I know it was set on MPH, and I never mentioned knots, but a lot of others sure did.
Gary, I had not clicked on the link to your thread, so I didn't see the pic of your trip page until Jon posted it in this thread. But you really DID mention knots:
Prior to my purchasing the 33 everyone, including the owner, said on a good day, with 15 knots of steady wind, on a beam or broad reach, you might get 4 or 5 out of the boat. With a clean bottom, 15 knots, beam or better yet, a broad reach, 7.5 to 8.2 is not out of the question.
No mention of mph. You can't switch units of measurement in a statement like that. Would you do it with Fahrenheit and Celsius? The calculated hull speed for your boat, converted to mph, is 8.1. So it looks like you (inadvertently) switched units from knots to mph, hence the reaction to your speed claims.
This debate could go on forever, but not for me. I'm headed out this morning for sunny climes and beautiful waters 1,150 miles south of Havre de Grace, MD - the lower, Florida Keys.
All the best,
Wow, envy you that! Hope you have a great trip, fair winds and following seas!