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Old 06-29-2018, 05:37 AM   #41
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"True Fred, but plenty of cases where window leaks have caused rot in bulkheads and interior structural members."

Most of these hassles seem to come from folks that do not want to hear the words PM.

Preventive maint,,,, the TT home brew windows are a known for 40-50 years weak point .

The need to regoop under every deck or PH fitting is well known as leaks rot the plywood .

Folks prefer to dream that 5200 , or some super gopp-glue will save them from the chores that are needed.

The concept of only repairing as leaks occur , or as decks fail stinks.

The better concept is to accept the nature of the construction and attempt to make future rebedding as easy as possible.
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Hatteras one of the best built production boar. Long range cruiser has few draw backs. We own a 52 CPMY that we use as a trawler. Cruise 7-8 knots 2 gal per hour, repowered with Cummins qsm11s. Super er
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This time, I went with the American Tug SD. Yes of course the fuel demands are greater when above hull speed. The reason, for me, was the ability to have a better chance of outrunning a weather disturbance and greater control when entering or leaving a cut.
I guess that's the theory.
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Dan,
Only on rare occasions can a boat outrun weather. Especially slow boats.
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Only on rare occasions can a boat outrun weather. Especially slow boats.
Dan's isn't that slow and it's not really outrunning weather in the sense it's chasing him, it's getting across before the weather changes and his speed helps do that considerably. Speed when crossing the Gulf Stream to and from the Bahamas can be very valuable. Your ability to be sure you have a good weather window greatly increases with speed.
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My N46 had hydraulic stabilizers and it was a real pleasure to have it on the auto pilot as the water was providing a heavy coating the windshield.
Alas, it was live through it because 8 knots really didn't provide excessive speed.
It was fun to see the bow dip deep into the waves.
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Only on rare occasions can a boat outrun weather. Especially slow boats.
That is for sure, storm systems move very fast. You can only get ahead of a storm with ample warning, and storms can brew up fast too. We were on the bay and a thunderstorm was approaching fast and some folks come by yelling to head back in. I knew I could not and doubted they could make it to port either. So we rode it out, had gusts over 60 for sure, felt like hurricane force winds. Anchor dug in very deep that afternoon. We were sheltered ok and had quite an experience that day. Even if we had dragged, we were far enough away from land would have been ok. I was a little concerned the samson post could have torn the hull decking off it was that strong the wind and waves. My son in law said he could feel the hull decking vibrating from the stress.
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That’s been my experience.
Even w a fast OB one just seems to be wasting fuel.
But for some it’s probably a “feel good” thing to at least try. Make some noise and pound the boat.
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Making a crossing window shorter, making it to a good anchorage, or just sidestepping the most severe part of a storm.....extra speed can certainly do all of those and has for me on many vessels.

Knowing your options is inportant and knowing if the boat can do any of them is just as important too.
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Your ability to be sure you have a good weather window greatly increases with speed.
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