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Re: what kind of headwind should a sailboat be able to motor through?

spent the last two days sailing in light winds.

Here are my findings: the engine will rev in neutral, and without black smoke. It will rev up to 3200 rpms in WOT.
However, in gear, its a whole other story. she will make 4.5 knots in flat calm @ 1800 rpms. that is about 3/4 throttle. BUT - any more throttle than that and she will start to smoke (black) badly, and no more speed. WOT will produce 4.5 knots, upwards of 2000-2100 rpms, and tons of black smoke.
any head wind/waves, and the boat will slow, rpms will drop, and smoke begins.

Starting time is definitely 10-20 seconds with some black smoke.
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