Originally Posted by bobperry
But how can we use results from a race where you can run your engine? Not that I don't like the idea, I've wanted to run my engine in a lot of races, but it sort of throws performance comparisons out the window. Or am I wrong?
Well, this is not a "serious" race but what they do is seeing how many hours the engine was run and give a penalty for it according with the hours the engine worked. The ones that take it more seriously don't use the engine because the penalization does not compensate. The fastest boats don't use the engine.
Last year I was absolutely perplexed with the incredible performance of a Island Packard 485 on the beginning of the Transat. The IP was "racing" in the middle of the performance cruisers and then at less than the middle of the transat they become really slow. I guess that the fuel was becoming low, even if the boat carries about 1200L