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7 hr crossing ( @ 21 knots ),of Bass Strait Australia in Edencraft Formula 233. Beauty Point Tasmania to Welshpool Victoria. 300 klms (160 nm )
230 lts diesel.
It looked calmer than it was. I waited for 3 days at Beauty Point for a good weather window. 1.5 mt eastly swell. Wind at 10 to 15 kt.
Still a lot of fun!
I run A Volvo Penta Kad 42. 230 hp thru a duo prop leg. WOT sees 34 kts @ 3900 rpm.
Cruise ( depending on sea condition ) at 25 kts approx. 3000 rpm. Fuel consumption is about 1.3 lt / nm. Torque is approx 500 nm from 1700 rpm .
Yanmar make some good motors 240 - 315 hp that have seen much better fuel economy than my Volvo; my motor 1995 vintage. New motors are also lighter than mine .
However, over xmas I drove over to Tasmania and back and travelled 1300 nm over 28 days with only 2 minor problems that I fixed at sea. I didn't feel that I was suffering from a lack of h.p. at any time.
Hope that helps Simon.
Great trip Stephen, would like to do that myself oneday. Will have to changeover the 7.4 mercruiser before i think about it. I hear mercruiser are making diesels now that can bolt straight onto a bravo leg.
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