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I was out yesterday in a nice 5-10Kt breeze and was only making around 5.5kt SOG on the gps. The actual knotmeter on this boat is long dead so my actual speed with current is unknown. I have had this boat up to 7kts but no more.

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What is good speed to make? As some of you may have picked up my experience was years ago on small boats so I have no point of reference.
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What size of foresail were you useing, and is your bottom clean?

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What size of foresail were you useing, and is your bottom clean?
Bottom is perfect and 130 Genoa
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At what apparent wind-angle?
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close to beam reach
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Re: What is good speed to make...

Hard to say without knowing the currents but you are curtainly in the ballpark.
It doesn't take much to gain or loose a half a knot or so. 7 knots in a 27' boat is cookin' pretty good.

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On the Cal 29 for example if we are talking close hauled upwind the first 5.5 knots comes pretty easy perhaps 8 to 10 knots of wind

As the wind builds for that last bit of speed which might be 6 knots so does the sea-state and now you have to start pushing through progressively bigger waves which makes it harder and harder to stay fast

There are various reaching angles that the Cal likes when i crack off and reach or head downwind were it is real easy to reach 7 knots + with the occasional 8.1 knot surge which takes some pretty big air certainly above 20 knots

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I guess I am pulling what I can out of this hull then...Thanks all

I think that may be a racer at heart so we will see what the season brings
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Re: What is good speed to make...

Our boat sails well at 35 degrees apparent, although rarely do I see more than 6 knots as we have a fixed three blade prop that really slows us down.
If I fall off say 10 degrees it will do 6-7 knots in 10-12 knots of breeze with the 135.
As mentioned above there are so many variables.

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I guess I am pulling what I can out of this hull then...Thanks all

I think that may be a racer at heart so we will see what the season brings
If you want to race or simply trim for best speed at all times the GPS is not the best indicator.. You really need to get a thru-the-water boat speed with a knot meter.

But by the sound of it you're doing pretty well already.

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