Originally Posted by eyschulman
Tad Great little boat. If this boat is traveling with fish deployed what kind of cursing speed would be anticipated?
I don't mind agreeing, she is (happily) a great little boat. It's nice when they work out.
I don't have precise speed/HP numbers for her in the current (heavily loaded) cruising condition. The owner did report a cruise through the San Juans and up into BC covering about 300 miles and burning 25usg of fuel, total. His usual cruising speed was a hair less than 6.5 knots at around 2400 RPM on the 29HP Nani.
I don't have the impression he uses the stabilizers a lot. He started out with the smallest fish from Kolstrand, in steel these weigh 19 pounds and are I think about 120 sq inches. These are recommended for boats like the Willard 30. So the owner (who likes to make things) built some little fish, about 2/3rds the size of the smallest Kolstrands, about 12 pounds. These are really easy to handle and the drag is quite small. I would be surprised if they took more than 1/4 knot off cruising speed.