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Re: What's your cruising speed
We just finished a 3-day trip on our Allmand 31. This is from my blog:
Looking back over the trip, we did:
Rock Hall to Reedy Island: Approximately 53 nautical miles in 10.5 hours. That gave us an average speed of 5.04 knots. Converting that to statute miles, that’s 61 miles at an average of 5.8 MPH.
Reedy Island to Cape May: Approximately 49 nautical miles in about 9 hours. That gave us an average speed of 5.4 knots. Converting that to statute miles, that’s 56.39 miles at an average of 6.25 MPH
Cape May to Forked River: Approximately 76 nautical miles in about 13.5 hours. That gave us an average speed of 5.63 knots. Converting that to statute miles, that’s 87.45 miles at an average of 6.47 MPH.
What I find especially amazing is that on the last day, we were fighting the outgoing tide for the first two to three hours of our trip from Atlantic City to Forked River. You could easily see the current eddying around the pilings. Yet we still managed to make that our fastest day.
When I was looking into buying this second boat, I was told that Allmands were slow, heavy boats. The general rule of thumb is that for any trip in a sailboat, you should only expect to make 5 knots on average, and I was told that we’d be lucky to make that much. I was also told that the 2-bladed propeller that’s on our boat was highly inefficient, and the 16 HP engine in the boat would have trouble pushing Dragon Wing through the current in many of the inlets. Now, granted, a 3-bladed prop may have made the trip even faster, and a bigger engine might have helped us a bit more at times, but as-is, the boat ran great for the entire trip.
I topped off the fuel tank before we left the first day. When we got to Cape May at the end of the 2nd day, we topped off again. It took approx. 15 gallons to top us off that time. I haven't needed any more fuel since then. We motored Day 1, motored with a little motor-sailing on Day 2, and motor-sailed almost entirely during Day 3. We had the throttle at full for most of the trip after Day 1, and even during Day 1 after about the first half of the day we were at or near full throttle.
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Last edited by jimgo; 08-30-2013 at 10:42 PM.