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Old 08-29-2013
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Re: what kind of headwind should a sailboat be able to motor through?

I have a 28 ft boat with a 13 HP yanmar 2GM - total wieght about 6,500 lbs. I usually run at 2700 RPM and get around 6 knots. We were in a narrow channel with a 30 kt headwind and 5 ft waves and our speed got knocked down to just less that 5 kts.

We did run into problems this summer when RPMs would suddenly drop to about 2000 (and speed with it) and it would start spewing white smoke. Problem was fuel related...grunge had accumulated in the bowl of the water seperator and, in the waves, it got all mixed up with the fuel and plugged the (new) filter.

Lesson's learned!
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