Join Date: Jun 2002
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Thanks for the reply. I hadn''t ever really given much thought to the hp rating of diesels on sailboats until I started seriously looking to upgrade to a larger boat.My 26 footer has a 8hp Volvo-Penta. To me, it''s always seemed kind of small and squirrely,but yet it always got the job done.However,recently I got caught offshore in a storm at the Marquesas and the engine definately seemed under powered.Granted the conditions were extreme,but it made me think how much more effective the engine would''ve been if it had of been a 12hp rather than a 8hp.My 26 footer has a displacement of 4300 lbs. Going by the rule of thumb that Bob-M mentioned,(2 to 2.5 hp per 1000 lb.) the minimum size engine for the boat should be around 8 hp,and the maximum would be around 11 hp.By researching different boats while looking to buy,it appears to me that most sailboat mfg.''s tend to go with the minimum size required engines,rather than the maximum. I guess this is o.k.I don''t have enough first hand experience with the issue to have an opposite opinion. I''m just trying to make sure that I don''t purchase a boat that will be under powered for what I intend to use her for-offshore work. I also thought the same thing as you mentioned as I''ve been contemplating this issue."It''s a sailboat,not a powerboat." How concerned should I really be about this? Yet, I''ve sailed long enough to know that there have been many times that hearing the rumble of the ole diesel cranking up and knowing it has the power to get me out of a tight fix has been very reassuring.Thanks again for the info.