, at any speed... I always make engines run in sync [i.e., same rpm] with strobe-light diode synchronizer. In this instance [photo] don't know SOL for sure because don't know speed of current... didn't even take notice of its direction! GPS read 16 +/- knots.

Wake would have looked cooler if bimini had been up or sheathed.
Not a Californian...
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No kidding! Just a comparison...

When I get bored with some of wife's TY shows - I sometimes post on TF for no qualified reason!

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no kidding! Just a comparison...

When i get bored with some of wife's ty shows - i sometimes post on tf for no qualified reason! :d

please don't be mad on me!
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