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post #2 of Old 10-17-2008
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First off I know nothing about the Volvo, however I have a bendy toy about the same size as your Dufour. My boat has 2gm20 yanmar in her and 3 blade prop. I cannot image my boat with just 10 horse power. I was once anchored and a storm rolled in and the tide was going out. I fired up the engine to take the strain off the anchor rode. In mid storm I was using every one of those 18 horses. I can hit 7+ at full throttle but her sweet spot is 5.2 to 5.4 kts she burns a 1/4 gallon a hour.
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