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Sorry - misunderstood your question.

On our "power boat with sails" as it is when we are "mini passage making" we cruise about 6 knots in flat calm, through the water. Because, when we are on our "mini passage making" of two to three days to get to where we want to be, we have to "cruise" down west (or up east) on the Coast of Maine, our cruising speed over the ground ranges from almost 10 to less than 3. And there are places with the currents that those ranges get exceeded.
If we have to do a 12 hour day we hit both tides, so about 6 knots works.

On the very very very rare occasion that the wind is from a favourable direction - 7.5 is a good over the ground, but the stars have to be aligned, the cat must be sleeping and the politicians must be actually thinking about the citizens best interests.

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My 28' S2 in light chop with Yanmar 2GM 13 hp engine and PerfectPitch prop will easily do 5.75-6.2 kts for 48 hours crossing the Gulf of Mexico with no wind. I figure on 5 kts in most cases.
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I'm mostly using my sails so the real speed depends on the wind (direction and speed).
I figured it would likely be a non-American to come up with the correct answer :-)
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do you have i phone with you , if yes then we could process for it soon or later


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Re: What's your cruising speed

We have a yanmar 3JH on a 34 foot sabre. Just motoring at about 2000 rpms average is 5 knots no current. Just sailing we average 5.5 to 6 knots with at a slack current with about 10-15 knots of wind on most points of sail. Yesterday with about 20 knots of wind and a quartering sea we averaged about 7.5 knots with some faster surfs, pure FUN!
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Re: What's your cruising speed

Hi All,

Guess I got my answer first hand today. Took ownership of the "Traveler" (Allmand 31) and we moved her from Anacortes to Everett, WA, about 50nm give or take. It took us 7.6 hours which comes out to 6.5k. There were times the GPS showed us we were going with the tide and other times against it (Puget Sound can be a very complex tidal area to sail). Never took the Atomic 24hp diesel over 2400rpm (mostly 2300 all day). I am very pleased!

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Congratulations!!! Sounds like you had some great weather and good speed. I bet it felt great to finally tie her off! Congrats again!

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Re: What's your cruising speed

Then again my friend Brad with his 50' Beneteau gets if I remember correctly a pretty solid 8 knots average on his trips.

It's nice to have a bigger boat.
He will pop in here if I'm wrong.

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